Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Opening of San Francisco’s Classiest New Steakhouse, the Penthouse Club, Covered by Our Classiest News Station, KRON-TV

Friday, March 16th, 2012

I think that’s Vicki Liviakis* doing a stand-up** in front of the VIP line last night at the Grand Opening of our brand-new San Francisco PENTHOUSE CLUB & Steakhouse.

Looked like kind of a sausage-fest, actually:

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But, oh, the reviews are in, already. Let’s hear from from the “Yelp Elite” cognoscente:

“My boyfriend got the 28-day dry aged bone-in ribeye with chimichurri sauce and I got the grass fed filet mignon with shallot confit and sauce Diane. We were both getting full at this point, but not full enough to not devour both of these beef dishes. The chimichurri sauce was the best we have ever had and really enhanced the juicy ribeye. My filet mignon was tasty and rich and the shallot confit added a nice sweet touch to the dish. We had the Jordan Cab with the meat dishes.

“This was one of the best food experiences I have had in a long time! Every single dish was eaten in its entirety and the bits were scraped off the plate with our forks. I would have licked the plate had I been at home. Executive Chef Mike Ellis has created an amazing and versatile menu that is guaranteed to please anyone’s palate.”

O.K. then.

Bon Courage, San Francisco PENTHOUSE CLUB & Steakhouse!

*At first, I thought she might have been the talent, you know, coming out of the limo. (That’s a compliment, I suppose…)

**I can’t recall ever seeing a real live person holding a KRON 4*** video camera, cause, you know, usually a tripod does the job. That’s the “VJ” concept. 

***If I were in charge of KRON, I’d apply to the FCC to change the name to KORN**** and then I’d beg NBC for an affiliate contract, you know, so it’d be like the old days. That would improve ratings 150% overnight, I’d wager.

****And actually, it would have a Cyrillic R, you know, like this: KoЯn-TV

Letting Go in Miraloma Park: What Passes for a Backyard Bird in San Francisco (Hide Your Pets)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Just look at this monster, this Raptor from Miraloma Park:

1/6400th of a one second of Life via torbakhopper – click to expand

Craiglist Founder Craig Newmark lives on this same hill but further down, so he gets smaller backyard birds

An “A+” Grade From Paw PAC for Senator Leland Yee – A Friend to All Animals – 100% Pro-Pet Voting Record

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Paw PAC, “California’s Political Action Committee for Animals,” is pleased as punch with your Senator Leland Yee this AM. Deets below.

Two thumbs up from the King of Canines:

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“Senator Yee Receives “A+” from Paw PAC for 100% Record on Animal Issues

Yee is one of four Senators to receive top score from California’s Political Action Committee for Animals

SACRAMENTO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) received an “A+” grade for his 100 percent voting record on animal issues from Paw PAC – California’s political action committee for animals.  Yee was one of only four Senators to receive an “A+” score.

The Paw PAC scored legislators on 8 bills ranging from fur labeling to animal cruelty.

“How we treat our animals is really a testament to how compassionate we are as a society,” said Yee.  “These bills not only provide additional protections for animals, but also help humane consumers who are looking to do the right thing with their pocketbook.”

Paw PAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit political action committee dedicated to the passage of humane laws and election of humane legislators.”

Official CA Bed & Breakfast Myth Debunking Makes Me Want to Never Ever Visit a B&B

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Now I know what the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is trying to do here today, but, man, I don’t know, some of the myths listed below are news to me. So the net effect  is that I’m less likely to ever set foot in a B&B.

Think I’d rather sleep in my aging Land Cruiser (diagonally, as it’s shorter than some Camry Solara  two-doors) after flopping the rear seats and popping the minivan-style rear side windows than deal with any of the B&Bs that got these myths going.

(Also, I’d like to note that not having a shared bathroom, in and of itself, does not “ensure” your safety.)

OTOH, put a kayak-in B&B on Red Rock Island, San Francisco’s northernmost piece of real estate, and I’d be up for an overnight. Red Rock is on the left and Danielle Steel’s least favoritest Bed and Breakfast is on the right behind the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, on noisy East Brother Island in neighboring CoCo County.

(San Francisco County extends to places it really shouldn’t, don’t you know.)

Anyway, have at it.

Debunking the Top Five Myths of Bed & Breakfasts: California’s B&B Association Sets the Record Straight

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 12 — The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) recently asked travelers if they’ve ever stayed at a bed and breakfast, and if not, why? The answers made us smile. Below is a list of the top five misconceptions we heard.  For more debunked myths about B&Bs, visit: http://www.cabbi.com/res/docs/BB_Myths_PressRelease_April2010.pdf

1) B&B decor is limited to lace doilies, paisley wallpaper, antiques, and patchwork quilts

The decor of some CABBI-member inns recall earlier eras, but increasingly more inns, such as San Francisco’s Laurel Inn in or San Diego’s Hotel Parisi are trending toward clean, sophisticated decor with modern furnishings and amenities. Even many Victorians, like the Honor Mansion in Healdsburg, feature individually decorated rooms to appeal to a variety of tastes.

