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Star is Born

Have you seen a Star is Born? (HAVE YOU RECOVERED?) I saw it last week and was — along with every single person in the audience — completely captivated. I’ve been subconsciously humming the soundtrack for seven days in a row. In the remake, Bradley Cooper directs and stars in the movie with Lady Gaga, and I loved watching this Anatomy of a Scene, where he narrates an early scene he describes as crucial for the rest of the movie.

Everlane pants

About every five years, corduroy comes gallivanting back into my life. A dress in third grade, Sears pants in eighth grade, a jacket in college. And now, it’s back again. This fall’s new cords are soft and comfortable, and are a fresh change from jeans for work or the weekend. I’m loving them styled monochromatically with a sweater — I have my eye on the pair above. Here are four more great options: straight leg, dress, cropped and jacket.

Food52 Cutting Board

For their first original product, Food52 wanted to make the perfect cutting board. Their method? They interviewed 10,000 home cooks about the cutting board of their dreams. And after prototypes, testing and more prototypes, they designed it. The two-sided cutting board has enough chopping space for anything — a whopping 18″ x 13″ — plus, a juice groove, a phone slot and, maybe most important, it can double as a cheese tray.

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, we’re coming for you! To celebrate our Clare V. collaboration, we’d love to warmly invite you to a relaxed fall gathering this Thursday, October 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hayes Valley store. We’ll have flatbreads, wine and sparkling water, and would LOVE to hang out, if you’re around. Also, do you have any recommendations of things to see/do/eat around the city?

P.S. More fun things, including an ode to Boursin cheese and what you’re actually thinking when you run into an ex.

(Food52 cutting board photo by Ty Mecham and Rocky Luten. Golden Gate Bridge photo by Sasha Zvereva. )

  1. Vanessa says...

    I’m dieing right now. I’m so behind on my weekly COJ posts and JUST read that you were in Hayes Valley tonight. I was literally next door. Ahhhhhh!!!!!!! OMG.

    Ok, also an SF native and one of my favorite things is city recs:

    – Liho Liho Yacht Club! They are a fantastic restaurant!!!! And the people who run it are awesome. They give SFUSD teachers 50% off of food. Big time generosity points. Rezzi will be impossible but if you go when they open at 5pm, you’ll get in. TDF cocktail menu and food.

    – Chili House: Szechuan spot on Clement between 8th and 9th. Chef is famous. Their Peking duck is so good that people who don’t even like duck (weirdoes. JK!!!) like it. And don’t get me started on their mouth numbing (literally. Craziest food sensation I’ve ever experienced)Tan Tan noodles.

    – 3rd and final food mention: burritos. I mean… you’re not in nyc so treat yourself! So many spots and debates about burritos: BEST veggie is CanCun, tacos from La Taqueria, burritos from ….. la Coroneta or…. poncho villa…

    – ok one more: Arizmendi bakery co-op. IMHO: stellar croissants made with sour dough. Crispy outside, buttery goodness inside. And under $4. And it’s a co-op. My husb is obsessed with their cheese roll.

    – Imperial Spa: Korean spa where they slough off your top layer of skin, which will result in so much self touch of your own arms. Could they be smoother?! No.

    – rent bikes. Ride to tiburon. Drink a margarita and ferry back to SF.

    – walk at Lands End. Great views of ocean, beach, bridge.

    – shop at record store on Balboa and 36th, or ….. go to Harvest for some CA local goods :)

    Have a blast!!!!!
    XO

    • Molly says...

      This is the best SF round up I’ve ever read. I’m hoping to hit up some of these spots when I visit SF over MLK weekend. Thanks for the insider scoop. Vanessa should be a new west coast contributor!

  2. Tahlia says...

    Check out my brilliant cousin chef Juliet Orbach’s menu at Cafe Reveille in the Lower Haight, Mission Bay or Berkeley! Tahini squash bowls, spicy shakshuka, soft serve affogato, etccc. So good and so fresh and a great vibe (my kids like the almond/banana toast, a chicken thigh straight up, and fries!! I haven’t told them about the soft serve yet…) — xo, a longtime reader

  3. Farah Sanders says...

    Hop on over to Oakland and take the boys to Fairyland at Lake Merritt and then cross Grand Avenue to Jong Ga House for Korean Barbecue and then stroll over to Oaktown Spice Shop for a culinary shopping adventure! Have Fun in the Bay!

    • sassygirl711 says...

      oaktown spice shoe is one of the best. def a store not to miss
      while visiting oakland.
      :)

  4. Jill says...

    The cable car garage terminal and museum is incredibly interesting. Actually amazing to see how the whole cable car system works! What an underground feat that has worked for a hundred years, give or take, I don’t remember.

