Posts Tagged ‘tea’

This is the New Hayes Valley – Love Comes QUICKLY for the Boba Guys, on Octavia BOULEVARD

Monday, September 12th, 2016

This new place at 8 Octavia sure is taking off, non?


Oh, but look at the bottom of the Yelp entry – an “ad” for the Quickly:


Anyway, there are pros and cons to the changes I’ve seen in the Hayes Valley, from a place for streetwalkers to a place for street standers…

Driving Etiquette: Rolls Royce Owner in the Western Addition Goes About with Pinkie Finger Upraised, As If Drinking Tea

Monday, April 27th, 2015

I’m not sure what Brocephus here was doing – he might have been eating an Egg McMuffin or he might have actually been drinking tea. This is the only shot I have, so I suppose I’ll never know:

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No matter, his left pinkie was upraised, scoring mad baller points.


OMG OMG Today is Free Coffee Day at Peet’s! – Free Drip Coffee from Noon to 4 PM on March 10th at Standalone Stores

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The news comes via Fun Cheap SF:

“Although it’s not listed on Peet’s Facebook page yet (as of 3/5), we’ve been made aware by several store owners that Peet’s is offering up free coffee to all to celebrate Peet’s Day.

  • Free drip coffee any size (iced or hot) or a free simple tea (Noon to 4 pm); just say that you love Peet’s
  • Get $2 off any “Grab & Go” food item
  • Some stores are even doing free Fair Trade coffee tastings like Market & Sanchez which is offering tastes of Colombia Nabusimake, a smooth Fair Trade & Organic coffee from Northern Colombia

Japanese Tea Garden Tilt-Shift, From a Time When They Really Had Free Admission Hours

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Now, I guess that they still have free admission hours still, but the amount of time is about 90% less than what they had before.

That’s part of the reason why the Tea Garden is FOR TOURISTS ONLY these days.

And oh, admission is $7 a head nowadays. (What? They have a website now? Well, imagine that. They didn’t a few years back…)

You’re going to have to click to expand to see the effect:

Old school 24mm 3.5 – bought it used, played with it, sold it

Will I ever return to this place ever again in my life?

Probably not.

Forget About Bubble Tea Tapioca Balls: Today’s Fashionable Thirst Quencher Accessory is Dry Ice

Monday, August 8th, 2011


Just substitute cubes of dry ice for tapioca pearls and you’re in bidness, you’ll be staying au courant.

As seen in the West Bay:

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Kid was leaving a vapor trail all the way across Noriega.

Bubble Tea Throwdown in the West Bay: It’s Sweet Delite vs. Quickly – Who Was the First with Tapioca Treats?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Honestly, I forget which part of the Avenues I was in* when I saw these stores. Anyway, it looks like they’re talking about each other, non?

Now, Sweet Delite is claiming to be original…

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But so is the Quickly. See?

Can we call this one a tie and then move on?


Bubble tea, also known as foam tea, is a sweetly flavored tea beverage invented in Taiwan in the 1980s. Drink recipes may vary, but most bubble teas contain a tea base mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk. Ice blended versions of the drink are also available, usually in fruit flavors.

One of famous categories of bubble teas is “pearl milk tea” (also known as “boba milk tea” and “tapioca (ball) milk tea”) contains small chewy balls made of starch like tapioca (cassava), potato or sweet potato called “pearls”, “fenyuan” or “boba”. Pearls made of jelly are also available in many places. These teas are shaken to mix the ingredients, creating a foam on the top of some varieties, hence the name.

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, first spread to nearby East Asian countries, migrated to Canada before spreading to Chinatowns throughout the United States, and then to various college towns along the West Coast.”

*So they might not actually be in West Bay Proper, which is anything west of 19th Avenue / Park Presidio…

OMG, Free General Admission to the de Young Museum Tonight – “Friday Nights at the de Young” – Live Music from Tango No. 9

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Thanks to Ovation TV, you can get free general admission to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park tonight, Friday, October 22, 2010.