2) You have to share a bathroom with other guests

The majority of CABBI-member inns offer private bathrooms. For those that don’t, most–like the Hotel Charlotte near Yosemite National Park–have policies of only renting rooms with shared bathrooms to families and couples traveling together to ensure the safety and comfort of guests.

3) You have to eat breakfast with total strangers and eat whatever the innkeeper prepares that morning

The Elk Cove Inn & Spa in Elk offers guests many choices for breakfast.  Guests can choose to sit at the large table if they wish to socialize, or dine at a more intimate, two-person table. The inn’s champagne brunch features 20-30 items, allowing guests to select what they want to eat.  Many inns also pride themselves on accommodating guests with special diets or food allergies.

4) You have to abide by a curfew set by the innkeeper

Curfews are one of the most common myths. At the McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast in Twain Harte, guests have keys to the main house and guest room doors, providing guests with the flexibility to come and go as they please.

5) B&Bs are only for couples and strictly prohibit children and pets

CABBI has over 180 family-friendly inns and more than 70 pet-friendly inns in California. The Dolphin Inn in Carmel offers a family unit with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a heated swimming pool, and breakfast delivered to your door. The Beazley House Bed & Breakfast Inn in Napa offers 11 pet-friendly rooms. Four-legged guests receive a water bowl, a treat bag, and a list of dog-friendly wineries and restaurants. To search for more family-friendly or pet-friendly inns, visit http://www.cabbi.com/search/advanced/.

Established in 1991, The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is the largest tourism organization of its kind in California. We are a non-profit, statewide organization that is wholly dedicated to ensuring the highest quality standards in bed and breakfast accommodations. Currently, CABBI has nearly 300 members. Source: The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns

Tons of Free Pet Food! Purina ONE Tour at SFSPCA Adoption Event This Afternoon

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

This afternoon, the Purina ONE Tour for Heroes will drop by the San Francisco SPCA in the Northern Mission / Potrero Hill area at 250 Alabama Street betwixt 15th and 16th. Purina is going to set up a temporary food bank to give out more than 1,000 bags of pet food to Bay Area pet owners from 2:00 to 7:00 PM, while supplies last. It’s the debut of their national tour:

Temporary Food Banks – Throughout the tour more than 63,000 pounds of Purina® ONE® dog and cat food – equaling 11,000 bags of food – will be given out to help pets in need. Every pet owner who visits an event will receive a free 8-lb. bag of Purina® ONE® brand dog food or a 3.5-lb. bag of Purina® ONE® brand cat food as long as supplies last. 
 
Pets Available for Adoption– Adoptable dogs and cats from the San Francisco SPCA and Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be available to meet and greet. Also, every pet lover who adopts a pet will receive a coupon for free Purina® ONE® brand dog or cat food. Every little bit helps to make a difference in a pet’s life.
 

So get on out there. Deets below.

Martha Stewart wants you to attend this event today:

Don’t miss out on the tons of free food and/or the adorable adoptable pets:

And while you’re there, ask the SPCA about the upcoming Bark & Whine Ball.

Anyway, here are the deets for today’s tour stop. See you there!

February Events at the SF/SPCA

Tour for Heroes – February 3, 2010

The Purina ONE Tour for Heroes is partnering with Martha Stewart and shelters across the country to help pet lovers be heroes in pets’ lives.

On February 3, the event will kick-off at The San Francisco SPCA from 2PM to 7PM on our campus. We will give away over 1,000 bags of Purina ONE dog and cat food. And feature adoptable cats and dogs.

Please come to our campus entrance at 201 Alabama Street (at 16th St.) to participate.

From February 3-26, the Purina ONE mobile unit is traveling to 11 cities from San Francisco to New York and stopping at local animal shelters to set up temporary food banks and adoption events.

More than 63,000 pounds of Purina ONE dog and cat food – equaling 11,000 bags of food – will be given out to help pets in need during this national tour.

Purina ONE is also supporting adoption events at each of the Tour for Heroes stops to help save pets and find them a forever home.

A lot of people are going through tough times right now, but one source of constant companionship to help them get through is often their dog or cat. Purina ONE wants to help pets in need, and by assisting their owners who may need a little extra help these days, we help their pets, too.

Whether you’ve lost your job, have large veterinary or medical bills or are struggling to pay your mortgage, no one will be turned away at any of the Purina ONE Tour for Heroes events.  Purina ONE is helping save pets lives by helping people in need.

For more information and tour destinations:
tourforheroes.marthastewart.com/

You can also take part by sharing profiles of adoptable pets in your area. Every time a photo is shared, Purina ONE will donate $1 – up to $50,000 – to benefit local shelters across the country.

Sharing a photo is easy. Start by searching for an adoptable pet in your area by clicking on tourforheroes.marthastewart.com anytime after January 20.

Choose a pet you want to help and click to share his or her profile with friends on your Facebook page. Pet lovers can share photos until April 1, 2010.