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Video: Preview our tasting tour in S.F.’s Mission District

San Francisco’s Mission District, where small bodegas, taquerias, and brilliant colored murals share the streets with upscale cafes and restaurants in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.
San Francisco’s Mission District, where small bodegas, taquerias, and brilliant colored murals share the streets with upscale cafes and restaurants in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Sacramento

San Francisco native Avital Ungar is the force behind Avital Tours, a “food tour” company that guides small groups of curious tourists and locals to unique restaurants in some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods.

We recently went on Ungar’s three-hour, four-restaurant tasting tour in the Mission District, where tiny taquerias and other ethnic eateries rub shoulders with upscale restaurants jammed with 20-something techies sipping craft beers. Check out my story in the March 29 issue of Feast.

Before the tour, we met Ungar at one of the most innovative bakeries we’ve ever encountered, Craftsman and Wolves “contemporary patisserie.” Its motto is a quote from artist Pablo Picasso: “The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” Its showcases display pastries that glitter like jewels – marcona almond-caramel brownies, perfect croissants, ham-and-cheese twists, lime tarts dressed in brown-sugar meringue.

Of special note is the breakfast item known as the Rebel Within, a muffin studded with asiago cheese, sausage and green onion, encasing a soft-boiled egg. In a word: splendid.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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