Posts Tagged ‘gift’

Just in Time for the Holidays: Bacon Deodorant and Sriracha Candy Canes – Srsly – From J&D’s Foods

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Justin and Dave have some new products for the holidays.

First up is www.PowerBacon.com deodorant:

“POWER BACON deodorant is designed specifically for those with active lifestyles – or people who just sweat like pigs.

Using POWER BACON will probably make everyone drawn to you like you were the most powerful magnet on Earth. And by everyone, we mean friends, acquaintances, beautiful strangers, dogs, bears, swamp alligators, lions and even pigs. It’s like an aphrodisiac for your armpits. But use your new power wisely, because with great bacon power comes great baconsibility.

For all day meat-scented protection, apply liberally to your underarms or private areas.

Do not eat or hike in the woods without a firearm while wearing POWER BACON.”

And brace yourselves: www.SrirachaCandyCanes.com

“There’s a reason Santa comes down your chimney – he likes it hot!

So warm up your taste buds this year with J&D’s Sriracha Candy Canes. The savior of bland Asian foods is now a fiery candy cane, great for tricking your unsuspecting friends and children or enjoying after a tasty bento box.

Rumor has it that these are pretty great crushed and served over ice cream or used as as a spicy-sweet holiday cocktail stirrer. Under no circumstances should you crush these into a fine powder and inhale them up your nose. Mostly for insurance purposes, we beg you to enjoy any Rooster-Sauce inspired holiday treats responsibly.

Each box has 12 individually wrapped Sriracha Candy Canes and are proudly made in the People’s Republic of Canada.”

I’m appalled.

Yet intrigued.

OMG, America’s Largest MUJI Store Opening November 30th in SoMA – High Design, Low Prices – Free Goodie Bags!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

With love from Japan comes MUJI.

It‘ll be your new favorite store.

Your free “My Bag” won’t be as lilac as this, but it will contain a free goodie for you, assuming you’re one of the first 1000 customers on Nov 30th:

All the deets:

“MUJI SOMA will open on November 30, 2012.

New York, NY, November 14th, 2012, MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED announces its opening date of SOMA store, which has been set to November 30, 2012, the first MUJI store to open on the West coast. Located at 540 9th street, San Francisco, MUJI SOMA will open from 11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. during its first day of operation.

With approximately 7,250 square feet of retail floor space, MUJI’s first store on the West coast will offer over 2,000 items of MUJI products, including about 1,700 items of Household and 300 items of Apparels. After the first day of opening, the store will open regularly from 10:30a.m. to 8:00p.m. from Monday to Saturday, 11:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. on Sundays.
Giveaways for the opening day

MUJI is dedicated to reducing waste and conserving resources. In this spirit, MUJI encourages its customers to use My Bag in order to reduce waste that results from the use of paper or plastic bags at MUJI store. For its special giveaways, MUJI will offer an exclusive My Bag with map of San Francisco for the first 1,000 customers who come to the store on the opening day. There will be a MUJI gift inside of the bag. MUJI plain My Bag will be offered starting at $1 after the opening.

For further information, please contact: press@muji.com

MUJI offers good quality products at reasonable prices, which include a wide variety of stationeries, household items and apparel. Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods”. The value of the MUJI product is in its effectiveness without the renowned brand or designer name. The essence of MUJI products lies in its simplicity, flexibility and modesty to fit different life styles and individual preferences. MUJI, originally founded in Japan, does not direct its products to be affected by any trends and “isms”, rather does aim to be universally relevant. MUJI products maintain reasonable price levels, not by compromising quality, but by avoiding the waste typical of many products’ manufacturing and distribution in the form of unnecessary functionality, an excess of decoration, and needless packaging.

MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED is the U.S. subsidiary of Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. which is MUJI’s corporate entity incorporated in Japan. Since its founding in 1980, MUJI has expanded around the world and has 372 stores in Japan, 163 stores in other countries (as of Feb, 2012) including Asia, Europe. Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd., is a publicly owned company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (ticker number: 7453) with $2.2 billion in sales in 2011.”

