When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
The hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
Plus Sacramento gets food trucks, and Spoonbar teaches mai tai classes in time for the warm weather.
The North Beach Festival is this weekend
Dust off those hand-talking skills, because everyone’s favorite Italian-American San Francisco neighborhood is hosting its annual open house on Saturday and Sunday. The Barbarossa Lounge (714 Montgomery) will even be hosting a 6 pm afterparty for anyone who likes cocktails, food, and live music.
For starters, he works at Capo’s in North Beach — “Capo” being both Mafia and cartel lingo for a made guy who heads a crew — and he won the American Pan division of the 2014 International Pizza Expo with The Dillinger, a pie named for the Depression-era bank robber.
This year at the Pizza Expo, Molina won Best of the Best for a pizza he calls The Crown Point, after the Indiana jail from which John Dillinger escaped only a few months before his death.
After moving out of its former digs on Green Street, Chubby Noodle has resumed business on a quiet strip of Grant Avenue north of Columbus. It’s a small, brightly colored lunch-and-dinner spot with only a few tables and soundsystem that just might play some deafening music that’s less-than-respectful of women and their anatomy.
We briefly interrupt the turkey and pumpkin pie 24 hour coverage to discuss okra. And injera. And a newly reopened, relocated Ethiopian restaurant in one of the more unlikely neighborhoods of San Francisco you would expect to find one.
Formerly in the Upper Haight, Massawais now slightly off the main drag in North Beach, where most establishments are old-school Italian joints, restaurants catering to the post-bar munchies, and the bars that cause said munchies. Massawa is right next door to Golden Boy, arguably our city’s premier address for Sicilian focaccia square pizza by the slice. Combine the injera at Massawa and the slices at Golden Boy, and my goodness is that a dynamic carbs duo, or what.
There is a new Italian restaurant in the least surprising of neighborhoods. With its wood, tile and communal table, Acquolina, just off of Columbus Ave. in North Beach, looks more like an industrial-lite café on Divis than the tricolore-festooned pasta houses all around it. And it already has a reputation for panna cotta.
We’re still smarting over the Lexington Club, and the impending demise of the Elbo Room, not to mention the unlucky fate of Lucky 13, and now it looks like Mr. Bing’s might go the way of the woolly mammoth and the Steller's sea cow.
Everybody loves a hootenanny. Especially compared to most fifth birthday parties, which tend to involve a lot of tantrums, clowns, and bumper bowl. Comstock Saloon, the magnificent abode of trusty barkeeps and North Beach residents with a sobriety allergy, turns five on Wednesday and wants to celebrate with a special menu as well as the return of some former staffers.
Chef Massimo Bottura of Italy's Osteria Francescana.
Every year, S. Pellegrino releases a list of what they believe are the world’s 50 best restaurants. While some chefs, under the condition of anonymity, will tell you it is a popularity contest driven by restaurant PR teams, the list as a whole can still serve as a good guide, especially when used in conjunction with other restaurant ranking systems, like the Zagat and Michelin guides.
Which is why when the chef and owner of the restaurant that has won the number three spot on the Pelligrino list the last two years comes to the city, it’s an event you want to attend.
By Pete Kane
on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM
Stuffed bell pepper and a cassone made with sausage, cheese and potato.
In spite of the resurgence for traditional cooking methods, genuine homemade Italian food sounds almost out of place in contemporary San Francisco. It’s not so surprising to hear of a person brewing beer, pickling daikon and finding a dozen uses for whey, but a husband-and-wife team that makes their own sausages and pastas without a ton of conspicuously modern equipment? That sounds somehow improbable.