Sunday: “Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up” at PizzaHacker on Mission



This Sunday, December 21, local chef Risa Lichtman is reprising her tasty pop-up brunch extravaganza inside the PizzaHacker on Mission Street. Chef Risa says:

I’m excited to bring Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up back to Bernal! Our first installment was a great success, with delicious food, lovely people, and a packed house in our host shop, the PizzaHacker. Come join us again for another seasonal brunch featuring local produce & breads. Bring your friends & family, or come on your won’t regret it either way!

Some favorite menu items include:

Lonely Mountain Egg Sandwich (add crispy prosciutto) – with a fried farm egg, arugula, fresh chevre, calabrian chili aioli, Arizmendi english muffin. side of greens.

Polenta Breakfast Bowl – with a poached farm egg, cheesy polenta, varietal winter squash, dino kale, and salsa verde.

The Cure – a pizza braid filled with fluffy farm eggs, pecorino, prosciutto, sweet ‘n sour chili sauce and a side of greens.

Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up
Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 10:30am – 2pm
at PizzaHacker, 3299 Mission St (at 29th Street)
*Cash only!

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Cry Baby’s Brunch Pop-Up

Bernal Neighbor Creates Redeeming Recipe for Kugel


The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for seasonal holiday foods, like gingerbread, and fruitcake, and (for our Jewish friends) kugel.

What’s kugel? The Wikipedia sayeth:

Kugel (קוגל kugl, pronounced IPA: [ˈkʊɡl̩]) is a baked pudding or casserole, similar to a pie, most commonly made from egg noodles (Lokshen kugel) or potato. It is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish.

Kugel is basically a sweet noodle dish, but what the Wikipedia fails to mention is that many contemporary Jews don’t really like kugel all that much… because it’s a sweet noodle dish.

Enter Bernal neighbor Julia Weber from Joy Street. Neighbor Julia is on a mission to redeem kugel for the 21st century. Neighbor Julia’s kugel with apricot nectar (recipe right here) — which comes from a recipe created by Rachel Breuer in the Excelsior — was recently discovered by the foodie scouts from The Food Network magazine, which also gave her contributions to the kugel arts a special shout out in the December 2014 issue:

Kugel seems to be the underdog of Hanukkah staples: Everyone talks about latkes and jelly doughnuts this time of year, but few people seem to give the traditional noodle casserole a second thought, until the Kugel Nosh Down came along. Friends Rebecca Weiner and Julia Weber dreamed up the cook-off two years ago, and they have launched a full-on kugel craze in San Francisco.

Want a taste? Neighbor Julia invites you to the 2014 Kugel Nosh Down this weekend to benefit the religious school at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Get your tickets here:

2nd Annual Kugel Nosh Down – Sunday, December 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m

Join us for an afternoon of kugel sampling and fun! Competitors will show off their skills with savory and sweet kugel samples. Prizes will be awarded! Help us choose the most delicious kugel and join family and friends while raising money for Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer, our fabulous Shabbat and Hebrew school for kids K-8!

Here’s the plan for the afternoon

3:00 p.m. Tasting begins with kugel, drinks, additional fabulous snacks, and more (entertaining surprises await!)
4:15 p.m. Voting concludes
4:45 p.m. Prizes awarded
5:00 p.m. More kugel tasting and event wrap up

Want to enter your delicioius kugel? Questions?Contact us at

Adults: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Kids under 12, $5.00
Please note: $12.50 of each adult ticket may be tax-deductible.

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
290 Dolores (at 16th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103

PHOTO: Neighbor Julia’s Kugel with Apricot Nectar via The Food Network

TONIGHT: Jazz, Kid Fun, and Cookies at the 2014 Bernal Library Winter Festival


The Bernal Heights Public Library is a genuine hub of awesome throughout the year, but tonight the library is hosting a seasonal festival that celebrates music, kids, and tasty food. Library manager Valerie Reichert tells us:

Please join us for our annual celebration! The evening features the awesome Bernal Jazz Quartet playing seasonal selections, holiday craft making in the children’s room AND A COOKIE CONTEST & RECIPE SWAP! Bring your favorite cookies with recipe, and maybe YOU will get a blue ribbon!

