Just got here from Australia, let's meet up
posted July 6, 2011 4:55 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat July 23 at 3:00 PM, Start at CELLspace?
2050 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Afternoon: Mission mural tour! I'm right in CELLspace which is a big mural in and of itself so we can start there. Also any fun secrets along the way. Evening: drinks/food/hang out/chat. Woo!
I've been in SF about 3 weeks now for my San Fran Plan arts residency (@ cellspace) and I'd love to meet local Mefites to find out more about the city & what it holds. Show me your city :)
posted by divabat to Meetup (96 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm pretty new to the area and I'd love to go as well!
posted by Little Orphan Ennui at 6:24 PM on July 6, 2011

Another meetup? Sure, why the hell not?
posted by asterix at 9:24 PM on July 6, 2011

Cellspace is awesome! They have tango lessons there every Wednesday.

I could be down for a meetup. Any day in particular?
posted by Afroblanco at 11:12 PM on July 6, 2011

Woohoo, another meetup! I might even make it to this one instead of accidentally forgetting. What kind of adventures shall we embark on?
posted by polexa at 12:14 AM on July 7, 2011

Did I just miss one?!

I have a workshop monday nights, but otherwise am flexible.

I love watching the tango classes, one time they danced to lemon tree & I was quite taken by it.
posted by divabat at 4:37 AM on July 7, 2011

You just missed a couple. But we're meetuppy like that, so no worries. (The most recent one was scotch meetup part deux, in the East Bay, which I heard was awesome. My back was meh so I missed it.)
posted by rtha at 5:45 AM on July 7, 2011

How long are you here and what would you like to be shown? SF is a great place for walking around and exploring so if you'd enjoy a walking tour we could do that as a meetup, as a pre-meetup (walk, then drink) or independently.

I'm pretty flexible (the upside of being unemployed) so I could do a daytime hike pretty much any time. It's been a while since we admired the birds at Crissy Field - anybody up for that?
posted by Quietgal at 7:00 AM on July 7, 2011

I think we've had 4 meetups in the last month? So we're kind of on a roll here. Our default is usually a BART-accessible bar in the evening, but we can do hikes or picnics or bonfires or roller derby or or or...
posted by gingerbeer at 10:52 AM on July 7, 2011

Allow me to be the first to suggest Frjtz.
posted by asterix at 11:08 AM on July 7, 2011 [4 favorites]

You're an evil man is what you are.
posted by rtha at 11:29 AM on July 7, 2011

Seconding a walking tour. My own favorite is from the Ferry Building ending up at Ocean Beach, starting up Telegraph Hill to see the parrots, murals, and Coit Tower. Random walks always turn up interesting stuff, and there are good places to eat everywhere. Can't do weekdays, Sundays are probably best for walking tours.

Also coming up soon (July 17, thanks Google Calendar) is the Nature Friends Summerfest on Mount Tam. It's a short hike down from the road to a German Polkafest on the side of a mountain. It's easy to combine the hike with the Dipsea trail if you want a good workout before consuming brats and steins of beer.
posted by benzenedream at 11:29 AM on July 7, 2011

I'm out of town till Sunday, but anytime after that is great.
posted by yaymukund at 11:56 AM on July 7, 2011

posted by eugenen at 2:22 PM on July 7, 2011

please please for a Friday night or Saturday...
posted by MillMan at 2:44 PM on July 7, 2011

I'm leaving the Bay Area for NYC and I wanted to come out for a meetup before I do, so count me in. I'm up for whatever.
posted by whir at 3:43 PM on July 7, 2011

some of us have actually never been to frjtz.
posted by madcaptenor at 4:06 PM on July 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

A walking tour of murals in the Mission (ideas here) would also offer the chance for a combined bar- and taqueria-tour.

