San Francisco Recap
If I had to pick one place to live in San Francisco, I would certainly want to make my digs right here, above Jumpin Java. I love tight urban houses like these. And I love coffee. Jumpin Java is nestled between a block of row houses at 139 Noe Street, between Duboce and Market. It’s a quiet street with a leafy canopy of trees providing shade as you pass the day reading books on the history of San Francisco architecture. It’s the perfect picture and definition of a neighborhood coffee shop.
I usually don’t care to take my laptop when I travel. For short trips I use a messenger bag with a few clothes and sundries. If you’re just need a computer to check mail and/or your favorite blogs, (and not giving an important powerpoint presentation,) there’s really no need to carry a laptop to big cities where there’s internet cafes scattered about. You just need to find a good one. Actually make one with SECURE computers which aren’t loaded with crapware. Hint: if there’s toolbars already loaded on IE turn around and run. Fortunately I found Quetzal, located at Polk and Vallejo, in downtown San Francisco. They offer several complete Mac workstations with a view of Polk Street, where you’ll see busy office workers rapidly navigating around the lethargic homeless. The staff was friendly, and the coffee cake was enormous. Online at www.coffeeandcocoa.com
I found people really love crepes in San Francisco. Being the type 1 diabetic I am I usually opt for the less glucose filled yogurt and granola to get me started in the morning, but I did visit Squat and Gobble, a “cafe and crepery” chain located in the peninsula. I had the Florentine crepe, loaded with spinach and cottage cheese. Good stuff – and our local breakfast/lunch joint “LePeep” just doesn’t carry the same alliteration as “Squat and Gobble.” Go ahead and say it. Find locations (and this photo) at squatandgobble.com