Ladies Paint Night Pop Up at Heartfelt on Monday (1/13)

Looking for something to do Monday night? Want to get your creative juices flowing? Interested in meeting some other women who feel the same way?

If any of the above interests to you, then swing by Heartfelt from 7:30pm to 9:00pm on Monday night for a Ladies Paint Night Pop Up provided by Jen Bloomer of Radici Studios. The cost is $15 for pre-registration (sign-up here) or $20 at the door. All materials are provided, and all skill levels are welcome.

For more information, check out the flyer below:

Have an event that you think your fellow Bernal neighbors might be interested in? Shot me an email at bernalhype@gmail.com to let me know!

Shish Ke Baba makes the Yelp Top 100 of 2020 list (#12)

Every year, Yelp puts out a list of the top restaurants of the year based on the following criteria:

To determine Yelp’s Top Places to Eat in 2020, Yelp’s data science team pulled the top restaurants by ratings and number of reviews in 2019 across the U.S., with representation based on each place’s share of top-rated restaurants nationally, then curated the list with the expertise of our Community Managers around the country to finalize the rankings.

Brenae Leary, https://blog.yelp.com/2020/01/yelps-top-100-places-to-eat-2020

This heavy dependence on high Yelp reviews ends up making for a pretty unique list that tends to favor more casual neighborhood faves.


Yelp just released their 2020 list earlier today, and Bernal Heights’s own Shish Ke Baba was the lone San Francisco restaurant clocking in at #12!

The mustachioed Turkish Grill still maintains a 5-star average on Yelp even after over 200 reviews (in fact at the time of writing, 92% of the reviews were perfect scores).

I’ve personally been derelict in my dolma duties and haven’t stopped by yet, but believe you me that’s gonna change. Yelpers seem to love the friendly owners and service, the delectable dips, and the moist meats, and there are plenty of claims that it’s the best Turkish food around.

I honestly thought that the 30th and San Jose corner was cursed to forever be the home of a pizza places whose names changed with the seasons, but it appears we have a kebab-filled fan-favorite that’s hopefully here for the long haul.

Another Cortland Closure: Bernalese heading to retirement

For us Cortland dwellers, it’s been a bit of a tough year for businesses on the avenue (RIP Heartfelt, Hunan Chef, 331, Discount Club, etc). Sadly, as announced on Instagram Saturday, Bernalese will be the latest store to shutter.

While there’s no official end date yet, the following note was posted to the shop window:

There was a great deep dive on Bernalese posted to bernalheights.com over a year ago, and in the article the owners Matt and Sean talked about how they wanted to take their love of antiques and turn it into a retirement gig. It appears now that the true retirement bug has bit them, and thus Bernalese goes as they go.

Personally, I’ll be there this weekend to pick up some of the killer barware (hello coupe glasses and tiki mugs) at 50% off, and I’ll also be wishing Matt and Sean best of luck with whatever the future holds.


Hear about a closure or opening in Bernal Heights? Please email bernalhype@gmail.com so that I can follow-up and write a post. Thanks to neighbor Julie for the tip here!

Time to ditch that Christmas tree

2019 has come and gone, and with it so has the season of homes filled with fir and spruce varietals. Now that it’s 2020 and time to pack up ornaments, what’s a Yuletide reveler to do with their tree?

Lucky for us Bernal residents, Recology offers free treecycling from January 2nd until January 15th: https://sfenvironment.org/treecycle

All you have to do to ensure your tree gets picked up and disposed of properly is the following:

  • Place clean, unflocked trees curbside the night before your scheduled collection day
  • Remove all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, stands, and lights.
  • If your tree measures more than 6 feet tall, cut it in half before putting it on the curb.

So what does Recology do with the 500 tons of trees it expects to collect this year? According to SFExaminer:

They haul the trees to Recology’s transfer and recycling station at 501 Tunnel Ave. near the former Candlestick Park. There, Recology feeds all the trees into a ginder [sic], turning them into wood chips. The chips are then transported to Recology Blossom Valley Organics near Modesto where they are turned into mulch and sold for commercial projects or use in public parks.

