Posts Tagged ‘pine’

What It’s Like to Longboard on Busy Pine Street – Skateboarding Along with Traffic Going 30 MPH

Monday, June 4th, 2012

It’s exactly like this, or at least this is what it looks like through the telephoto:

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Of course, Skateboarding is Not a Crime, as they say, but this certainly looks illegal…

What Do You Do After Dropping Your iPhone Down the Drain on the Streets of San Francisco?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

I don’t know what you’re supposed to do in the situation.

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I guess you could start a vigil.

Let’s hope it all worked out…

“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences.

Check it:

“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:

A pair of live reindeer

Indoor snow flurries twice an hour

A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow

An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients

Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances

Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)

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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:

This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:

Les mise-en-scene:

One of four Evaporative Snow machines:

Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:

The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:

And a partridge in a pear tree:

See you there!

OMG, OMG, (Village) Voice Daily Deals is Doing the JapaCurry Curry Truck! Your FiDi Lunch Awaits

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh noes! Sold out already. 10-22. But it's still a value at full-price. Plus, there's the frequent-buyer's card you can ask for, I think - buy 12 and get your 13th free, or something. And of course, as a backup, there's always the Golden West aka "AU" for lunchtime samwhiches (and breakfast whatnots as well) near Sutter and Montgomery.]

Check out this deal for the famous four-star-plus-Yelp-rated JapaCurry lunch truck.

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Then all you’ll have to do is check for where in the Financh the JapaCurry truck will be starting at 11-something AM, Monday through Friday, typically.

What the Yelpers are Yelping:

“The best chicken katsu curry I’ve had thus far.” (in 51 reviews)
“I can’t wait to try the kurobuta sausage curry next.” (in 19 reviews)
“Perfect richness to contrast the spice-filled curry.” (in 48 reviews)

All the deets:

“Highlights:

The first Japanese food truck in the bay area.
The recipe for Japacurry is based on Jay’s special style and the curry is made from scratch and takes several days of cooking with secret spices and superior ingredients.
JapaCurry truck is built by El Monte Catering with brand new equipments and designed by Tomoko Suzuki, professional illustrator living in Japan.
Japanese Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. Katsu-Curry is a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet with curry sauce.

Fine Print

Expires 12/11/2011.
Voucher cannot be redeemed until the day after deal closes.
May buy multiple vouchers.
Limited quantity of vouchers available.
Check website for current truck locations.
See the fine print that applies to all deals.

About This Deal

From the Old West’s chuck wagons and military bases’ 1950s mobile canteens to more recent incarnations like taco trucks and hotdog stands, food trucks are far from a new concept. However, in the last few years a revolution has taken place and instead of the usual burgers, dogs and fries, food truck cuisine is suddenly gourmet and fancy while still maintaining very affordable price points. Bringing classic Japanese fare to the mobile food market, the JapaCurry food truck cooks up a variety of authentic Japanese curries and bento boxes filled with your favorite Asian flavors. Get a taste of the Bay Area’s first Japanese food truck with today’s deal of $10 worth of food and drinks for just $5.

As one of the most popular dishes in its home country, Japanese curry is made up of a variety of veggies and meats with a blend of spices. JapaCurry’s signature curry is created from scratch using a secret recipe of spices and quality ingredients cooked slow, allowing the bold flavors to develop fully. Try options like the katsu curry of deep-fried pork or chicken and rice, the sausage curry that uses high quality Kurobuta pork or the veggie croquette curry with a homemade croquette of potato, pumpkin and onion. Though you can request you preferred level, if you can’t take the heat, opt for one of the bento boxes. Try options like the shredded beef with BBQ sauce, teriyaki chicken, fried tofu or the nori bento with fried fish, fish cake and dried seaweed. Grab a side of deliciously pickled vegetables and wash it all down with drink options of water, soda or green tea.
Find out where to catch this delicacy-purveying mobile unit by checking out www.japacurry.com or on Twitter”

If the JapaCurry Japanese Curry Food Truck is Too Crowded on Thursdays, Check It Out on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

You know who doesn’t want you hard-working FiDi types to have the option of noshing on your choice of Yelp four-star-rated street food during lunchtime? It’s the struggling two-star and three-star-rated legacy restaurants scattered about SoMA and the Financh, that’s who.

Anyway, because of complaints from the aforementioned struggling two-star and three-star joints, you now have to work a bit to find your nosh. For instance, this is the Japacurry truck on a recent Thursday at Mission and New Montgomery from the end of the line:

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Now that location is probably the best place for this truck, but, you know, because of the thing, it also makes appearances at 1st and Howard and also Pine and Sansome. The lines tend to be shorter on those days.

