Weekend guide / Dog parks and DMs to the mayor of Miami

It's Friday, February 19th.

Hey, San Francisco. 

It’s Friday already! This morning was a little wet, but Saturday and Sunday should have sunny skies. Here’s a few ideas for the weekend… 

🐶 Take your dog to the newly renovated, fenced-in dog park in Golden Gate Park. My wife and I took Olive the GSP there last week and she enjoyed all the updated amenities, including the fallen eucalyptus tree that she could run across. The city poured $2.4 million into the park, so it’s worth checking out. 

Olive’s favorite, though, is still Fort Funston (aka Dog Disneyland). If you’re a dog owner and haven’t been, you really should. Just make sure to get there early on weekends, as the parking lot fills up fast. Hot tip: If you’re in the lot by 9:15 am on Saturday or Sunday, you should find a spot without a problem. 

👶 Take your kid to the newly renovated, Willie "Woo Woo" Wong Playground in Chinatown. I don’t have any kids yet, but if I did, I’d love to take them here. The new Dragon-themed play equipment looks so cool! 

🛍 Go shopping outside at Nana’s Pop-Up Market. Located in the Little Italy area (near 500 Columbus Avenue), Nana’s features local food vendors and artisans every Sunday from noon to 3 pm. The owner of the local salsa company Nana Margarita started the open-air market in December. 

🍚 Order in from Lazy Susan. We tried it last night and thought it was good! Lazy Susan said it wanted to be the Domino’s of Chinese-American food and I think that’s a pretty good description. My favorite was the veggie fried rice and General Tso chicken, though I do want to go back and try some other classics, like the beef and broccoli and chow mein. 

I also loved that they included a little red envelope with a dollar coin inside for the Lunar New Year, which they said they’d include in their first 1,000 orders. Lazy Susan opened on Wednesday, so order soon for the red envelope and a chance to win a $200 gift certificate for posting a photo of it to Instagram. 

👨‍🎨 Go check out the street mural being painted on the Sanchez Slow Street. As we mentioned in the newsletter yesterday, local artist Amos Goldbaum is working on a mural that spans an entire block between 24th and Elizabeth Streets. I can’t guarantee Amos will be out painting, but it would be neat to see his progress and it’s a good excuse to take a stroll down Sanchez.  

🏝 DM the mayor of Miami. Have you seen the billboard off I-80 that reads, “Thinking about moving to Miami? DM me” with Mayor Suarez’s Twitter handle on it? Apparently, it was paid for by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and tech investor Shervin Pishevar, who both live there. I DMed Suarez yesterday, and still no reply. 

I am genuinely curious what he has to say. If anyone tries it and gets a response, I’d love to know! Though, I promise I have no plans to write The SF Minute from Miami. 

🌉 And finally… take a listen to our Friday conversation with SF Gate reporter and editor Tessa McLean. Tessa covers real estate for the SF Gate and has written some good articles lately about the oddities of San Francisco architecture, from split bathrooms to crank levers to California coolers. We covered the reasons for some of these quirky, Victorian features in our talk today. 

In general, SF Talks is a little podcast series I’m putting together. The idea is to have a conversation or two each week with a local business owner, reporter, politician, etc. They’ll be pretty casual to start and we’ll see where they go!

Alright, that’s all I got! Have a great weekend everyone and we’ll see you next week! Talk soon. - Nick B. 

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