Posts Tagged ‘Napa’

Yelplash! – 100s Upon 100s of One-Star Yelp Reviews for Napa Valley Wine Train – Also, “NAPA VALLEY RAILROAD POLICE!?”

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

This post is two posts…

twins (1)

…two posts in one!

So the reason why the Napa Valley Wine Train people just caved so quickly and completely is that they needed to stop the massive bleeding pronto.

I’ll tell you, the Regular Yelp reviews for la Vallee de Napa Train de Vin are bad enough these days, but it’s Secret Yelp, well, it’s OOC – it just goes on and on


Moving on, to this – it was the “Napa Valley Railroad Police(!)” busted / escorted off the premises these women?

WTF to that.

Let’s take a look at their FAQ:

“Are Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers “real cops?

Yes.  Every one of our peace officers is a fully empowered police officer under the authority of section 830.33(e) of the California Penal Code.  Our officers have peace officer authority 24 hours a day anywhere in the State of California the same as any city police officer our county deputy sheriff.  Our primary jurisdiction extends to in and around property of the Napa Valley Railroad.

 Can Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers write traffic tickets?

Yes.  Our officers can enforce all of the laws of the State of California including all sections of the California Vehicle Code.  Enforcement is an essential component of carrying out our public safety mission.  We focus our attention on violations related to the railroad.

 Why does the Railroad need its own police department?  Is there that much crime?

The Napa Valley Railroad Company operates its own police department with the intention of limiting its reliance on public resources.  The Napa Valley Wine Train carries up to 350 people at a time on one train.  The railroad line includes over 90 public and private crossings that run over and alongside Highway 29.  Our mission includes protecting the patrons, employees, and assets of the railroad.  We believe that our presences is the most effective deterrent to crime.”

This FAQ only leads to more questions.

So, the Napa Valley Wine Train operates its own police department!? Who the fuck authorized this?

And what’s next, the Cliff House Restaurant Police? The Ronald McDonald Police Squad?

I’m baffled.

Anyway, chew on that.

The Wine Police, they live inside of my head
The Wine Police, they come to me in my bed
The Wine Police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh, no

HoistCam? Napa CHP HoistCam! – May 4th, 2015 – Rescue at Tennessee Beach, Marin County

Monday, May 4th, 2015

A very Coast Guard-style rescue up in Marin County:

“On May 4, 2015 at about 1:15 PM, CHP Helicopter H-32 responded to assist the National Parks Service and the Southern Marin Fire Department with a rescue. Earlier, a woman was out on Tennessee Beach and was swept out to sea. She managed to swim back onto a cliff, but the cliff was inaccessible to rescuers. H-32 was able to hoist her to safety, and also evacuated an NPS lifeguard and ranger to safety, as the waves became too treacherous. Another example of multi-agency cooperation in the efforts to keep everyone safe!

The New Michelin Guide is Here! The New Michelin Guide is Here for San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here it is, below.

If you want any more info you’re going to have to buy it from le source or from le Amazon.

(And let me tell you, the raison detre for this whole Michelin Guide operation is to sell you tires for your car. And let me tell you, the Japanese-made Michelins on my Land Cruiser performed admirably for dix foutues annees, ten freaking years. Anyway. So count me as a fan. And the Zagat people and Michael Bauer are just going to have to deal with le competition nouveau, hopefully with a little better attitude in the future. Sorry.)

“Michelin Releases Its Famed Guide to San Francisco’s Best Restaurants – Atelier Crenn is Awarded Two Michelin Stars in the Guide’s Seventh Edition

SAN FRANCISCO, OCT. 23, 201 — In the latest edition of the highly anticipated MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013, 42 restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars.  Both restaurants that achieved three Michelin stars in 2012–The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood–maintained this honor.  Three Michelin stars is considered the utmost international recognition in the culinary world, and is reserved for those restaurants that serve “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”

This year’s guide sees six restaurants awarded two Michelin stars.  Atelier Crenn has been promoted from one to two stars and five establishments maintained their standing from the previous edition.

