Wholesome-minded Easter Sundays usually mean brunches, egg hunts and a cloying amount of pastel (for a great roundup of egg hunts for kids around the Bay, check out this list on Red Tricycle). After you're done with all of that (or if you're just allergic to swirly dye and egg casseroles to begin with), walk on the wild side of Easter at a SF institution now in its 32nd year -- the annual Hunky Jesus Contest in Dolores Park. It's presented by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an awesome order of cross-dressing nuns, and involves a whole lot of steamy resurrected Christs.
I had hoped to have a report on Contraband or Ma*Velous today, but neither was open to the public when we stopped by earlier this week. (According to Ma*Velous publicist Claudia Juestel, its a permitting matter. It's always a permitting matter. Every new cafe struggles with permitting, and it always takes longer than expected.) In the interim, I thought I'd look at some interesting coffee news from around the Bay this week including, yes, Blue Bottle and Dolores Park.
"Wow, that is not going to be charming and innocuous." With that revelation from Blue Bottle founder and co-owner James Freeman, there will be no Blue Bottle in Dolores Park. Freeman told us on the phone that he had decided to pull the plug given the fierce opposition he faced. Threats to bring thousands of people out to spit on employees (see the comments) on opening day, apparently, were more than he felt like dealing with. His investment in a trailer and new employees, he says, will go elsewhere. "We'll find somewhere else to park it and find room for my crew."
When San Francisco's Rec & Park approved a Blue Bottle coffee cart (or more properly, a trailer) it set off howls of protest in the Mission district. Opponents have questioned what kind of impact it will have on existing businesses and nearby roasters. There have been angry meetings, and even angrier blog comments. We spoke to Blue Bottle founder and co-owner James Freeman to find out what all the ruckus was about.
Everyone loves free stuff, right? You've got two chances for free movie nights this sure-to-be-beautiful Saturday.
Brave the crowds who will undoubtedly show up, White Russians and joints in hand, for a showing of The Big Lebowski in Dolores Park at 8 pm. Dress up like The Dude or Jesus Quintana, just do whatever you have to do to pledge your allegiance to this movie, because you'll have a lot of competition.
If warm and fuzzy films are more your speed, head down to Duboce Park in the heart of the city for a free screening of The Pursuit of Happyness, that Will Smith flick about hard times in the Bay Area filmed in, well, the Bay Area.
Welcome to "Transported", our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.
A hot button issue for people in the 7x7 offices with cars is how, why, when and where parking on the Dolores and Valencia Street medians is legal. And besides, doesn't it seem strange for a liberal town like San Francisco to mix church and state?
As far as big-name roasters in San Francisco go, none are bigger than Blue Bottle. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it like gulls to an untended ham sandwich. The company has been on an expansionist tear in the last couple of years. Since 2008, it has opened new locations at Mint Plaza, the Ferry Building, Jack London Square in Oakland and, perhaps most famously, Brooklyn. But for years, there's been one notable part of town where Blue Bottle has been eclipsed by other roasters: The Mission. No more. Thanks to one gorgeous new cafe and restaurant that's just opening, and another coffee cart site on the way, the Mission is about to enter a new blue phase.
Lazy Sundays in Dolores Park are about to get a whole lot lazier, thanks to CityMint's new iPhone app. It's a free service that delivers meals from nearby restaurants straight to your picnic blanket. They launched in New York's Central Park last month and are now bringing their service DP revelers.
Beginning this Saturday, you'll be able to order delivery from Rhea's Deli (which we coincidentally just endorsed in our 'Stuff We Like' blog), Serrano's Pizza, Rosamunde, Jay's Cheesesteaks and Frjtz Gourmet Belgium Fries directly to the park. Orders are charged at regular menu price and the delivery is free through eco-friendly bike-delivery service TCB Courier.
Battling bitter cold yesterday, the participants in this year's Boxwars Battle really flew those freak flags high, bringing out their inner warriors for an epic battle of cardboard in Dolores Park.
Filmed on top of that green storage container, you can see a samurai, a giraffe, some sort of car, a robot and bunches of other cardboard warriors savagely duking it out for victory in this video, posted yesterday on Mission Mission. Though it's still nothing compared to what goes on in Europe or Canada, our mini version looks pretty badass.