Category: Around the neighborhood

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Early Bird Gets the Croissant at Arsicault Bakery

    Early Bird Gets the Croissant at Arsicault Bakery

    Arsicault Bakery is a gem that demands an early visit. With doors opening to the aroma of fresh pastries, the wise arrive at the crack of dawn. Their acclaimed croissants vanish quickly, as eager fans line up, unwavering in their pastry pursuit. To enhance the experience, a stop at Breck’s for coffee pairs perfectly with…

  • 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…