Posts Tagged ‘stars’

Here’s Your Chance to Try BAY AREA BIKE SHARE for Free – FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY, November 20th, 2015 – Get Your Code Now

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The problem with this

. and sponsor Bay Area Bike Share’s first-ever Free Ride Day on 11/20! Get your ride code today

…is that November 20th, 2015 isn’t exactly going to be Free Ride Day, it’s going to be more like Free Ride for a Half-Hour Day.

And if you think I’m quibbling, check out how our tourists have reacted to us subsidizing this program for them:


(And that’s even with the requisite number of 5-star shill reviews – some, perhaps, with a profit motive…)

And some private company will end up making millions off of this program what costs us tens of millions of dollars, oh well. And this is the same company what profits handsomely when people, including lots of tourists from all over the world with perhaps not the best handle on English, interpret phrases like FREE RIDE DAY as a FREE RIDE DAY or RIDE ALL DAY FOR $9 as RIDE ALL DAY FOR $9, but then end up getting charged $68.50 or whatever instead of the $9.

(My problem is that the minimum charge to pedal one of these expensive yet heavy rides around the block just to see what it’s like is $9.)

But look what’s coming up:

“On Friday, November 20, riders can enjoy free Bay Area Bike Share trips, courtesy of Target and Instacart!

Taking advantage of the promotion is easy. Register here (or at right) to receive a free 24-hour pass code by email. Then, on Friday, November 20, use that code at any Bay Area Bike Share station. The 24-hour pass, typically $9, will cost nothing thanks to Target and Instacart.

A credit or debit card is required as usage fees still will apply to all trips over 30 minutes. Riders can choose to take multiple rides during the 24-hour period simply by going to the kiosk and selecting “Request a New Ride Code”.

Station locations and real-time bike and dock availability can be viewed at or by downloading the free CycleFinder app for iPhone or Android devices.”

So Friday will be your chance to try things out.

Bon Courage.

California’s CITY OF THE STARS? It’s Not Beverly Hills and It’s Not Los Angeles – It’s Brisbane 94005!

Friday, May 8th, 2015


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Twitter threatened to move to Brisbane a few years back of course – then Brisbane would have had at least one star, sort of. Oh well.

Old-School Eddie’s Cafe Looks to be Surviving the NoPA Invasion – BREAKFAST ALL DAY – Four Yelp Stars

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

They’re doing land-office business these days.


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Before there was $4 toast, there was Eddie’s…

This Sign Remnant is All That’s Left of “Speedo 690” and Speedo’s Garage – Sic Transit Gloria Van Ness, RIP “Romantic Polynesian Cuisine”

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Of course you’re too young to remember San Francisco back in the 1980’s, Gentle Reader, but I’m not. It was a time when we really only had one celebrity chef: Jeremiah Tower.

He was kind of a jerk, as you might be able to tell from this vintage bit here.*

Like I say, it was the 1980’s so why not start up a “Romantic Polynesian Cuisine” joint at a former garage on Auto Row and name the place after the garage and use the same historic sign out front, right? The heck with what those people at Warnaco / Speedo USA might think. Like I said, kind of a jerk.

Anywho, the Speedo’s Garage sign is gone but the edges are still there, waiting to get filled in, with something: 

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And what’s at this location today? Jodi Liano’s San Francisco Cooking School.

Anyway, that’s what crosses my mind when I ‘m crossing Van Ness. A fellow can remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember.**

In closing:

“I had the opportunity to work and eat at Chez Panisse throughout Jeremiah’s tenure and dined at his San Francisco restaurant Stars many times (not to mention his other afterthoughts, “Starfish,” “Stars Cafe” in any of its incarnations, “JT’s”, “Speedo 690″, etc) and the striking thing to me isn’t Jeremiah’s egomania or even his pathologic need for recognition–it’s how much bad food he produced.”

*Denise Hale “popularized the concept of the A List?” WTF to that. And don’t miss this nugget

Denise Hale, the jet-setting philanthropist, denied that she once instructed Tower to secretly serve Haut-Brion to her and her friend, conductor Zubin Mehta, while the rest of her guests drank a far-cheaper Jordan Cabernet.

**You take me. One day back in ’96, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry. And as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in. And on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all. But I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I hadn’t thought of that girl.

Art Meets Commerce: The Colorful Corner of Haight and Clayton Celebrates the Year 1967, Urges Purchase of $14 Tourist Burgers

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I wish to declare Burger Urge, of 1599 Haight Street, a tourist trap.