  5. Emily says...

    Burma Superstar and Ton Kiang are two amazing dinner options in SF. For lunch, check out Tartine Bakery in the Mission and pick up an ice cream at Bi Rite Creamery — take it over to Dolores Park to take in the view and enjoy. Have so much fun, I miss the bay and its magic all the time.

    • Alexandra says...

      Burma Superstar!! I second this.

  6. Frannie says...

    I can’t get that movie out of my head! I loved it- we laughed and laughed and then cried. I’m in love with Bradley Cooper all over again. My girlfriend and I were talking after the movie, and we felt like there have not been many movies lately you can lose yourself in. We got lost. lol. And she said at the end, “I forgot he was Bradley, he was SO good.” It’s hard to forget Bradley is Bradley :) And Gaga is just amazing.

  7. Kate says...

    Dim sum at Yank Sing in SF!

  8. Farah Sanders says...

    Hop over to Oakland and take your kids to Fairyland at Lake Merritt then cross the street for lunch at Jong Ga House for Korean barbeque and then stroll over for a culinary shopping adventure to Oaktown Spice Shop.

  9. Meredith says...

    I use the Dave’s List app for recommendations. Here are the top places there right now in SF:

    Cafes: Tartine Manufactory, The Mill
    Lunch: Souvla
    Dinner: Rich Table, SPQR, Cala, Kokkari, Che Fico
    Activity: The Japanese Tea Garden!

  10. Rosa says...

    Congrats on your collaboration! Not sure I can get away to say hi in person—my son will be 6 weeks old tomorrow—but you’ll be in my neighborhood. In Hayes you can get into A Mano for lunch or dinner (a feat in this city!), and they do delicious handmade pasta and pizzas. Gather, a lovely shop with work by local artisans, will have cute CA souvenirs. If you do come over to Alamo Square Park (walking distance), please take the Painted Ladies picture from UP on the hill. I see so many tourists taking a pic of just the houses, but the best shot is the view of the city behind them :) Fingers crossed Cali and I bump into you on our walk there.

  11. I hope you have time to get up to the wine country! Sonoma has the best old-fashioned Train Town, with a real miniature steam train among other rides. I think your boys would love it. Our town square is big, has a park and a duck pond for the kids to enjoy, then dinner on the patio at Harvest Moon Cafe and then walk to Sweet Scoops homemade ice cream. Wine tasting at Bartholomew Park Winery and take in its interesting History of Wine Museum.

  12. Lauren E. says...

    That cutting board is genius HOWEVER if I can’t put it in the dishwasher… It’ll get used half as much as my plastic cutting boards. So cute as a cheeseboard, though.

  13. Meg says...

    Walk along the Marina Green and check out fort ross with great views of the GGB. Then get lunch in the marina or bring sandwiches on the walk from Lucca Delicatessen. Also cross the GGB to Mill Valley and run or walk Tennessee Valley Trail!

  14. Maggie says...

    Genius. That cutting board!

  15. I’m sold on that cutting board! A slot for your phone would be SO handy! Now I just need a phone that can do what I want without me having to touch it because my hands always get filthy when I’m in the kitchen 😅

  16. Andrea says...

    Hi Cup of Jo,
    While you’re visiting San Francisco you’ll probably be feeling uncomfortable with the blatant wealth inequality. If you’d like to “do something” please consider donating to a classroom in our public school system. Here are two Donors Choose projects for a 1st and 2nd grade classroom in the Mission. Everyday, teachers in San Francisco are giving their students the best possible education. With your financial support, these teachers will be able to accomplish so much more. Thanks for considering.

    https://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-play-and-learn-together/3411521/

    https://www.donorschoose.org/project/build-the-library-and-the-books-will-com/3640147/

  17. I love lots of these places and ideas. Rich Table for fancy dinner, Lands End hike, Baker Beach over to Marshall Beach hike, the wave organ, Nopalito, birite ice cream, soup dumplings at Dumpling Kitchen, dim sum to go from Wing Lee Bakery, a manipedi at Silk, anything in GGP, etc. This place is the best on earth and why I can still see the hospital where I was born from my bedroom window! That said, the city is changing so quickly! For something that feels very old school SF, check out the Day of the Dead exhibit at the SomArts gallery. I take my third grade class every year. It’s a cool, funky space featuring lots of local artists. The exhibit is always beautiful and socially relevant.

  18. Daniah says...

    Go to Tartine manufactury if you can!!

