Wendy Voorsanger in her novel skin at Burning Man. Click the photo for more.
One of the side benefits of Numéro Cinq is the outrageously extensive network of friends, contributors, passionate readers and interested parties committed to the cause. My son Jonah, himself an NC contributor, is on a work term (from University of Waterloo) in San Francisco. He moved there late August, but before that, I put out the word to the NC Tribe and got some amazingly helpful responses. Best of all was Wendy Voorsanger (check out her contributions in the Art contents page, or click the photo above, or read her What It’s Like Living Here essay) who offered Jonah a place to stay till he got on his feet, a warm and generous (thoughtful, caring — I could go on) invitation from someone with a family of her own to look after. Jonah moved into an apartment at the beginning of September, but Wendy’s parting gift was a quick & dirty list of the best things to see and do during his four months in San Francisco. The list made me want to move to SF. Hell, the whole thing made me want Wendy to adopt me. I thought it was too good to leave in an email. So here it is. A friend’s advice to my son on what to experience in a new city. I am eternally grateful.
Jonah on Telegraph Hill. Click the photo for his NC Archive Page.
1. Off The Grid food truck dinner market (http://offthegridsf.com). I suggest the Haight on Thursday night or Fort Mason on Friday night. If you do Fort Mason on Friday, you can pair it with SFBATS improv comedy theater (http://www.improv.org). Super funny, and cheap entertainment.
2. Have pasta and chianti in North Beach.
3. Visit Coit Tower to see gorgeous WPA frescos painted inside (some by Ralph Stackpole, who did the nudes in our dining room of Conrad’s grandmother, when she/they were young). Don’t forget to go to the top!
4. Have cheap Chinese food in China Town, I suggest Hunan Home’s Restaurant.
5. City Lights Books, Green Apple Books, Dog Eared Books.
6. Visit the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and bike through the park (it’s closed to traffic on Sundays) to the ocean beach and have lunch at the Beach Chalet. Upstairs is sit down, out back is more casual. Don’t forget to check out the frescos inside here too.
7. Walk (or bike) from Crissy Field for Ft. Point Cafe under the Golden Gate Bridge on a sunny day.
8. Bike over the GG Bridge.
9. Take a ferry to Tiburon and have brunch at Sam’s Cafe outside on the pier.
10. Get a burrito at La Taqueria in the Mission.
11. Walk behind the MLK waterfall in Yerba Buena Park. Read the wall.
12. See a movie at the Kabuki Theater.
13. Order a California Roll at Sushi Boat Restaurant.
14. Visit the SF Art Institute (a private art school founded by Ansel Adams) and ask to visit the Diego River Mural in the main gallery.
15. Attend a Litquake event, SF’s literary festival in October.
16. Visit Stanford in Palo Alto.
17. Visit UC Berkley across the Bay.
18. Visit Muir Woods in Marin and see the giant Sequoia Redwoods.
19. SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) in Capitola.
20. Climb Mt. Tamalpais all the day to the fire look out on a clear day for a 360 view of the Bay Area.
(21. Visit Steve Jarret at Facebook!)