Actually this tip is for pretty much everyone who lives in San Francisco. But especially pregnant mamas. You need some cookies, some happy sweet cookies. You need Anthony’s cookies, to be specific. Because they – and you! – are so #$*(! awesome.

I would not have said cookies were my dessert of choice until I met Anthony’s, but things have changed. I’m in there embarrassingly often. Like twice a week. Anthony knows me. He asks about my family. The staff all say, “Hi,” and know they don’t need to tie up my box or give me a bag. (There’s no point really since I open the box in the car. Or sooner. Like I say: embarrassing. Little bit. Yeah.)

The shop is pretty far down on Valencia (between 25th and 26th) but it’s worth the trip. They have some flavors all the time – chocolate chip, toffee chip, cookies and cream, cinnamon spice – and some ¬†– a subtle German chocolate (with coconut, like the cake), walnut chip, peanut butter – rotate depending on the day. My favorite? Candied pecan chocolate chip, only available Friday – Sunday.

If you’re looking for a more reasonable craving to replace your desire for whole cheesecakes, try Anthony’s. They will, I guarantee it, make you happy. (And you’ll be supporting a local entrepreneur!)

Anthony’s Cookies, 1417 Valencia Street between 25th and 26th, open 7 days¬†


San Francisco: H&M

February 14, 2012

Hooray for the Swedes! H&M has opened a big baby/kids section on the third floor of the Westfield Center, just outside Bloomingdales. (Borders’ old space, I think – sad to see them go…)

While I’ve loved their kids clothes (especially the pricing!), braving the Powell St. store’s crowds, disorder, and unbelievably cramped kids department has put a damper on my willingness to shop with them. You have to really want it to go over to Union Square at all, let alone join up with the tourists and lunchtime shoppers on H&M’s crowded floors.

The new space is the opposite of all of that: open, organized and well-folded, you can see everything they have and – amazing! – if they have your child’s size. This would seem like a basic store requirement, I know, but apparently not when you can get a tiny floral shirt for $4.95!