  19. Girl chefs to check out : Chef Nichole Accettola is amazing-check her out at Kantine.
    Dominique Crenn is also phenomenal- you will need reservations at Petit Crenn.
    Other great options: Tartine, Nopa, and Littlestar 🙌

  20. Madi says...

    Beside myself that you’re coming to SF — this news made my week! A broken leg ain’t gonna stop me so I will be the one fashionably cruising in on crutches! My two cents – Medianoche in the Mission for Cuban sandwiches, fun snacks, and drinks (the sangria though…). Xx See ya Thursday

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Amazing, Madi!!!!

  21. Amanda says...

    I really like the everlane cropped corduroys, but when do you wear cropped corduroys? At least in Pittsburgh. It went from 85 to 40 in the same week so we do not have a season for ankle-less/heavy material pants, sadly.

  22. Lucia says...

    Mister Jiu’s or China Live if you’re by Chinatown. The sesame soft serve at China Live is incredible and the scallion bread is the stuff of dreams!

  23. Lindsay says...

    Take a cable car along the embarcadero- walk through the beautiful ferry building, then maybe see the seals at pier 39, then down to fisherman’s wharf for chowder. Or go stroll around the palace of fine arts, then walk down nice Chestnut Street from there. Or go to China beach or baker beach. Go to North Beach, Washington square, and eat pasta and gelato. Oh how home sick I am.

  24. When are you coming to LA? I’m dying for you to come!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re the sweetest!!! next time, i hope!!!

  25. MK says...

    Yay you’re coming to SF! Hit up Arsicault for to-die-for croissants (Bon Appetit named it the best bakery in the country) and The Assembly (http://theassembly.com) for a workout (active or restorative), an interesting panel, or just check out the gooooorgeous space. Enjoy your time here!

  26. Wright says...

    Go to the Bi-Rite grocery next to Mission Delores park and get sandwiches to eat in the park! They randomly have like, the best, hugest sandwiches (and gorgeous flowers out front and ice cream and other fun things). There’s a great view from the park and lots of fun dog watching. It’s also only a few blocks from Tartine!!

    • Meagan says...

      I walked by Bi-Rite grocery the other day, and almost went in because I was hungry and it looked interesting. Instead I ate a granola bar as I walked back to the BART with my kids. Now I’m totally regretting not going in because that sounds way better than a granola bar! Also the views from Mission Dolores park are amazing, and it’s got a great playground.

  27. My favorite end-the-night bar in SF is still Tunnel Top between Stockton and Burritt. I also highly recommend taking the ferry to Sausalito, if just for the views. While you’re there, you can always grab a bite at Fish. But if you’re looking for classic seafood, head over to Swan Oyster Depot (just get there early!).

    PS — Please come to LA!

    • Ame says...

      I want to second on the ferry ride and lunch at Fish. Kayaking in the bay is also fun and easy.

  28. Where to eat in SF:
    Brunch at Zazie (Cole Valley), Outerlands (Sunset), or Plow (Potrero Hill).

    Casual lunch or dinner at Burma Love (Mission) or La Taqueria (Mission).

    Splurge dinner at Francis (Castro), Octavia (Nopa), Rich Table (Hayes Valley), or State Bird (Japantown).

  29. Hannah says...

    Excited to meet you guys on Thursday! I feel like people gravitate towards trendy new places in the Mission and in Hayes Valley, but I want to call out some of my favorites that go beyond that. I realize you may be sticking close to Hayes Valley, but maybe some readers planning a trip to SF aren’t!

    Food:
    -Ice Cream Bar (Cole Valley): I think it’s the best ice cream in the city. Controversial? Yes, but hear me out. Their cornmeal waffle cones are amazing. The caramelized honey flavor is perfect, and they are not stingy with samples. You can also get fun ice cream floats mixed with beer or wine. I think the best one is the Royal Red Milkshake, which has Flemish Red Ale, sherry, and morello cherry ice cream.
    -Nopalito (NoPa): really good, slightly elevated Mexican food.
    -La Taqueria (Mission): Came to fame in Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight bracket for best burrito, but after extensive testing I agree. No rice as filler, spot on carnitas, and you can order it “dorado” and they will brown your burrito up so it is crispy and delicious.
    -The Mandalay(Inner Richmond): Call me old school, but I prefer this to Burma Superstar. My husband’s family has been going here for 30+ years, since it opened in 1984. The tea leaf salad and dry fried string beans are both a must.
    -Zuni(Market St.): another SF classic that has lasted for a reason. The roasted chicken with bread salad is really, really good.
    -La Ciccia (Noe): great Sardinian restaurant with a focus on seafood and pasta
    -Souvla: current and hip, but lives up to the hype. My favorites are the sweet potato or the pork flavors. Also, the Baklava frozen yogurt is pretty great. You can order it with everything else, but ask for a stub so you can get it later, at the end of your meal.

