Fun gifts, tasty pies and rooftop cocktails 

Faves and raves by Kathy Mancall

Personal stats

AGE:
42

YEARS IN THE CITY: 20



NEIGHBORHOOD: Mission district

OCCUPATION: Writer, creative director, knitter, proprietor of Princess Animal

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Awesome, obviously — a shut-in misanthrope

FAVORITE CARD SHOP

Serendipity

WHERE:
803 Valencia St., between 19th and 20th streets

WHAT: Quirky, fun cards and gifts

INFO: (415) 401-8760

It has an array of unexpected fun gifts and laugh-out-loud cards. There are some locally sourced products and they definitely support local artists/letterpress artists specifically. Personally, I’ve bought cards, socks and a spatula shaped like a guitar.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR HOMEMADE ITALIAN FOOD

Lucca Ravioli Company

WHERE:
1100 Valencia St., at 22nd Street

WHAT: Homemade ravioli

INFO: (415) 647-5581 or www.luccaravioli.com

It’s just a tiny, great Italian market. They specialize in homemade ravioli that is made right there but the other Italian treats are also great. It’s not terribly pricey. Lucca’s operates every day except Sunday.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SIT-IN COFFEE

Luv a Java

WHERE:
1300 Dolores St., at 26th Street

WHAT: Perfect spot to get work done

INFO: (415) 401-6444 or www.luvajava.com

It is my favorite coffee shop. It obviously has great coffee. If I still had an office, it would be my office away from the office. I go in the morning, as it’s the best place to get work done. The owners Abe and Ruth are very friendly.

FAVORITE RECORD STORE

Aquarius

WHERE:
1055 Valencia St., between 21st and 22nd streets

WHAT: Best music recommendations

INFO: (415) 647-2272 or www.aquariusrecords.org

iTunes can’t beat my man Irwin for great recommendations. He is the nicest, most unpretentious music guy. I can get obscure excellent CDs like Asian pop records from the ’60s and ’70s, which is better than it sounds.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT TO GO

Mission Pie

WHERE:
2901 Mission St., at 25th Street

WHAT: Desserts fit for a dinner party

INFO: (415) 282-1500 or www.missionpie.com

This place is great to get an impressive dessert to bring to a dinner party when you are too lazy or busy to make one. I like their seasonal fruit pies and their banana cream pie.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR CLOTHES SHOPPING

Afterlife Boutique

WHERE:
988 Valencia St., between Liberty and 21st streets

WHAT: Just cool clothes

INFO: (415) 796-2398

It’s a cute and quirky hipster boutique. They just have cool clothes. I go for their collection of Cheap Monday stuff. The guy Byron is very helpful. The prices aren’t too bad. It won’t burn a huge hole in your pocket.

FAVORITE WATERING HOLE

Dovre Club

WHERE:
1498 Valencia St., at 26th Street

WHAT: The place to become a regular

INFO: (415) 285-4169

It’s my local. I go for the friendliest, closest bar buddy in The City (it’s my Cheers). I ask him for recommendations, and I know it will always be awesome. It’s the next big thing. Dovre is for drinking with friends and socializing with a community of awesome people. It’s sort of its own little community. It’s not a fancy bar, but the atmosphere is very friendly and cozy. Don’t miss Dee’s Dirty Baby Martini, Powers on the rocks and a refreshing Magners.

FAVORITE ROOFTOP BAR FOR A COCKTAIL ON SUNNY AFTERNOONS

Medjool

WHERE:
2522 Mission St., between 21st and 22nd streets

WHAT:
Place to wile away a sunny Sunday afternoon

INFO: (415) 550-9055 or www.medjoolsf.com

Medjool is the best, and perhaps the only, rooftop bar to enjoy a cocktail on a sunny afternoon, and to see a wide view of the Mission in all its glory. I advise to only go there during the day and strictly on sunny afternoons — otherwise it can be full of a different crowd. I don’t go there for music but for their excellent cocktails, the Pimm’s Cup specifically.

