Weekend guide / Good tourist traps and cherry picking farms

It's Friday, May 28.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Memorial Day weekend is upon us! As a programming alert, The Minute will be off on Monday, soaking up all that expected sun! We’ll be back Tuesday. 

Also, there’s a lot of new folks here. Welcome! And thank you to all our loyal readers for spreading the word lately. Y’all are the best. 

As a heads up, on Fridays, we take a bit of a break from the news to give you some ideas for the weekend. 

So, without further ado, here are some things to consider for your long weekend ahead… 

🌉 Be a good host. Got some visitors in town? Eater updated its list of top tourist traps this week, which actually includes some great spots like Zuni Cafe, Tartine Bakery, and La Taqueria. If you have visitors this weekend, it could be a good chance to check out a San Francisco institution that you’ve never been to yourself. 

The Ferry Building Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm is always a crowd-pleaser for guests as well. You could also check out the North Beach Farmers’ Market, which opens for the first time this season on Saturday at 9 am. 

🍿 Go see a movie. If you’re itching to get back into the theater, consider going to the brand new Regal theater in the Stonestown mall. This is the theater that opened this week with “motion seats” and “atmospherics,” like bursts of air and water sprays. Check out this video to learn more about Regal’s 4DX theater. 

If you want to keep it more “local,” consider seeing a movie at the Balboa Theater, which is open at half capacity. They’re playing “A Quiet Place II” and “Cruella.” They also have a $10 per ticket Shrek showing at 11 am on Saturday that includes popcorn and a drink! 

Another reason to go and support the Balboa (besides it being the best 😊 ), someone apparently broke into the theater this week and stole some of their Godzilla memorabilia. What a bummer! 

😔 Take a few minutes to reflect and remember. The Chronicle published a heart-wrenching piece on Friday, with a short story about each of the nine victims in this week’s San Jose shooting. It’s so, so sad, but worth a read. 

🤸‍♀️ Enjoy the Dolores Park playground before it closes. As Mission Local reported on Thursday, the main playground at Dolores Park for kids, known as the Helen Diller Playground, will be closing in mid-June for three months while it’s under repair. One mother of three told Mission Local, “That’s going to be tough, because the summer!” 

Others in the comment section questioned why the repairs didn’t take place when the playground was closed during the pandemic. “You gotta wonder who thinks up these things,” one person wrote. 

🍒 Pick cherries. Datebook recently highlighted a handful of farms east of the city to go cherry-picking, and it seems fun! All the farms are located in Brentwood, which is about an hour’s drive from downtown. This website has a bunch of farms listed. Some suggest making reservations ahead of time. 

🍖 Eat at the H Mart food court. Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho published a story on Friday about the Korean comfort food at H Mart’s food court and everything sounds amazing. Croissants stuffed with mango custard, soy sauce-glazed fried chicken, short rib stews—I want it all. Consider stopping by one (or more) of the five new food stalls before doing your shopping

Alright, and now the moment you’ve all been waiting for—the winners of The SF Minute’s 100th edition giveaway extravaganza. 

Real quick, a special thank you to everyone who told their friends, family, and colleagues about The SF Minute this week. We are now more than 1,200 subscribers strong! 

Also, I wanted to say that it’s been a lot of fun writing The SF Minute this year. Of all the crazy ideas I’ve come up with in my life, I think this might be one of the best. So, thank you all so much for reading, and I hope I can keep it going for many more months and years to come! 

Okay, enough of that! 

The lucky winners of a $25 gift card to Southern Pacific Brewing are: 

  • Will N. 

  • Michael A. 

  • Becky N. 

  • John F. 

Congrats to our four winners and I’ll be in touch soon to get you those gift cards! Enjoy the beer (and sage fries!) at Southern Pacific. 

Have a great weekend y’all! - Nick B. 

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