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CAE Program Associate Featured In The Bold Italic’s Found Locals

Cristal Fiel, program associate with Community Arts & Education, was recently featured in The Bold Italic's Found Locals, "passionate adventurers, makers, merchants, foodies, techies, or just local characters that make San Francisco a fascinating place to live." As a native San Franciscan, Cristal was delighted to share her favorite spots in S.F. with the blog. Below is the unabridged version of her interview.

Cristal with her niece at the closing reception of Asian American Women Artists Association's (AAWAA) "A Place of Her Own" at SOMArts Cultural Center, co-presented by API Cultural Center and AAWAA. Photo by Nicole C. Roldan

Name: Cristal Fiel

Title: Decolonizing Enthusiast

Neighborhood: Bernal Heights

What are you up to these days (personally or professionally)? I am unlearning my natural instinct to stay at home and forcing myself to paint the town while still in my twentysomethings.

What event will we find you at this week? At happy hour nursing one drink, maybe two, and indulging the discounted food menu.

Where would you have your last meal on earth? La Corneta: I love you super baby burritos, you’re just my size.

Where do you get your local gossip (and why)? My Facebook newsfeed (I’m subscribed to bazillion local arts organizations) and Bay Citizen.

Where's your go-to date place? I know it’s cliché, but I love the Castro theatre. It’s conveniently located and plays all my favorite classic movies.

Why do you love your neighborhood? I grew up in Bernal Heights, so I’m quite nostalgically attached to the area, particularly Good Life Grocery and the library branch.

Where's your secret spot? Green Apple Books: I love the smell of old and independent.

What's your favorite under-the-radar SF restaurant? Little Joe’s Pizzeria in the Excelsior: two extra-large everything pizzas with anchovies for my extra-large family. Try not to fill up on the bread basket before the pizza comes (I still have a hard time with that).

Where do you go to relax and get away from it all? Japantown for random knickknacks at Ichiban Kan and crepes at Sophie’s.

What's your favorite SF institution? Zante’s Pizza & Indian Cuisine: I’m a regular and I’m convinced they like to put extra sauce in my chicken tikka masala.

What do you get obsessive about here in SF? Finding the best tasting lengua taco…ever.

What would you change about SF? Where did all the natives go?

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