My City: Organic produce, new books and sea sounds 

Faves and raves by Alison Terry-Evans

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AGE: 53

YEARS IN THE CITY: 19

NEIGHBORHOOD: Castro

OCCUPATION: Founder of the Web site Hillgirlz.com; it’s her job to know about everything that’s happening for lesbians in the Bay Area for the Web site’s calendar of events

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Originally from Australia; always says she came to live in San Francisco rather than the United States; loves to cook, take photos and kayak

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY PRODUCE
Alemany Farmers Market
WHERE: 100 Alemany Blvd., at Bayshore Boulevard
WHEN: Saturday mornings
WHAT: Huge variety and reasonable prices
INFO: www.sfgov.org/site/alemany

It has a huge variety of produce available in a colorfully rough-and-ready milieu more reminiscent of Asian markets than the more contrived style of many other San Francisco markets. There’s plenty of fresh organic food, and the prices are more reasonable than most other places with comparable quality.

FAVORITE BOOKSTORE 
City Lights Bookstore
WHERE: 261 Columbus Ave., at Broadway
WHAT: A huge selection to choose from
INFO: (415) 362-8193 or www.citylights.com
 
I certainly don’t like the impersonal atmosphere of the big chains. I love to buy brand new books and have a huge selection to choose from, so City Lights is my favorite.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM JOINT
Bi-Rite Creamery
WHERE:
3692 18th St., between Dolores and Oakwood streets
WHAT: All-organic ingredients, fun flavors
INFO: (415) 626-5600 or www.biritecreamery.com

Not only is the creamy ice cream made from organic ingredients, but they have the most-fun, most-delicious flavors.

FAVORITE WI-FI SPOT
Jumpin’ Java
WHERE: 139 Noe St., between 14th and Henry streets
WHAT: Lots of electrical outlets, a reliable connection, nice people, good food
INFO: (415) 431-5282

Really, really nice people run the cafe. There are lots of electrical outlets and a reliable connection. Good sandwiches and drinks. Everybody who goes there is working on their computer.

FAVORITE NATURE SPOT
Ocean Beach
WHERE: Great Highway
WHAT: The one place you can’t hear city sounds
INFO: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park.asp?park=68

I find it a necessity for my well-being to walk along the beach in any kind of weather. There’s no other place in The City where one can’t hear some sort of city sounds. The roar of the sea blocks it out.

FAVORITE PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH
22-Fillmore Muni bus
WHERE: From Dogpatch to the Marina
WHAT: A fascinating window into the diversity of San Francisco
INFO: www.sfmuni.com/22

Sometimes I catch the 22-Fillmore bus for the entire route, as it goes from one end of the socio-economic continuum to the other. It can be hugely interesting.

FAVORITE CHEAP EATS RESTAURANT
Burma Superstar
WHERE: 309 Clement St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues
WHAT: Very cheap and tasty
INFO: (415) 387-2147 or www.burmasuperstar.com

It’s still quite cheap after all these years, although the funky plastic décor has long been replaced by friendly Asian minimalist. But most importantly, the food is really tasty.

FAVORITE PLACE TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE TRAVELING
Fisherman’s Wharf

WHERE: Jefferson Street, Beach Street and The Embarcadero, from Hyde Street to Kearny Street
WHAT: Watch the fishermen leave in various-size boats in the early mornings
INFO: (415) 674-7503 or www.fishermanswharf.org

In the early mornings non-American-looking fishermen leave in various-sized boats from Fisherman’s Wharf. Some make a visit to the little white Portuguese church on Pier 45. It feels quiet and peaceful and somehow quite European at that time of the day.

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