Lemon Tea, Cookies, and Giants

>> Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A little over a week ago we met some really nice guys from the San Francisco Giants. If you were at Britannia Arms in San Jose then you might have seen us. Take a look at what they were nice enough to do...

[San Francisco Giants Pitcher Sergio Romo]

[San Francisco Giants Pitcher Keiichi Yabu]

[San Francisco Giants Announcer Mike Krukow]

Many thanks to Romo, Yabu, and Krukow for taking the pictures. And special thanks to Sarah for convincing Krukow that our blog is legit. Go Giants!

V-Day 2009

>> Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentines Day is a complicated day for many. Whether it’s the reality of being single or the frustrations of looking for that perfect present, it’s not easy. But that’s beside the point right now. Half of this writing team is spending valentines with a significant other for the very first time. The other half thought he would tell the tale of his friend’s epic journey. In the interest of keeping their identities anonymous we’ll name the guy Joe and the girl Mary.

I’ve know both Joe and Mary for many years now even before they were dating. Joe is a standup guy and has been a loyal wingman. Mary is a smart and witty girl that’s just right for Joe. The three of us all went to high school together and share many memories.

Fast forward to the present, Joe and I go to the same college and are still good friends to this day. Mary goes to school in a far off land up in the wilderness of California. Every so often brave Joe travels up to see his beloved Mary. This is how our conversations usually go:

Joe: I hate bus stations
Me: Did you make it up there yet?
Joe: Dude I am not rolling in until 11 (pm). SAVE ME!
Me: Say you have a bomb
Joe: How will that get me there any faster?!?
Me: Never know until you try
Joe: Guess what? When we take a trip together I’ll let you do that and we’ll see what happens
Me: Sissy
Joe: Idiot

Yep, my good friend travels long and hard for his girl. If you two are reading this, Happy Valentine’s Day, almost a full year now huh? Mary- I hope you know how lucky you are to have that boy. Joe- Enjoy the ride back down sucker! Nevertheless, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples so if you’re single enjoy it with friends or family. But if you’ve got a special girl or guy in your life, let them know you care EVERYDAY and not just today. Cheers.

City Tunes

>> Monday, February 9, 2009

Last post in San Francisco Series. There's a lot of songs written about the bay and city in general. These songs bring pride and true flavor to the city. So dance the night away with these classics as we close this tribute to the city by the bay, the town we love.

Sights and Sounds

>> Sunday, February 8, 2009

California, San Francisco, Section 4, The Sights. Probably more famous than anything else in the city are the tourists attractions. Each one has its roots and history only making the city a better place to live. Here's a top 5 list for places you gotta visit if you stop by:

Chinatown: Sorry to all the haters but there is no place better in the city for me than Chinatown. There's always so much going on here and so many people walking around, its ridiculous. I grew up going to Chinatown all the time. Yes, I know, its not exactly the cleanest place in the world. But the food along with the people make it the heart of the city for me. Throw up some shout outs if you grew up in the Willy Woo Woo too.

Golden Gate Bridge: It's the most iconic symbol of San Francisco and its free to walk across. I can't say the toll to drive across has been nice as of late, but it is a nice landmark. I mean, seriously who in the world thinks about painting a bridge orange. Only thing I frown on are the jumpers, but who doesn't like being on the news...

AT&T Park: If you're from Southern California you might want to skip this section. This is probably the greatest place in the world to watch my beloved San Francisco Giants. I love the roar of the crowd here and the stomping on the steel bleachers. Kick back on a warm summer afternoon, Sheboygan Bratwurst with all the fixings, ice cold soda, side of garlic fries- nothing better.

Coit Tower: The climb up this hill is totally worth it to see the view across the bay. On a sunny day you can see the Marin Headleads far off in the distance. It's a bit of a rip off to pay to go up the tower but why not try it at least once in your life. One of the best places to feel a cool breeze on a hot day.

Lombard Street: Just drive down this thing. Have fun, make the minute last, you're in San Francisco.

