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café • viewpoints • italian food • vintage • dumplings
a bit about Andy
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
My first real job was working at a tax firm. It was very, well... taxing. I am very appreciative of the lessons it taught me, but man was cubicle life hard!
Were you born and raised in San Francisco? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to San Francisco?
I was born and raised in Shreveport, LA - a small city on the northwest corner of the boot. I moved to New Orleans for school, where I fell even deeper in love with the three elements of good culture: food, libations, and music. Tennessee Williams once said: 'America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland’. SF had warmer weather than NY, less crime than Nola, and the startup scene. I had a dream interview process during college which resulted in my driving to CA for my first day of work a week after graduation.
What’s your current hood in San Francisco and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
The (La) Mission! Best: Hits the 3 elements I mentioned above: tasty food, lots of libations, and good music. Worst: it can get quite dirty and the homelessness is getting worse.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to everything - so much so that my friends don't let me turn my music (Pandora...) on. I hate listening to metal unless its live.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Probably Norah Jones, Pavarotti, and Andrea Bocelli
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Monk, The Office, Full House, and Grey's Anatomy. I have no idea why I love them...
Name some spots in San Francisco that are good for a Tinder date.
I must admit- I have had at least 5 dates at the top of Dolores Park before sunset. It's easy and cheap with the only thing keeping you there being a 6 pack of cider or beer, then you can call it an evening or continue the date with dinner. For more serious dates (3rd+) I love taking the Ferry to Sausalito, driving down the Coast to Devil's Slide Bunker, going to The Richmond District to eat dumplings and shop for random items in the amazing Asian grocery stores, and anything else that is a first time experience for the other party.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I am literally the worst person to ask this...
Who’s your hero and where in San Francisco would you take them out for a serious hang?
Ok, this is not a joke - my grandmother. She is the sweetest human in the world, and I have been failing at trying to get her to say negative things about people for 24 years now. I got her to say damn 2 years ago and it was a big deal. She always helps me stay positive and remember the old saying: 'If you're not gonna say something nice, don't say anything at all'. I would love to take her out on a boat ride around the Bay and feed her baby sips of wine (becuase one glass is too much). Hopefully, this will happen soon.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Thrift stores... cliche, I know. But, I am almost never willing to buy at thrift stores in SF because they are generally over-priced (torn apart Reese's tank top for $63 anyone?). Come with me to Goodwill outside of SF for a fun hunt!
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I really, really, really dislike Fisherman's Wharf. I only go there for the people I love when they come in town and need to check it off their list.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to Alcatraz! Its a little pricy and requires a hefty amount of time, but so worth going at least once!
Where do you go in San Francisco for a casual night out?
My hood. Find me tramping the streets of East Mission all the way through the Valencia area. Drinks are less expensive and there are street dogs and taquerias for snacking between bars.
Where would you go in San Francisco to celebrate some freaking good news?
Day would be spent at Dolores Park if the weather is good, then a house party, then a walk over to one of the bars near my place for a nightcap.
What’s your choice of transportation in San Francisco and why?
Pit&Pat. Walking is the best way to see this city and you get mini-workouts when you have to do the hills.
What are the San Francisco spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Golden Gate Bridge views (either Land's End or Fort Point), Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, Haight-Ashbury, Valencia Street, Dolores Park, Alcatraz, and Chinatown
What are the San Francisco spots tourists should run from screaming?
Do not go to the Tenderloin (it's easy to accidentally end up there). If you end up staying in the Tenderloin for cost reasons, remember to stay with another person if walking around and lean towards Uber/Lyft when coming home after 9pm. Do not go to Fisherman's Wharf to eat and get sucked into a $19 subpar hamburger at Rainforest Cafe - which is now closed.
Tomorrow’s your last day in San Francisco. How do you spend it?
I would probably have a bag full of mini-champagnes to drink all day, and I would have someone drive me to Fort Point, Palace of Fine Arts, over to Richmond for dumplings, down through the Sunset for lunch at Art's Cafe, over to Dolores Park for some digestion in the sun, up to Ina Coolbrith park for views, back down to North Beach for Golden Boy Pizza, then to the Mission for a Feastly pop-up dinner and bar hopping.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I have so many places I love and I keep finding more. I regretfully cannot answer this question without second guessing my answer.