Weekend guide / Renovated playgrounds and last chance honey cakes

It's Friday, April 30th.

Hey there, San Francisco. Happy Friday. 

There are some new folks here, so first, welcome! We’re so glad to have you following along. As a reminder, on Friday’s we take a bit of a break from the news and offer up some ideas for the weekend ahead. 

Also, I wanted to thank everyone who’s been sharing the newsletter with friends and family. This morning we reached 1,000 readers!! It was the first of hopefully many more milestones reached, but it feels good to get there! We haven’t spent any money on ads or anything, so this has been partly me bugging people to sign up, but mostly you helping to spread the word. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏 . 

Alright, without further ado, here are some things to consider this weekend: 

🌳 Take your kids to the new George Christopher Playground. The Diamond Heights playground has been under construction since 2019 and on Thursday, it finally reopened after an estimated $5.3 million renovation. Go check it out! The photos of the place look great

🍰 Grab a honey cake while you can. Yesterday, we learned the sad news that 20th Century Cafe in Hayes Valley will permanently close its doors in the next couple of months. In the meantime, owner Michelle Polzine is offering a limited walk-up service for coffee, bagel sandwiches, and such on Friday from 11:30 am - 2 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. You can also pre-order here for the Saturday pick-up but note, if you want to order an entire 10-layer honey cake, you’ll need to do so at least one day in advance. 

🚣 Go paddleboarding on the Bay! This week we profiled Dogpatch Paddle, which is helping turn the area around Crane Cove Park into a little beachside community. If you haven’t been to the new Crane Cove Park, it’s beautiful and worth checking out. While you’re there, head across the street and say hi to Adam Zolot, the owner of Dogpatch Paddle (located at 560 18th Street). Adam can set you up with a standup paddleboard or kayak rental and tell you about his lessons and fitness classes. The shop carries good drinks and snacks, like Tate’s cookies, as well. 

Actually, if you know you want to get on the water this weekend, it’s probably best to secure your rental or spot in a class ahead of time online. You can also email Adam directly (info@dogpatchpaddle.com) with any questions. 

🥙 Grab Middle Eastern food. Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho published her top Middle Eastern restaurant list for the Bay Area on Thursday, and everything looks so good. San Francisco restaurants that made Ho’s list include Abu Salim Middle Eastern Grill, Beit Rima, Lavish, Hummus Bodega, and Reem's California. Day trips to Pearl in Petaluma and Insalata's in San Anselmo could be a fun way to spend the weekend as well. 

🥖 Stop by Toscano Brothers, the new Italian bakery by Tony Gemignani (of Tony’s Pizza). At the shop, which makes its grand opening on Saturday and is located at 728 Vallejo Street, you’ll find sourdough loaves (of a variety of sorts) and New York-style bagels (which Eater described as “twisted by hand, boiled in water and malt syrup, and baked to a chewy, almost tough texture”). They’ll serve coffee from Cafe Trieste as well. 

That’s all for today! Have a great weekend y’all and we’ll see you back here on Monday! - Nick B. 

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