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The World’s Coolest Tofu Delivery Truck or Just Another Tofu Fan in the Richmond – It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

From Gunma, Japan comes this Toyota 86 Scion FR-S, which stands for Front-engined, Rear-drive, sport.

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Upon further review, I’m thinking this is just a private auto.

No matter, look for it here, in Japantown East, in a few short weeks:

Soy and Tofu Festival 2016 – June 4 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral

WHEN
Saturday, June 4, 2016
11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Now in its sixth year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception with 3,500 attendees in 2011 to more than 20,000 in 2015. One of San Francisco Japantown’s largest festivals, the popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

Endlessly Fascinating: People Who Queue Up at Frisco Costco to Buy JUST ONE THING – Why are They So Passionate About ____?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

I remember a lot of them, mostly from the Costco #144 (nickname: The Gross*) in SoMA.

The ladies’ man with the one bottle of Hpnotiq on a Saturday afternoon.

Those lost souls desperately looking for “grass-fed butter.”

And then there’s this guy, with the small bag of rice:

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What must be a very special bag of rice…

*One dozen dozen, just the way you sometimes can buy things at a Costco. Or twelve to the power of you. “That’s two to the fighting eighth power,” Yossarian pointed out, “if you’re thinking of writing a symbolic poem about our squadron.”

Farmers Market, Daly City – Say What You Will, But There’s Plenty of Free Parking – A Rare Twee-Free Zone

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

You want a farmers market? Bam, there you go:

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OMG, It’s FREE CONE DAY at Your Local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – Free Ice Cream from Noon to 8PM – BONUS: A Pictorial History

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

All the deets:

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day | 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Noon to 8 pm
Ben & Jerry’s locations
FREE

Bay Area Locations:

San Francisco

Haight Ashbury – 1480 Haight Street at Ashbury (Haight)
Macy’s Department Store (Union Square)
Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 41)
Argonaut – 475 Jefferson Street (Fisherman’s Wharf)

East Bay

Jack London Square – 505 Embarcadero (Oakland)
Berkeley – 2128 Oxford Street (Berkeley)

North Bay

Bon Air Center – 290 Bon Air Center – (Greenbrae)

South Bay

San Jose – 115 East San Carlos (San Jose)

Hey, you know who liked marketing SF for the benefit of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China back in aught-eight when Frisco hosted that botched Torch Run, Sponsored By Coca Cola? IDK, was it Gavin & Ed (that is, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee).

OTOH, who opposed it, but Ben & Jerry.

So that’s part of why they’ve built up some goodwill over the years decades.

Let’s take a look, why not?

Haight und Ashbury:

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Oh, buskers!

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Sometimes the employees get overwhelmed so they hide for a while – this is to be expected on FREE CONE DAY.

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Hey, you know who would be ALL OVER Free Cone Day in the 94117 back in the day? That’s right, Charles Manson (of 636 Cole) and his Family, you know, like a half century ago. They’d prolly get their free ice cream and then immediately get back in line, making sure to finish eating right before getting to the front of the queue again, you know, like these little piggies. (Chuck would approve of this kind of double dipping, I’m sure)

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And then, time for mad sit-lie violations, in this case from stus from the nearby $40k+(!) in tuition / year high school:

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Oh yeah, sometimes that guy from Phish shows up to make some tunes, as seen on Ashbury:

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And sometimes Free Cone Day comes to You, Gentle Reader:

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All Hail Ben

All Hail Jerry.

See you there!

It’s SANDWICH MANIA at 5017 Geary near Park Presidio – Long Lines at Lou’s Cafe – 4.5 Yelp Stars Don’t Lie – The Richmond’s Best Lunch

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Sandwich Fever – Catch It:

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You know, for every small business person who’s mad at Yelp, there’s another who complains not a whit. Little wonder owners of not-so-hot bidnesses want to suspend the First Amendment and ban Yelp…

Would You Believe WOULD YOU BELIEVE?? on Geary – A Dive Bar for Christians? – That’s What I Thought

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

But, upon further review, I see that WOULD YOU BELIEVE refers to the kind of shaggy dog story/joke/anecdote that you might hear at a dive bar called “Would You Believe?”

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I get it now!

Odd name for a dive bar. The sign says cocktails but this is a beer and shots joint.
Very divey…think pool and dice. Unlike most dives, place is clean including the bathrooms and the clientele is non menacing. We love this place.”

Fooling Frisco’s Tourists: CLIFF HOUSE CHART HOUSE, CHART HOUSE CLIFF HOUSE, CLIFF HOUSE CHART HOUSE

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Now even I’m confused, after that copy pasting.

At first, I saw the word HOUSE and I read the cursive writing as CLIFF. But oh, CHART HOUSE, Pier 39. Two stars on Yelp, even with your possible shill reviews thrown in:

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And oh yes, bring your money. Lots and lots of money…

Ocean Beach Traffic: There’s Something Fishy About This Trailer

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Crab pots? Crab traps? Lobster? I don’t know the biz.

