There's a little place about three doors down from my apartment called Lee's Sandwiches. Here it is:
They have awesome banh mi, but it's the croissants that are to die for. It's like eating the wings of an angel that have sprinkled by fairy dust and filled with the breath of a pixie.
OK, that sounded a little disturbing. Suffice it to say: Delicious croissants.
2. My neighborhood.
I live in San Francisco's most rundown, most crime-ridden, most socially decrepit area. It's called the Tenderloin.
And I love it.
Each day, I cross paths with any number of homeless residents, many of whom are talking nonsense to no one in particular. I encounter drug dealers and prostitutes. And yet nestled in this place I call home are great restaurants, cool little shops, and the joy of never knowing what I might see next. Sometimes, the strange sights are more gross than strange: some guy peeing in the street. Other times, they defy description: a guy wearing a mink coat, a fedora, and elaborate designer jeans.
All this, and only four blocks from City Hall. Behold, my neighborhood, the Tenderloin:
It isn't pretty, but we find comfort in each other out here.
I really hope to be moving there in the next couple of months. I might have to hit you up for living area recommendations, if you'd be so kind.
Best thing about SF... sorry, I got nothing. San Jose- let's see, Sharks, good Pho. SF? Let's see, 6 of us tested positive for whooping cough courtesy of some filthy bastard sitting one row up from us at a Giants game that kept coughing behind us. One of us (not me) got sick bad with a 103 fever, the rest of us were put into quarantine by the county (seriously!) and a 5-day dose of Cipro. My fond memories of SF besides my daily 1 1/2 hr drive each way there and back over 2 bridges. /bitter rage
Jeez @kevin-v i remember walking down tenderloin (more specifically Turk St.) saw a dude get taken down by police right in front of me amongst the hoboes and druggies. How do you do it?
Living among the most.. undesireable I think is great for perspective. So many people are too sheltered to know what the real world can be like.
I haven't had a good Croissant in so many years (15+).. I would definitely love to try one so highly lauded! I will have to make a note of that in case I'm ever visiting.
Have you been a victim of crime in Tenderloin? I would imagine that could put some people off. Only visited SF once back in the early 2000's but I really liked it. You have an excellent Maritime Museum. :P
Aw...I want to come back and stay in the Tenderloin again....Loved Loved Love it there with you...Neat experience...Hope to do it again.....
Nice. I also live in a pretty ghetto area, so I know what you mean. You must be a pretty positive guy in order to LIKE that...
No mention of easy access to the bay? I have yet to make it to the west coast. I imagine it's a bit more smug than how it is on the east coast lol
@chicknfeet more smug on the westcoast? Not at all. I was born on the eastcoast and moved out west later on. Little more easy going and laid back out west imo. Definatly not more smug.
I have never been to San Fran and i would love to go there one day. Not sure i would ever live there, due to cost of living, but it would be a dream vacation location.
The one time I visited San Francisco I was staying in a neighborhood similar to the one described here. While waiting in front of our hotel a rather disheveled looking individual approached me, started at me for a while, and stated: "you are quite tall. Do you play Basketball?" I was at first very nervous and then very relieved. The city certainly has character (and characters).