Fun gifts, tasty pies and rooftop cocktails

Laura Colgan

Faves and raves by Kathy Mancall

Personal stats

AGE: 42

YEARS IN THE CITY: 20

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mission district

OCCUPATION: Writer, creative director, knitter, proprietor of Princess Animal

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Awesome, obviously — a shut-in misanthrope

FAVORITE CARD SHOP

Serendipity

WHERE: 803 Valencia St., between 19th and 20th streets

WHAT: Quirky, fun cards and gifts

INFO: (415) 401-8760

It has an array of unexpected fun gifts and laugh-out-loud cards. There are some locally sourced products and they definitely support local artists/letterpress artists specifically. Personally, I’ve bought cards, socks and a spatula shaped like a guitar.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR HOMEMADE ITALIAN FOOD

Lucca Ravioli Company

WHERE: 1100 Valencia St., at 22nd Street

WHAT: Homemade ravioli

INFO: (415) 647-5581 or www.luccaravioli.com

It’s just a tiny, great Italian market. They specialize in homemade ravioli that is made right there but the other Italian treats are also great. It’s not terribly pricey. Lucca’s operates every day except Sunday.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SIT-IN COFFEE

Luv a Java

WHERE: 1300 Dolores St., at 26th Street

WHAT: Perfect spot to get work done

INFO: (415) 401-6444 or www.luvajava.com

It is my favorite coffee shop. It obviously has great coffee. If I still had an office, it would be my office away from the office. I go in the morning, as it’s the best place to get work done. The owners Abe and Ruth are very friendly.

FAVORITE RECORD STORE

Aquarius

WHERE: 1055 Valencia St., between 21st and 22nd streets

WHAT: Best music recommendations

INFO: (415) 647-2272 or www.aquariusrecords.org

iTunes can’t beat my man Irwin for great recommendations. He is the nicest, most unpretentious music guy. I can get obscure excellent CDs like Asian pop records from the ’60s and ’70s, which is better than it sounds.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT TO GO

Mission Pie

WHERE: 2901 Mission St., at 25th Street

WHAT: Desserts fit for a dinner party

INFO: (415) 282-1500 or www.missionpie.com

This place is great to get an impressive dessert to bring to a dinner party when you are too lazy or busy to make one. I like their seasonal fruit pies and their banana cream pie.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR CLOTHES SHOPPING

Afterlife Boutique

WHERE: 988 Valencia St., between Liberty and 21st streets

WHAT: Just cool clothes

INFO: (415) 796-2398

It’s a cute and quirky hipster boutique. They just have cool clothes. I go for their collection of Cheap Monday stuff. The guy Byron is very helpful. The prices aren’t too bad. It won’t burn a huge hole in your pocket.

FAVORITE WATERING HOLE

Dovre Club

WHERE: 1498 Valencia St., at 26th Street

WHAT: The place to become a regular

INFO: (415) 285-4169

It’s my local. I go for the friendliest, closest bar buddy in The City (it’s my Cheers). I ask him for recommendations, and I know it will always be awesome. It’s the next big thing. Dovre is for drinking with friends and socializing with a community of awesome people. It’s sort of its own little community. It’s not a fancy bar, but the atmosphere is very friendly and cozy. Don’t miss Dee’s Dirty Baby Martini, Powers on the rocks and a refreshing Magners.

FAVORITE ROOFTOP BAR FOR A COCKTAIL ON SUNNY AFTERNOONS

Medjool

WHERE: 2522 Mission St., between 21st and 22nd streets

WHAT: Place to wile away a sunny Sunday afternoon

INFO: (415) 550-9055 or www.medjoolsf.com

Medjool is the best, and perhaps the only, rooftop bar to enjoy a cocktail on a sunny afternoon, and to see a wide view of the Mission in all its glory. I advise to only go there during the day and strictly on sunny afternoons — otherwise it can be full of a different crowd. I don’t go there for music but for their excellent cocktails, the Pimm’s Cup specifically.

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