    Activities (I’m seeing a trend towards hiking…SF has so many lovely urban hikes):
    -Hiking Land’s end
    -Hiking above Baker beach and then going on to the Golden Gate bridge
    -Wandering the SF botanical gardens in Golden Gate Park
    -I really enjoyed the “Contemporary Muslim Fashion exhibit at the DeYoung, and you can go up their tower for a nice view (you don’t even need a ticket for that part).
    -Check out the food stalls in the Ferry Building
    -I love The Booksmith in my neighborhood, but every neighborhood has a great bookstore (City Lights, Dog Eared Books, Green Apple Books, etc)
    -Hike up the top of Twin Peaks, or Tank Hill, or Bernal Heights…lots of choices!

    • Ellie E says...

      I live in Oakland, and am now adding your recommendations to my list. Thanks for taking the time to offer some great restaurant choices.

    • Tabitha says...

      Hi neighbor! I love your recommendations and second all of this, I’m just sad you’re letting the world know about the joys of Mandalay! My favorite nopalito is the one in the inner Sunset, right by the park, I think it’s a little prettier than the Nopa location.

    • Danielle says...

      So many of my favorites listed here! I lived in the Richmond for years and Mandalay was my last SF meal before moving last year. I could pretty much echo everything here but definitely hit up one of the fast casual-esque rotisserie restaurants- Souvla, RT Rotisserie (be sure to try the cauliflower!) or Media Noche (not rotisserie exactly but similar menu structure).
      Also in Hayes Valley during the week this tiny taco spot is nice: https://www.bonappetit.com/city-guides/san-francisco/venue/cala

    • Olivia says...

      I live in SF too and I totally second ALLLL of these!

  30. Sarah says...

    I’m nowhere near S.F. but if you ever come to Philly, you’re all totally invited over for some baked goods and a good porch sit.

    But in the meantime, a few things in San Francisco that I love:

    -Sutro Baths – In the late 1800s, S.F. was home to the largest indoor swimming pool. The building housing it was destroyed in fire when in the process of being demolished. The foundations are still in place–you can walk and wander them, turn out toward the ocean, and walk the hillside along the Cliff House. This was one of the spots Harold and Maude was filmed. It’s a pretty eerie and wonderful magic.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutro_Baths

    Tonga Room – “Located at the iconic Fairmont San Francisco hotel, Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar has delighted guests with its tropical décor, decadent libations and Polynesian-fusion cuisine since 1945…

    Tonga Room features The Island Groove Band, which performs top-40 hits from a thatch-covered barge on the “lagoon;” a dance floor built from the remains of the S.S. Forester, a schooner that once traveled between San Francisco and the South Sea Islands; and periodic tropical rainstorms, complete with thunder and lightning.”

    Please go here. You really must.

    https://www.tongaroom.com/about/

  31. Malissa says...

    to eat: Burma Superstar = YUMMMMM!!!

  32. I’ll be popping in! Can’t wait to see your collab in person! Congrats! If you have time stop by my shop, gather that I run with my husband. We sell local and independently made goods that make perfect gifts to bring home. We’re in Hayes Valley too! Right around the corner on Octavia and Ivy!

  33. Pailey says...

    Yay, so excited that you are visiting SF and to hang out with all of you on Thursday!

    Definitely thumbs up on Che Fico (I loved their pizza, but really anything on the menu is divine) and Burma Superstar (or their sister restaurant Burma Love on Valencia in the Mission).

    As a Mission resident, I wanted to also give a shout out to:
    – Dandelion Chocolate (get any of their drinking chocolate)
    – Boba Guys (matcha strawberry latte with boba)
    – explore the murals and street art (Clarion and Balmy Alleys are good places to start)
    – Almanac Beer Taproom (local brewery with delicious seasonal sours and saisons with an great outdoor patio)
    – Sightless Coffee (almond milk cappuccino)
    – La Taqueria (their burritos are worth the hype! pro-tip, order the burrito “dorado,” and they will sear the rolled up burrito on the plancha so the outside is golden and crispy)
    – Shizen Vegan Sushi (anything on their menu is great!)
    – Revolution Cafe (little hole in the wall cafe that has great live music 7 nights of the week)
    – Dog Eared Books + Alley Cat Books (sister bookstores with great selection that features local authors)
    – Humphrey Slocombe (get the Secret Breakfast ice cream!)

    Other favorites around the city:
    – Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio (small venue with delicious cocktails and great live jazz every night)
    – Sunrise or sunset from the top of Corona Heights
    – Glen Canyon Park and the Interior Greenbelt Open Space (both a bit off the beaten path, but two of my favorite green spaces in the city that make you forget that you’re still in SF)
    – 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (gorgeous mosaic staircase)
    – SFMOMA (the Magritte exhibit is still ongoing and really fun! plus they have a patio cafe on the 5th floor that is perfect for lunch and dessert!)
    – for cocktails: Last Rites (fun tiki bar) and Wilson & Wilson (a speakeasy inside a speakeasy!)

