My City: Bargain books, coffee, pastries and herons 

Faves and raves by Skip Goodman

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AGE: 53

YEARS IN THE CITY: 28

NEIGHBORHOOD: Inner Sunset

OCCUPATION: Graphic designer by day and cater waiter by night; has an online store at www.skipgoodman.com.

SELF-DESCRIPTION:
It may not look like I’m smiling, but I am ... on the inside. Art and all things funny fuel me.


FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT
Mission Beach Cafe
WHERE:
198 Guerrero St., at 14th Street
WHAT: Every dessert is a favorite
INFO: (415) 861-0198 or www.missionbeachcafesf.com

Alan Carter is simply the best pastry chef. That’s all you really need to know. The banana butterscotch cream pie and the lemon velvet cream pie are my favorites. And so is the chocolate cream pie. And so is the chocolate pecan pie. Not to mention their morning pastries, which include a killer chocolate croissant.


FAVORITE PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH
Peet’s Coffee
WHERE:
2257 Market St., between 15th and 16th streets
WHAT: Snag a cup of coffee, a cookie and a seat on the bench out front
INFO: (415) 626-6416 or www.peets.com

Good strong coffee and a cookie? Twist my arm. Snag a seat on the bench out front and watch the show. Cute boys, handsome men, a few lovely “ladies” and a collision of fashion. Every now and then I see someone from the old days and we reminisce about the fun times at Café Flore in the ’80s.


FAVORITE BOOKSTORE
Books, Inc.
WHERE:
2275 Market St., between 15th and 16th streets
WHAT: Great bargains and a neat calendar
INFO: (415) 864-6777 or www.booksinc.net

When I’m over in the Castro, I do like to check out Books, Inc. They have some great bargains up front, fun greeting cards and an interesting calendar of events.

 

FAVORITE PLACE TO PERFORM
The Marsh
WHERE:
1062 Valencia St., between 22nd and Hill streets
WHAT: Great sense of camaraderie
INFO: (415) 641-0235 or www.themarsh.org
 
It’s been a while, but I had a fantastic experience performing a solo piece at The Marsh. It was on the original street level stage, and the evening had a great sense of camaraderie between the audience, the other artists performing that night and the staff. I just may have to do it again ... soon!


FAVORITE MUSEUM
The Legion of Honor
WHERE:
100 34th Ave., at Camino del Mar
WHAT: Breathtaking views of the ocean and bridge and fabulous exhibits
INFO: (415) 750-3600 or www.famsf.org/legion

It feels like you’re in Europe and has a classic permanent collection. It is beautiful both inside and out with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Annie Leibovitz exhibit and the current Cartier exhibit were two of my favorites.


FAVORITE TOURISTY THING TO DO
North Beach
WHAT:
Stroll the streets and end up at Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café
INFO: www.sfnorthbeach.org

I love going to North Beach. After a leisurely stroll up and down Grant Street, checking out the shops, I inevitably wind up at Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café for salad and pizza. Grab a table outside and take in how lucky I am to live in San Francisco!


FAVORITE RESTAURANT
Chenery Park
WHERE:
683 Chenery St., between Carrie and Diamond streets
WHAT: Try the Australian rack of lamb
INFO: (415) 337-8537 or www.chenerypark.com

I have been eating at Chenery Park for over five years. Delicious food in a cozy neighborhood. The space is not huge so it can get noisy, but it’s worth it for the Australian rack of lamb with gratin potatoes. Yum!


FAVORITE CAFE
The Beanery
WHERE:
1307 Ninth Ave., between Irving and Judah streets
WHAT: They roast their own
INFO: (415) 661-1255

I like to support my neighborhood when I can. The Beanery roasts their own coffee, and they also give you a coffee card. After 10 punches you get a free pound ... not a bad deal. It’s the perfect place to meet my friends who live in the neighborhood.


FAVORITE NATURE SPOT
Stow Lake
WHERE:
50 Stow Lake Drive, in Golden Gate Park
WHAT: Blue herons arrive in January to build their nests and by April they have chicks.

On a walk around the lake you’ll see ducks, Canadian geese, neurotic starving squirrels, turtles, and my absolute favorite, the exquisite blue herons. They start arriving in January to build their nests and by April they have chicks. The nests are perched high in the treetops on the small island right across from the boathouse. It’s an incredible experience to watch them feed the kids!

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