what the hills y’all: signs of SF (part 2)

One of my favorite things walking around the city is seeing how creative shops are with their signs. Whether they announce new food items, specials, sales or events, it’s all about getting your attention. San Francisco has kicked it up to include words of encouragement, deep thoughts and a chance to laugh.

Below are some more of my favorite signs of SF (see part 1 here) that I’ve captured over the time I’ve spent here. Enjoy.

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glad we were able to cleat that up.

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in case you were wondering…

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can’t help but smile when I saw this sign. Mission accomplished.

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it’s on.

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although technically not a chalkboard fold-out sign, I couldn’t help but take a picture of this one. Also, Tacolicious is the bomb.

What the Hills Y’all: Signs of SF

I thrive on creativity. That’s one of the reasons why I became a writer. After being in San Francisco for almost a year now, it’s clear there is no shortage of that here.

One of my favorite things walking around the city is seeing how creative shops are with their signs. These are the fold-open triangles that stores can have outside their shop to announce new food items, specials, sales and events. San Francisco has kicked it up to include words of encouragement, deep thoughts and a chance to laugh.

Below are some of my favorites that I’ve captured over the time I’ve spent here. Enjoy.

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I found this one in the Mission district outside Southpaw BBQ
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Outside a shoe store in Pac Heights
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so not technically in SF, this one was a tip box at Coachella. The struggle is real people.
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outside a coffee shop in the Mission district. I mean they have a point right?
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Outside the farmers market in Civic Center selling lunch. In Spanish, “caracte” means “character”, so those tacos probably were extra spicy. .

Have you seen any signs lately that made you laugh or struck a chord? Feel free to post on twitter with the hashtag #signsofSF!

 

what the hills y’all: a trip to alemany farmers market

What the Hills Y’all: Adventures of a Texas girl living in San Francisco

Grocery shopping is different here than it was for me in Texas. Back home there was an HEB or a Kroger where I could get all my produce, deodorant, batteries and canned goods in one place. I’ve found the Safeway supermarkets here to be disgusting. Dirty, crowded, old produce and prices that make me cringe. So now I do my shopping 3 ways and make a day of it: produce at the local farmers market, everyday items at Trader Joe’s, and anything else I can’t find at Safeway. This Saturday I took a trip to the Alemany Farmers Market in Bernal Heights with Justin and loved it.

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sprouts galore!

First off, prices were awesome. We’re talking fresh celery for $1 a stock, oranges for $.50 and a basket of strawberries for $4. When I was looking at the reviews on Yelp they described it as the “locals” farmers market, as opposed to the Ferry Building one catered more to tourists and I can totally see why.

It’s a no no-nonsense farmers market with fresh produce and food. No food trucks here but instead homemade pupusas being made, chilaquiles for breakfast, tamales, coffee, hummus and even a guy making balloon animals for the kiddos.

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tamales- yum!

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pupusas being made right in front of you. We had the chicken and cheese and they were so good!

Justin and I got there around 11am (they go until 2:30 on Saturdays) and it was packed, We were a bit overwhelmed but after getting much-needed starter fuel (coffee and breakfast), we perused the premises for good finds. As always we split up (I handle veggies and Justin the fruit) and made our way through the huge market.

After getting all of our produce, we had to get some flowers (which for this huge bouquet of lilies, sunflowers, hydrangea and others cost us only $15) before we left.

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Overall, you need to check out this farmers market on a lazy Saturday. You’re supporting local farmers and buying fresh and in season produce while being nice to your wallet.

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