Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Friday! And welcome to all the new readers here. We’re so glad you found us! As a heads up, we take a bit of a break from the news on Fridays to give you some ideas for your weekend ahead. Hopefully, it can inspire an activity or two.
So without further ado, here are some things to consider this weekend:
🥖 Grab a sandwich. This week, Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho published her list of top sandwich shops around the Bay Area. The list includes spots as far north as St. Helena (W F Giugni & Son Grocery Co.) and as far south as Los Gatos (Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse). But there are also several here in the city, including Breadbelly, Flour and Water Pasta Shop, Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe, and Turner's Kitchen. Maybe check out Ho’s guide and give one a try!
☕️ Stop by Lady Falcon. This week, SF Minute contributor Paolo Bicchieri wrote a nice story about Lady Falcon founder Buffy Maguire and the dilapidated bread van that she transformed into San Francisco’s coolest coffee cart.
Give Paolo’s piece a read and then head to the top of Alamo Square Park on Saturday or Sunday (from 8 am to 4 pm) for some caffeine courtesy of Lady Falcon. My order (and honestly, my favorite coffee drink in the city) is their 4 oz Petite Latte, which comes standard with no lid and just the right amount of milk.
👀 Go see “Monumental Reckoning.” The art installation, unveiled in Golden Gate Park last week, includes 350 sculptures representing the first Africans sold into slavery and brought to America. “We’ve never not thought about our ancestors,” the artist behind the display, Dana King, told The Frisc in an article this week. “They are responsible for every step we take.”
The sculptures are located between the California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum, surrounding the cement base where a statue of Francis Scott Key (author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a former slave owner) once stood. “Monumental Reckoning” is scheduled to stay in Golden Gate Park for two years.
I'm a SF native, product of SFUSD (Sunset, APG, Lowell) and now a proud bar owner here! I've had this dream since a family friend let me in and served me my first drink at Riptide on Taraval the summer after graduating high school, and have been working incredibly hard to make it happen.
We built this thing with our hands: my semi-retired dad helped connect all of the lights and our backbar equipment, and we demoed, drywalled, and put up new wall texture with the help of a group of lovely friends (who now get to drink very cheaply with us)
We just opened last Friday, and it's been a great whirlwind of stress, learning, and pride since then. I'd love to invite anyone that's near Nob Hill / Polk St. to come hang out, ask for Chen-Chen, and let me buy you your first round.
So if you’re looking for a place to go out this weekend, consider Trade Routes. Ask for Chen-Chen, let him buy you a drink, and then order some more!
🏳️🌈 Attend the People’s March. For a second-straight year, without an official Pride parade, a People's March and Rally is set to take place to “stand in protest of transgender and racial injustice, police violence and killings, unjust healthcare, the fight for gun control, reparations to Black People, and the right for people of color to have the right to vote without laws of intimidations,” according to the event’s press release.
The march is slated for this Sunday at 11 am, starting at the corner of Sacramento and Polk and ending up at the Civic Center for speeches around noon.
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reaching and have a wonderful weekend y’all. Have fun and stay safe out there! - Nick B.