    • Pailey says...

      oops, I meant *Sightglass Coffee

    • Julia says...

      This comment comes at the best time! I’m flying to SF on Thursday for the weekend… with my 8 month old baby. Eeek.

      If you have any baby-friendly recs, I’d love to hear them! We are staying in Union Square.

      Also, is the event at Clare V baby friendly? Loonnnng time reader here, and we may have to swing by.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      julia, yes! babies VERY warmly welcome!!!

  34. This post just makes me realize how much I love this site and its readers! I recently moved from SF to a new city without knowing anyone and coming here makes me realize I’m not alone. I’ve been obsessed with A Star is Born ever since I saw it (by myself) last week and have “Always Remember Us This Way” (I like it even better than Shallow) constantly stuck in my head. Reading your recommendations about SF makes me miss the city dearly as well. I love all reader recommendations, especially Rich Table (the tasting menu is such a good value), Blue Bottle, and just walking around on Hayes street. Check out Burma Superstar in Inner Richmond if you can make it but it’s a relative hike from Hayes Valley. Also walk down Fillmore St, grab Boba Guys, and check out the Rothy’s store (you guys would love it) on Jackson and Fillmore.

  35. jones says...

    I have not (and will not) see A Star is Born because what happens in the movie (I will not spoil) happened to a family member. As someone who has posted thoughtful commentary in the past it is disappointing for you to talk about recovering from a fictional movie. Try having it happen to you in real life and being bombarded by it due to a popular movie.

    • Sasha L says...

      Jones, I’m so sorry for what happened to you. Thank you for this comment, I am grateful to know ahead what I may see in a movie that may be emotionally difficult. I find trigger warnings very helpful. I hope this movie helps further discussions, about addiction as well.

    • Kali DeBoer says...

      Same exact experience with the movie, which I did see, unknowing of what happens. I wasn’t aware of trigger warnings for movies but I so wish I would’ve had them for this film. I spiraled into a slump I hadn’t expected and immediately forewarned my family. It’s been a tough week. Love and support to everyone.

  36. Gail, in northern California says...

    I understand the Buena Vista (est.1916) serves wonderful Irish coffee. Very old San Francisco.

  37. Sara C. says...

    In Hayes Valley, also check out the original Blue Bottle Coffee (on the alley right behind Clare V) and the excellent cocktails at Linden Room (across Gough from Blue Bottle). I also love the candies and treats at Miette.

  38. Matilda says...

    You must must must eat at Burma Superstar in SF. The tea leaf salad is the best food ever. Not kidding. The sesame chicken and spicy tofu are also glorious. They do take reservations but you can get on the list if you call ahead. Your tastebuds will thank you!

  39. Sarah says...

    That Everlane photo is driving me nuts because that sweater is beautiful but it’s not for sale on their website! I zoomed in on it and then all of Everlane’s sweaters. It’s nowhere to be found.

    • Heidi says...

      Hi Sarah, it looks like Everlane’s cashmere rib round crew sweater, but you are right – doesn’t seem like they are selling it in the “oatmeal” color pictured (yet, anyway!).

    • Sarah says...

      Thank you Heidi!!

  40. Janice O'Kane says...

    Love the two-sided cutting board, with or without the phone slot, but really can’t wrap my head around the $99 price tag!

    • Sabrina says...

      I know right!!!

    • April says...

      Food52 has terrible customer service. Buyer beware: no returns!

  41. Cammie says...

    I am so hoping my weekly kickball (haha) game gets cancelled so I can come meet you in SF on Thursday!!!
    Also I have loved reading everyone’s comments for SF recommendations… I’ve lived here a year now and I am finding there is still so much to do and see (and most importantly, eat!).
    I would say you MUST have the Baklava Froyo from Souvla…. I am confident in saying it will change your life.
    If i can make it to the event on Thursday I will definitely be getting that afterwards :)
    xo

    • Katy says...

      YESSSS to Souvla froyo! Also, Tartine Manufactory or Tartine (those morning buns!).

  42. Kat says...

    Mensho Tokyo for the most amazing vegan ramen (but their other ramens are great, too!) and everything at Liholiho Yacht Club!!!

    • Danielle says...

      Yes to Liholiho! Order the off menu Spam (I think about the dish all the time) and check out the adorable and tiny cocktail lounge downstairs.

  43. Tori says...

    I still make the Boursin with Spring Peas regularly!