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Vox populi:

2.5 Yelp stars – ouch:

“It was one thing to charge 9-10 dollars for a mediocre burger and another to charge 2 dollars more just to put a slice of cheese on a regular burger, but now some burgers are 13.99?! NO fries, no sides? no sides? It’s an average burger  and absolutely not worth the huge spike in prices. I hope the tourists enjoy wasting their Euros and Yen.  $13.99? Utter rip off. Get a delicious sandwich across the way at Haight Street Market for $6.50 instead.”


“McDonalds – which is full of crackheads – is a better dining value.”

The People have spoken.

Flags of Single-Party States Over San Francisco City Hall: Germany 1935, People’s Republic of China 2012

Monday, October 21st, 2013

1935: Germany strong:

2012: People’s Republic* of China strong:

And you can’t see, but there are five stars on the PRC flag:

“The five stars and their relationship represents the unity of Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. The orientation of the stars shows that the unity should go around a center.[6] The larger star symbolizes the Communist Party of China, and the four smaller stars that surround the big star symbolize the four social classes (the working class, the peasantry, the urban petite bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie) of Chinese people mentioned in Mao’s “On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship

In the center of the photo, you’ll find “heiress and socialite” Charlotte Smith Mailliard Swig Shultz, wife of Famous Republican George P. Shultz – check out her bio.** Now, which star is for her? I’m thinking it’s the star representing the national bourgeoisie, but IDK for sure.

*The current communist or socialist states that include the words People’s Republic in their full names:

Historical examples include:

** CSMSS (born ca. 1934) is an American heiress and socialite. She is the Chief of Protocol for the state of California, and the Chief of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco.[1] She is the wife of former United States Secretary of State George P. Shultz.[2] In 2007, she was named Honorary Commander of The Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II.

Look at How the City of San Francisco and the Housing Department Treat Old Glory – How Much Abuse Can One Flag Take?

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

This was the scene down on MACALLISTER Street in the Western Addition PJs last year, on govmint land of course.

…and here’s the same scene these days:

Let’s see here:

“When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the US flag, the US flag should always be at the peak.”

NOPE! Believe it or not, that rat tail you can see at bottom is our Stars and Stripes. Above it is the flag of the State of California. (You can still see the bear a little bit.)

“The flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”


“The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.


I could go on…

There’s a little black spot on the sun today
It’s the same old thing as yesterday
There’s a black hat caught in a high tree top
There’s a flag pole rag and the wind won’t stop

The Lies of the SFHA: “San Francisco Housing Authority Does Not Transfer Any Family…Because of Race…”

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Well here’s the statement:

The San Francisco Housing Authority does not transfer any family to any particular apartment, community, neighborhood or development because of race, color, sex, religion (creed), disability, familial status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, source of income, or age.”

Of course it’s not true, but that’s the statement.

The point of it is to discourage transfer requests, that’s true.

But they could have phrased it differently, that’s all.

 Alemany (938 Ellsworth Street)
 Alice Griffith (207 Cameron Way)
 Bernal Dwellings (313 Kamille Street) (HOPE VI)
 Great Highway
 Hayes Valley (401 Rose Street) (HOPE VI)
 Holly Courts (100 Appleton)
 Hunter’s Point (90 Kiska Road)
 Hunter’s View (112 Middle Point Road)
 North Beach (455 Bay Street) (HOPE VI)
 Ping Yuen North (838 Pacific Avenue)
 Ping Yuen (795 Pacific Avenue)
 Plaza East (642 Linden) (HOPE VI)
 Potrero Terrace & Annex (1095 Connecticut Street)
 Randolph & Head (200 Randolph/409 Head)
 Robert B. Pitts (1150 Scott Street)
 Sunnydale (1654 Sunnydale Avenue)
 Valencia Gardens (390 Valencia) (HOPE VI)
 Westbrook (90 Kiska Road)
 Westside Courts (2501 Sutter Street)

Public Housing Project, McAllister Street, Western Addition (aka The Fillmore), San Francisco, 2012:

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If Your Mercedes Only Has One Star Up Front, Why Not Just Add Another? This Isn’t Cheesy At All!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Upon further review, this kind of thing is cheesy.

Generally, sedans get the silver hood ornament (which evolved from last century’s external radiator cap) and coupes get the grill ornament, but there’s nothing stopping you from having both, I s’pose:

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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