Author: yorksf

  • Our Experience at the CPMC Birth Center

    Our Experience at the CPMC Birth Center

    Our stay at the Sutter’s CPMC Birth Center, Van Ness Campus, has been exceptional. The rooms are incredibly spacious, offering a private and welcoming, home-like environment. This made us feel comfortable and at ease from the moment we arrived. The medical staff, including doctors and nurses, are amazing. Their professionalism and care made us feel…

  • Rasa Rasa Kitchen on Bryant Street

    Rasa Rasa Kitchen on Bryant Street

    Rasa Rasa Kitchen on Bryant Street offers a delightful array of dishes that bring the flavors of Southeast Asia to the heart of the city. Here, we explore three standout dishes: Tahu Tek Tek, Satay, and Turmeric Chicken. Tahu Tek Tek (Tofu tex) Tahu Tek Tek is a traditional Indonesian street food dish that features…

  • Mark Twain in San Francisco

    Mark Twain in San Francisco

    Twain’s San Francisco Years Mark Twain lived in San Francisco from 1864 to 1866, working as a journalist for several newspapers, including the San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle. The de Young Brothers The San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle was founded by teenage brothers Charles and Michael de Young on January 16, 1865. Starting as a small daily…

  • California Restaurants Challenge the State’s Junk Fee Ban

    California Restaurants Challenge the State’s Junk Fee Ban

    California’s new junk fee ban, set to take effect on July 1, 2024, may face legal challenges from the California Restaurant Association. Senate Bill 478 prohibits the advertising of goods or services without including all mandatory fees or charges. The Restaurant Association argues that this legislation shouldn’t apply to restaurant menu items, claiming they are…

  • York Street Café in Embarcadero closed

    York Street Café in Embarcadero closed

    York Street Café has been a beacon of innovation and community in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. Anand, the heart and soul behind YSC, recently announced its temporary closure via Instagram, marking a bittersweet moment for its loyal patrons. They are famous for its ‘Pandan in Paradise’. Despite its successes, the downtown location posed challenges. Limited…

  • A&W at North Bay

    A&W at North Bay

    Stepping into A&W in North Bay, California, is like taking a trip down memory lane. The Coney hot dog and mushroom burger were standout dishes, perfectly capturing the essence of traditional fast food with a flavorful twist. However, the highlight of our visit was the iconic A&W float. This timeless treat, with its creamy, frothy…

  • Visit to Sonoma’s Kunde Family Winery

    Visit to Sonoma’s Kunde Family Winery

    Even as a non-wine enthusiast, my visit to Kunde Family Winery with friends was nothing short of enchanting. Right in the heart of California’s wine country, Kunde offers a unique blend of natural beauty and exquisite wines. The panoramic views, coupled with some of the finest wines I’ve tasted, created an unforgettable experience. Kunde is…

  • Authentic French Pastries at Maison Nico

    Authentic French Pastries at Maison Nico

    Maison Nico, (at Jackson Square, San Francisco), stands out as a beacon of authentic French patisserie. This cozy cafe, right opposite the iconic Transamerica Tower, has made waves with its exquisite range of pastries. The star attraction? We tried their croissant marron (chestnut croissant), which offers a delightful fusion of light, buttery texture and unique…

  • Saap Ver burglarized

    In San Francisco, Thai restaurant Saap Ver’s owner, Kobe Aukcarapasutanun, expressed frustration after a group of thieves burglarized his establishment. The thieves, failing to enter through the locked front door, smashed a large window to gain entry. They stole a register and a safe, leaving the office in disarray. Aukcarapasutanun, awakened by a call from…

  • Jollibee opening in Downtown San Francisco

    I’m excited over this! Jollibee, the popular Filipino fast food chain, is on the verge of opening its new outlet in downtown San Francisco. After a three-year wait, the 7,400-square-foot space at 934 Market St., previously a Payless store, is showing signs of life. Recent permits and job postings hint at an imminent opening. This…

