Valencia merchants look to prevent Jack Spade from opening in Adobe’s former spot

While Adobe Books has fortunately managed to find a new home on 24th Street, the question of Liz Clairborne-backed Jack Spade moving into their former location still remains.  Among those opposed to the technicality-skirting men’s boutique is the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association (VCMA), who went to the Department of Building Inspection yesterday to log a complaint against the plans of Jack Spade to open up a 10th store on the Valencia Corridor.  Jefferson, Vice President of the VCMA, explains their case:

They had 7 stores when they applied for a LOD (Letter of Determination) from the Planning Department. Planning confirmed that they were not formula retail at the time but cautioned that if they opened up 3 more stores their status would change.

Next week the VCMA will finalize and submit a letter to the planning department to express the business communities’ opposition to their presence on the Valencia corridor.

Rumor also has it that Jack Spade craftily attempted to partner with Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia in an effort to establish some neighborhood clout, but that the non-profit writing center turned them down.  It’s still too early to say how the city will respond, but could this situation unfold the same way as the Valencia American Apparel that never was?

[Photo via UA]

PSY-chedelic hot dog!!!

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Inside Basa Seafood Express, the best place in town for an oyster po’ boy

Mission Local today published a video profile of Scott Lie, who runs Basa Seafood Express on 24th Street. I love their fried seafood sandwiches, but I guess he’s most into doing sushi. It’s a great market, with something for everyone:


Rad new spy vs spy horse mural soon adorning Pop’s


Our pal Aaron noticed this happening across the street from his house, and it reminded me that damn, it’s been a while since I had a Bloody Mary at Pop’s Sports Bar. Perhaps it’s Bloody Marython season again!


Bad Blood with Joshua Cobos: The Unpredictable Nature of the Chemistry

Every week, photographer Joshua Cobos shoots a roll of film just for us. He picks the best 13 photos and we post them here, and it’s called “Bad Blood with Joshua Cobos.” Here’s what Joshua has to say about this week’s installment:

I shot this roll of AGFA film knowing that it had expired in 1997, I thought overexposure would help retain some of qualities that AGFA shooters love. Wild colors, surreal textures and dreamy skies. The drawback is that the film has degraded severely and there was no real way to verify how the film was stored from production time to my purchase. I really don’t mind though, part of the reason why I shoot film like this is the unpredictable nature of the chemistry.

Thanks, Joshua! Ten more shots after the jump:


Aqua double frame, bro

Invasive non-native aqua cycles spotted at 24th and Bartlett Attic bike lockup area. Cosmic coincidence?

18th-and-Valencia-style gentrification finally coming to 17th and Mission?

Can you imagine 17th and Mission without Thrift Town and the rest of this building?

[via Uptown Almanac] (Thanks, Thea!)

Drink of the Week: South Indian gin and tonic

I don’t know when Dosa got a liquor license, but when someone raved to me about their drinks a few months ago, I was surprised and excited to check it out. I finally got a chance last night, and the story checks out – Dosa’s got a great selection of liquor behind the bar and the cocktails are brilliant. Drawing on the flavors of their South Indian cuisine (instead of drawing on the 1920’s, like hundreds of bars that get way more press), the list is full of curry, mango, chili and spices and a variety of liquors to go with.

The South Indian G+T, pictured above, includes the restaurant’s proprietary juniperless gin, made locally with curry leaves and Indian spices, and house-made fig and cardamom tonic.  It’s crisp but it’s also kind of musky, and it goes perfectly with the heavy, spicy food.  Also try the Trichy Swizzle – the mango syrup, made with three kinds of chili, would usually overpower a drink, but the combined strength of rye whiskey and angostura rum makes it through.

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Best Tamale in SF tasting

Well, this sounds pretty delicious:

1st Annual Best Tamale Contest

Help us find the best tamale in the Mission, and help Marshall Elementary School at the same time!

Marshall Elementary School is hosting the first annual Día de los Niños Tamale Contest. For $20, you get to sample the full variety of tamales offered by our Mission-based tamale chefs – the parents of Marshall Elementary School students and our Mission neighbors – all while enjoying the live entertainment and festivities.

The chef judged as creating the best tamale receives $500. The rest of the money will help the Marshall Elementary PTA fund areas that are not covered in the school budget, to include (but not limited to) technology for the classrooms, science-based field trips in support of the school’s innovative Oceans Month program, and funding for organized team games and peer leadership during outdoor play.

The tamale tasting takes place from noon to 2pm on Saturday, April 27th at Marshall Elementary – 1575 15th Street, San Francisco (enter on Capp Street). For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit

Rock climbing in a prom dress

The folks at Mission Cliffs had a little Climbers’ Prom the other day, and Doc Pop was on the scene snapping pics. Looks like fun! Lots more here.

P.S. If you haven’t gotten a copy of the first issue of Doc’s zine American Analog, get to it!