Saturday, December 19, 2015

Columbusing San Francisco continues....

There are some dining experiences in San Francisco that I may or may not spend all my money on and here are today's finds in no particular order:

Lazy Bear 

3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
 The short story is purchase a ticket to one of 2 seatings and they feed you what ever is good today.  There is the option to have beverage pairings.  One Yelper suggests to just order off their extensive drink menu.  I suspect I would easily make this one of the most expensive meals of my life.  The Food & Wine article made it look fun. If I go it will be VERY special occasion, and I will most likely find it a hoot!  
  "The tasting menu varies between $145 and $175 per person depending on day and time, for 14+ courses. Beverage pairings are available at an additional $85. We automatically add a 20% service charge when purchasing a ticket (and on any purchases you make at the restaurant)"


689 McAllister St San Francisco, CA 94102
The short story for this one is eating in the dark. You may remember hearing about BlindeKuh in Switzerland around 15 years ago, wondering how would that be for an experience.  It isn't the top of my list, but for sure on my list

Red Door Cafe
1608 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109
The short story on this is... sassy diner for 2. See the rules below. 
Red Door Cafe - San Francisco, CA, United States. Read the Rules!

201 9th St. San Francisco, CA. 94103
The short story on this...Tranny Bar.  From the website, Yelp, and TripAdvisor it is less of a "drag bar" i.e. Lucky Cheng's  or Jacques Cabaret and much more Asian Trans staff.  I will most likely have a great time and drink too much.  TripAdvisor has a picture of tuna as the main photo for this place, That is the only real fish here.
Photo of AsiaSF

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Columbusing the Bay Area

I moved from Boston to San Francisco in July of 2015. Over the last few months I have been receiving lots of recommendations for places to visit, drink, and eat.  I have been emailing them and texting them to myself and hoping that, at some point a visit will happen. Here is what has been recommended so far in no particular order:

Craftsman and Wolves 746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 913-7713 

Hops & Hominy 1 Tillman Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 373-6341 

State Bird Provisions 1529 Fillmore Street San Francisco CA 94115
This place seems to be on all the lists and in food magazines

The Pink Elephant 
142 Minna St 
San Francisco, CA 94105 

Olena California and vine

Pennys in Haight

Mammas in Washington sq Stockton

Brown sugar in west Oakland

Pho challenge is a thing where there is a monster bowl of pho and you try to eat it all.  

Zabu zabu
A co-worker suggested it.  

ABV 3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 400-4748
This has been on my list for a while, John Gertsen left Boston to come here.  His lovely lady friend worked with me at a great place in Cambridge.  He was very generous with his friendship and would be a hoot to see him.

Beauty's Bagel Shop 3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 788-6098
This place is just down the road and is usually packed in the AM on the weekends. The big guy in bagels in the Bay Area is Noah's Bagel.  The bagels here are similar to the kind at Scratch Bagels in South Portland ME.  Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Less chewy than New York Bagels... But I digress, I have yet to make it to Beauty's.

Prizefighter 6702 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608
The bartender at Coqueta (excellent bar!) said that this is where all the bartenders go.

The Ramen Shop

Vino! 1786 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 559-8870\
A friend had me over for dinner and kept pulling great bottles to drink.  This was her secret.

Burma Superstar 4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609(510) 652-2900
There are several locations and I have eaten at the others.  The tea salad is the winner for sure

Oriental BBQ Chicken Town 6101 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 595-5338
A co-worker suggested this one.  I have reason to trust them.

GENERAL STORE 4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 682-0600
This is a retail shop the lovely Johanna suggested. I have had the chance to visit. Really lovely things with the California aesthetic. 

Urban ore

Ohmega Salvage 2403 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 843-7368
Been to Ohmega Salvage and it's many stores surrounding the main store. They have a great instagram feed