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posted a Quick Tip about Blue Jasmine. October 31, 2013
'Blue Jasmine' starring Cate Blanchett
A bit too depressing for my taste but I agree with reviewer 2_TwoJewsOnFilm that Cate Blanchett gives an Oscar-worthy performance here. You simply cannot take your eyes off her in this film.
reviewed Blue Jasmine. July 25, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
'Blue Jasmine' starring Cate Blanchett
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 …
reviewed Dark Passage. May 01, 2012
Dark Passage
         The spark between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart ignited the screen in To Have and Have Not, the 1944 movie that was their first together. By the time they made …
reviewed Rickhouse. December 19, 2011
Rickhouse
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 …
reviewed San Francisco Food Bank. December 15, 2011
San Francisco Food Bank
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 …
reviewed Parada 22. November 06, 2011
Parada 22
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 …
reviewed Tales of the City. October 06, 2011
Tales of the City
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Tales of the City. July 28, 2011
Tales of the City
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Parada 22. May 23, 2011
Parada 22
A Puerto Rican restaurant in the Haight Ashbury?!? Nando and I discovered Parada 22 on the way to one of my favorite restaurants in SF, Kan Zaman. We were pretty excited when we thought we'd be getting …
posted a Quick Tip about Half Day San Francisco driving tour: .... April 07, 2011
Half Day San Francisco driving tour: Blue Moon Bay to Santa Cruz
Fly into SFO, pick up a rental car that is fun to drive and has good visibility. Head south on 101 toward San Jose.    About 10 miles south of SFO, take 92 West to Blue Moon Bay, then …
posted a Quick Tip about Maggie Mudd. March 22, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Maggie mudd
This place has it all! Non-dairy ice cream cakes, Tofu ice cream and cakes, just Cakes, Exotic Fruit cakes! Best for Vegans, and all the other folks who loves dessert. (who doesn't?) I was skeptical …
reviewed The Bridge. March 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Bridge
Pros: some beautiful camera work of surrounding areas      Cons: depressive      The Bottom Line:    "One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied   …
reviewed Courtyard Marriott Fisherman's Wharf. March 06, 2011
posted in Unique Hotels
Courtyard Marriott Fisherman's Wharf
Last weekend, I was in San Francisco for my bachelorette party and a few of the girls were going to stay until Monday. Instead of coming all the way down to Cupertino, we opted to stay in the City and …
posted a Quick Tip about Secret Daughter: A Novel. January 17, 2011
Secret Daughter: A Novel
An extraordinary debut novel from a Canadian author that tells the heartbreaking story of Usha, rescued by her mother from certain death at the hands of her father for no reason other than not being the …
reviewed Secret Daughter: A Novel. January 17, 2011
Secret Daughter: A Novel
SECRET DAUGHTER tells two heartbreaking stories, worlds apart but inseparably linked. The first is about infertility in North American woman and the extreme lengths that some hopeful mothers- and fathers-to-be …
posted a Quick Tip about WonderCon 2011. January 07, 2011
WonderCon 2011
Wondercon has never been perfect; people signed to show up oftentimes don't. People promised to sign autographs don't, even most collectors don't even sell their best items, advance movie tickets …
reviewed Acquerello. November 24, 2010
ACQUERELLO - Dinner with the Deipnosophistae
In case you haven't already gathered, dining and the rituals surrounding the consumption of food has always been the primary subject of this blog. The food alone is not really what draws me to the …
posted a Quick Tip about Acquerello. November 24, 2010
ACQUERELLO - Dinner with the Deipnosophistae
Definitely a MUST go for people who love to dine well.
posted a Quick Tip about 21st Amendment Brewery. November 07, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
21st Amendment Brewery
Oh 21st Amendment.....how I love thee and your most wonderfully delicious Watermelon Wheat! If you're a big fan of watermelon like I am, you will LOVE this brew. It's fresh and light with a definite watermelon …
reviewed The Bridge. October 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Bridge
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Bay to Breakers. October 12, 2010
Bay to Breakers
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Tony's Napoletana Pizza. August 25, 2010
posted in Pizza Therapy
Tony's Napoletana Pizza
I had Tony's Napoletana Pizza in the back of my mind because of @Jon_Wollenhaupt review last fall and had a chance to eat there last month..... This place is right up there with Delphina Pizzeria …
posted a Quick Tip about The Breakup of Harry and Pepper. June 26, 2010
posted in That's Beat
Harry and Pepper
They may be "gay" happy, but they are not homo-sexual. Homo-sexuality is a sex act. Love is not about sex. It is about affection, purity and goodness. Love should be celebrated. Sex should be private.
posted a Quick Tip about Jillian's. June 10, 2010
Jillian's
If you're watching the World Cup in SF, head to Jillian's where free shots will be passed out whenever a team scores against France ;)
reviewed Secret Daughter: A Novel. May 20, 2010
Secret Daughter: A Novel
Shilpi Somaya Gowda's first book is excellent. I'm already looking forward to her second.    Her writing is rich and descriptive and beautiful -- yet not overly flowery at all.      …
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