Wednesday, July 27, 2011

3.1 miles in Inner Sunset

From Washidry to Park Chow, the Inner Sunset has it all.

And I mean ALL.  This is what I call "one stop shopping."

This sign makes me smile.

Yarn looks like lots of fun.  Did I tell you that I tried knitting last year?  I love the idea of it, but I just don't have the patience.  Now if I could walk and knit at the same time...

This neighborhood has some really cozy streets.  With its walk-ups and tree-lined sidewalks, 15th Avenue is the winner.

You can't miss this one.

Approach the door quickly or the vines may grab you.

I don't understand yards like this one, but I enjoy looking at them anyway.

Nothing ends a walk better than a great meal at Park Chow.  I was delighted to see the gluten free corn pasta on the menu.  Yum!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

2.7 miles in Dogpatch

I have heard people rave about how cool the Dogpatch neighborhood is, but I was still surprised when  I got here.

I read online that Dogpatch is home to some of the oldest buildings in San Francisco because it fared so well in the 1906 earthquake and it saw no new development for most of the 20th century.

I expected to see a bunch of abandoned old buildings.  Not surprisingly, Dogpatch delivered.

What was surprising, however?  This. 
Yes, that's an eggplant.

Also surprising was how delicious the ice cream is at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous. 

No, these aren't all mine.  I'm only admitting to eating the middle one.  I sampled the others and have determined that my favorite flavors are the praline and horchata. YUM!

As you know I'm celiac, so finding anything gluten free gets me jazzed.  I just about had a heart attack when we happened upon this entirely gluten free store.

Christopher, the owner is super helpful and the selection is great for the prices.  Take that Whole Foods.  I think I just found my new #1.

My non-celiac friends waiting for me to shop found the action across the street at The Ramp to be quite entertaining.  Apparently, a dude took a girl to The Ramp for some drinks only to accidently bump into his current GIRLFREIND.  Yikes.  A brawl consequently ensued which required police intervention.  There was hair-pulling and name-calling galore.

Other points of interest included this really fun garage door mural,

what I think is a painting of Willie Mays,

and this mysterious hanging tube.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

2.5 miles in the Haight

If you want to feel like you are REALLY in San Francisco, take this walk.

The Haight gives you a well-rounded urban San Francisco experience.

It's got plenty of personality,

plenty of murals,
a funky old movie house,

and restaurants that look completely unimposing on the outside...

...that have cheap, bangin' food on the inside.
It's true.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2.6 miles in Mission Bay

The weather was just too fantastic today to pass up a walk.  So I snuck out this afternoon and did a loop around Mission Bay.

UCSF's brand spankin' new campus takes up the majority of this triangular space. 

It's nice.  Besides the fancy buildings, there are...

student amenities...

a bunch of smart people doing smart stuff...

and a Starbucks.

As you head north along 3rd Street toward the AT&T Stadium... enter Mission Creek Park.  It's really a nice, quiet spot in the middle of a bunch of construction sites and parking lots.  I tested out one of the park benches by sitting and eating a snack.  AND, I was pleasantly surprised by the very clean bathrooms in the park's pavillion.  WIN!

I've always seen these houseboats below the 280 on my commute to work.  It's fun to see them at sea level.  The cow is perfect.

Here's where the walk got a little funky. If you decide to walk around this neighborhood, I STRONGLY suggest you stop when you get to the houseboats and then turn around, exiting the way you came, and NOT do what I did by walking this entire pedestrian maze over to 7th Street under the 280.  Do NOT.

I'm telling you: it's not good.

Fortunately, no ill-will came to me on my trek under the 280, and by the time I crossed over the Caltrain rails, I was back to civilization and within eye-sight of my car.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2.3 miles in Van Ness (Japantown)

I honestly don't know what neighborhood this is.  I'm calling it Van Ness, but it's really ambiguous territory wedged between...

...the Van Ness neighborhood to the east,

Cathedral Hill to the south,

and Japantown to the west.

Despite its lack of a solid name, the neighborhood is really well situated - within walking distance of public transit, good restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

And it's pretty.

You know how I feel about Whole Foods Market. 
I would kill to live within walking distance of one.

Plus this neighborhood has a sense of humor.  Obviously.

I believe!