Thirty-four restaurants earned one Michelin star, a significant culinary accomplishment that can be defined as “a very good restaurant in its category.” The three newcomers to the category are All Spice, SPQR and Keiko a Nob Hill.

Inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide is an acknowledgment of culinary excellence and quality.  A total of 539 restaurants are included in the selection which covers San Francisco, the East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula.  Michelin inspectors embraced 47 different cuisines this year, reflecting the tremendous diversity found across the region.

The release of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country comes one week after Michelin announced that 70 restaurants earned the distinction of Bib Gourmand.  These establishments offer two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (excluding tax and gratuity) and are known as the Michelin inspectors’ favorites for good value.  The MICHELIN Guide 2013 editions include two new symbols: one highlighting notable beer lists and the other indicating restaurants with a dim sum offering.

In the U.S., San Francisco is one of three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide.  The MICHELIN Guide New York City 2013 went on sale earlier this month and the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013 will be released Nov. 13, 2012.

The seventh edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 24, at $18.99.

Michelin has done as much to enhance mobility as any company in the world.  The company patented the pneumatic, or air-filled, tire in the late 1800s.  This was a milestone moment in mobility, permitting automobile owners to travel at great length in a single journey.  Then, in an effort to prompt travelers to enjoy their newfound mobility, the company created guides and detailed maps to steer travelers on their way.  The most famous publication that developed from this is the internationally recognized MICHELIN Guide.

Thanks to the rigorous MICHELIN Guide selection process that is applied independently and consistently around 23 countries, the MICHELIN Guide has become an international benchmark in fine dining.  The selections of all restaurants in the guide are made by Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors who dine all around the Bay Area regularly.  These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world.  This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence.  As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full.

To find out more about the MICHELIN Guide, the MICHELIN Guide inspectors and the history of the MICHELIN Guide, visit

Here is a full list of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013 stars.


San Francisco MICHELIN Guide 2013
Starred establishments
Three stars
Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey 
Area District Restaurant Chef
Wine Country Napa Valley The French Laundry Thomas Keller
Wine Country Napa Valley The Restaurant at Meadowood Christopher Kostow


Two stars
Excellent cuisine, worth a detour 
Area District Restaurant
San Francisco Marina Atelier Crenn
South Bay Palo Alto Baume
San Francisco SoMa Benu
San Francisco North Beach Coi
South Bay Los Gatos Manresa
San Francisco Mission Saison




One star
A very good restaurant in its category 
Area District Restaurant
San Francisco Nob Hill Acquerello
South Bay Cupertino Alexander’s Steakhouse (South Bay)
Peninsula San Mateo All Spice
San Francisco SoMa Ame
Wine Country Napa Valley Auberge du Soleil
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Aziza
Wine Country Napa Valley Bouchon
San Francisco SoMa Boulevard
San Francisco SoMa Campton Place
South Bay Mountain View Chez TJ
East Bay Oakland Commis
Wine Country Sonoma County Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
San Francisco Castro Frances
San Francisco North Beach Gary Danko
San Francisco Nob Hill Keiko à Nob Hill
Peninsula Montara La Costanera
San Francisco Nob Hill La Folie
Wine Country Napa Valley La Toque
San Francisco SoMa Luce
Peninsula Menlo Park Madera
Wine Country Sonoma County Madrona Manor
San Francisco Nob Hill Masa’s
San Francisco Financial District Michael Mina
South Bay Saratoga Plumed Horse
San Francisco North Beach Quince
Wine Country Napa Valley Redd
Wine Country Napa Valley Solbar
San Francisco Nob Hill Sons & Daughters
San Francisco Marina SPQR
San Francisco Marina Spruce
Wine Country Napa Valley Terra
Wine Country Sonoma County Terrapin Creek
Peninsula Woodside The Village Pub
Peninsula San Mateo Wakuriya

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

Hey Feds! Senator Leland Yee is Inviting You All to Our Mayor Election – Why Not Take a Working Vacation in San Francisco?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

So what do you think, Federales? You think you could see your way clear to coming to the 415 for the next week or so to investigate electoral corruption in San Francisco? Come on down to work a week in town. I just know that you’ll find something.