Weekend afternoons work best for me as long as I'm not racing.
posted by dolface at 5:12 PM on July 7, 2011 [2 favorites]

I'd like to vote for a non-Wednesday meetup. Please cater to my whims. And, I was just in Fritz last night.
posted by loriginedumonde at 6:07 PM on July 7, 2011

well I'm here for a creative sexytimes adventure and part of me is tempted to suggest a strip club run XD
I've mostly been around The Mission and SOMA, so anything away from that would be nifty.

I'm writing this from Noisebridge - it stuns me that spaces like these EXIST. I wonder what other secrets this city holds!

Also I am on a mission for as much American food as possible, and I have heard that SF is good for clam chowder and salt-water taffy.
posted by divabat at 6:52 PM on July 7, 2011

Also burritos, but if you've been spending time in the Mission you know that already.
posted by madcaptenor at 7:12 PM on July 7, 2011

A bowl of chowder is certainly doable, but keep in mind that San Francisco isn't really about "American food" (whatever that is exactly), it's about fusion. San Francisco is the city where, for example, you can start your day with a bacon doughnut and one-of-a-kind coffee, munch on some local sourdough bread with some delicious Bay Area cheeses for a snack, have world-class Dim Sum for lunch, snag an amazing taco from a truck on the street in the afternoon, amazing Italian for dinner, and fresh hand-made ice cream from a hole-in-the-wall creamery for desert. Even much of our "American food" is, rather like American culture in some ways, a hodgepodge of everything. This was dubbed California Cuisine, but is now often known as "New American Cuisine" after the concept spread nationwide. But part of the SF experience is definitely all about the variety and blend of cuisines available. I'm sure this thread can turn into a massive recommendation frenzy if you have anything you're looking for.

By all means do have the classic burgers and fries experience though, for which you simply have to get over to In-N-Out!
posted by zachlipton at 7:32 PM on July 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

If San Francisco has a Native Food, it is cioppino, which is a vaguely Italian fish stew that is unknown in Italy, because it was invented by fishermen here. We don't really do clam chowder - I mean, I know you can get it in bread bowls at the ball park and places near Fisherman's Wharf; it's not really a clam town. For good chowder (chowdah), put Boston on your list. I have been unaware of our reputation as a saltwater taffy town, but that may be my East Coast bias showing - I associate with Provincetown, or the Jersey Shore.

Eat your way through the Cowgirl Creamery cheese shop, or the cafe next door, at the Ferry Building - the make their own cheese, and showcase other local cheeses (and some not so local, but American).

zach hit the nail on the head when describing my ideal day, foodwise. I might head to nopa, which epitomizes Bay Area locavore rustic (IMO), or its Mexican sister restaurant, nopalito, to make it a really perfect day. Although I can always be talked into standing in line for a table at Delfina for their warm grilled calamari and white bean salad. Or there's the chicken at Zuni....God, now I'm starving.
posted by rtha at 8:08 PM on July 7, 2011

Salt-water taffy? Whaddaya think this is, New Jersey?

We more than make up for the lack of salt-water taffy with other excellent food. However, notice that nobody has mentioned pizza. This is our civic shame, the pizza here. Do not judge us by our pizza.

Anyway, sounds like a walking tour appeals to a bunch of people. Divabat wants SF secrets, so how about we pool our favorite secrets or little-known gems and put together an itinerary?

My votes: the Filbert Steps and Marchant Gardens on Telegraph Hill is #1 by a long shot (also gets the Benzenedream seal of approval), and the secret shoe garden at Alamo Square is small but wacky.
posted by Quietgal at 9:02 PM on July 7, 2011 [2 favorites]

There's some amazing action lately in thin crust pizza in SF lately. Delfina's of course, but also Tony's, Zero Zero, and Una Pizza Napolitana. I've also heard good things about the pizzas at Pi Bar, which we had a meetup at a few months ago...
posted by jasper411 at 9:28 PM on July 7, 2011

So a few days ago I learned that Mission Pie (which makes, well, pie) exists and is around the corner from Pi Bar (which makes pi?). As a mathologist this amuses me.
posted by madcaptenor at 9:44 PM on July 7, 2011

If you want a strip club, let me suggest the Lusty Lady, our unionized strip club. North Beach also makes for a good SF walking tour, including the Filbert Steps.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:05 PM on July 7, 2011

A walking tour of murals in the Mission (ideas here) would also offer the chance for a combined bar- and taqueria-tour.

