I am not going to lie — well, right now at least. I enjoy stepping onto the escalator at Barnes & Noble, running my fingers across the spines of crisp and shiny tomes, and spending $24.95 on one brand spankin’ new paperback that will inherently lose value as soon as I strut out of the store. I’m not going to wax poetic about how I love the smell of the dusty books in my municipal library stacks. It’s a nice notion, but in reality, aging doesn’t exactly turn me on.
But, but, what I will concede is that used bookstores and libraries are a gold mine of scarce and out-of-print books, books that not even Google knows about, that have never seen the light of Amazon, and that will go on largely forgotten and unpublicized until some heroic blogger (ahem) decides to plug them. We are lucky enough to have one of our own used bookstores in our midst, the Russian Hill Bookstore (2234 Polk at Green).
The shop is the source of the latest addition to my home library, a hilarious cookbook by a ’60s ad man. Want to hear about it? (more…)
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I’m not much of figure skating follower, but when I heard that Olympian champ Brian Boitano lives and shops in Russian Hill, I felt a tad star-struck. Boitano, as it turns out, is also skilled in the kitchen, and premieres his very own cooking show, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, on the Food Network this month. Not surprisingly, he finds most of what he needs right near his house:
He frequents Cheese Plus (2001 Polk at Pacific) for gourmet items, Real Foods for his everyday groceries (2140 Polk at Broadway), and rice pudding joint Loving Cup (2356 Polk at Pacific) for his usual treat of frozen yogurt mixed with berries.
For meats and seafood, he cops to venturing to the Marina and Laurel Village. Since Real Foods (shown above) does have a limited selection of those menu essentials, I’ll let that slide.
The funnest part of this news tidbit is the sneak peek trailer for Boitano’s new series. In the video, he cruises Polk in a red sequined, one-piece skating pantsuit, passing local landmark the Alhambra Theater (slash Crunch) and La Boulange, and stopping by the Loving Cup, Cole Hardware, Russian Hill Bookstore, and some other spots. To see it, (more…)
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