My Favorite Corner of SF

Mouth-watering foods, local markets, and Russian traditions

A sidewalk view of Torgsyn Jewelry and Moscow & Tbilisi Bakery Store on Geary Street. Photo: Aida Agayeva

This article is part of , a feature series that pays homage to a special place in the city.

New York has Brighton Beach. Chicago has Devon Avenue. But San Francisco’s Little Russia in the Richmond District is perhaps the most intriguing of them all.

My parents would often take me along the neighborhood’s main drag, Geary Boulevard, to seek out piroshki (baked buns with various fillings), borscht (beet soup), and a healthy amount of pastries to bring home. I grew to know the corner of 20th Avenue and Geary Boulevard like the back of my…

Yes, actually, some wholesome things took place among the chaos

Community members paint a mural on 14th Street between Clay and Jefferson Streets in Downtown Oakland on October 29, 2020. The finished mural spelled out, ‘Choose Democracy Stop a Coup,’ and was organized by the East Point Peace Academy. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

This year held so many surprising hardships — the pandemic, wildfires, deaths, racial injustices, climate change, wars, and much more. It was such an incredibly strenuous and heavy year, and it was so difficult to tear ourselves away from the doomscrolling, that it was easy to miss the positive moments. Yes, really, there were quite a few pieces of good news that fell under the radar as emergency after emergency dominated our attention.

In an effort to send off 2020 with some modicum of optimism and light, here is a list of 20 positive things that happened right here in…

Close your Amazon tab and help these local businesses

Inside a bookstore with balconies and a large stained glass window. Customers look around.
Inside a bookstore with balconies and a large stained glass window. Customers look around.
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Winter is finally approaching, making the idea of cozying up with some hot chocolate and a great read sound enticing. Knowing that there’s no better company than a good book, make your shopping habits more ethical by supporting independent bookstores and authors during the gift-giving season.

The independent and local bookstores listed below can help you find the perfect read for that special someone or put you into a blissful state of relaxation through the escape that books bring.

This holiday season, local businesses need your help more than ever. The value of independent bookstores is undeniable, and many have…

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” — Neil Gaiman

The wall has been broken when it comes to sending risky texts and there’s no one but ourselves to thank for that. As the world crumbled this year, Millenials and Gen Z began to let down their guard and cease gambling with their inner emotions.

While young people adapted to a new normal with a pandemic, shelter in place, lack of job stability, the harsh realities of inequality, and a global uprising, the mindset of recklessness and texting without boundaries…

There were only a few places I considered to be a safe haven. My car and the local coffee shops were the main two I relied on.

As I grew up, I made it a mission to go to every coffee shop in the East Bay Area. Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Hayward — if there was a functioning coffee shop, I frequented it. Throughout life, I relied on them not just as a way to feed my caffeine addiction but as a way to escape the confines of home. …

As the comedy business shifted to online standup specials and comic relief through virtual platforms, it begs the question of whether or not comedy will change in the future. The concept of entertaining in this age has changed immensely. It seems more important now than ever for comedians to explore options besides solely going on the road and accepting gigs.

Stand-up comics have always had something to fall back on. The option to go on the road provided comfort as they attempted to navigate the unknown. …

Dishes you need from around the Bay

Photo: Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen

Now is the time to carefully consider the products you’re using, the restaurants you’re supporting, and the businesses you frequent. Money is political, and so is who you choose to support with your dollars.

To support the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s imperative now more than ever to focus attention on Black-owned and operated businesses. We’ve compiled a list highlighting 10 Black-owned restaurants across the Bay Area for you to consider ordering your next meal from. …

Aida Agayeva

Writer. Journalist. Content Creator.

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