Just saying.

OMG, the Famous JapaCurry Food Truck Debuts NORTH of Market Street Today! See You At Pine and Sansome, 11:30AM to 1:00 PM

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Will the SoMA crowds follow the popular, award-winning JapaCurry food truck to its new location north of Market at Pine and Sansome?

Here’s the lunch rush on Mission as it was yesterday:

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Of course the struggling bricks and mortar lunchtime purveyors near the intersection of Second and Market famously banded together to chase away the younger, better-looking, more popular competition last month. (That kind of thing happens sometimes, of course.) We’ll just have to wait and see if their sales of potato chips and cigarettes can get back to normal…

Anyway, see you there!

Pacific Coast Stock Exchange Statues Look Like a Same-Sex Couple

Friday, January 21st, 2011

From this angle, anyway.

Do you think the son could have been named Bruno?

He looks like a Bruno.

Austin, Texas or Austin Alley? You Make The Call

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Is this a scene from Austin Texas or Austin Alley in San Francisco?

Of course the parking spaces out in front of this banal building have the requisite brace of yuppy imports (Subaru, BMW, Mercedes, Acura), but there’s also a couple of pick-em-ups in there too, and Texans love their pickups. Let’s look for more clues.

Mmmm, there’s a Victorian in the background next door, and all the license plates say “California” and there’s that San Francisco-looking AUSTIN sign too – that all adds up to the 415.

But whoever thought it was a good idea to build suburban-style housing/parking like this in San Francisco has clearly made a  huge mistake.

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Oh well.

“Avoid the 8″ DUI Checkpoint at Pine and Montgomery a Huge Success

Monday, December 21st, 2009

This was the scene over the weekend in the Financh where eight (or four, whatever) local police agencies teamed up for a DUI checkpoint on southbound Montgomery at Pine Street. Never seen one of these before – let’s take a look.

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Not all the traffic coming down from North Beach to SoMA last Friday night had to stop – lots of cars were directed straight on through. But those that weren’t had to pull over to the right for a brief convo with a peace officer of some stripe.

Like the driver of this Mercedes E350, for example. Don’t think she was a drunkie, but she had some sort of registration hassle it appeared (and that’s not all that uncommon in this age of shut-down, furloughed DMVs.) Stop sign holder graciously provided by PG&E:

Oh well. But let’s say you fail your field sobriety test on Montgomery Street.  This is what’s in store for you – a trip into the huge mobile command post  parked on the same block. No waiting:

Meet your breathalyzer, the Intoxilyzer 5000 infrared spectrometry breath alcohol measurement tool. (This is important, cause if your shyster is going to get you off, well, however that ends up being, it will most likely have something to do with attacking the procedures used to record the .15 BAC score you blew. Again.) Speaking of mouthpieces, you’ll get your own 28-cent plastic disposable mouthpiece to blow on. (Always wondered how that worked.)

Most people didn’t seem to mind, and the way that Montgomery is set up with three-way lights (to let the throngs of imagined evening-hour financial district peds scramble across Montgomery any which way they want) being picked to be a part of the checkpoint might not actually have slowed the journeys to the nearest freeway onramp:

Check out Friday’s tally of arrests and tows from CBS5. And here’s the scorecard from a another recent checkpoint at Geary and Steiner, and here’s another from Monterey near San Jose.

So, hurray. There’s not a lot to object to here, unless you’re a mouthpiece for the American Beverage Institute that is.

Look for more checkpoints in the coming weeks…

Menus of Baker and Banker, the New New American Place at Octavia and Bush

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Get up to speed first.  

Now, here are the debut menus for Baker & Banker. Click to expand: 

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The neighbors, like Ashley H., seemed pleased, anyway:

“I live right around the block from Baker & Banker, and when I saw that a new restaurant was opening I was so excited to try it out, so I went for opening night, and it was great!

The inside decor is pretty nice and simple with low lighting and mirrors on the walls. To start I had a salad with goat cheese, pomegranate, persimmon, and I think pear, which was super delicious. It was a nice light way to start out the meal. For my main course, I had the scallop dish with brussel sprout leaves and sun choke puree, and it was superb! For desert I had the cheese cake apple crisp, and as a cheesecake expert, it was a great mixture of a traditional cheesecake with apple in the middle – I totally recommend it!

For me this place is a really cute neighborhood restaurant, and I definitely plan on going back. I also think it’s definitely worth a trip even if you aren’t in the neighborhood – it’s great!”