But that’s only from nine to five, you dig? After hours, you can visit whichever new or existing Michelin-starred restaurant that you want. And then, just expense it, baby. Easy peasy.

San Francisco wins, you win.

This will be your 11th course at The French Laundry (yes, Pixar used it as a model for the kitchen in Ratatouille) up in Napa: Feuillentine au Caramel. “Intense oozing,” baby. Serving the Commonweal never tasted so good:

Via ulterior epicure

All right, here’s a cheat sheet to get you started:

“More Ed Lee Money Laundering and Voter Fraud Uncovered – Leland Yee Says Enough Is Enough – State & Federal Election Monitors Needed

SAN FRANCISCO – The well documented scene in Chinatown of Ed Lee IE campaign workers filling out ballots for voters and the Go Lorries money laundering scheme may seem tame in comparison to what two local newspapers documented in today’s paper.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that a person known for “strong-arming tenants out of rent-controlled apartments” emailed associates of Archway Property Services directing them to attend a Lee fundraiser and telling them they would be reimbursed for their $500 contribution. Campaign finance laws prohibit money laundering.

Andrew Hawkins, the managing director of Archway Property Services, emailed 16 associates the following: “I expect each and every one of you to be at this event tonight. Bring your check books and write a check for $500.00 for Ed Lee donation. You will be reimbursed right away for you coming.”

In addition, the Epoch Times Chinese newspaper went undercover to find Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) and Community Tenant Association (CTA) staff also working on the Ed Lee campaign and even having keys to his office on Clay Street. In addition, the paper found various instances of CCDC, CTA, or Ed Lee campaign staff filling out and mailing voters ballots, in clear violation of law. Many of the ballots from these documented locations arrived at the Election’s Office at the same time.

“This is yet further evidence that we need state and federal election monitors now,” said Senator Leland Yee. “San Franciscans cannot afford to just wait out the clock until November 8. There appears to be massive voter fraud that should be immediately investigated to protect the integrity of this election. Either Ed Lee is condoning these illegal tactics or the wool is being pulled over his eyes – not what we need of our Mayor.”

Filling out their ballots

After describing themselves as prospective voters, two Epoch Times reporters were met by a Lee campaign worker who explained that her role with CTA included working on the Lee campaign.

The worker explained that “helping” voters in fact meant to simply have an elderly person sign and date their ballot, and then she or another campaign worker would take it away to fill it out and mail it in.

Using a nonprofit for campaign purposes

At 777 Broadway – a CCDC building – CTA is apparently running an office out of the community room in which they also distribute Ed Lee campaign literature and make announcements for meetings in support of Lee’s mayoral bid. CCDC says that political advertising is not allowed at their buildings.

Coincidental statistics

According to CCDC website, the 777 Broadway building includes 31 studio apartments. According to voter records, there are 33 registered voters of which 31 are vote by mail voters. This equates to nearly 94 percent of the voters being vote by mail. By comparison, the city at large is only 46 percent. And even as early as October 24, 60 percent of the 777 Broadway voters had already cast their ballots, versus only 6 percent for the rest of the city.

Equally troubling is the fact that 19 of the ballots from the building arrived at the Elections Office within a day of each other. In essence, the public is expected to believe that 1/3 of the ballots arrived at virtually the same time in complete coincidence.

A similar phenomenon exists with another CCDC building – 1590 Broadway – in which 20 absentee ballots arrived at the Election’s department on the exact same day, October 24.

