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Archive for May, 2013

This is The End (Movie)

ThisIsTheEndMain Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson

Review: 8.5 out of 10 stars.

Oh MM GG! What an unexpected comedy! Buckle up, because it’s gonna be a jawdropping ride!

The movie started out with Jay showing up in LA to meet his friend Seth after not being in touch for awhile and they went to James Franco’s house for a party, and an earthquake shakes not only the ground, but forever their worlds.

From Pineapple Express’s cast (no worries if you have not watched it) and many other well known actors who act as themselves, the movie started out with Pineapple Express mellow feel, then quickly turned into slapslick humour. The story stalled for a bit before taking fast, visual and (more…)

West of Pecos (Eat/Drink)

WestOfPecosWestOfPecos1Rating: Solid good
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (1550 Valencia Street and 16th Street)

Review: Great price for such substantial portion and delicious southern food, and strong drinks.

The style of cuisine is almost southern fusion, not TexMex but Californian fusion of southern food that uses fresh ingredients and gives a twist to the otherwise heavy dishes. The dishes tasted flavorful without the grease.

West of Manhatan (more…)

Hornblower Cruise (Eat/Drink Attraction/Travel)

HornblowerCruiseRating: Decent good
Where: Pier 3, San Francisco, CA (about 5 to 10 minutes walk from Ferry Building)

Review: One way to enjoy San Francisco, for both tourists and locals, is to take the cruise. The cruise sails along the shore to showcase Coit Tower, all the way to Crissy Field, Golden Gate, around to the Bay Beach. It gives a different perspective when visiting the city from the water. The boat was steady and on a nice sunny day, the deck is a great place to take some photographs.

They have both brunch and (more…)

Poor House Bistro (Eat/Drink)

PoorHouseBistroRating: Solid good
Where:  San Jose, CA (91 S. Autumn Street, a couple blocks from HP Pavilion and Caltrain San Jose Diridon Station in Silicon Valley)

Review: Great southern food in a house (credit cards accepted inside) that has a full covered outdoor with a cash bar and a band and is also surrounded with heat lamps. Perfect place to eat before a concert / game or grab a good drink afterwards.

The place is packed with the fact that it’s close to (more…)

Kronner Burger (Eat/Drink)

Kronner BurgerRating: Solid Good
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (2379 Mission Street)

Review: Very good juicy burger and moist with slight crisp edge bun. The burger was not big and is just enough to satisfy your crave. You might need to order a side of fries if you come really hungry. The bone marrow was done perfectly with excellent hot bubbly that went well with the burger.

Note that they did not ask how well cooked the burger was desired and came as a bit under medium rare. General (more…)

Black Watch (Play)

blackwatchReview: 7 out of 10 stars.

Production Company:

Details by ACT who hosts the play:

History lesson :

Opening night in San Francisco.

Don’t expect cultural or historical war references as this is a play of visual stimulation, a different kind of dimension experience, lots of profanity in Scottish (more…)

Fast & Furious 6 (Movie)

FastandFurious6Main Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Review: 7.3 out of 10 stars.

The Fast & Furious is overall a predictable but enjoyable franchise. Each segment follows the fast cars and pretty women line, the gang as a team, the police, and the (more…)

Now You See Me (Movie)

NowYouSeeMeMain Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Melanie Laurent

Review: 7.7 out of 10 stars.

Do not watch the trailer as it’s a major spoiler. Whoever came up with it should have put the spoiler warning in the trailer. The poster itself was an excellent visual “because the closer you think you  (more…)

Hangover III (Movie)

Hangover3Main Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, John Goodman

Review: 8 out of 10 stars.

The preview did not give away any storyline, kudos to the producers.

The shorter 1:40 final installment made it just enough to (more…)

Akiko’s Restaurant (Eat/Drink)

Akiko'sAkiko'sRating: Solid good
Where: Union Square / Chinatown, San Francisco, CA (431 Bush Street, cross Kearny) Don’t be confused with the nearby Akiko’s Sushi Bar on Mason.

Review: Excellent sushi but pricey for its smaller portion.

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