If you want to have a successful night out in this town, you need a plan—and it better be a good one. Since it's not always easy to strike that perfect balance between pre-dinner drink, food and a show, we bring you the Triple Threat series — a block-by-block guide to nights out that only require one parking space. Today we're all over the Mission.
Last night, I came up with the perfect idea for Halloween and since I'm not into dressing up myself, you can have my ultimate mixologist costume. All it entails is a mustache, suspenders, a page boy cap, a shaker, and an ice pick for making perfect ice. Obscure bitters would be good. For a little gore, add some fake blood to the tip of the ice pick which you can say is from the customer you stabbed when they asked for a vodka tonic.
I caught up with visual designer Shawn Carrico, while standing in line at the SF Street Food Festival, last Saturday in the Mission. His red bow-tie and wicked-sharp glasses immediately caught my attention but, while he's incorporated great details, his outfit is still refreshingly casual -- and thus, street food appropriate. Shawn said his favorite eats at the festival were the Penang Curry Bomb Bun and Sharbat from Azalina's.
If you're looking for San Francisco's next rising fahions stars, the best view will be from The Summit. The Mission's buzziest new community space is being taken over by the local design community tomorrow night for Project San Francisco, an annual fashion event spotlighting the newest talent on the fashion scene.
Upon stepping into Artillery Apparel Gallery, you're immediately faced with a huge, gold framed easel, holding a t-shirt, stretched like canvas, in various stages of painting. This is no upright screen-print job, but rather, hand-painted t-shirts by Artillery AG's owner, Ivan Lopez.
Lopez is straight up, born-and-bred Mission hip. After studying Industrial Design at Pratt and selling his shirts on street corners in NYC, he returned to SF and open Artillery AG right in his hometown hood -- the Mission.
The Mission has many, shall we say, interesting smells. The one we like best? The oh so distinct scent of vintage clothing.
And while we have a soft spot for that musty scent, we love Minxy's Boutique even more for not having it. Minxy's is a one-stop vintage shop that flaunts everything from pointy 80s pumps to bold 60s costume jewelry, with decades of clothing in between.
There was a parade of cuteness on display as Valencia Street's "small village" celebrated the grand opening of their new baby-centric location, Aldea Niños, at 1017 Valencia! Tasty treats were on offer, as well as special prizes for the costume contest run by the Mission District Family Committee.
Photos: Jessica Skloven
After their draw with South Africa, Mexico needed a win, and for more than a morale boost. As soon as the Mexico v. France match ended, the horns of celebration started up in the Mission. If you don't have a team yet, Mexico is a good choice if only for the sheer joy in the Mission when the team wins. The Mission was in full-on celebration mode for about an hour. Mexico's next match is against Uruguay on Tuesday, June 22, so call in to work with car trouble or food poisoning and find a bar open for the match at 7am PST. Mexico only needs a draw to advance. Video after the jump...
The 24th Street BART station is my regular stop on the way home to Bernal Heights and lately, it's become much more colorful in a very Mexican way. Not only are there the usual tamale ladies and flower vendors, and guys selling strawberries in season, but now you'll find a bevy of stands selling sunglasses and more on the weekends, like a little market. There's also there's a new chicharrónes vendor and now this new hot dog vendor (very official looking, generator and all), like a beacon, illuminating the cold nights. (From what I can see, the woman working it also sell huevos—in what form, I'm not sure.)
We're wrapping up the Big Eat as I type. So, let's hear it: Has anyone tried the hot dog stand out? Worth it or not? You tell us.