Now, you can’t see Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond for free, but everything else is totally wide open.

Atop Hamon Tower during the dinner hour:


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See you there!

October 22, 2010

5–8:45 pm

Enjoy FREE general admission, FREE music and dance performances, FREE hands-on art activities and more!

Please note that all de Young exhibitions are free except Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond.

October 22, 2010

  • VIEW some of the world’s best American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, international contemporary art, and textiles.
  • DANCE to live music by Tango No. 9.  Tango No. 9 brings its synthesis of old-school, nuevo, and contemporary tango.
  • EXPERIENCE the one-night-only La Café Peetnik and sample complimentary selections of signature Peet’s coffees & teas while being entertained by tableaux vivants featuring actors as artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Paul Gauguin.
  • LISTEN to Professor James Housefield, scholar of Modern French art, UC Davis, as he discusses Gauguin’s Baudelairean Dream.
  • CREATE accessories for your own mini art pallet.

And mark your calendars for these dates as well:

November 5, 2010

  • VIEW some of the world’s best American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, international contemporary art, and textiles.
  • LISTEN to Mission Muralismo’s artists as they discuss Art and Revolution and view the animated film Los ABC.
  • DANCE to Manicato’s socially conscious lyrics are backed by a mixture of Salsa, Timba, Reggae, Hip Hop, and Rock.
  • ENJOY a tribute to artist Michael Roman and his related work for Carlos Santana.
  • PRINT your own Poster for Peace.

January 14, 2011

  • VIEW some of the world’s best American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, international contemporary art, and textiles.
  • DANCE to live music by wild jazz band Le Chat Lunatique.
  • EXPERIENCE tableaux vivants featuring actors as artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Paul Gauguin.
  • LISTEN to a lecture on Absinthe: History in a Bottle by Barnaby Conrad, author and Fine Arts Museums Trustee.
  • CREATE your own Impressionist work of art.

For more information about Friday Nights at the de Young, please contact (415) 750-7694 or

Ovation and Comcast Xfinity are a proud sponsor of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Ovation turns great art and culture into great television. All day, every day, Ovation showcases movies, biographies and documentaries about actors, musicians, artists and creators of all kinds. Tune-in to Ovation on Comcast Channel 270 or visit for other local channel listings and program schedule.

Our California Academy of Sciences Says Recession, What Recession

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Not literally or anything, but it appeared to be packed this past weekend. And I asked them, I says, “Is this a free day or something?” And they’re all like, no, it’s just a regular old three-day weekend, just business as usual.

Now, I’ve heard all the complaints. Let’s deal with them, below.

Become a member or get your tickets online ahead of time, and then you avoid this line around the building.

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“The CalAcademy is too small.”

All right, I’ll tell you I was never in there at the old building – I understand it had cool stuff that you miss. But some people, especially the NIMBY neighbors in the nearby Inner Sunset area, think the new building is too big, too popular. The Academy couldn’t continue with the old building due to earthquake concerns – what was considered a safe enough building before in the last century is no longer considered safe enough now. Sorry. (Damn you, San Andreas Fault, damn you.)

 “The CalAcademy is too crowded.”

So they must be doing something right, right? What you’re saying, in a way, is that the CalAcademy is too cheap.

 “The CalAcademy is too crowded with kids.”

Yep, especially when those school buses roll up. Oh well. The Academy has a mission of public education, does it not? That’s for the benefit of California’s kids. Does that directly benefit you today right now? Maybe not. Sorry.

 “The CalAcademy is too expensive.”

Well, this ties in with the first complaint. How can it too expensive if it’s packed all the time? You know how much the Monterey Bay Aquarium is these days? $30. If you live in San Francisco, you’re entitled to something like 20 days of free admission per year plus a free NightLife entry on your birfday (assuming the stars align and they’re having a NightLife around the time of your birthday.)