Extras: Twin Peaks (360 views of SF), Cliff House (Nice view of the beach), Transamerican Building (its not as pointy as you think), Cable cars (ding ding, how could you go wrong?)

Get in my BELLY!!!

>> Saturday, February 7, 2009

Frisco, Chapter 3: One of the absolute best things about living in the city is the endless variety of food. From Downtown to the Avenues there's always some new restaurant to go to or a favorite joint to hit up. The best part is that I am not (and probably never will be) a picky eater. I usually try anything and everything at least once, food wise that is. (I am not sure if I can say the same for my co-writer.) Here's a few places that are tops for me:

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers: This place has some of the greatest specialty burgers I've ever tasted. The bleu cheese burger here is off the hook. The meat patties are nice and fatty, you get what you pay for. If you're feeling adventurous the buffalo meat is good too. All you can eat chilled pickles too!

Tommy's Joynt: I used to go to this place a lot during high school and the food has not changed at all. This is a great hangout place to watch a big game or kick back after a long day. It's cafeteria style so you can pick out whatever you like then pay at the register. High lights to this place are the dinner plate specials and the meat ball sandwhich. Ironically this place also has all you can eat pickles too. (One of my highschool friends liked pickles...like A LOT)

Naan-N-Curry: This place firmly got me addicted to Indian flavors for a while. It was the first Indian food place I ever went to in my life. They now have multiple locations accross the city and a couple new dishes. The name speaks for itself, the naan and curry are all you need. The lamb curry here is always a must for me. That with a side of the free milk tea and naan and I am set. If you've never had Indian food you have to try this place.

Brothers Restaurant: Korean Barbecue like no other. Countless side dishes. Soups that you gotta sit down for. Bring mints and a change of clothes. Nuff said.

Old Mandarin Islam: You haven't had really good traditional hot pot till you've gone here. The name to this place is a little funny but the food is beyond words. Order up the regular soup base with lamb, beef, napa cabbage, and mushrooms. Get one of the giant pancakes with a plate of the green bean tofu while you wait for things to cook in the broth. Probably one of the best peanut sauces I've ever had in my mouth.

Emperor Palace Restaurant: The family has been going to this place for years. The owners and food style has changed over the years, but the portions are pretty consistent. You can't find a better place to get chinese food with a large group and still have green in your wallet. Also, the soups here will make you melt inside.

Fight, Bike, Run, and PAR-TAY

>> Tuesday, February 3, 2009

San Francisco, Part 3, Events. It is without a doubt that there's always something going on in the city. There is probably no other place in the world that has the same amount of diverse events. Here's a few of my favorites:

Bay to Breakers- An annual 12k run from one side of town to the other through the heart of the city. I was lucky enough to run in this race for the first time last year. Never have I seen such craziness, fun, costumes, and yes...nudity in a footrace. Some highlights on the course for me are: running through Golden Gate Park, hitting Hayes Street hill, listening to the all the bands on the road, pre-run tortilla toss, and being filmed on TV looking like a dork. I might just go back for round 2 this year.

Critical Mass- Though not an "official" event in any way at all, this mass bike ride takes place on the last Friday of each month. Hundreds of bikers swarm the Embarcadero with no particular leader and they ride. It takes place in the late afternoon and I heard its awesome to go in the summer. Recently the "idea" of critical mass has been spreading around the world with many bikers hitting the streets. I am planning to eventually go one summer.

Pillow Fight- Yes you heard it right. People get together and smack each other with pillows. This is a new independent event that started up in the past couple years. Friends have said it is quite...fluffy yet fun. Where else could you stand in public and knock out total strangers with a pillow? It usually takes place in February, around or on Valentines Day. watch here.

Honorable Mentions: (ones I've never been to or failed to write about) Love Fest, Gay Pride Parade, Mac World, Chinese New Year Parade, Halloween in the Castro, countless sports and music gigs, and many more I am sure.

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