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Insider tips: Author David Jedeikin

April 30th, 2012

San Francisco author David Jedeikin (Photo: Jack Huynh, Orange Photography)

Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing author and world traveler David Jedeikin for a feature in PASSPORT magazine. A few years back, in the wake of a break up with his boyfriend, Jedeikin took an epic solo round-the-world journey. After publishing his chronicle of the trip, Wander the Rainbow, David settled down in San Francisco (He’d briefly called the city home once before). Given his keen eye for detail and his endless appetite for cool adventures, I asked him to share his San Francisco favorites with SFagenda readers.

What’s your favorite SF cultural institution?

I love Fort Point, the Civil War-era fortress below the Golden Gate Bridge. The first time I had my heart broken, I went there, played sappy music, and wept. In addition to killer views and rich history, it makes for a suitably dramatic spot to cure whatever ails you.

Any other city views you’re fond of?

The view from my ‘hood, Potrero Hill, can’t be beat; in fact, I’m told it’s the vista they used in the movie Pacific Heights. Pac Heights, while a lovely neighborhood in its own right, doesn’t have the jaw-dropping panorama of the city & Bay Bridge we have on my side of town.

Where do you like to go shopping?

I love Hayes Valley. Lots of fabulous boutiques, cute little restaurants, and a neighborhood feel right in the heart of the city.

What’s one thing a visitor shouldn’t miss eating in San Francisco?

It’s cliche, but Dungeness crab is a favorite of mine. One thing it’d be hard not to eat is sushi: the city seems to have a sushi place on every corner.

What’s your favorite place to have a cocktail?

Martuni’s! The Martini was allegedly invented in San Francisco, and while this spot isn’t where it all began, it does a pretty darned good rendition.

Check out Jedeikin’s dish on dining and watch your editor’s favorite local cabaret singer rock Martuni’s piano bar, after the jump

You’ve got $50 or more per person to spend for a meal, where would you choose?

Foreign Cinema in the Mission is one of my favorites; in addition to the fabulous Cal-Med food, the screens showing old movies make for a unique ambience.  [From April 30 to June 3, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay is the featured film]

You’ve got less than $15 per person to spend for a meal…

For lunch I’d hit  The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen or Ike’s Place in the Castro. For dinner, San Fran’s got killer pizza options: Delfina, Goat Hill (sourdough crust!) and, for deep dish that’s close to the Chicago original, Patxi’s.

What would you tell a visitor that they absolutely must do while in San Francisco which they probably wouldn’t find in a guidebook? 

Hiking the hills above the Castro and the Haight: Check out Tank Hill and the Seward Street slides.

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