My City: Acupuncture, golf and the perfect cafe 

Faves and raves by Stephen Brindmore

Personal stats

AGE: 42

YEARS IN THE CITY:
Has lived in Berkeley Hills since 2005 but keeps a studio in the Bayview district

OCCUPATION:
Director of exhibitions and collections support at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Moved to S.F. to ride motorcycles year round, be an urban farmer, collect art, play hockey and hopefully work at the de Young for another 20 years

FAVORITE MUSEUM
De Young Museum
WHERE: Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
WHAT: More than a century old, the museum was rebuilt and reopened in 2005; its collection includes art from the native Americas, Africa and the Pacific, and American art from the past three centuries
INFO: (415) 750-3600; www.famsf.org

I am in love with the de Young. I have worked there since June 1989. It’s truly my home away from home. I actually love going to work.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET COFFEE

Farley’s
WHERE: 1315 18th St., between Missouri and Texas streets
WHAT: A cafe, art gallery and magazine store in the heart of Potrero Hill’s tiny shopping district
INFO: (415) 648-1545 or www.farleyscoffee.com

Maybe the perfect cafe. I love the owner. He’s always super awesome. I love how you can read the magazines and not buy them! It feels like a real community place.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A SANDWICH

Hazel’s Kitchen
WHERE: 1319 18th St., between Missouri and Texas streets
WHAT: A hole-in-the-wall eatery a stone’s throw from Farley’s; if you order your food “for here” you can eat it at Farley’s
INFO: (415) 647-7941 or www.hazelskitchen.com

I go to Hazel’s as much as possible, which isn’t enough. They make such a perfect sandwich there (BLTA, toasted). It’s always so fresh. The owner seems to go out of her way to be super cool.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT BREAKFAST
Atlas Cafe
WHERE: 3049 20th St., at Alabama Street
WHAT: Coffee, food and beer; DSL and a garden patio; and long hours at this sunny corner cafe
INFO: (415) 648-1047 or www.atlascafe.net

Every single day I get breakfast there. I have loved this place since the day it opened. I guess I’m sort of a habit guy — I go there every morning to have a bowl of granola. If they see me walking up, it’s on the counter waiting for me.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR HEALING
Integral Body
WHERE: 406 Cortland Ave., between Bennington and Wool streets
WHAT: Community medical clinic that offers acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and therapeutic massage
INFO: (415) 550-8444 or www.integralbody.com

I play tons of ice hockey and need acupuncture occasionally.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR CREPES, DRINKS
Ti Couz
WHERE: 3108 16th St., at Valencia Street
WHAT: Spacious creperie serves Breton specialities and has indoor and outdoor seating
INFO: (415) 252-7373

Never ever disappoints and the margaritas are great. I love that it’s been there for so long and it’s consistently always so good. The “complète” is my favorite crepe and I like coffee ice-cream on sweet crepes. If it’s nice out, I feel like I’m on vacation sitting outside.

FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY GOLF
Gleneagles and Lincoln Park golf courses

WHERE:
2100 Sunnydale Ave., in McLaren Park; and 300 34th Ave.
WHAT: Two public golf courses in The City, one almost 50 years old, the other closing in on its centenary
INFO: (415) 587-2425 or www.gleneaglesgolfsf.com; and (415) 221-9911 or www.lincolnparkgc.com

Lincoln Park has views of the Golden Gate Bridge and it’s spectacular. It’s a beater of a course ... but it’s on the ocean. Gleneagles is super nice; its not crowded.

FAVORITE PARK
Golden Gate Park
WHAT: More than 1,000 acres of pathways and gardens and open-ranging flora, as well as the Conservatory of Flowers, the de Young Museum, the historic Japanese Tea Garden and the California Academy of Sciences
INFO: www.sfgov.org/site/recpark_page.asp?id=17796

This is the most beautiful urban park I have ever seen. The arboretum — California native section — on a hot day in spring is best.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A DRINK
Zeitgeist
WHERE: 199 Valencia St. at Duboce Avenue
WHAT: Dive bar with outdoor patio seating and long opening hours

This is the first place that I stopped when I moved to San Francisco. I’d heard about it — I’m big into motorcycles. It did not disappoint. I like the margarita they make. And I met my wife there.

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