Treat Yourself Like Cinderella…

If you’ve never spoiled yourself on Russian pastries – you best be doing it soon. I recommend the next time you wanna let yourself splurge, to check out Cinderella Bakery on Clement Street.  You most likely won’t be able to pronounce half of them, but just read the translations and the bottom, to see what these amazing buns are filled with. Luckily I was with a Ukrainian friend who advised me about what to get.

The most popular items are definitely the piroskis, which are fried buns filled with beef and cheese, potatoes, mushrooms or cabbage. The poppy seed hametashin is also a traditional delight. Someone told me not to eat one the day before a drug test! Ha ha. These other sweet shortbread pastries filled with raspberry, apricot or prune jam are my favorite. Cinderella also makes their own rye breads and cakes. You can also order other Russian inspired dishes for lunch and dinner.

Cinderella Bakery
Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon -Fri / 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat-Sun
436 Balboa St (between 5th Ave. & 6th Ave.)
[Inner Richmond]

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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Originally from San Diego, Heidi migrated north to study journalism at SFSU and interned for the SF Bay Guardian writing music stuff. She later embarked on a study-abroad program in both Denmark and Holland, and basically never came home. For six long years, she froze her ass off in Oslo, Norway, pretending to be a viking princess, trying to figure out how to survive in the most expensive city in the world. The other two years were spent frolicking on the beach in Spain - sipping on sangria in between being tossed around Europe working as a stressed-out journalist. Heidi currently works at for a non-profit cultural exchange program, helping others experience life from a different perspective. She is thrilled to be back in SF, magnetizing the obscure, and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do.