More voter and election fraud

Epoch Times spoke to one elderly woman who sad that she was visited by a CTA worker and signed her ballot without filling it out and was told that it would be filled out for her and mailed in. Filling out and mailing in other people’s ballots is a clear violation of elections law.

A number of CTA and CCDC workers were observed “popping in and working alongside other staff” at Lee’s 943 Clay Street campaign office. In fact, one CCDC worker even had keys to the office and was observed opening the door for the undercover reporters.”

See you soon, Feds!

Michela Alioto-Pier Thinks All Men are the Same Height, Michela Alioto-Pier Thinks All Men have No Necks

Friday, October 28th, 2011


Look at me, aren’t I pretty! I’m the former Mayor’s granddaughter, did you know that? Vote for me, one, two or three! Do you know all that I stand for? I stand for corporate welfare for San Francisco biotechnology companies. And I stand for, uh, women, like you (unless you’re that horrid Janet Reilly woman, yish). And I stand for, uh…  Hey, I’m the former Mayor’s granddaughter, did you know that? Vote for me, one, two or three!

Via Steve Rhodes – click to expand

Of course MAP has no chance of winning on November 8th but that won’t stop her from using your taxpayer dollars to hire internationally-famous consultants and using your dough to pay for posters and ads what place her in a favorable light.

This is what we get from our current public financing system…

Crazy Hand Signals: Tell Other Motorcycle Riders a Speed Trap is Behind You by Tapping Your Head

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

See how that works? You want to warn your fellow riders that there are cops handing out speeding tickets on Highway 37 (aka Sears Point Road) up there in the Great White North, so all you have to do is to tap your head in an exaggerated fashion when you see others going the opposite way.


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Anyway, that’s one of the codes you can transmit when you’re a cowboy, on a steel horse you ride.

SFO’s New Terminal Two Will Be “Sustainable?” Sign Up Now For the T2 Kick-Off on April 9th – Party With 11 Thin White People

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Here are the bus ads around town these days.

See? Terminal 2 has arrived. April, 2011

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Now, is this something to get excited about?

Well, as always, You Make The Call. Hey, why not show up for the FREE SFO T2 Community Open House on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 and decide for yourself.

But hurry, they’re running out of the tickets that you all will need to get in. Check it:

(As promised, there are 11 thin White People on the invite page. Count them for yourself, why not? Where’s Waldo ‘n stuff.)

As you might have expected, Inside Scoop’s Paolo Lucchesi is all over the food sitch at our new T2. All’s I can say is that it all should be pretty pricey, but, prove me wrong, SFO, prove me wrong.

Now, leaving aside the big picture of labeling anything to do with jet travel sustainable,* I’m a little baffled as to how a “cage-free” egg is a “sustainable” egg, but oh well.

All the deets:

Concessions Program

The airport expects its food and beverage tenants to provide sustainable food to the greatest extent possible.  Expectations include using:
  • organic, local products
  • organic or natural meats
  • rBST-free dairy products
  • cage-free antibiotic eggs
  • sustainable seafood
  • fairly traded organic coffee
  • non-modified agricultural products
  • no artificial color, flavor or additives
  • non-hydrogenated oils
  • biodegradable to-go containers and utensils
  • compostable bio-resin or paper bottles for water
  • low- or no-phosphate detergents.

As with other tenants, SFO’s concession tenants are encouraged to use green building materials for their facilities and will be required to recycle and compost.”

O.K. fine.

I don’t know, I’m used to hearing all this overblown stuff from SFO. So it’s like yes, SFO  was ready for the long-delayed Airbus A380 superjumbo, but so what. And yes, Lufthansa will soon be using an A380 from Frankfurt daily, but it burns more fuel than the Boeing 747 it’s replacing, right? Well, the Mayor’s Office and SFO both reported that one wrong. Oh and then QANTAS was supposed to start flying A380s in and out of Millbrae, but, instead, they’re going to bug out of NorCal entirely due to a little corporate welfare (like 3 mil., something like that) from Texas, so maybe the Mayor’s Office and SFO were, once again, wrong/insanely optimistic about that as well?

