Just kidding. You know that North Beach really isn’t a beach anymore. If you took my tour you know why.
Look at the new North Beach Library Branch that opened today. The beautiful sleek design looks like a modern ocean liner slipped it’s Fisherman’s Wharf mooring and ended up smack on Columbus Avenue at Mason near the cable cars and below the crooked turns of Lombard Street.
The library’s opening is the culmination of a long-fought battle between those who opposed the plans entirely or wanted to preserve the old mid-century modernist library building and city planners. The Chronicle’s architecture critic provides the full details in today’s paper.
A big crowd gathered in the warm sun for the opening enjoying a children’s chorus belting out songs from Annie followed by Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz dixieland band. An expert was giving lessons in the bocce courts across from the new library entrance.
More change is on the way. The old library will be demolished and the Joe DiMaggio Playground will be enlarged and renovated next year.
Boy am I happy that this northern fringe of North Beach has come alive again. Be sure to visit soon.
BTW, behind me in the video is North Beach poet and visual artist Agneta Falk‘s How Long/The Storm that she painted while watching a violent thunder storm over Fisherman’s Wharf.
Here in San Francisco’s North Beach my favorite cannoli (little tubes) is Santo’s at Cavalli Cafe on Stockton. He fills them when you order one and drizzles the ends with his fresh orange syrup. He has regular size and minis. I always get the regular.
But I like my homemade cannoli too. They’re fun to make and really not that difficult. You can make the shells ahead and fill them just before serving.
My shells are crispy with blisters all over so be careful, they’ll shatter as you bite into the sweet, creamy ricotta filling studded with candied orange and chocolate chips.
If you don’t want to make your own shells you can buy the shells. I got a box of Ferrara’s shells at North Beach’s Molinari Deli on Columbus. Whip up your own ricotta filling and fill the shells just before serving so they stay don’t get soggy.
Zeppole di San Giuseppe is a Neapolitan pastry I love too. Check out my zeppole video episode and make some for yourself.
Still got some energy after Bay to Breakers? Meet up with me today at Cavalli’s on Stockton from 2-3 pm. Never know what you’ll discover in The Village.
For instance, it was quite a North Beach morning yesterday.
Hundreds surrounded the stage at the annual Yo- Yo competition in Washington Square. Almost everyone had some kind of yo-yo and mingling was kinda dangerous!
Spring has sprung at Union Produce. California stone-fruit has arrived. Apricots, peaches, cherries and they’re not bad for this early in the season. Baby artichokes, sweet peas, fava beans are there too. Yipee!
I almost fell over passing gallery454 on Columbus. Is it loaded? No, thank God, it’s made of wood.