Archive for May, 2007

The Hippies Were Right

Sunday, May 6th, 2007


The following excerpts are from Mark Morford’s column in the Chronicle.

“Go ahead, name your movement.  Name something good and positive and pro-environment and eco-friendly that’s happening in the newly “greening” of  America….  I’m talking about, say, energy-efficient light bulbs.  I’m looking at organic foods going mainstream.  I mean chemical-free cleaning products widely available at Target and I’m talking saving the whales and protecting the dolphins.  I mean yoga studios flourishing in every small town, giant boxes of organic cereal at Costco and the Toyota Prius becoming the nation’s oddest status symbol.  You know, good things.

There is but one conclusion you can draw from the astonishing pro-environment sea change happening in the culture and (reluctantly, nervously) in the halls of power in D.C., one thing we must all acknowledge in our wary, jaded, globally warmed universe:  The hippies had it right all along.

All this hot enthusiasm for healing the planet and eating whole foods and avoiding chemicals and working with nature and developing the self?  Came from the hippies.  Alternative health?  Hippies.  Green cotton?  Hippies.  Reclaimed wood?  Recycling?  Humane treatment of animals?  Medical pot?  Alternative energy?  Natural childbirth?  Non-GMA seeds?  …  It’s about time the media, the politicians, the culture as a whole sent out a big, hemp-covered apology.”

I couldn’t agee more.


Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

Friday, May 4th, 2007


If you are looking for breakfast and you are in downtown San Francisco, I suggest you try Dottie’s True Blue Cafe. It is on Jones between Geary and O’Farrell. 522 Jones (415-885-2767). I went there on Tuesday. It’s in Zagat’s Restaurant Guide and on Chowhound, the foodie web site.

Yes, this is the Tenderloin folks, or Tendernob as a lady friend who lives there calls it, but don’t let that slow you down. It is also small, about five counter seats and only ten tables, but the food is great. I had scrambled eggs with duck sausage and a side of hot cakes that were flavored with cinnamon. Yum. My companion had eggs with red bean cakes and cornbread. Double yum. Also, they serve a first rate coffee.

On weekends there is a long line. Mid week has a short line. Well worth a try.

It struck me as New Orleans style but when I asked the owner he said he was from Arizona and had just, “picked up some stuff” as far as his food style.

It is just a funky coffee shop in a small hotel but I go for the food not the decor. I noticed a paper sign in the hotel that read, “Monthly bed bug check”. Welcome to San Francisco.