All Quiet on the Parkside Front

El Cafe on Taraval street is a prime location to check out the neighb’s tasty coffee & panini sandwiches

June is at the halfway point, and although it doesn’t feel like summer in San Francisco, the fog just off the Pacific coastline reminds us of that. Summer prefers to come in October. Perhaps, the House Stark of Winterfell’s words, would be appropriate.

Winter is here.. so to speak.

So, if you have a chance to make it into El Cafe on Taraval street, you may be greeted by an energized barista who I once struck up a conversation with because he had a cool green Gucci t-shirt on that looked like the Green Lantern (DC comics).

Brandon serves up what he calls ‘a Cool White Deuce’, his own stylized espresso drink with ice. When he’s at the helm, he plays 80’s music– El cafe takes on an Mtv Cafe atmopshere and one can feel the good vibes happening here.

Just out the front door of the cafe, exsists a whole world on Taraval street worth investigating. Picking up a camera and shooting is a fun way to see the place from a different perspective. Nearby McCoppin Park has lush follage and trees, and one can forget they’re in an urban place like San Francisco.

Walking up and down the Parkside Sunset Merchant Corridor, you can see some old lots, in need of new businesses, or those restaurants who still have the signage ‘Grand Openings’, that last for years.

‘The 8 Immortals Restaurant’, actually did just re-open, earlier this year, and it’s a favorite Chinese place for local Parkside neighbors who are lunch special ‘specialists’. Where decent price meets tasty food meets value felt.

On the educational front, the Sunset District of San Francisco, has many schools in the area, like Lowell, Lincoln High School, and Hoover Middle School – who’s students like to come into the Parkside Neighborhood, and hang out. And who some, I’m told, are looking for part-time work experience with local merchants on Taraval street.

At the end of ‘The Game of Thrones’ Arya, found her calling on the open road, uhm, sea! The Parkside Merchant Corridor, here in San Francisco, has decent shopping, good restaurants, has some interesting places to visit with great photo opps! – – and it’s near the Pacific Ocean.

Published by paulmansfield30

grant writer educational and media consultant in the nonprofit field. I've traveled all over Asia, (love sushi!) and recently watching Game of Thrones, and am inspired to develop films and teach visual storytelling to the neighborhood students.

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