“Christmas trees contain pine pitch. That makes it difficult to compost, but great for commercial landscaping projects because the pitch in the finished mulch helps suppress weeds at landscaping projects,” Reed said.

Joshua Sabatini, SF Examiner

Ring in 2020 without leaving the comfort of Bernal

Have you procrastinated accomplishing your 2019 resolutions? Setting your 2020 resolutions? Unfortunately I’m ill-equipped to help you with either of those. However, if you put off planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations then let Bernal Hype be your guide to bridge the Gregorian gap.

I’ve digitally crawled the Bernal Bar scene to compile the following list of places who have events the night of 12/31:








While these were the only events I was able to find, here are other places open past midnight tomorrow where you can create your own special New Year’s Eve memories:

  • Holy Water
  • St. Mary’s Pub
  • Wild Side West
  • Old Devil Moon
  • Rock Bar
  • Lucita’s Niteclub

Hope everyone’s 2020 starts strong and remains that way. Stay safe and have a happy new year!

Hunan Chef owners call it quits after 23 years

Strolling down Cortland Ave today, I noticed a new sign up in the window at Hunan Chef with the following message:

Dear Customers,

We are retiring on Sunday, Dec 22 (our last day). We’ve enjoyed serving you for the last 23 years! Thank you for your support. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

THANKS TO ALL

Sam & Susie

At this point I don’t have any additional info on the location or what’s next for Sam & Susie, but here’s wishing them well in their retirement!

Six Shops in One: Holiday Pop-Up at Heartfelt until 12/24

When I saw the letter about Heartfelt calling it quits at the 436 Cortland Ave location, I honestly felt pretty heartbroken. Where would I go should I need a last minute card for a birthday that I definitely did not forget? Sure you could still order things on the Heartfelt website, but nothing beat wandering around the store and convincing yourself that someone in your life absolutely needed a “noveltea” loose-leaf infuser or a break-your-own-geode.

Luckily for us, Heartfelt has thrown open the doors from 11am-7pm daily for six women-owned outlets to host their wares this holiday season (through at least December 24th). Below I’ll be doing a quick rundown of who you’ll find and what they sell:

Store #1: Wink SF

Wink is not dissimilar to Heartfelt itself. You may have heard of them before as they have a brick & mortar in Noe Valley at 4107 24th St. Wink has a bit of everything, and I found that their About section seems to cover it all nice and succinctly:

Think of it as your favorite museum store on overload. Travel gear and messenger bags by Jack Spade and Orla Kiely are mixed in with Malin + Goetz products, kitchen gadgets and a well-selected assortment of greeting cards

Marcy Israel and Teresa Hagiya, Wink SF

Store #2: Crystal & Gold

Crystal & Gold is the creation of Roxanne Miranda, who describes herself as a jewelry artist, mindset coach, and meditation guide.

The collection is handcrafted jewelry centered around natural crystals, with each piece being as unique as the crystals themselves.

Store #3: Handsome

Handsome is all about seeking zero waste. Stephanie Ciancio is the owner and is herself a consultant for getting your own home de-cluttered and on a path to less waste. This shop has products ranging from mason jars and bulk bags to reusable water bottles and coffee mugs.

Store #4: Beijo Brasil

From glass rings to patches to necklaces of enamel and metal, Beijo Brasil has an array of jewelry and other wearables to match your style. Misty Marie is the owner here and has been running this business since 2002.

Store #5: Josie Carter Designs

Josie Carter is a Bernal artist who makes customized art out of transformed objects like furniture, vases, jewelry boxes, and much more. She had a number of custom scarves/shawls at her location as well when I stopped by earlier this week.

Store #6: Recycled Glass Works

Lauren Becker is all about taking existing glass products (mostly window-glass) and transforming them into something special. She uses no brand-new materials, and yet her work looks like it was created from scratch.

She had a variety of bowls, plates, and platters at the pop-up shop, and you could always order more from her website (including setting up a unique wedding registry).

As mentioned above, this pop-up is running through Christmas Eve, so make sure you stop by in the next few days before we return to the world without Heartfelt on Cortland.