  44. Cooper says...

    I’ve struggled to like Bradley Cooper since my first exposure to him was as a teenager in the T.V. show Alias – he was so dorky (that hair!), especially compared to Michael Vartan as Agent Vaughn :) But both he and Lady Gaga were phenomenal in A Star is Born, completely transcending all past associations. Even as a non-fan, I was completely captivated!

    • Kelly says...

      Yessssss! Michael Vartan for the win!

  45. I thought “A Star Is Born” was amazing! I always knew Lady Gaga was enormously talented, but I think this movie showcased both her singing and acting chops in a way I hadn’t realized before. Loved it!

  46. Sara says...

    I JUST BOUGHT a pair of cords from Modcloth and am wearing them RIGHT NOW. This is the first time I’ve been on trend for anything. YASSSS QUEEEEEN

  47. Maire says...

    1) I have listened to Shallow at least eleventy million times since seeing the film last week.
    2) I love San Francisco SO MUCH. I got to spend a long weekend there in May with my husband. We enjoyed:
    -The Sunday food truck picnic at the Presidio (I had some sort Nepalese dumpling situation that I can’t stop dreaming about)
    -Inner Richmond neighborhood: dinner at Kitchen Istanbul in Inner Richmond neighborhood, ice cream at Toy Boat Dessert Cafe, and buying all the things at Green Apple Books
    -Russian Hill neighborhood: Sweet little wine bar called Cafe Meuse, Shanghai Kelly’s for a great dive bar, Russian Hill bookstore (great selection of old comics and pulp romances), and Gioia Pizzeria

  48. Hannah says...

    A Star is Born revived my life of Lady Gaga… anyone else?

    • Laura says...

      For sure. I have had her voice in my head for two weeks. She is so talented at everything she does.

    • YES! I am so completely obsessed and consumed by A Star is Born! I have actually seen it twice! I have listened to ‘Shallow’ and ‘Always Remember Us this Way’ 4 billion times, and cannot stop thinking about the movie. As an avid film watcher, I have never been this taken with a film. My husband asked…”What is it about the film that’s making you feel this way?” I said…”It’s the way he looks at her.” OMG.

  49. Kerri B says...

    Go have dinner at Rich Table! It’s a few minutes walk from Clare V. You cannot miss the porcini donuts dipped in raclette (and everything else, really!) There are so many amazing restaurants here but we keep finding ourselves grabbing the first reservation we can find to go back. Their desserts are amazing but I’d rather go to Loving Cup nearby for either rice pudding or create your own frozen yogurt.

    I’m so sad that I can’t make it on Thursday, I’ve been a Cup of Jo reader for so long but sadly I just got scheduled for a D&C on Thursday morning.

    If you have some time to wander during the day, the Ferry Building is always fun.

    • T says...

      Oh, Kerri, I’m so sorry about the D&C. Hope there are better days ahead. Hugs!

  50. Katy says...

    A small but totally necessary place to snack is Salt and Straw! They have the most decadent, delicious craft ice cream I’ve ever had 🍦 I went to the one by the Painted Ladies but I believe there is another location there as well!

  51. Janet Newhall says...

    I just returned from gallivanting around my beloved San Francisco with my bestie to celebrate her 40th birthday, I’m so sorry we’re going to miss you! My personal favorite spot in the city is North Beach. Grab a controversial book on some kick-ass activism or deep philosophy from City Lights, and curl up at Vesuvios for a local beer and banter (rumor has it that the owner used to roller skate around the neighborhood in nothing but a clear raincoat and a thong back in the 70s!). Grab some dim sum a few blocks over, then stroll down Columbus, grab a pastry, and land in Washington Square for a chat with some friendly strangers on a park bench. I’ve repeated this routine so many times, I’ve lost count. The vibe is just so old school San Francisco, I love it!

    • Jax says...

      Agree on North Beach!
      And if you do do that, also walk down Grant St — cute little boutiques and great sandwiches spot, Little Vine. Check out one of the smallest city parks ever — Little City Park — off Grant for a gorgeous view. Hang at Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store for lunch, stop at Maritime Wine Tasting Studio for a taste. Also a great kids’ playground at the Joe diMaggio playground/park off Columbus. Get a delicious, but reasonably priced tasting menu at Trestle.

      Speaking of Little Vine, there’s also its sister wine bar, Union Larder.

      Family-friendly brunching/dining at Barzotto in the Mission and Fiorella in outer Richmond. Also, wonderful Turkish brunch at Lokma in the Richmond.

  52. What a very interesting cutting board , to put your phone in, SO COOL. thanks for sharing

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Laetitia, this is the greatest!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, dying.

  53. Emily L says...

    Love Everlane and love cords, but why does everything have to be cropped?? WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE WINTER??? I don’t want 3-season pants and cold ankles are the worst. Please bring back full-length pants and banish cropped pants forever!