Weekend afternoons work best for me as long as I'm not racing.

I vote for this because I have some goofy dietary considerations and would rather not go to a sit-down restaurant.
posted by Little Orphan Ennui at 6:54 AM on July 8, 2011

I'd be down w/ the mural tour. I love the Mission, and that's my favorite way to show someone its myriad wonders.
posted by Afroblanco at 8:39 AM on July 8, 2011

I would be around after the 11th. Anything sounds cool, barring human sacrifice.
posted by TwelveTwo at 6:10 PM on July 8, 2011

That's a shame, TwelveTwo, because I've decided I only go to meetups that include human sacrifice and butchering the human and serving them in burrito form.
posted by madcaptenor at 7:32 PM on July 8, 2011

Al pastor-style or carnitas-style?
posted by rtha at 9:06 PM on July 8, 2011

Al pastor-style or carnitas-style?

Sesos, clearly.
posted by asterix at 10:29 PM on July 8, 2011 [3 favorites]

We served our pastor al pastor.
posted by benzenedream at 12:46 AM on July 9, 2011

rtha: you got me so starving with those restaurants. Nopa, Delfina (their new place Locanda was pretty awesome too when I tried it last month), and Zuni are all very much on the list of my all time favorite restaurants. This is particularly dangerous as I live more or less equidistant from all three.

Fortunately, you guys started discussing human sacrifice and such now, which did diminish my appetite somewhat.
posted by zachlipton at 2:54 AM on July 9, 2011

Hey divabat, it looks like popular opinion is favoring a walking tour of Mission murals, which is a fine idea for a meetup, but if you want to explore other parts of the city I'd be happy to go with you some other day. Just let me know (here or by MeMail).
posted by Quietgal at 10:35 AM on July 9, 2011

I haven't really thought through my new burrito plan, so I'm not sure whether I prefer al pastor or carnitas; I'll have to do some taste-testing.
posted by madcaptenor at 2:50 PM on July 9, 2011

I might come. This better be at the Frijtz. Screw all y'all haterz.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 4:09 PM on July 9, 2011

Great al pastor is better than the greatest carnitas. But terrible carnitas are better than terrible al pastor. The floor is set higher for carnitas, but the ceiling is higher for al pastor.
posted by TwelveTwo at 5:53 PM on July 9, 2011

(Take away: You are statistically more likely to enjoy the carnitas than the al pastor, but you should always chance it just in case you might be wowed.)
posted by TwelveTwo at 5:56 PM on July 9, 2011

I like this plan. Although if we go the cannibal route I'm sticking with human flavored tofu.
posted by grapesaresour at 6:10 PM on July 9, 2011

How about Tommy's Joynt?
There's no place
any place
quite like this place
so this must be
the place.

posted by finite at 6:53 PM on July 9, 2011

Just had an excellent al pastor burrito (or is it "burrito al pastor"?) but i'm pretty sure it was made with pig.
posted by madcaptenor at 7:05 PM on July 9, 2011

Coulda been long pig.
posted by rtha at 7:12 PM on July 9, 2011 [2 favorites]

They had a sign up saying they had fixed all their health code violations. But maybe they don't even bother prohibiting long pig in the health codes because of course nobody would do that?
posted by madcaptenor at 8:49 PM on July 9, 2011

It's San Francisco - all the talk of banning foie gras came to nothing, so why would they even try to ban long pig? It would be a losing battle from the start in a town as obsessed with food as this one.
posted by rtha at 8:58 PM on July 9, 2011

Why not do two meetups, one for the burrito/mural/Missionaries, and the other for the cross-city walking tour?