Information: 355-5610
For all ages!


PHOTO: Telstar Logistics

Thursday: Come All Ye Bernal, to the 2014 Cortland Holiday Stroll!

Holiday Stroll


Tens of thousnads of years ago, in the time of our Bernal ancestors, a joyous community of elves lived on Bernal Hill. Each year, during the winter equinox, these proto-Bernalese would gather on the land we now call Cortlandia to celebrate the arrival of the rains and the season of lights.

Today, the Bernal Business Alliance has revived this ancient ritual, in the form of the glamorous Cortland Holiday Stroll. The 2014 Stroll happens this Thursday, December 4, from 6 to 9 pm, and it is incumbent upon you to partake of the many spectacles.

Bernalwood is told:

This Thursday, Bernal neighbors and guests will have the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday shopping season! There will be fantastic drinks, deals, art, live music, and more!

The Bernal Business Alliance, this year teaming up with The Bold Italic, is hosting the Bernal Heights Microhood Holiday Stroll on December 4th, 6pm-9pm.

Here are some highlights of what you’ll find throughout the event:

The Holiday Marketplace is open again in the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. Come enjoy festive decorations, holiday music, and free cookies and punch.

You’ll meet:

Sandy Owens Massage and Healing
CLIMB Real Estate
Legal Shield
Bernal Bucks
Bernal Business Alliance
SF Custom Chiropractic
The Levia Project
Pelindaba Lavender SF
12 Small Things
Cortland Businesses and ART WALK

While visiting local businesses, mix and mingle with talented Bernal based artists. See what our neighborhood artists have been working on. Now is the perfect time to pick up some home grown art for the holidays!

The New Wheel will have oodles of Holiday cheer, a Christmas tree, and fabulous warm eggnog.

Vinorosso will host artist Todd Berman in their parklet.

Kingmond Young Photography will be serving drinks and snacks during the event. They’re also offering a special ALL DAY: free mat boards (from selected styles) on any frame order 32″ x 40″ or smaller (square or rectangle cuts only).

Bernal Star will be hosting artist Notty Bumbo.

Pinhole Coffee will be showcasing Recycled Glassworks.

Integral Body will have a holiday feel-good herbal elixir, 5 minute massage demos, 10 minute ear acupuncture demos, visiting relatives cancellation feature acu-ear seeds, and a meet your local doctor Q&A.

Vega Pizzeria will have half-off bottles of wine.

Inclusions Gallery will be celebrating it’s 7 year anniversary with the opening of their annual Retrospective show, featuring artists Sawyer Rose, Josie Iselin, Quinn Scheibal, Kim Smith, Aaron Zube, Sarah M. Newton, Peter Arvidson, Jenny Phillips and Natasha Juelicher.
They’ll also feature live music by Bernal’s own talented jazz duo, Gary Zellerbech & Carl Herder.

More art and holiday cheer at Bernal Branch Library, Chloe’s Closet, fit BERNAL fit, Good Life Grocery, Heartfelt, Little Bee Baking, Lucky Horseshoe, State Farm Insurance, Succulence, Wild Side West!

Also, a reminder: SFPD Capt. McFadden and Ingleside officers will be attending the Stroll as well.

This is a great chance to meet Capt. McFadden in a casual setting and to let him know of any safety concerns you have in the neighborhood – criminal activity, “problem” houses, unsafe environments, etc.
He will be there from about 6pm-7pm and will be visiting merchants on Cortland between Andover and Bennington (the central part of Cortland with Heartfelt, the Good Life, New Wheel, etc).