Would You Like a “Free Gift?” Well, Then Just Join the U.S. Army: MUNI Bus Stop Recruiting Station, Market Street

Friday, June 29th, 2012

In the Financh, not too far from the official recruiting station on Davis near Broadway:

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Remember, “BRING IN THIS FLYER FOR A FREE GIFT!!!”

News from Santa Cruz: Born a Man, Died a Woman – Ashawna (Shawn) Hailey Bequests Millions for Marijuana Legalization

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Pretty much.

Check it:

“Software Pioneer Leaves $10 Million Bequest To Five Leading Non-profits In Health And Drug Policy Reform

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 30, 2012  – This year, five leading non-profits at the forefront of health and drug policy reform will benefit from a generous bequest of approximately $10 million from the estate of software pioneer Ashawna (Shawn) Hailey. The gift will dramatically increase these organizations’ ability to reform government policies and public attitudes about health and drug policy.

Half of the total bequest–approximately $5 million–will benefit the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization working with the FDA and international regulatory agencies to develop psychedelics and marijuana into prescription treatments for patients with unmet medical needs. The gift will be the largest that MAPS has ever received, and will support research into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This treatment is currently in Phase 2 pilot studies and is showing very promising results.

MAPS is conducting an international series of Phase 2 pilot studies into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These studies are laying the groundwork for two larger multi-site Phase 3 trials, required to show the FDA that MDMA is a safe and effective adjunct to psychotherapy for patients with PTSD.

The rest of Ashawna’s gift–about $1.25 million each–will support the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Ashawna’s generous bequest is one of only a small number of such gifts to the ACLU. “Her bequest puts a spotlight on our nation’s punitive drug policies, which have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights,” said Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU.

The Drug Policy Alliance will use Ashawna’s gift to strengthen its movement-building efforts. “Ashawna was generous to DPA in her lifetime and beyond because she wanted to build the strongest movement possible to end the drug war and replace it with policies that promote her values of freedom and compassion,” said Ethan Nadelmann, DPA’s executive director. “We’re honored by this bequest, and we will use it to sustain and strengthen the aspects of the movement that were important to her.”

“Our budget this year is only $5 million, so this bequest is turbocharging our efforts to end marijuana prohibition in the United States,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. “In fact, Ashawna will likely be our biggest donor this year, and we’ll be using half of her gift to pass the ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado on November 6.”

“This transformative gift from Ashawna will help to ensure that everyone in our community who needs a meal can get one,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “She accomplished so much both in her professional life and through her philanthropy, and we are honored that she put her trust in Second Harvest Food Bank with this legacy gift.”

Hailey died on October 14, 2011, in her San Jose, Calif., home at the age of 62. She passed peacefully, and is survived by her children Neal and Nora, and by her twin brother Kim.

After graduating from Texas Tech University in 1970, Shawn designed the launch sequencer for the Sprint Antiballistic Missile System for the Martin Marietta Corporation and in 1974 designed the 9080 microprocessor for AMD. Shawn and Kim co-founded Meta-Software Corp. in 1979 and their HSPICE program remains the gold standard circuit simulator for the electronic design industry.”

And that’s your news from Santa Cruz.

Gumps in Union Square is Already All Ready for Christmas 2011 – Everything’s Eurocentric, Except for Buddha-Claus

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

As seen from Post Street.

Don’t miss the giant Buddha* – he’s in the mix as well:

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Merry Christmas!

* Now, you think, and I’m srsly you guys, you think maybe at some point Gumps could make a replica of the Buddha and then send the original back to Northern China whence it came? Just asking, Gump-bro. I know you have custody of it currently, from Agents of Fortune, though Accident of History, but is that the way it will always be? 

“A Qing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, carved for a summer palace in Northern China, is located in the store. It was carved in the Northern Manchurian Province of Jehol, the summer capital of the Ch’ing Emperors in the early 19th Century. The piece, the largest of its kind outside a museum, is the only item in the store that is not for sale.”

