Weekend guide / Pop-up pickleball and TTYL's

It's Friday, September 10.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

I’m bad at good-bye’s so I’ll keep this short-ish. As a reminder, today is my last newsletter for a while, as I’m taking a month or so off for paternity leave. 

I’ll miss The Minute and writing for you all. But I’m excited about our guest writers (who will start on 9/21) and super excited for all that we have in store when I’m back. 

Alright, as we do each Friday, let’s take a bit of a break from the news and see what’s happening out there this weekend. 

🏓 Check out “The Crossing at East Cut.” On the city block where the temporary Transbay Terminal once stood, on Beale Street between Howard and Folsom, San Francisco’s “largest pop-up” opens today. The space includes a beer garden, food trucks, turf soccer fields, and two pickleball courts (apparently, paddles and pickleballs are available on-site). The Crossing will be around for the next three years at least, so no sweat if you miss it this weekend. Still, it sounds like a good time. 

🤠 Take a cue from The SF Minute. We had a few good stories this week that might inspire some ideas for your weekend plans. First, Deli Board, the beloved “Cleveland-style” sandwich shop, is celebrating ten years at its Folsom Street location. Maybe stop by to say congrats and grab one of the daily specials that they’re putting together this month (and some waffle fries). 

Then, there was Richmond resident Andrew Garsetti, who recently started a wine club called Uncle Andy’s Wine Closet (you might have seen his signs on streetlight poles across the city). Uncle Andy’s offers bottles each month for either $45 (“Intro Class”) or $65 (“Advanced Degree”). Each month’s delivery comes with food pairings, recipes, and, of course, Spotify playlists. If you’ve been wanting to join a wine club, this could be a fun one

And finally, Coffee OutThere, which recently opened an outpost within Indigo Vintage at 1649 Haight Street. Go say hey to owner Erica Ash and consider the Indigo latte, which supposedly tastes like Fruity Pebbles. Also, on Sunday, they serve Dynamo Donuts. 

🍸 Snag a quality cocktail. This week, the Chronicle released its list of best cocktails bars in the city. Its top establishments include Junior, Moongate Lounge, Sea Star, Linden Room, Third Rail, and White Cap. Consider checking out a new spot, or two. 

👉 Grab some hummus from Obour Foods (sponsored). Obour Foods is San Francisco's very own gourmet hummus & tahini company. Visit them at any of their dozen farmers' markets every weekend, and try what many are calling the best hummus they've ever had. 

🙌 Take your pick: 

  • Picnic in the outfield at Oracle Park and watch the San Francisco Opera on the big screen for free tonight starting at 7 pm. 

  • Head to the SFMOMA with your kid (under 18 years old) on Sunday and get in for free. Tickets here

  • Check out the Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown this Saturday and Sunday. Event info for both days here

  • The Botanical Garden is having a California native plant sale this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

  • And finally, the Golden Gate Park Symphony is back at it again, and this time the free concert is movie-themed. The show starts around 1 pm on Sunday at GGP’s music concourse. 

Alright, that’s all for today! Have an awesome weekend y’all and see you back here soon. 

All my best and miss you already. - Nick B. 

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