Category: Around the neighborhood

  • Beautiful skies

    Beautiful skies

    I saw these mesmerizing skies above at the Chase Center The sky is adorned with cirrostratus clouds, which are high-altitude clouds that appear as long, thin bands stretched across the sky. These clouds often create a hazy veil that covers the sky, giving it a fibrous, streaked appearance, and are known for creating a halo…

  • Oaxacan Flavors on Calle 24

    Oaxacan Flavors on Calle 24

    Check out Donaji for some Oaxaca flavors. The restaurant’s approach to Mexican food—with a nod to vegetarian and pescatarian options—offered a refreshing variety. The space itself mirrored the food: bright and inviting. Lots of colors in the space. These are tostadas topped with scrambled eggs, avocado slices, red onion. The quesadilla was a savory hit,…

  • Cruise Robotaxi Service Under Scrutiny

    Cruise Robotaxi Service Under Scrutiny

    CBS reports General Motors’ self-driving robotaxi service, Cruise, is in the spotlight for the alleged cover-up of an accident in San Francisco. California regulators are considering imposing a $1.5 million fine after a Cruise vehicle was involved in an incident on October 2, striking a pedestrian who had already been hit by another car. This…

  • Palace of Fine Arts

    Palace of Fine Arts

    The Palace of Fine Arts, built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition by architect Bernard Maybeck, stands as a testament to classical beauty in San Francisco. At night, it’s a sight to behold, especially with performers juggling fire, known as “fire spinning.” This mesmerizing spectacle adds a touch of magic to the already enchanting evenings at…

  • Christmas Tree at Chase Center

    Christmas Tree at Chase Center

    Thrive City, the dynamic district around Chase Center in San Francisco, is now home to a grand Christmas tree that outshines even Union Square’s. Towering with festive splendor, it becomes a centerpiece of holiday cheer. This vibrant area is known for its mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

  • Tsukemen at Taishoken

    Tsukemen at Taishoken

    After trying various ramen attempts in Mexico City, we found ourselves craving the authentic taste we remembered. Tsukemen, also known as dipping ramen, consists of two separate bowls: one with thick, chewy noodles, and the other with a rich, concentrated broth. The magic happens when you dip the noodles into the broth, allowing you to…

  • Cute robotic building

    Cute robotic building

    Right next to Cherin’s Appliance stands out with its eye-catching facade painted to resemble a giant robot head: It’s not a Diego Rivera but it fits the character of the city!

  • Someone didn’t like the bike lanes

    Someone didn’t like the bike lanes

    It looks like the SF Small Business Coalition is against having the Valencia bike lanes. Personally I really like that it’s there and I could get used to having it in the center actually. Here’s the general views of the San Francisco Small Business Coalition (SFSBC). They are rallying against the Valencia Quick Build Project…

  • Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco

    Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco

    Back at home, we decided to visit Dandelion Chocolate in the vibrant Mission District. The artisanal chocolate factory’s along Valencia Street. Dandelion Chocolate was founded by Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring in 2010. These two chocolate enthusiasts embarked on a mission to bring high-quality, bean-to-bar chocolate to San Francisco. Walking into Dandelion Chocolate on Valencia…

  • Visiting Grocery Outlet

    Visiting Grocery Outlet

    We just returned from a trip to Mexico, where the vibrant markets of Mexico City left an indelible impression on us. Back in San Francisco, we decided to visit our local Grocery Outlet, curious to see how it compared with the bustling markets of Mexico. The first thing we noticed was the abundance of pozole.…

  • Taqueria Vallarta reopening

    Taqueria Vallarta, a cherished local eatery in the heart of our community, has recently reopened its doors in the Mission after a lengthy closure of over six months. The closure was linked to health department concerns, prompting the owners to undertake extensive cleaning. Patrons of Vallarta have long praised the authenticity of its offerings, likening…

  • End of an Era: Anchor Brewing

    For 127 years, Anchor has been a symbol of brewing innovation and tradition. Its current state, segmented for sale in three parts, marks the end of an era for America’s original craft brewery. The Sale Components Formed by former Anchor employees, this group is eyeing just the intellectual property, estimated to sell for at least…

  • Brunch Gem on Valencia Street: Alnico

    Brunch Gem on Valencia Street: Alnico

    Tucked amidst the bustling eateries and cafes is Alnico Restaurant, a cozy spot that has taken brunch to the next level. We opted to share the Ube Hotcakes ($17), a dish that didn’t just live up to its reputation—it exceeded it. Fluffy, flavorful, and generously portioned: To wash it all down, we each got a…

  • Views from Bernal Heights and Dolores Heights

    Views from Bernal Heights and Dolores Heights

    Dolores Heights offers a somewhat more urban view, framed by quintessential San Francisco homes. From this vantage point, Salesforce Tower not only dominates the skyline but also becomes part of the neighborhood’s own unique aesthetic. Perched atop a hill, Bernal Heights Park is a local favorite for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle…

  • Foggy day at Bernal Heights

    Foggy day at Bernal Heights

    On a foggy day at Bernal Heights, the iconic San Francisco fog turns the hilltop into a surreal landscape of muted hues and softened features. As evening falls, the Salesforce Tower glows, piercing the fog with modern elegance, adding a sense of beauty to the gray.

  • MUNI exit in a building

    MUNI exit in a building

    This is kinda new to me, a MUNI exit that’s within a building. It’s always nice to see more variation.

  • A Visit to York Street Cafe at Embarcadero

    A Visit to York Street Cafe at Embarcadero

    With a mission to revitalize downtown San Francisco, Vacant to Vibrant focuses on repurposing unused or abandoned spaces into dynamic venues. Through community participation, these spaces metamorphose into vibrant locales that not only serve the local residents but also attract visitors from far and wide. While the BART ride over was surprisingly empty, the cafe…

  • Fa Lun Gong folks are here

    Fa Lun Gong folks are here

    Near the Ferry Building, you may have noticed an increasing presence of Falun Gong practitioners in public spaces around our community. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice that originated in China in the early ’90s. Comprised of moral teachings, meditation, and exercise, it aims to improve mind and body. The…

  • The Handcrafted, Organic Dog Treat Your Pet Will Love

    The Handcrafted, Organic Dog Treat Your Pet Will Love

    Looking for a dog treat that’s as special as your furry friend? Look no further than MISHKA, a San Francisco-based boutique crafting gourmet, organic treats for your pet. Why settle for mass-produced, artificial snacks when you can offer handcrafted, human-grade goodness? Quality in Every Bite Founded in 2018, MISHKA believes that dogs deserve treats as…

  • Spotted Squid Game

    Spotted Squid Game

    What happens when these two giants — Sandbox VR’s virtual reality gaming experiences and Netflix‘s global sensation, Squid Game — of immersive entertainment collide in the same city? Can’t wait! Sandbox VR is located at 767 B Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

  • Car Break-In Crew Driver Dead in Police Chase

    In a grim turn of events, a police chase led to the death of a driver who was part of a car break-in crew near the Palace of Fine Arts, as stated by the San Francisco Police Officers Association. The high-speed pursuit was initiated around 4 p.m. on Saturday by officers from Tenderloin Station. They…