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Aug 11, 2007 11:44 PM

Celebrating the Summer of Love - Suggestions?

With my telly tuned at the moment to KQED's Monterey Pop: The Summer of Love, , I'm wondering how those of you who were here in San Francisco in 1967 would plan to celebrate the 40th anniversary, foodwise?

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  1. I was here but nothing sticks out, food-wise, except perhaps Chico-san rice cakes, Tamari soy sauce, chicken with brown rice and whatever else was Macrobiotically correct. I think the view was that anything that tasted good was nutritionally suspect.

    The Food Mill in Oakland (still around) was our Whole Foods. Monterey Market and Peets were already around, and the Cheese Board opened in the Fall of 1967, if you want to be creative, but none of those three were on the Flower Child radar.

    And oh yes, don't forget the Alice B. Toklas Brownies!

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      Thanks, the ascetic food choices of the times seem strange compared to the sybaritic pursuit of so many other pleasures.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        The brownies made everything taste better.

    2. You could go to Supperclub, Cafe Graditude, or Ananda Fuara. Those are pretty hippieish operations.

      Or to Magnoila Pub at Haight and Ashbury, former home of the Magnolia Thunderpussy dessert delivery service.

      1. Acorn squash, tofu, brown rice, mushrooms, bean sprouts, raw nuts, all of it sprinkled with wheat germ. I'm glad it is 40 years ago.

        Greens would probably be the most appropriate place, or Café Gratitude.

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        1. re: Paul H

          As one who was here and lived in the Haight, you've got it. It really did take the blind munchies to eat a lot of that stuff.

          1. re: wally

            Feel Real Organic Cafe and Millennium make modern versions of that food.

          2. re: Paul H

            And don't forget carob for dessert. Ugh.

            1. re: Paul H

              A shy 'hound sent me this link to Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata" for this thread,
     . I imagine this stanza might be how you feel about giving up that diet.

              "Take kindly the counsel of the years,
              gracefully surrendering the things of youth."

            2. Are the Hare Krishnas still around and if so do they still serve a free lunch on the weekend?

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                They were in Palo Alto on University Ave about 3 weeks ago. Not sure if it's a regular hang out for them. But they were in the plaza next to Pizza My Heart in the afternoon.

              2. seems to me that the only way to avoid the types of food mentioned in previous posts, that I also associate with that time, is to celebrate with a picnic in the park! (more than anything else, I associate the summer of Love with GG Park...)

                of course, back in 1967 I was barely a teenager, thankfully a bit young for that type of diet to appeal, and the places we went regularly (Sunday night dinners with the family) included Silver Dragon in Oakland's either my taste has changed dramatically, or it has (still around, but not good enough that I would consider going for nostalgia's sake). Dinner was usually followed by ice cream at the original Dreyers or Fenton's on special occaisons....Spenger's was also sometimes on the rotation (sigh, another current miss), and on rare occaisons when we did venture into the City I remember a Japanese place that my father loved but its name is long gone from my memory...)

                Actually, Fenton's might work. A few years later it was definitely the type of place we would go when the brownies took hold......

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                1. re: susancinsf

                  Had actually been thinking about tomato-beef chow mein (the Soupster's fave) ala Silver Dragon.

                  Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
                  1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

                  Silver Dragon
                  835 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

                  Fenton's Creamery
                  4226 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    yes, it sure was good 40 years ago, anyway! Though my father preferred the stir fried tomato beef... and we always had to have the won ton soup...seems hard to believe now, but the roots of my interest in chowhounding were probably formed at those Sunday night dinners at Silver Dragon.....

                    1. re: susancinsf

                      I don't remember ever going to a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco.....must have had too many of those brownies :-)

                      But I still crave that tomato beef chowmein a la Silver Dragon sometimes.....and of course the won ton soup...followed by a Rocky Road ice cream cone from Dreyer's....

                      But to answer Melanie's original question, I agree that a picnic in the park would be the perfect celebration!

                  2. re: susancinsf

                    Was the Japanese restaurant Mingei-Ya (not positive on spelling) on Union? We went there a lot in the 60's and 70's. I remember really liking it, but who knows if it was actually good and/or authentic!

                    1. re: The Librarian

                      I never had the pleasure of eating at Mingei-ya. However, a long time ago someone gave me the recipe for its salad dressing, a creamy o mizutaki sauce, which I posted here,

                      1. re: The Librarian

                        I was thinking the same thing. It seemed to be the Gaijin's favorite in the 60's. It looked like we thought a Japanese restaurant should look. It featured "Country Style" cooking and was very rustic in appearance. In fact, it was owned by a Gaijin named Russ Rudzinski. He actually published a popular cookbook on Japanese Country cooking.

                        1. re: Gary Soup

                          who/what's a gaijin? jewish person?

                          1. re: Sarah

                            A non-Japanese, generally. Literally, a "foreigner" but even in the US we Caucasians are still "Gaijins" to Japanese, who themselves are the foreigners.

                            1. re: Gary Soup

                              You should mention that term can be derogatory so people don't run around proudly calling themselves that ... though if anyone did it might apply.

                              Anyway, anyone should know that on Sept 2nd there will be a Summer of Love festival at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park. More about that and other SOL events at the Bay Guardian.

                              Though I was on the coast hosting Woodstock, if you do picnic in the park don't forget the wine ... Boone's Farm Apple, Blue Nun and Lancer's Rose ... or was it Matteus?

                              And don't forget to be sure to wear some flowers in your hair ... which you can pick out of your mixed organic greens with edible flowers from Happy Boy Farm.

                              1. re: rworange

                                Don't forget Cold Duck to drink!

                        2. re: The Librarian

                          You know, I think that indeed was it. In fact, I am almost sure, even though Janet doesn't remember...It was indeed rustic in appearance, but by my Father's standards of the time was fairly pricey (not that it was expensive, it just wasn't cheap), so while he loved it and always raved about it, I actually wasn't taken there very often.

                          1. re: susancinsf

                            Hello Bay Area hounds,

                            I've enjoyed reading through this thread. My family spent the summer of 68 (Summer of Protest?) in Berkeley as part of a sabbatical year for my dad. The two restaurants I remember vividly from that time are Spengers and Mingei-ya, the latter especially for the nice Japanese waitress who patiently taught us little kids how to use chopsticks.

                            I think the seeds of my current food obsession may have been planted during that summer in the Bay Area!

                            as for a place to eat now, to remember the 'summer of love', it seems to me that Chez Panisse would be as appropriate a spot as any, given Alice Waters' personal history and her inspiration for the restaurant.

                          2. re: The Librarian

                            I remember that one! I loved it, and it was different from all the other Japanese restaurants.

                          3. re: susancinsf

                            Wow, that's exactly what we did in the early 70s.

                            Was the juice bar (is that the right name?) in Walnut Square there in '68? Going there is one of my earliest memories. Cream cheese on date bread, I think. It seems to be unchanged after all these years.

                            1. re: Glencora

                              Oh yeah, the Juice Bar Collective's definitely caught in a time warp.