This site doesn't cut it for me. Yeah, the list of restaurants and events is nice, but the reviews too often lack detail and are frequently too grounded in the "it's good because it's good" or "it sucks because it sucks" way of reviewing. I can rarely find out any real details of what I'm trying to learn about.
By Joan Alperin Schwartz There are many reasons to see 'Blue Jasmine' written and directed by Woody Allen, but the main one is...the stunning, complex, Oscar worthy performance by, Miss Cate Blanchett. … more
Despite the juice, the cream, and the clear becoming big time factors in the home run's recent surge in baseball, looking at the all-time home run numbers can really boggle one's mind. In the history of Major League Baseball, over 10,000 players have suited up in one uniform or another at some point. Of those players, though, a little over a tenth of them have ever hit a home run. Notice I'm … more
Folks, I always hate to write in bearing bad news, but you know, the San Francisco 49ers actually DID have a history before Joe Montana. Of all the cities which you would expect to have football teams and devoted fans, San Francisco perhaps pops into your head next to last. Well, obviously team owners follow the money, and San Francisco - though not quite as large as its California … more
In SF, the FiDi is often thought to be good for banking, corporate players, being close to Union Square and hotels. I never thought it'd be a great place to grab a drink but, Rickhouse has officially made the FiDi cool. From the same team that brought us Bourbon and Branch, we get another amazing bar. &nbs … more
When I had first heard of the Gilt City offer to volunteer at the Food Bank, I have to admit I was hesitant. I had never heard of having to pay to volunteer but, I had already agreed to do it. You should know that the Food Bank doesn't charge you, Gilt City charged us to cover their own costs (they state that 10% from 11/16-11/24 will be donated, so I do have a problem with the charge). But, onto … more
Amidst wannabe hippies, hipsters and DJs hanging out at Amoeba, tourists trying to recapture the Summer of Love only to get Whole Foods instead, and street kids with all sorts of creative signs, you'll find Puerto Rican home cooking in the form of Parada 22. In the old Escape from New York spot (if I remember correctly), snuggled up next to Cha Cha Cha, Parada brings island food to the Bay. … more
For years fans of The Driver Series have been waiting and speculating on the newest game in the series, although I felt that Driver Parallel Lines was a really great game others didn’t feel that way and when released got mediocre to average scores. Finally the news came at E3 2010, the newest game in the series Driver San Francisco would feature the return of series protagonist Detective John … more
A friend of mine from Phoenix recently confessed that she had never been to nor seen the Golden Gate Bridge while we were discussing plans for her first day in the City. Well, that gave me a great idea. I had taken Nando's parents to Paradise Bay in Sausalito and since we were going to be crossing the bridge anyway, I figured I'd try it again with my friend. &nb … more
If you're a bookworm or Beat freak and in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, there's only one place you're going to spend your afternoon, City Lights Bookstore, a favorite of Jack Keuroac's. It was one such afternoon where I came across what would soon become my biggest book addiction in a long time. I saw Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin proudly displayed amongst … more
As a San Francisco Bay Area native, I've been hearing about the wonders of Pier 23 Cafe for years now. From the outdoor seating, to the view of the bay, the live music, the beer, and the food. Everything. However, it wasn't until I saw a recent episode of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, that my urge to finally check out the restaurant really piqued. As … more
woopak_the_thrill posted a Quick Tip about Pier 23 Cafe.
July 29, 2011
This place is pretty fun! It also helps when I spent the afternoon with some excellent people! Thanks to the man who paid the bill!! It has terrific ambiance and definitely good food. Service is also quick and fast; and I would just love to come back here one day to enjoy the sun, drinks and the seafood. I want to try more of theie specialties but those ribs and the fish and … more
The first book in the eight-novel series (eat your heart out Twilight!) is written in a fun, fast-paced style with an intermingling of some of the most interesting and well written characters in modern literature. Set in an apartment building on 28 Barbary Lane in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, this novel weaves the stories of the intriguing tenants in such a fun and addicting way, … more
A few months ago, a San Francisco Gilt City deal popped up with a pretty cool sounding deal -- a three course meal with custom created off-the-menu cocktail pairings at The Alembic, a bar in the Haight-Ashbury district that's known for its cocktails. You hear about wine pairings all the time -- but cocktails? This was unique! I checked out their menu and tasty libations aside, … more
Pros: some beautiful camera work of surrounding areas Cons: depressive The Bottom Line: "One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied But then again I know what it would do Leave me wishing still, For one more day with you" ~Diamond Rio I'll … more
One of the sport's true classic teams. Formerly of New York, they went to San Francisco in 1958 and built a new legend and history, as well as one of baseball's most understated but great fanbases. Finally won their first Fall Classic sine the move, well deserved for them and their fans.
If you're ever in San Francisco (or are lucky enough to live within its vicinity like yours truly!), then you must visit Suppenkuche in Hayes Valley. Especially when it's Oktoberfest. It's likely one of few places in the United States where you can have a near-authentic German Wirtshaus experience. First thing you might notice when you step into Suppenkuche … more
cyclone_march reviewed The Bridge.
October 13, 2010
Eric Steel assembled a group of what amounts to camera people to film the Golden Gate Bridge over the course of a year. Why? More suicides are committed on that spot of geography than any other. Mr. Steel learned this from The New Yorker in 2003. Starting from the first day of 2004, he brgan shooting the bridge. During the course of 90 minutes, the cameras catch a number … more
I heard next year the Bay to Breakers isn't going to allow people to drink along the race, so I guess it'll be just like every other marathon through the City? I highly doubt the people watching/jogging will be half as fun....
What happens when idealism builds bureaucracy, ascetism invites affluence, and practice of Buddhism evolves into the palaces of real estate, prime Bay Area holdings backed by some of America's wealthiest scions? Richard Baker, abbot of the first monastery in history to be founded by Buddhists outside Asia, took over San Francisco's Zen Center at the height of the Aquarian dawn. I came to this with … more