Mission Street Art and Musings

The Mission district in SF is known for it’s murals, which are plentiful and often amazing, but what has really caught my eye so far are these two pieces of street art.  In part I think because they are easier to take in then some of the bigger, wilder murals.  I’m feeling very overwhelmed by all that San Francisco has to offer.  What an amazing food city:  you can’t walk a block without coming across an organic Japanese place or a sustainable, local, independent grocery store.

At first when I decided to focus this years trip here on the Mission I thought it was because it was the best place to get cheap, good food. Now I’m wondering if it isn’t that whereever I travel in the world I always find the neighborhood that most reminds me of my favorite neighborhoods in New York. Not that the Mission is really like anywhere else (it’s not);  it’s a wonderfully unique and singular spot.  Where else in the world do you get the combination of Art Deco architecture, 99 cent stores residing in the remains of amazing old theaters,  and Salvadorian/Mexican taquerias adjacent to trendy hipster bars?  It is unique to this very special and alive San Francisco neighborhood.  Already I can tell you 5 days here is not enough.  But that’s OK:  it’s just an excuse to come back.

Now I have to run to catch a train.  Today is my pilgrimage day.  I’m off to Berkeley for lunch at Chez Panisse.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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