If you think the thing that’s missing from your life is a whoopie pie, then you’re in luck! After Suppa is having a pop-up at Little Bee Baking on Cortland tonight, Friday March 7. Neighbor Stacy from Little Bee tells us:
After Suppa is a fledgling baking company specializing in Whoopie Pies started by one of my part-time helpers, Meredith Lee
But hold on. A whoopee pie? Sounds smutty! Meredith from After Suppa explains:
What: What the heck is a whoopie pie? It’s a wicked good baked treat that could only be described as a mini cake sandwich with buttercream filling. The pop-up shop at Little Bee will be first time selling them to the public after becoming an official business (and getting my Cottage Food Operation [CFO] permit).
Where: Little Bee Baking at 521 Cortland Ave. Friday, March 7 from 6-9 PM. Possible repeat pop-up assuming all goes well!
Why: I had just moved to San Francisco and was feeling homesick for my native New England when I spotted a whoopie pie at a little grocery store. With my first bite my heart fell. Dry cake. Chalky frosting. Definitely not like the whoopie pies my nana used to make. It was at that moment that I decided that San Francisco needed real whoopie pies. The kind with moist, springy cookies and creamy filling that you can find at mom-and-pop shops all over Maine and New Hampshire. Thus, After Suppa was born.
Neighbor kc! is a Bernal Heights parent with a kid who attends Miraloma Cooperative Nursery School in Sunnyside. They’re having a benefit auction for the school this weekend, Saturday March 8:
Once a year, my son’s pre-school throws a huge silent and live auction to keep our non-profit, parent-run cooperative preschool going.
It’s coming up soon — won’t you join us?
Saturday, March 8th, 2014, from 6pm – 10pm
The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
Entrance is $30 — free food and drink included!
Visit the website to register or read more
There are vacation getaways, electronics, sports and travel packages, and as always, free and fantastic food and drink.
(The menu’s at our website if you want to see what’s coming!)
Thanks to all in the community who support early education. Hope to see you there!
PHOTOS: via Miraloma Cooperative Nursery School
Once upon a time, several years before she became a United States Senator with a thing for national security issues, then-Mayor Diane Feinstein came to Bernal Heights on a warm winter day in 1979.
She was here to celebrate the dedication of the Esmeralda Mini-Park on the west side of Bernal Hill, and to test drive the extended-length children’s slides that had just been installed after an intense community-organizing effort.
Neighbor Barbara Bagot, who kindly shared this image, remembers:
I found the Bernal Journal slide photo on Mike Nolan’s Facebook page. (I think that’s my brother Bucky, top left.) Difi came prepared–wearing slacks instead of her typical skirt.
Since that groovy moment in time bears so little resemblance to the DiFi we know today, let’s zoom and enhance for a closer look:
PS: In the story below the photo of DiFi, notice also that even back then, people were wondering what was up with the wacky, wonderful Beatles House on Precita.
UPDATE: Neighbor Michael Nolan just shared the flier printed to announce the dedication of the Esmeralda slides. So cuuuuuute! So pre-desktop publishing!
Everyone knows Bernal Heights is home to lots of dogs. And some cats. And some dissident parrots. But Neighbor Lori is playing host to some really chatty Bernal Heights frogs:
They are Pacific Chorus Frogs, in my backyard pond. It ‘s breeding season, and they are loudmouths! The males make a lot of noise, mostly at night. They stop if I get too close. They are native to the Bernal area and were rescued from behind an industrial shop. I’ve had the pond about five years or so, and every spring during the breeding season they sing. They are hard to see, because they are so tiny. But in the summer when it gets dry I find them camped out around the garden hose.
These frogs are small, but they make a big noise. Here’s Neighbor Lori’s recording of the frog chorus in her back yard:
PHOTO: Frog in Neighbor Lori’s backyard, by Neighbor Lori
Two homes have come up for sale in Bernal Heights, and both are rather unique.
We’ll start with 4021 Folsom, a wacky little house that has always appealed to Neighbor Victoria. She lives on Precita, but she passes this place on the way to the Farmer’s Market, and she has long been smitten by it. Now she’s noticed it’s for sale:
My absolute FAVORITE house in Bernal is on the market- for a cool half-mill. It is itty bitty- an adorable 650 square feet with a backyard that’s probably 20 sq ft lol. It was previously overgrown with an epic amount of morning glories (which were chopped down to make it more desirable??? ::whimper::) and it lost it’s gingerbread house appeal, sadly. Maybe it will make a great home for a single dude millionaire?? It’s pretty raw inside (the loft??) and seems like someone’s been livin easy in there for a while!
I’m planning a drive-by morning glory seed bombing regardless, to restore it to it’s former greatness! haha
Banzai!! No tightass interior staging for 4021 Folsom; it’s totally WYSIWYG:
Meanwhile, the other home, also just listed, is 124 Mullen.
It’s a favorite of mine, because it’s basically a midcentury Lake Tahoe chalet, right here in the City. Check out the view from the inside:
Sure it needs a little freshening up, but tell me you: THIS is the house where you’ll want to be for the apres ski party after a ripping day on the slopes at Ski Bernalwood. It’s a 1948 sq ft 2 BR, starting at $1m. Lift tickets sold separately.
Hat Tip: Miss Sally at CurbedSF
As if living in Bernal Heights wasn’t comedy enough, there’s a new stand-up comedy night happening at the Lucky Horseshoe on Cortland every Tuesday this month, starting TONIGHT, Tuesday March 4.
The evenings are called Comedy at Dusk, and co-host Neighbor Clara Bijl does the intro:
Ian Williams and I (both Bernal Heights locals) will bring stand up comedy to Cortland every Tuesday in March, 7pm to 9pm.
And here’s the line-up for Tuesday March 4th:
Hosted by Ian Williams
Speaking of which, Neighbor Ian wants to explain …
Just so you know, most of my material is geared for the north-slope crowd, who are my people. I have recently taken the time to interact with south-slopers like Clara, and find them to be decent people, although Redfin might disagree. Clara and I have become bi-slopal and hope our show can bring the community together. We hope that one day, there will be no slope, which currently only exists in algebra (and I couldn’t explain it to you.)
Folks, they’re here all month!
Rainbow Alert! Rainbow Alert! Rainbow Alert!
The Bernalwood Rainbow Situation Control Facility is tracking a Category Four rainbow event that was captured moments ago by Neighbor Kendall’s 11 year-old daughter.
Initial calculations suggest the rainbow may have touched down in the Financial District. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution, as pedestrians may be euphoric and disoriented.
PHOTO: Neighbor Kendall’s daughter