San Francisco's few pumpkin patches are open for business, Half Moon Bay's annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
is set for October 12, and the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
will follow on October 17-18. Yes, folks, it's definitely time to start appreciating the pumpkin around these parts. Here are five ways to do so without leaving city limits:
1. Devour a baked baby pumpkin
at Afghan restaurant Helmand Palace
(2424 Van Ness at Green), either as your main course (available with or without ground beef) or for a sweet side dish.
2. Indulge in milk chocolate covered marshmallow Jack-O-Lanterns
and creamy pumpkin spice lollypops
from See's Candies.
3. Thai pumpkin curry
is divine; try a restaurant version at Chabaa Thai
(2123 Irving at 23rd Ave.) or track down the street food remix from Magic Curry Kart
4. Skip that cardboard crap from Costco and get a real pumpkin pie
from Just Desserts
(101 Fourth at Mission).
5. Ditch the diet with the goodness of full-fat pumpkin ice cream
(688 San Jose at 29th St.).