Spring is in full swing, vaccines abound, and our lord and savior Olivia Rodrigo is releasing her debut album on Friday. But perhaps even more exciting are the new openings, pop-ups, and special events going on in SF and the East Bay right now. Here’s our weekly list of new things to do and eat that you should definitely clear your calendar for.
On Saturday, May 22nd, head to Queens in the Inner Sunset at 11am - the Korean supermarket is collaborating with Xulo, a flour tortilla pop-up based in Berkeley. The special menu includes tacos filled with chili-braised short ribs or soft eggs and toasted peanut chili salsa, salmon ceviche on a crispy blue corn tortilla, and more. You can also grab a bag of flour tortillas to take home.
Green House Bakery is an East Bay-based at-home pop-up that serves great baked goods. And this Saturday is the last weekend to order before owner Rachel Caygill takes a summer break - so head over from 9-11am for brioche cinnamon rolls, sweet and savory croissants, pie, donuts, cookies, and more. There will also be a lemonade stand on-site hosted by Caygill’s kids, and proceeds will go toward local efforts to distribute water and other cold refreshments to unhoused folks and Town Fridges in Oakland.
Check out Toscano Brothers, a new Italian bakery in North Beach by Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana and Capo’s. They’re doing everything from baguettes and bagels to sourdough with chocolate and sour cherries, all of which you can walk up to order from Thursday to Sunday, 8am-3pm.
This new bakery in Rockridge opened a couple of weeks ago, and draws on Asian and French flavors to make pastries like ube snickerdoodles, strawberry Pocky cruffins, matcha cookies with White Rabbit candy, and more. They’re currently open on weekends from 11am-4pm for pre-orders and walk ups.
During the pandemic, Manny McCall started Pickle Pana, a pickling business featuring bacon and jars of pickles that are sold through Instagram. This week, McCall is hosting a fundraiser for the nonprofit No Immigrants No Spice, an organization that donates all proceeds to legal funds and groups like Immigrant Families Together and the National Immigrant Justice Center. If you donate $25 to the GoFundMe, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win prizes like a $250 gift card to Horn Barbecue, dinner for two at Bell’s in Los Alamos, two cheesecakes from Basuku Cheesecakes, and more. Check McCall’s Instagram for details - the deadline to enter is Friday, May 21st.
After a year of making takeout bento boxes and excellent fried chicken sandwiches, Hina Yakitori is returning to indoor service. You can now make a reservation for their 13-course tasting menu, which consists of charcoal-grilled chicken skewers, sashimi, and other seasonal dishes and desserts, for $139 per person.