Veggie pizza, pisco sours and a historical treasure 

Faves and raves by Jon ‘JB’ Hollister (Click on the pic to see Jon's faves)

PERSONAL STATS

Age:
48

Years in The City:
Born at French Hospital (now Kaiser’s French Campus), left town, been back for seven years

Neighborhood: Potrero Hill

Occupation: Environmental compliance

Self-Description:
San Francisco native, polo player (yes, on a horse — but not in The City yet!), has an obsession with domestically produced anything

FAVORITE HANGOUT

Red’s Java House  

WHERE:
Pier 30: Bryant Street and The Embarcadero (not to be confused with Java House at Pier 40)

WHAT:
Great cold beer and fantastic Bloody Marys

INFO: (415) 777-5626

A great dive for a cold drink in the sunshine. Good fish and chips made with fresh fish. People who like burgers love their burgers, but I go for the fish sandwich. Zero attitude and free parking.

FAVORITE COFFEE

Piccino Coffee Bar

WHERE:
1001 Minnesota St., at 22nd Street

WHAT: A great little coffee bar walking distance from the 22nd Street Caltrain station  

INFO: (415) 824-4224 or www.piccinocafe.com

Yummy Sightglass organic coffee drinks go perfectly with the sticky buns and scones. My favorite is a cross between a macchiato and a cappuccino. Just look for the bright yellow house.

FAVORITE LIVING HISTORICAL TREASURE

Conservatory of Flowers

WHERE:
100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park

WHAT: A beautiful piece of San Francisco history

INFO:
(415) 831-2090 or www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Built in 1878 from James Lick’s estate, then purchased by a prominent San Francisco businessman who gifted the Conservatory to the San Francisco Parks commission. The fastest way to be transported to a different time and place.

FAVORITE PIZZA

Arzimendi Bakery Panaderia and Pizzeria

WHERE:
1268 Valencia St., at 24th Street

WHAT: Fantastic slices of pizza pie

INFO: (415) 826-9218 or valencia.arizmendi.coop

I would never think that vegetarian pizza could taste this good. Tip from experience — one slice is not enough. It is pretty much take out — there are just a handful of tables.

FAVORITE WALK

Crissy Field

WHERE:
1199 East Beach, Presidio

WHAT:
A fantastic place to decompress

INFO: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/crissy-field.html

Wonderful place to walk your dog, take in the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, and get perspective. We go there whenever we want a relaxing walk, and always check the weather before heading over (in case it’s foggy) on the webcam at www.parksconservancy.org.

FAVORITE BAR

Elixir

WHERE:
3200 16th St., at Guerrero Street

WHAT:
San Francisco’s second-oldest continuously serving bar

INFO:
(415) 552-1633 or www.elixirsf.com

Great neighborhood bar with seriously delicious cocktails, brilliant bartenders and good music. Don’t miss their pisco sour (or pisco punch). I think it is the best in town!

FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Delancey Street Restaurant

WHERE:
600 The Embarcadero, at Brannan Street

WHAT: Good food served with a purpose

INFO: (415) 512-5179 or www.delanceystreetfoundation.org/enterrestaurant.php

Delancey Street is a self-help organization which has graduated more than 18,000 people into self-supporting productive citizenship — a great reason to go here. Another is the food. My favorites are the rosemary chicken and the sweet potato pie. Reasonable valet parking and a fantastic private dinning room.  

FAVORITE YOGA

InnerYoga with Dina Amsterdam

WHERE:
Yoga Tree, 1234 Valencia St., between 23rd and 24th streets

WHAT: InnerYoga, sometimes called Yin yoga, is a gentle yoga practice

INFO: (415) 647-9707 or www.yogatreesf.com

My wife introduced me to this. I was skeptical, never having tried yoga and not being very flexible. Dina is extremely patient and kind, focusing on paying attention to your body rather than running you through a series of prescribed poses. I always leave her class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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