The New Mission

San Francisco is littered with these wonderful old cinemas, relics of a bygone era that are now being converted into condos or gyms or 99 cent stores.  This was one of my favorites, in part because of the way it looks, but also because it seems to be making an announcement: New Mission.  Jutting up into the sky taller than anything around, this old cinema sign can be seen up and down Mission Street.  And what a street it is, filled with Salvadorian Mexican Tacqueria’s, hipster bars, dive bars, quirky little stores and a very diverse population of residences.  Which is why it’s such an exciting and constantly fascinating place to explore.

I spent my last night eating there and most of my week in San Francisco walking the streets of the Mission on my own mission, to seek out chic and cheap places to eat.  Markets, grocery stores and interesting shops (food and otherwise, I have a thing for bookstores).

Needless to say 5 days was only enough time to scratch the surface of this new and every changing Mission.  So stay tuned!

I have 4 more restaurants that I need to tell you about along with some other food related thoughts.  I just got in the door, it’s 1:40 in the morning and I have to say what I always do when I get home from a trip:  I love traveling almost as much as I love cooking, but there is nothing I love more then coming home.


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:
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