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New Clarion Alley “title card” mural

New Clarion Alley “title card” mural

Hard to argue with this one, actually. 16th and Valencia.

Hard to argue with this one, actually. 16th and Valencia.

Downtown Taquerias That Are NOT Chipotle

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME to share your opinions about this list. With that in mind:

A co-worker came in from lunch today with Chipotle, and when I mocked him for it, he said (and this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, if you can believe it) that there isn’t anywhere else to get Mexican food downtown. This is COMPLETELY FALSE. We live in a city where there are literally at least 8 taquerias on every block. I think it’s a zoning rule. So here you go, as a public service, a list of just a handful of the many, many non-Chipotle taquerias downtown: 

Let me reiterate: PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME to share your opinions about this list. PLEASE DO FEEL FREE to share this list with co-workers who come back to the office with Chipotle.

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Transamerica keyhole view

Transamerica keyhole view

New podcast posted this weekend…
fortherecordpodcast:

In Episode #6 of For the Record, we discuss Spoon’s “They Want My Soul.”
Episode link: http://fortherecordpodcast.com/podcasts/download.php?filename=2014-09-14_ftr-episode-06-spoon-they-want-my-soul.mp3
Subscribe to the podcast by copying and pasting this XML feed into your favorite podcatcher’s “subscribe” field: http://fortherecordpodcast.com/podcasts/feed.xml or by clicking here for iTunes: itpc://fortherecordpodcast.com/podcasts/feed.xml
Listen on SoundCloud (please note that the SoundCloud link will eventually expire): https://soundcloud.com/fortherecordpodcast-1/for-the-record-episode-6-spoons-they-want-my-soul
Or tune in to BFF.fm to hear us Thursdays at 9:30am!

New podcast posted this weekend…

fortherecordpodcast:

In Episode #6 of For the Record, we discuss Spoon’s “They Want My Soul.”

Episode link: http://fortherecordpodcast.com/podcasts/download.php?filename=2014-09-14_ftr-episode-06-spoon-they-want-my-soul.mp3

Subscribe to the podcast by copying and pasting this XML feed into your favorite podcatcher’s “subscribe” field: http://fortherecordpodcast.com/podcasts/feed.xml or by clicking here for iTunes: itpc://fortherecordpodcast.com/podcasts/feed.xml

Listen on SoundCloud (please note that the SoundCloud link will eventually expire): https://soundcloud.com/fortherecordpodcast-1/for-the-record-episode-6-spoons-they-want-my-soul

Or tune in to BFF.fm to hear us Thursdays at 9:30am!

I love that this sign advises that they are “ripening like banana dates.” It’s like the John Hodgman bit where he reads a recipe for owl from an old cookbook that advises you to fricasee it “as you would a blackbird.” Who knows, maybe somebody knows what *both* barhee and banana dates are, but I am not that person.

I love that this sign advises that they are “ripening like banana dates.” It’s like the John Hodgman bit where he reads a recipe for owl from an old cookbook that advises you to fricasee it “as you would a blackbird.” Who knows, maybe somebody knows what *both* barhee and banana dates are, but I am not that person.

The bounty of Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

The bounty of Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

Tomato season at Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

Tomato season at Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays at lunch

Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays at lunch

Huh, haven’t seen this turned on in a long time. Good thing we’re in the middle of a devastating drought.

Huh, haven’t seen this turned on in a long time. Good thing we’re in the middle of a devastating drought.

He was almost too cool to turn when I made the “kiss kiss” noise #WHOSAGOODBOY

He was almost too cool to turn when I made the “kiss kiss” noise #WHOSAGOODBOY

McLaren Park water tower at dusk

McLaren Park water tower at dusk

Tracking @SFBART’s changes to the broken escalator sign at Glen Park: originally it said 9/5, then 9/12, now it looks like the date’s been intentionally obfuscated (today is 9/15). The counting continues!

Tracking @SFBART’s changes to the broken escalator sign at Glen Park: originally it said 9/5, then 9/12, now it looks like the date’s been intentionally obfuscated (today is 9/15). The counting continues!

Temporary mural in progress on Market near McAllister

Temporary mural in progress on Market near McAllister

St. Paul’s in the twilight

St. Paul’s in the twilight