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Archive for July, 2013

Mission Public (Eat/Drink)

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Rating: Solid Good
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (233 14th Street between South Van Ness Ave and Mission Street)

Review: Nice little cafe with setting that may be fitted a bit more on Valencia trendy hood than the autobody shops centric hood.

Opening day #2 (7/30/2013) they were (more…)

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2 Guns (Movie)

2GunsMain Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg

Review: 6.5 out of 10 stars.

A movie about 2 undercover agents accidentally crossed each other, a movie where good guys gone bad, and bad guys, oh well, still bad. It’s got some funny lines and an okay plot if you want to see lots of ammos and familiar scenes.

Washington certainly is typecast as either being in the law enforcement or being targeted by one while Wahlberg was like (more…)

We’re the Millers (Movie)

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Main Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter

Review: 8 out of 10 stars.

Who could resist Aniston stripping? That’s already a must-see.

If you like SNL, this is like 10x and you would enjoy this flick. While there are Summer blockbusters, this is more a fun Summer flick with adult jokes.

1 hour 40 mins might seem (more…)

Wolverine (Movie)

WolverineMain Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Will Yun Lee, TAo Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova

Review: 8 out of 10 stars.

Taken place in Japan, Wolverine is with good story line about Wolverine coming out of the woods after being in solitude and was being sought by someone whom he saved years back.

A comic book with Ninja moves, clean fighting scenes (moves were clear cut) and looked authentic. The choreography of the fights were (more…)

The Tales of Hoffmann (Opera)

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San Francisco production 2012-2013 season.

Review: 9 out of 10 stars.

The San Francisco’s recent Tales of Hoffmann was a surprising and superb production, one of the most expressive operas of this season.

The modern usage of Antonia’s mother on the projection and the (more…)

Elmira Rosticceria (Eat/Drink)

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Rating: Passable
Where: Civic Center, San Francisco, CA (154 McAllister Street, between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street)

Review: It’s a cute little eatery standing in an otherwise somewhat quiet hood. The space looks crisp, relaxing, chilling and a great place to grab a bite.

However, the Porchetta sandwich (more…)

Lolinda (Eat/Drink)

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LolindaMenuRating: Rocking Good

Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (2518 Mission Street, between 21st and 22nd)

Review: Excellent and strong drinks, delicious tapas (no, it’s not a steakhouse), all at a laid back classy ambiance and not the loud bar scene.

The drinks were so strong that at times you will have to sip. Each drink is very delicious with complex structures.

The food was flavorful and because it’s a tapa style place, it’s great for small parties while the place is spacious to hold large parties. Each bite was nicely executed and was filled with rich flavors. Some of the must try dishes include artichokes, ceviche with fried corn and sweet potato, sushito peppers, pork belly, asado mixto, chorizo, just to name a few.

LolindaRestaurantBut the most surprising item is (more…)

El Techo de Lolinda (Eat/Drink)

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Rating: Passable
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (2518 Mission Street, between 21st and 22nd)

Review: Same owner as downstairs Lolinda and while it has a similar feel of some of the dishes, it’s actually different intentionally.

Bottom line is if you are a serious foodie, go downstairs and grab a real drink and real deliciousness. If you are just looking for a good hangout spot and do not care as much about food and drink, head upstairs but be aware of the prices.

The rooftop is a big thing in San Francisco, especially in the Mission (more…)

The Willows (Eat/Drink)

TheWillowsRating: Decent
Where: SOMA, San Francisco, CA (1582 Folsom St, corner of 12th Streetand Folsom Street)

Review: From the same owners of The Sycamore, signature food and drinks are served at the Willows.

The great part is it’s open for lunch.

Pork belly donuts with maple Makers Mark glaze were definitely have enough Makers Mark in the bottom of the bowl and the syrup made it a good kick.

The deviled eggs with Sriracha and smoked chili powder were refreshing.

Plenty of burgers and sliders. Beer battered fish, lamb and fried chicken were all pretty good. The fries were crisp.

It’s a full bar service if you so incline to grab a drink. This would be a good place for after work drinks, evening bites and hangout.

Keywords: sliders, makersmark, porkbelly, drinks, SOMA, sanfrancisco

20th Century Cafe (Eat/Drink)

20thCenturyCafe20thCenturyCafeRating: Decent
Where: Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA (198 Gough Street, between Oak Street and Lily Street)

Review: Cute corner cafe for a light brunch or better yet, afternoon coffee / tea break to enjoy a conversation.

Food here, for now is mostly lighter style, not a lot of hot food and it gears towards chilled or room temperature eats, it give s a refreshing sense and especially with the lighter color-themed setting.

Krasinski Tortchen (layered Russian honey cake) was decent and honey-centric. It was not heavy nor was it too sugary. A good taste.

Cucumber yogurt soup was a bit light and almost watery. The taste was good though and just needed to be thicker.

The poppyseed lox was with a denser style bagel, fresh and delicious. The salmon was at good quality.

The drip coffee (Ethopian blend) was a bit too (more…)

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