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I think you can rent these near China Beach?

Anyway, never seen this, in all my years, you know, way out west near Ocean Beach instead of near the fleet at Fishermans Wharf

Annual “4-20 Day” Irks SFGov Because It Can’t Make Money Off Of It – But Whole Foods Stanyan Just Looooves It

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

It’s funny how some of the white, wizened, wealthy homeowners of the Western Addition (you know, the Nopa, the NOPNA, the Alamo Square) used to try to lobby the corner liquor stores of the 94117 to shut down on their busiest day of the year, Bay to Breakers Sunday.

Needless to say, the lika sto owners told the richers to go to Hell, you know, effectively, by staying open and selling all the booze they could sell.

Now let’s head over to SoPa (South of Panhandle, I’m srsly, that’s the term some realtors use) to see the Haight Stanyan Whole Foods getting ready on the day before its busiest day of the year, April 20th:

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So, WF is happy, but Rec and Park is all, “Well, how is this event good for us?”

Sorry RPD, 420 is NOT good for you. (Why not just shut it down? Oh, that’s right, you can’t.)

Oh well.

Here’s how things will go in 2016 – it should be a relatively mellow Hump Day Wednesday:

The unofficial time line of 420 day
An example of the typical rundown from tokeofthetown.com – things may change from year to year, especially if 4/20 falls midweek.

  • 10:30 am – The “unofficial” vendors usually begin to arrive
  • 1 pm – The crowds start to get a bit thick as does the haze of smoke over the crowd
  • 3 pm – It’s now wall-to-wall stoners
  • 4:20 pm – It’s go time: crowd is at their peak, drum beats get more frenzied, and hippie girls twirl faster as 4:20 approaches

A good day to call in sick / play hooky..

“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge” – Mijita at the Ferry Building – Our Poor Tourists!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Via Reddit comes news to me:

Can someone please explain to me this SF specific tax?

And here it is:

“A 15% surcharge has been added to your bill to help offset rising employer costs in SF”

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The degredients are listed so it wasn’t hard to see that this is poorly-rated Mijita Cocina Mexicana (1 Ferry Bldg,  Ste 44, San Francisco, CA 94111, Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach) we’re talking about here.

SO, I’m familiar with the high costs of doing business in San Francisco.

AND, I know aboot bogus 4% surcharges already, eh?

But FIFTEEN (15!) PERCENT? That’s beyond the pale.

Now let’s here from the horse’s mouth (or whatever), you know, herself: From Fast Company: Educate customers about cost increases, and find creative ways to pass them on.”

An excerpt:

When the health-care mandate was passed three years ago, Des Jardins was already paying half of her employee’s health care, so as a line on her P&L, the costs were already significant. The change made them “unsustainable,” she says, and even then they didn’t impose cost increases for customers for six months. Today, each bill at Jardiniére comes with a 4% line-item surcharge labeled “Stay healthy, San Francisco.” “We tried to build the cost into [the menu], but you’ve got different trends in what sells and what doesn’t, so it didn’t work to cover the cost,” she says. “It was rough in the beginning, but local people have gotten used to it—they realize that they voted it in. It’s harder for people from out of town, but it’s a lot like staying in a hotel—you get the hotel price, and then 20% later, you’ve paid your bill.”

So, this was back in the day, and at another joint (the not poorly rated Jardinere), but it shows the mindset. Let’s go:

1. So, there are “creative ways” to pass on cost increases and there are HONEST ways, right?

2. It “didn’t work to cover the cost?” What does this mean? Does it mean that you couldn’t simply raise prices? But oh yes you could!

3. “They voted it in?” IDTS! First of all, the “voters” in this case were the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors, not your typical customer of Traci Des Jardins. Second of all, they didn’t vote to impose a surcharge, which is simply something that some local restaurateurs decided to do on their own.

4. And it’s “harder for people from out of town” because, because some of them realize, only too late, that they’ve been led down le chemin de [Traci] Jardin[s], or led down the garden path, right?

Now I’ve seen gas stations do the same thing, do the same kind of pouting, but, similarly, it’s tout a fait inapproprie, amiright?

And, speaking of which, what if a gas station advertised on its big signs the price per gallon BEFORE a random “15% surcharge” gets added in – would we tolerate that?

Oh, and another thing – this, this here is wrong wrong wrong:

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Now what if somebody from our CA State Board of Equalization (The Nation’s Second-Largest Tax Agency, I’m srsly) looked inside the four corners of this receipt. S/he would say, “Oh, the owner of this joint has gone stir crazy and is now charging customers a 23.75% sales tax. Ergo, all this money needs to be remitted to the great State of California.” I’m srsly.

So, what “Celebrity Chef” Tracy Des Jardins should do is raise her prices 15%, or whatever she wants – I don’t care, and then ditch the absurd surcharge, which, you know, should be illegal. (Oh what’s that, you’ll go out of bidness? Fine, who cares. Make room for somebody else at Ferry Building Stall #44.)

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