Archive for the ‘food and drink’ Category

Goofy Mervyn’s Heights Location Claims Another: RIP Geary and Masonic (Sort Of) Panera Bread Chain Store – 2015 to 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

I just noticed that this place shut down.

I thought it was a bakery at first.

IDK anybody who actually ate something from here.

If you plopped me down at the Lucky Penny (also RIP) parking lot that’s actually at Geary and Masonic and gave me two minutes to run across traffic and around Target and through a loooooong tunnel to get to the door of E106, well I think I could make it.

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Anyway, RIP Panera.

Oh Pumpkin Spice, Will You Ever Win?

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Unwanted, unloved, a giveaway price:

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You know, if they hadn’t added all the spice, this would be a good product…

South of Market, South of MGD: A Hamm’s Beer Ad in 2018

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

I can recall this TV commercial from 1979, but otherwise Hamm’s has hasn’t occupied my thoughtspace since then

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COMING SOON: “BiRite Cafe at Civic Center Plaza” – Mmmmm, That Sounds … Expensive? – A Million Dollar Microstore with “Bad Ass” Egg Sandwiches

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

You know, for kids!

Check it – this sign makes things official:

The plan comes thanks to a $1 million dollar grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation to install a family-friendly food purveyor next to the proposed new playgrounds across the park from City Hall, and is also funded with another $10 million from the Diller Foundation.”

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Man, I could list you similar upscale concepts that worked fine somewhere else only to die in, say, Union Square and, well, even Civic Center itself. In fact, opening up such an establishment would seem like “a good way to lose a million dollars.” Except if you pay the owner a million as a kind of guarantee, well, gee, that could incentivise entrepreneurs to come out of the woodwork, non?

So, just as our USDOT operates an Essential Air Service program to provide inessential flights of mostly empty aircraft, local do-gooders are helping to provide Essential McMuffin Service to Civic Center, but you know, in an upscale way.

But don’t count on Dolores Park-style ice cream availability – it’ll be soft-serve only, Brother.

You know, for kids!

Anyway, this is new on me.

Leaving you with this, from Actual Local Joe Kukura:

“Any discussion of Civic Center inevitably turns to the area’s chronic homelessness, which has only gotten worse during a phase of construction and repairs to the Civic Center BART station. The Department of Public Health and Department of Public Works have been particularly aggressive about clearing the homeless from Civic Center lately, the latest attempt in a decades-long effort to clean up the area best known for the terrifying final scene from the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers that has only gotten scarier and scarier since then.”

$10.49 vs. $14.69 – Your San Francisco Soda Tax in Action – Diet Pepsi vs. Pepsi, Choose or Lose

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

This is why I’m no good at ze politics – ’cause I can see the good and the bad of our San Francisco soda tax.

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In this particular case,  I can’t see somebody saying, “Oh, I’ll get the diet then.” But I can see somebody buying less of the regular Pepsi.


The Perils of “Slack Fill” – 8 Gums Sold in a Box What Could Have Easily Fitted a Dozen – I Am Undone

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

I’ll tell you, Costco doesn’t / didn’t do this to you (as much), but Frisco’s store #144 in SoMA no longer sells gum, as best as I can figure.

So off to a new purveyor. Check it:

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Man, I coulda had four more gums!

But the package had a giant “8” on it, so I can’t complain.

(That’s how they get you…)

OMG: Fisherman’s Wharf Rain Forest Cafe Auction is December 19th – Furnish Your Pad the Rain Forest Way!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Brace yourselves.

Via Quonky:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA ONSITE Former Rain Forest Cafe Restaurant Liquidation Auction 12/19/17 ID: 7657 (265)
Bidding Now! – ends Tue, Dec 19 at 12:00:00 pm

ATTENTION: This is an ONSITE auction and all winning bidders MUST remove all items won within the designated load out times. If you are unable to pick up your items during the designated load out times we ask that you please do not bid! Items not removed from the facility will be considered forfeit and no refunds will be granted!”

Lot #5061: Tiger Stripe Motif Bar Chair – 33″ H


Lot #5064: Duck Motif Bar Chair – 33″ H


Lot #5240: Hanging Sign Stating “Your Adventure Begins Here”


Festive Holiday Drank – No Filter – Conclusion: Red + Green = Christmastime

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Believe it’s a strawberry / lime combo. This is how it comes out. Enjoy:

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Merry Christmas, Merry Part.

Hinodeya Ramen: It’s Hot – A Lively Scene at Japantown’s Otherwise Somnolent Osaka Way / Buchanan Street

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Four stars on Yelp:

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LOS GIGANTES MEXICAN STYLE LAGER Remaindered Already, in the Wake of Day of the Dead 2017 – Anchor Steam Plus the Giants Equals…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

These cans sure look bad-ass:

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Anyway, it’s nice to see AS and the Giants working together on something, as opposed to this land deal