China, China, calling out to history
Is that the way it will always be?

OMG, Today is Administrative Professionals Day (fka Secretary’s Day)! But It’s Not Too Late for Recchiuti Confections

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I don’t know, maybe during lunch today you can pop on over to the Ferry Building and score a slightly discounted Black Box($) or Burgundy Box($$) of master chocolatier Michael Recchiuti’obscenely-highly-rated choco.

See?

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I don’t know, I think this unofficial secular holiday has been losing steam over the years and decades, but can you really afford to ignore it altogether?

Mmmm.

Anyway, I’d advise against giving “trinkets,” under all circumstances:

“In the United States, the day is often celebrated by giving one’s assistant gifts such as flowers, candy, trinkets, lunch at a restaurant, or time off.”

All right, you’re on your own…

Today, 12/11/10 Only: The Kimochi Silver Bells Arts and Crafts Fair at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Gough

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

See you there!

“KIMOCHI’S SILVER BELLS ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRE Saturday, December 11, 2010 (one day only!) 10:00AM-4:00PM
The Event Center at St Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Conveniently located at the corner of Gough St. & Geary Blvd., walking distance from Japantown.

Free Admission ∗ Free Parking (space available basis) ∗ Free Kimochi shuttle service to/from Japantown (pick-up/drop-off at Peace Plaza on Post St.)

Mark your calendar and have fun as you get plenty of holidays shopping done at this free one-day event featuring handcrafted items made by more than 80 talented Asian and Pacific Islander artisans.

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2010 Silver Bell Vendor List

A THOUSAND WORDS PHOTOGRAPHY
ALAINA SHIU DESIGNS
ASIAN GIFT DESIGNS
ASIAN PAIR
CHIC MODERNE
CLASSIC HAWAIIAN DESIGNS
CREATIVE ACCENTS
CURLEW CRAFTS
CYNTHIA SASAKI DESIGNS
DONNA TOJO
FOUR YAMS
HARTSTRING JEWELRY
HOMIEWEAR4DOGS
ISLAND CLOUD
J. SUGIHARA
KATHY YOSHIHARA DESIGN
KAYOKO DESIGNS
KIMOCHI ARTS & CRAFTS
KIMOCHI CERAMICS
LABIT’S ARTS & CRAFTS
LESLIE DESIGNS
LITTLE BUDDHA BABY
LUV PAWS
LYNN, LAURA & JUDY (ASOBI ARTS)
MI NICHE
MIKO DOLLS/WAW
MINGEI COMPANY
MODERN M
NISHIMURA DESIGNS
OKADA ORIGINALS
PAISLEY AND STRIPES
PERSIMMON DESIGNS
PIGS FLY
RANDALL ENTERPRISES
RM CREATIONS
SEW ASIAN
SHIMADA STLYES
SUGAR CLAY CAFÉ
SUMOFISH
THE HEAD PANDA
TLC QUILTING
TOBI CREATIONS
TOMODACHI8
WAKA OZAWA
WWW CRAFTS
YUME GLASS ART
ST. FRANCIS HALL
CHICKIE BABIES CRAFTS
COLLETTE & JULIE KONDO
DARDIE ISHIDA
DICK YAT NG CHINESE PAINTINGS
ELLEN NAKAI & FRIENDS
FABRICATIONS
FAT RABBIT FARM
GRACEFUL CRYSTALS
HANKO DESIGNS
ISLAND DESIGNS
KAWAII CREATIONS
MADE IN HAWAII
MARIKO III
PATRICIA JEONG
QUILT STYLES OF HAWAII
SENTE
SIENA GLOBAL DESIGNS
THE ASIATTIC/TWO LULUS
HALL A HALL B
FANCY FOUR PAWS
H.S.K. CREATIONS
HUGASUMO
IMEI CHEN
JCCCNC
KAROLYN FUJIMOTO DESIGNS
MIGGY’S ISLAND KETTLE KORN
NATURAL IMITATIONS
ORANGE CATERPILLAR
POLYNESIAN GIFT HUT
HALAU O KA UA LILILEHUA
J-TOWN ARTS
JEANNINE CALCAGNO NIEHAUS
NANCY FUNK CERAMICS
NIKONINA
OMIYAGE/HAPPY SHIRTS
POMEGRANATE DESIGNS
T. MORE CREATIONS
THE LOCAL SPOT/DALIANO DESIGNS