PHOTO: Top, Holiday Stroll 2011,  by Telstar Logistics

Sunday: Hear Beethoven in Bernal for Free (and BYOB)

0003 Web-Ready San Francisco Chamber Musi c Society © Bowerbird Photography 2014

The  Neighborhood Performance Project Team will host a free performance of Beethoven by the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco’s at the BHNC on Sunday, and all you need to bring is some wine:

We are excited to present our next event featuring the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. They will be performing the great Beethoven op. 132 string quartet and Haydn Op. 20 #4.

The event will be held on Sunday November 23 from 5pm-6:30pm at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center at 515 Cortland Ave. A public performance as always: no cover, wine, and donations appreciated.

Look forward to seeing you there!

The Neighborhood Performance Project Team:
Adam, Camellia, Marco, Aldo


Sunday: World’s Most Awesome Book Editor and Producer Explains How the Magic Happens


There comes a moment in every neighborhood blog editor’s career when he must embrace life’s conflicts of interest, face up to reality, and toss any pretense of objectivity aside like some sort of useless, depleted husk.

For your Bernalwood editor, that moment is right now…

Neighbor Leslie Jonath lives on Precita Avenue. She is a very talented book editor, producer, and packager who specializes in creating highly visual coffee table- and gift-style books that are both fun to read and gorgeous to look at.

In addition, she is your Bernalwood editor’s sweetie. In fact, we live together. In fact, we sleep together, and do the full gamut of life-partner activities together. In fact, as your Bernalwood editor writes this now, at 11:16 pm on Thursday night, he can even confirm — EXCLUSIVE SCOOP! — that Neighbor Leslie is downstairs at this very moment, watching her favorite legal-procedural drama on TV.

So, with all that fully and properly disclosed, Bernalwood is extremely proud to tell you that Neighbor Leslie will be giving a little talk at the Heartfelt Pop-Up Store at 301 Cortland on Sunday, November 16 at 4 pm to reveal how you go about creating beautiful coffee table-style books, and why (somewhat counter-intuitively) these kinds of books are now more popular than ever.

Neighbor Darcy Lee from Heartfelt says:

We are thrilled to announce that local author Leslie Jonath will be schooling us all on how to create a book, at Heartfelt’s newly curated Pop-Up location.

If you haven’t already heard Leslie’s the real deal!

Here’s a little more about her:

Leslie Jonath has been producing cookbooks, art books and kid’s books for over 20 years. Some of her favorite projects include The Pleasures of Slow Food, MietteThe Model Bakery Cookbook, Arts for the City, Postmark Paris, and The Dictionary of Extraordinary Ordinary Animals. Bee & Me, a book she co-wrote under the pen name, Elle j. McGuinness, sold over 150,000 copies. and was on both the New York Times best-seller list.

Before launching her book packaging company, Connected Dots Media, she was a creative director and editor at Chronicle Books for 18 years. Upcoming titles include three books on floral design, two cookbooks, and an inspirational journal called Give Yourself a Gold Star: Celebrating Life’s Little Achievements.

Yummy surprise refreshments will be served!


PHOTO: Neighbor Leslie Jonath in Paris, by a totally biased Bernalwood editor

See “Art in Bernal” at Inclusions This Weekend, Before It Disappears


Neighbor Rachel urges us to check out the homegrown, locavore, and 100% organic art exhibit on display at Inclusions Gallery on Cortland this weekend… before it disappears:

I wanted to remind the community about the Bernal artists exhibit at Inclusions Gallery.

The show runs through November 16, and there is a reception this Saturday evening from 5 to 7 pm.

There are artworks from 30 Bernal artists on display, and the local talent is truly phenomenal. Inclusions is such a gem of a gallery, and the proprietor, Lisa, has a great eye for art. She really works so hard on this local show. I hope Bernaland turns out in droves to support the gallery and the neighborhood artists.

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PHOTOS: Art in Bernal on display at Inclusions, via Inclusions