Ringing in the New Year with a Photo Walk in San Francisco's Mission Neighborhood

Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
I definitely started the year off right with a collaborative Sidewalk Safari with my friend Jess from Jess Loves Cupcakes.  Jess already posted some great pictures from our walk in the Mission on her blog.  I thought I'd show off some of my snaps as well.  Nothing beats a stroll in San Francisco with a second set of eyes.  I found myself noticing things that I might not have otherwise.

We'll start and end our tour with sandwiches.  I saw this appetizing painting outside a deli.
Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Street Art
 We popped into a seafood shop where I noticed an abundance of fish heads in addition to the usual edible creatures of the sea.
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Fish Heads
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Fish
I feel like dentists think they need to make themselves seem warm and fuzzy and that they think cartoon teeth are the way to achieve this.  It's a good effort but I'll never like going to the dentist.
 
I think it's tragic that this beautiful old theater was turned into a parking lot.
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
We ducked down Clarion St. to check out the murals.  They run end to end down the alley.

 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco



We stopped to refuel at Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia.  I thought the wild boar heads added a nice touch to the atmosphere. 
Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Four Barrel Coffee
I also liked that they had a collection of vinyl records behind the barista.
Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Four Barrel Coffee
As I was paying for my beverage, I noticed a tray of "lard caramels".  That sounds like a heart attack on a plate to me! 


Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Four Barrel Coffee
 I managed to avoid that temptation but did walk away with a chocolate anise donut. I can't resist unusual flavor combinations.  Fortunately, Jess was there to share a few bites and lighten my caloric intake.
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Four Barrel Coffee
Strangely, Four Barrel Coffee doesn't offer skim milk -- only soy milk for lactose intolerant types.  I wonder if it's because of the impact on their froth designs.  Note how much nicer and well-defined the whole milk decoration is compared to the soy milk decoration.


Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Four Barrel Coffee
 I noticed some interesting mosaic tiles along a side street off of 16th.  Love the "Low Rider"!
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
We saw this cow rendered in fruits and vegetables at a local grocer.  Jess pointed out that the bull is anatomically correct.  The green onions are indeed an interesting touch.

Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
 The most shocking sighting of the day for me had to be this pig head staring at me from behind the butcher counter at another local market.  I'm not a vegetarian but do feel more of a twinge of guilt when my food is looking back at me.
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - Butcher
On the opposite end of the spectrum, this same grocery store hosted a ton of festive piñatas.
Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - pinatas
 I got a chuckle from this "Chicken John for Dog Catcher" sign.  Chicken John is a very colorful local San Francisco personality.
Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco - chicken john
I noticed on our walk that Comedy Traffic School is definitely an option the next time I find myself with a ticket.  Fortunately, I don't drive very often at all, so hopefully I won't be in need of their services.
 
I was definitely feeling hungry so this sign urging me to "eat" felt particularly appropriate.
Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
 I promised to start and end with sandwiches.  I had to rub my eyes a bit...I was wondering if my eyes were deceiving me due to hunger.  Nope, there really was a painting outside a local convenience store with subs driving across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Nice!
Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
 Photowalk in the Mission - San Francisco
Overall, we clocked almost 3.3 miles on our walk in the Mission.  Walking is definitely more fun with a buddy!

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Sidewalk Safari: Ringing in the New Year with a Photo Walk in San Francisco's Mission Neighborhood
Ringing in the New Year with a Photo Walk in San Francisco's Mission Neighborhood
Explore the Mission in San Francisco on a colorful photo-walk. A photo-rich post by travel blogger Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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