  • Day Trip to SF Premium Outlets

    Day Trip to SF Premium Outlets

    We recently visited the San Francisco Premium Outlets. Contrary to what the name suggests, it’s not located in San Francisco but lies 45 minutes drive away in Livermore. This sprawling outlet center offers a diverse range of high-end brands at discounted prices. And look, there’s even an eyelash vending machine! Whoever’s buying this needs this…

  • Our Visit to the Letterman Digital Arts Center Lawn

    Our Visit to the Letterman Digital Arts Center Lawn

    We recently visited the stunning lawn at the Letterman Digital Arts Center, nestled in the Presidio of San Francisco, and it was an absolutely beautiful place. The beauty is breathtaking, with its meticulously manicured landscape and serene water features creating a peaceful oasis in the city. The lawn’s allure lies in its simplicity and elegance.…

  • Visit to the Historic Sutro Baths

    Visit to the Historic Sutro Baths

    We recently visited Sutro Baths in San Francisco. This remarkable site, now in ruins, holds a fascinating past. The Sutro Baths, built in the late 19th century by Adolph Sutro, a former mayor of San Francisco, were once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment. Designed with grandeur, the baths featured seven different pools with…

  • San Francisco Restaurant “Healthy SF Fee” Scam

    San Francisco Restaurant “Healthy SF Fee” Scam

    In recent years, San Francisco restaurants have been under scrutiny for adding a peculiar line item to their bills – the so-called “Healthy SF fee.” However, it’s essential to clarify that this fee is not what it appears to be. Contrary to what some restaurants may claim, San Francisco does not have a “Healthy SF…

  • Crossing the Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

    Crossing the Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

    The Golden Gate Bridge, with its towering International Orange spires, stretches majestically across the Golden Gate strait, offering a sight that’s as breathtaking as it is historic. As we approached the bridge, the scale of this engineering masterpiece, opened in 1937, truly hit us. Chief engineer Joseph Strauss, along with Irving Morrow and Charles Ellis,…

  • Rodeo Beach and Battery Townsley

    Rodeo Beach and Battery Townsley

    Rodeo Beach, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is a picturesque spot known for its colorful pebble-strewn shore and popularity with surfers. Battery Townsley, a mere half-mile hike up from Rodeo Beach, stands as a historical sentinel atop the rugged coastal cliffs. This WWII-era fortification was once the pinnacle of coastal defense technology,…

  • Charm of Point Bonita Lighthouse

    Charm of Point Bonita Lighthouse

    Our trip to the Point Bonita Lighthouse was nothing short of magical. Point Bonita Lighthouse is a navigational aid and a historical beacon, guiding ships since 1855 through the Golden Gate straits. The lighthouse is an integral part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Although on…

  • Visiting the Marine Mammal Center

    Visiting the Marine Mammal Center

    While we didn’t spot as many sea lions this time around at the Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) — a seasonal ebb that often sees fewer pinnipeds — the center still offered a wealth of knowledge and experience. Springtime, we learned, is the best time to see more of the center’s patients as young seals and…

  • Teeing Off at Subpar Miniature Golf

    Teeing Off at Subpar Miniature Golf

    Tucked within the historic Ghirardelli Square, Subpar Miniature Golf offers a charmingly unique experience that’s distinctly Bay Area. Imagine putting your way through 18 holes of mini-golf that pays homage to the iconic sights of San Francisco. Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds! From the moment we stepped into this indoor course, we were…

  • Ghirardelli Square: A San Francisco Legacy

    Ghirardelli Square: A San Francisco Legacy

    Originally the home of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Ghirardelli Square was transformed into a bustling retail and dining complex in the 1960s to prevent its demolition. This clever adaptation, which turned the old chocolate factory into a hub for shoppers and food enthusiasts, marked Ghirardelli Square as the first successful adaptive reuse project in the…

  • Hang out at de Young Museum

    Hang out at de Young Museum

    The de Young Museum was founded to celebrate art from all corners of the globe and has always been a place where visitors could delve into diverse cultural expressions. As you walk through the museum, you’ll find that even the chairs didn’t look like they were for sitting. It’s just blurring the lines between utility…