“Them free days, they’re even more crowded.”

Well, yeah. Get there early, why don’t you? (Or get there late in the day, when there’s less of a line (tho your chances of getting into the Planetarium and/or rainforest dome will be lower). The Bernard Osher Foundation Third Wednesday of the Month Free program is open to all, so of course it gets crowded those days. But the zip-code based free days are less crowded, so San Franciscans, including you born-and-raised-San Franciscans, you old goats, get six of those not-so-crowded days a year.

“The food’s too expensive.”

Check out the nearby Inner Sunset area for food if you want. It’s walkable. Get yourselves a perfectly cromulent  fat burrito at Gordo’s at 1239 9th Avenue near Lincoln. Get it to-go and have an outdoor picnic.

“The rainforest was closed when I was there.”

Yep, sometimes. Life’s like that. They don’t keep this kind of info a big secret, however.

“There’s no place to park.”

Maybe – that’s by design, in a way. Actually, you’re lucky to have that underground parking garage whether you use it or not, so count your blessings. Whatever you do, don’t drive into Golden Gate Park, big mistake on busier days. Think Fulton, think Lincoln, think about spending ten minutes walking through the park to get the CalAcademy. That’s not a bug, that’s a feature. And on Sundays, all parking is free in the surrounding Inner Sunset and Inner Richmond areas – it’s totally wide open. Might not be as easy to park as you’re used to, but you can deal. And there’s plenty of bike parking since they added in a bunch of new spaces.

Here’s the thing – you gotta work the system, baby. Plan ahead, try to figure out when the place has fewer patrons, check the schedule,  make a beeline to the Planetarium to get your free show passes as soon as you get in, monitor the rainforest line to see when it’s shorter.

So, if you’re unhappy customer, you gotta think:

1. Maybe your expectations were too high because you didn’t plan ahead (which isn’t the CalAcademy’s fault), or;

2. Maybe the CalAcademy isn’t for you (which isn’t the CalAcademy’s fault)

And all you NIMBY neighbors, please realize that the CalAcademy was here even before you.

Let’s thank Gaia we’re not saddled with some big hulking wreck that nobody wants to go to.

See you there!

Cal Academy Goes Coffee Crazy – Tomorrow’s NightLife to Feature Ritual, Four Barrel and Blue Bottle

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The people behind the popular NightLife program at our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park know that you kids (21 and over) just love your coffee. So tomorrow’s NightLife will be heavily caffeinated:


“Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love” – Turkish Proverb

This week’s piping-hot party features a coffee (and tea) tasting with an opportunity to learn more about the science of coffee and how it can be harvested and produced sustainably. Some of the Bay Area”s finest local producers, including Blue Bottle, Ritual Roasters, Equator Coffee, Barefoot Coffee, Om Shan Tea, Samovar and Four Barrel Coffee are participating.

NightLife @ The California Academy of Science w/ Coffee tasting and music by Future Universal 

time: Thursday, January 21st, 6pm – 10pm
location: California Academy of Sciences
admission: Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members)

You’ll get so hepped up that you’ll just want to dance, dance, dance the night away in the atrium

All the deets. See you there!


This week is Future Universal’s much anticipated return to NightLife. They are a collective of seasoned electronica DJs, artists, and promoters based in San Francisco. Focusing on exposing local talent to the world, it acts not only as an event production company, but also a talent agency. Working with local venues and groups, FU’s produced events include Super Ego, Bump, Robotronika and more.

Future Universal DJs on the Main Floor:
Sarah Delush
Mario Muse
Matt Haegan

Future Universal DJs in the Aquarium:
Kirin Rider

Age 21 and over, with valid ID. Tickets are available online or at the door. General $12, Members $10.

Upcoming Installments:

1/28: Music by Aaron Pope and Expedition Medicine with Dr. Matt Lewin

2/4: Music from OM Records’ J-Boogie and Fred Everything and the Insect Discovery Lab

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