Bocce Ball Courts Go Into Justin Herman Plaza Just Under the Wire – New Area Residents Not Organized Enough to Stop It

Monday, November 15th, 2010

All’s I can say about this one is that we’ll have to wait and see how it works out. Deets below.

You know who likes today’s news? It’s Benji Tosi, American Grand Champion:

As seen in San Francisco Magazine, back in the day


MAYOR NEWSOM BREAKS GROUND ON BOCCE BALL COURTS AT JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined community partners including Laborers Local 261, salesforce.com, and Webcor Builders and seven-time U.S. Bocce Ball Champion Benji Tosi to break ground on two regulation size bocce ball courts in the south lawn of Justin Herman Plaza along the City’s waterfront.

“These two new bocce ball courts are a great example of activating unused public space,” said Mayor Newsom. “This innovative public-private partnership shows creativity in finding solutions to positively impact our City as a whole and help foster a community of new bocce ball lovers.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010: 420 Friendly But No Bicycle Parking and No “Major Gift” Announcement

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the “major gift” worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.] 

The 2010 edition of our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proceeds in Golden Gate Park. The whole shebang ends on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 so there’s still time for you to go…

It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:

“Special” brownies are $4:

But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal: 

Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:

So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:

Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage.  But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.  

There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:

(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)

Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…

UC Regents Approve UCSF Mission Bay Med Center – Helipad-Equipped Hospital Coming in 2014

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Oh it’s on. The fundraising campaign to get the Medical Center at Mission Bay off the ground is going well enough, so the University of California Board of Regents just gave the go-ahead for the project. The next step will be the groundbreaking ceremony. 

(And oh, what’s the LEED rating? It’s Gold, baby. And oh, we’ve got choppers - a helipad is baked into the cake. Moving on…)

Putting cancer /women’s  / children’s medicine in Mission Bay will free-up UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights to do other things. It will:

“…transition into focusing on high-end adult surgical and medical services, including emergency medicine.”

(So you Inner Sunset / Cole Valley NIMBYs now have been warned. Let’s hope the increase in wailing sirens won’t disturb your lives too much…) 

Anyway, turn up your speakers waaaaay loud (you’ll soon discover why) to see this short video from UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann and UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret, if you want. 

And here’s the Mission Bay renderporn. Radar O’Reilly can already hear the choppers: 

 

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Here’s what the 183-bed UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital might look like. For the record, the naming rights went for $100,000,000: 

 

You can see it on the right here: 

 

Bon Courage, UCSF! 

All the deets: 

The University of California Board of Regents today unanimously approved funding plans for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. The board’s action is the final endorsement for the project, clearing the way for UCSF to break ground on a world-class hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients in the Mission Bay neighborhood, south of downtown San Francisco.  

“The Regents’ approval is a major milestone for UCSF and for our family of supporters throughout the community,” said UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann. “It is hard to overstate the importance of the new medical center at Mission Bay, which will reinforce UCSF and the entire Bay Area as a hub of innovation, biotechnology and premier health care.”  

After nearly a decade of planning, site preparations are underway on the 14.5-acre parcel of land. Construction of the 878,000-gross-square-foot hospital complex will begin on schedule in December 2010, shortly after required state permits are expected to be issued. Upon completion in 2014, the 289-bed facility will set a new standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine.  

“Ten years ago, the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay was a dream, but we are now ready to break ground and bring this vision to reality,” said Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “The greatest legacy of the Regents’ decision to approve this new medical center will be the thousands of patient lives that are saved or improved because of the cutting-edge medical care that will be provided in these facilities.”  

Ever more deets, after the jump 

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