The Mission has a lot of great stuff, but it's easy to get stuck there and navel gaze. I had a Mission-dwelling friend who once said the area South of Cesar Chavez was like "a whole different world".

Pizza Nostra in Potrero Hill does offer a Cannibal Pizza.
posted by benzenedream at 10:35 PM on July 9, 2011

Let's do that. Two. I like that.
We could also do twelve meetups.
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:15 AM on July 10, 2011

I'm up for anything as long as it's weekends and sort of BART-accessible. mmm, carnitas.
posted by casarkos at 9:57 PM on July 10, 2011

apres 3 p.m.?!

Anyone gonna nail something down?
posted by ambient2 at 1:13 AM on July 11, 2011

I live in the city and never been to a meetup... I want to join in!
posted by mrspeacock at 8:50 AM on July 12, 2011

I am all for barting, drinking, and such.

Walking around? meh. Unless it's a picnic featuring the awesome mostly beans picnic table and fuds.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 3:46 PM on July 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Make up your mind already : p
posted by divabat at 7:36 PM on July 12, 2011

i'm interested in coming but also would like to know what is happening ;)
posted by raw sugar at 9:28 PM on July 12, 2011

Divabat, since you are both the meetup proposer and guest of honor, I think you should decide. Just choose a date and format (e.g., walking tour of the Mission and/or or beer-drinking session, etc - whatever appeals to you) and we locals will gladly help with the logistical details. More than one meetup to accommodate different interests is OK too, as we really like our meetups here.
posted by Quietgal at 9:20 AM on July 13, 2011

I'm sorry and late to all this, but what dates are being proposed? I'm moving from SF > Massachusetts in a month or so and both of the proposed ideas sound like lovely ways to say goodbye to my city.

I had a Mission-dwelling friend who once said the area South of Cesar Chavez was like "a whole different world".
I used to teach out there. It's funny how many folks think Portola, Silver Terrace, Vis Valley, the Excelsior doesn't really exist. Or is part of Daly City.

posted by smirkette at 10:10 PM on July 13, 2011

When is this HAPPENING?? ??A?A?A?
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:02 AM on July 14, 2011

OK! Next week, saturday afternoon, 3pm walking tour.food & drinks after.
posted by divabat at 6:37 AM on July 14, 2011

Oof....I may be out of town for this. If I'm not, my lovely wife and I will be in attendance.
posted by Pecinpah at 10:49 AM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

Just as a note, if the walking tour is in the Mission, this concert is happening in Potrero del Sol park and might be worth a stop, or a walk-by.
posted by whir at 11:59 AM on July 14, 2011

Saturday the 23rd at 3:00?
posted by TwelveTwo at 1:09 PM on July 14, 2011

Rats! I'm flying out that day at 6am. Have a great time everyone, and hope you have an awesome time in SF, divabat.
posted by jasper411 at 2:13 PM on July 14, 2011

How long are you in town for, divabat? The Bar exam is Tuesday 7/26-Thurs 7/28 so I'm gonna be in panic cram study cave mode over the weekend in question, but I'd love to catch up again sometime before you go!
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 2:40 PM on July 14, 2011

cool....good chance I will be there.
posted by MillMan at 2:55 PM on July 14, 2011

I plan to be there! CELLspace is 2050 Bryant between 18th and 19th, right? It sounds like an interesting place - can you show us around before we start our walk? (I can get there a little early if nobody else wants a tour.)
posted by Quietgal at 8:50 PM on July 14, 2011

Hell yea.
posted by MattMangels at 9:55 PM on July 14, 2011

Sounds fun. I'm game.
posted by mistersquid at 2:27 AM on July 15, 2011

It's within stumbling distance of our house, so I reckon we're in!
posted by rtha at 8:29 AM on July 15, 2011

I'm in!
posted by yaymukund at 11:08 AM on July 15, 2011

Ack, I'm out at Lassen volcano park that weekend. Next time!
posted by benzenedream at 3:31 PM on July 15, 2011