    • Hannah says...

      I hear ya… I’m loving crops and prefer the look better now but do not know what to do for the winter. Went out to get some skinnier jeans to work with some new leather boots and felt weird all day wearing them… i guess there’s always the tall sock option??

    • Charlotte K says...

      I wish we had comment up-voting on Cup of Jo!

    • Jeanne says...

      Wear socks! That’s what I do. If you really prefer a sock less look, you could wear knee high stockings that are very sheer and you’d be the only one to know.

    • Claire says...

      oh gosh, I have pondered this too, and am also against cropped everything. Women need better pants, especially in winter. In general, clothes seem to be shrinking, becoming tighter and shorter in all aspects, stingy designs that use the least amount of fabric possible. Cropped legs, cropped tops, spandex/shrink-wrapped everything, with no tailoring, no curves. (I like Boden, because they offer items in regular and long lengths. Even if something is cropped you can order the longer length and it works better. Their clothes seem a more feminine cut too)

    • Katie says...

      If the leg is wide enough, wear Docs or combat boots (or any boot that is a little tighter around the ankle and doesn’t come up over the calf), tall socks, and the pant leg over it!

  54. I cannot wait to meet your team in person on Thursday! I’ve been a reader for so long, I feel like a groupie :). In/near Hayes: Souvla (a Michelle Obama fav!), Che Fico (new & worth the hype), Loving Cup (fro-yo), and Anina (the most lovely bar–they flew in a favorite artist from Argentina to paint the wall mural–with a great outdoor space). I know you’ve spent time here before so in trying to think what else is new(ish), Bodega in North Beach is fabulous for lite bites and a carefully curated beer & wine selection; hopefully you’re checking out The Assembly as it’s completely gorgeous, everyone is so, so friendly, and the workout classes are great!! Modern Citizen just opened a new, gorgeous store on Union Street, which is nearby Flores for great Mexican (brunch or dinner). Happy to share more on Thursday! :)

    • Elizabeth says...

      Che Fico is definitely worth the hype! If you don’t have time for a full-on Che Fico meal, I’d encourage you to pop into Theorita, the dinette below it, for breakfast, lunch, dinner or pie. Angela Pinkerton, the driving force behind Theorita, is the pastry chef for Che Fico, and David Nayfeld, the driving force behind Che Fico, is behind the scenes at Theorita. You get all those amazing flavor profiles at both restaurants!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you both for these recs, and i can’t wait to meet you, megan!!!!

    • Abigail says...

      +1 on Theorita, with a special recommendation for their fried chicken sandwich. I know they’re everywhere these days, but this one is unreal.

      Tartine Manufactory for any time of day, with a stop into Heath Ceramics next door. And a long walk up a hill for a view! Corona Heights is my favorite but there are lots to choose from :)

  55. Dee says...

    Just checking in to say uniqlo have some great wide leg cord crops right now if anyone’s in the market!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      LOVE! Thank you!

  56. the cutting board is genius!
    x0x0 caro

  57. Hannah says...

    Ice cream at Smitten (also in Hayes valley)! The Twitter headquarters are also nearby and a great spot for a quick lunch.

    • Sarah says...

      One time I saw a bicycle get a moving violation from a police officer right outside that Smitten. Once the bicyclist was done with the ticket an employee of Smitten ran out holding two ice creams, clearly feeling bad for the bicyclist for being the rare one to get a ticket for running a stop sign, and there was kind of a funny exchange I couldn’t hear in which the Smitten employee tried to offer the bicyclist one of the ice creams (different flavors maybe?), and the bicyclist ended up accepting both and awkwardly riding off with both in hand. Thought it was so sweet for them to try to make that frustrating moment better for him!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so sweet, sarah!

  58. I think you misspelled wine, just after sparkling! ;) Sounds delightful and I hope you guys have a fab time. If only I were in San Francisco, and had a babysitter… LOL!

  59. If you are there early and want to learn about local nonprofits we are running a big event two blocks from the store at SFJAZZ. http://bayareachangemakers.org also

    Hayes Valley is the perfect spot to compare all the ice creams/yogurts/frozen treats in one four-block radius
    Smitten, Sovula, Loving Cup, RT Rotisery, Salt and Straw, + Pressed Juice has soft serve fruit frozen treats. My fave is actually at RT.

  60. Bridget says...

    Nopalito- best mexican food. West of Pecos- best mexican food. Gracias Madre- best mexican food (vegan too). Udupi Palace- amazing indian (all vegetarian. they have the best dosas).