Remembering when the T2 construction site was a vast ocean of free parking. Good times.

(Man, are they still flying three-decade-out-of-production DC9’s out of SFO? Or that’s a baby McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in the upper left? Can’t tell. No matter, flying dinosaurs they are regardless.)

So, we had a Terminal 2, then we shut it down, and now we’re opening it again. O.K.


Make that super-meh.

*Cheap international air travel using relatively cheap dino-juice is “sustainable?” Really? And instead of bringing food to the people, ’cause that’s unsustainable ‘n stuff, we’re bringing people to the food?

All the deets here and after the jump.

SFO: Ask about our recomposure zone!”**

**Srsly. (Call us when the shuttle lands, SFO.)


“SFO T2 Community Open House
Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco, CA

Ticket Information
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out

The City of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Airport Commission invite you to a special Community Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Terminal 2, SFO’s dazzling new terminal that elevates air travel to a new level of comfort, relaxation, beauty and fun – and all with a commitment to sustainability.

The Community Open House will feature food and beverage specials from T2’s new tenants, activities and entertainment provided by T2 partners and sponsors and local organizations. Discover how T2 + U = a greener way to travel! Compete in the Skytracker Eco-Challenge and see if you can score enough points to win exciting prizes and gifts, including a fabulous trip for two.

12 noon to 5 pm: Public Admission

Bring the family — this is a FREE event, open to everyone.

Contact: Event Coordinators: Winslow & Associates, Inc.
Phone: (415) 551-5190, Fax: (415) 551-5195,



The New Michelin Guide is Here! The New Bay Area Michelin Guide is Here for 2011! (And Chez Panisse is Off The List :())

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Here they are, the best restaurants in the Bay Area for 2011, below.

Carolyn Alburger is all over this situation already at Eater SF as is Paolo Lucchesi at The Inside Scoop, as is Jay Barmann at GrubStreet SF.

Three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. One always eats here extremely well, sometimes superbly.  Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.
Two Michelin stars mean excellent cuisine, worth a detour. Skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.
One Michelin star means a very good restaurant in its category. A place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
Applewood (Guerneville) (N)
Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford)
Baumé (Palo Alto) (N)
Bouchon (Yountville)
Campton Place (N)
Chez TJ
The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
Dio Deka (Los Gatos) (N)
étoile (Yountville)
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant (Forestville)
Fleur de Lys
Frances (N)
Gary Danko
La Folie
La Toque (Napa)
Madera (Menlo Park) (N)
Madrona Manor (Healdsburg)
Mirepoix (Windsor) (N)
Murray Circle (Sausalito)
One Market
Plumed Horse (San Jose)
Redd (Yountville)
Saison (N)
Santé (Sonoma)
Solbar (Calistoga)
Spruce (N)
Terra (St. Helena)
Ubuntu (Napa)
The Village Pub (Woodside)
Wakuriya (San Mateo)
All the deets, after the jump

OMG, It’s Judgment Day for Bay Area Restaurants! – Michelin Guide 2011 Debuting – Jean Luc Calling Area Chefs Right Now

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Well, it’s finally arrived, the biggest day in high-end bay area restaurants for the entire year of 2010. It’s Opening Day for the Famously Anonymous Michelin Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2011.

Keep up with the day’s events on the Twitter. Here’s the latest:

“Jean-Luc will be calling chefs soon…we can’t wait for the big day in San Francisco!

In other words, Jean-Luc Naret, bon vivant and Director of the Michelin Guides, is on the horn giving area chefs wake-up calls, just the way the Nobel Prize Committee does it.

And Paolo Lucchesi, the Bay Area’s Most Popular Blogger, has just handicapped the race. Check it:

Six plotlines to follow for the upcoming Bay Area Michelin Guide

This is serious bidness, people.

Now you’re prepared for when the announcements come.