I think I'll be coming back from a little trip to Santa Cruz on Saturday, so I'm a maybe-catch-up-with-ya.
posted by grapesaresour at 3:32 PM on July 15, 2011

I'm here till the end of august - I've got a show in cellspace (yup quietgal right address) august 18th, come along (or help!).
posted by divabat at 6:35 AM on July 16, 2011

Wait, you're talking about the 23rd? I just got back from NC and I assumed I'd missed it. But I might be able to make it after all.
posted by tangerine at 8:46 PM on July 16, 2011

I recently moved to SF, so this will be my first meetup here!
posted by Idle Curiosity at 1:26 PM on July 20, 2011

Ooh! Ooh! Count me in!

posted by clorox at 5:54 PM on July 22, 2011

So, AT&T is coming to my house some time between 8:00am and 8:00pm. I want to be there because my DSL is sick and I want them to make it healthy. When they come dictates whether / when I will show up.
posted by aubilenon at 11:52 PM on July 22, 2011

I think I can make it. Also, divabat, thinking about meeting you reminded me to look up the SF Slutwalk & I see it's now scheduled for Aug 6. You still planning on going?
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 1:17 AM on July 23, 2011

:( I might not make it after all.
posted by TwelveTwo at 10:42 AM on July 23, 2011

I'm still planning to be there at 3. I don't have a smartphone so I can't check the thread after I leave the house around 2:30 - are we meeting inside CELLspace (if so, where? I've never been there). Or should we wait outside the front door?
posted by Quietgal at 12:50 PM on July 23, 2011

posted by aubilenon at 2:17 PM on July 23, 2011

Our afternoon has been snatched from us for reasons beyond our control, but if someone texts me or drops a note in the thread if/when y'all settle for eating and drinking, we might be able to join you for that. Memail for my #. Sorry for the last-minute notice!
posted by rtha at 2:59 PM on July 23, 2011

Hey! So I'm inside cellspace getting some henna done. Talk amongst yourselves but I'll be done soon :)
posted by divabat at 3:08 PM on July 23, 2011

Quietgal & papagayo are here with me & my spouse. Anybody else coming? Matt Mangels too.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 3:10 PM on July 23, 2011

Running late? We're still out front. But soon we will not be.
posted by madcaptenor at 3:38 PM on July 23, 2011

Did I miss you guys? Where can I meet up with you?
posted by aubilenon at 4:52 PM on July 23, 2011

We are working our way westward
on 24th. Currently at 24th and Treat.
posted by madcaptenor at 4:56 PM on July 23, 2011

My day has been consumed by post moving activities and while I love it dearly, walking around the mission is the last thing I want to do right now. If there are drink plans for later I might be in, though.
posted by whir at 5:01 PM on July 23, 2011

Outside 24th st Bart.
posted by madcaptenor at 5:14 PM on July 23, 2011

Someone post or memail me their phone number so I can check in when I get near.
posted by aubilenon at 5:16 PM on July 23, 2011

Today didn't work out as planned. Sorry to miss this one.
posted by mistersquid at 5:21 PM on July 23, 2011

So sorry I missed this! Not at all an interesting story— I took the bus and accidentally went to my workplace instead of transferring to the mission. Please have another one soon!
posted by yaymukund at 5:21 PM on July 23, 2011

We're waiting for aubileon at 24th st bart.
posted by divabat at 5:26 PM on July 23, 2011

oh shit, I'll be a few minutes still. I'm hurrying!
posted by aubilenon at 5:30 PM on July 23, 2011

I mefi mailed you my number
posted by divabat at 5:43 PM on July 23, 2011

We are at nombe (21st & mission) if you want to join us for drinks
posted by divabat at 6:05 PM on July 23, 2011

"you run a restaurant in san francisco...you learn that people want food."
- madcaptenor
posted by divabat at 6:16 PM on July 23, 2011

Fun to see y'all again / meet you! Looking forward to next time.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 8:24 AM on July 24, 2011

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