  61. Jackie says...

    I loved A Star is Born, but have felt in the days after seeing it that the character Ally failed Jackson. He was more open to love, more needing of it. And she wasn’t there for him. I’m an uber feminist, and know this is based on two (or three?) prior versions of the same story, but I wished this had ended differently. Because their chemistry was so good! And their performing together was next-level. She never recognized that she had sold out and strayed so far from the quality and integrity she had and they shared. I don’t know if Gaga’s part just wasn’t written as fully as it could have been, but Jackson/Bradley was really the Star that stuck with me.

    • Kate says...

      I agree. My husband and I had a long discussion after seeing it and came to the conclusion that while the movie and performances were amazing, the story just doesn’t hold up very well in 2018. That said, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it and I’ve definitely had “sha-ha-ha-ha-la-la-la-low” stuck in my head for 2 weeks straight!

    • Deborah says...

      I disagree. Right before her show she cancels most of her tour but doesn’t tell him it is to be with him, knowing that he would insist she still go. Despite the fact the fact that her manager tells him “staying with him will make her look like a fool,” by staying with him, she is already choosing him over her career. At the last scene, when she is singing his song, her make up is totally pared down to her more original look. I believe that is a visual que for the audience that she has made an inward change as well. She also isn’t responsible for his addiction or mental health issues.
      I loved this film. Regardless of your take away, it is a moving love story with so much raw talent.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I hear what you are saying, and I think one explanation is that Bradley Cooper said he really wanted to remake the story in a way such that Jackson’s character was not jealous of Ally’s character. The jealousy element has been in all three prior versions, and it is a feminist twist in this one that he is supportive of her without being jealous; it isn’t her rising star that causes his to diminish but his own demons. I think if you consider her backstory, too, with being put down even by her own father for her looks, you can understand that she wanted to grab her success while she could and maybe see how she could be dazzled by that slimy manager. Plus, she tried to help and love him, but even the greatest love and support can’t conquer the addictions and depression that ultimately overtook him.

    • Jackie says...

      Deborah, you’re totally right about those points. I need to see it again to see if that counterbalances my feeling. Regardless, I truly loved how in awe he was of her singing and performing, and how much pleasure he took in sharing the stage with her. That is very feminist and it was deeply moving.

    • Beth says...

      Did anyone else blame the Ally’s manager like I did? I mean, if he hadn’t gone to their house and intrusively stepped in, would things have ended the way they did!?

    • Hannah says...

      I agree with you Beth! I think that had a huge part in it. Did not like since the beginning.

    • Jackie says...

      Beth, yes, I totally agree with you. Jackson/Bradley’s eyes during all that – so painful.

  62. Kerry Lien says...

    Going to see A Star is Born on Friday and CAN’T WAIT.

    I’m bummed to miss your Thursday visit. But, as far as good things to do in SF… Restaurants: Alba Rays, The Progress, El Buen Corner… also if you have kids with you : a new pinball place opened up – Outer Orbit. They have food, drinks and pinball!

  63. Scarlett says...

    I love the phone slot on the cutting board! I would definitely manage to get some sort of crumbs or trimmings into the grooves of my phone case, though.

    Question– where have Mari Andrews’s illustrations been on Fridays?

    • Danielle says...

      Scarlett- Check out her interview on the Forever 35 podcast. She’s had a crazy couple of years!

  64. Karen says...

    No to the cutting board for two reasons: 1. don’t want my clean food accidentally touching my icky phone. 2. what if i slice a tomato and the juice cascades into the slot & onto my non-waterproof phone?

    Need to watch that movie!!!! It’s my bday on Friday so maybe I’ll treat myself.

    • Joaquina says...

      Karen,
      I am with you on not wanting our gross phones near food. Ew no!
      That was my first thought when I saw the picture.

    • Lorange says...

      My first thought was also that phones are gross germ vectors. That’s like putting a shoe on your cutting board.

    • Francesca says...

      My thoughts exactly! I will admit to being a germaphobe but phones are proven to be gross.

  65. Nina says...

    I just donated my 10 year old off-white cords, so, yeah, sounds about right that they’d make a comeback this year.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahaha, story of my life, Nina!

    • Sandra says...

      Ha ha! This is why I now refuse to get rid of shoes. I ditched all of my chunky-heeled late-90s shoes, and then….

    • Laura C. says...

      Oh I can relate to this a lot, darling.

  66. Eloise says...

    Go to Greens for dinner. And lunch. And dinner, again. It’s been in San Francisco forever, for great reason. https://greensrestaurant.com/

  67. Jen says...

    NO, I HAVEN’T RECOVERED! (And hope I don’t. I may see it again this weekend.)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahahaha

    • Jessica says...

      Neither have I! I cannot stop thinking about it. I read so many articles about it after I got home from the theater.