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Interstellar (Movie)

InterstellarMain Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Mackenzie Foy

Review: 9 out of 10 stars.

Without giving away any plot or spoil a very good movie, it is about a group of explorers trying to find a new home for the soon-to-be-drought-to-death earth.

The movie was more than a basic sci-fi flick. It’s filled with (more…)

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Big Hero 6 (Movie)

BigHero6Main Cast: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Gensis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi, Katie Lowes, Billy Bush

Review: 9 out of 10 stars.

Aznized San Francisco with a bunch of “nerds” (more like geeks.)

The story surrounded Hiro (sounds as Hero) who lives with his brother and their parents died when he was only 3. BayMax (the inflatable robot) has learned emotions with AI (remember (more…)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Movie)

DawOfThePlanetOfTheApesMain Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbel

Review: 8.5 out of 10 stars.

Note: watched at the global premiere in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts on June 26, 2014

It’s Apes vs. humans, or are apes similar to humans, (more…)

The Square (Eat/Drink)

TheSquareRating: Okay
Where: North Beach, San Francisco, CA (1707 Powell Street by Union Street)

Review:

Brought by the same folks who have the impressive Sons & Daughters, and Sweet Woodruff, The Square is meant to be a more casual joint for its location.

Kale salad was probably the best with its clean taste. Guinea hen and trout were just standard and nothing mind-blowing. The 30 minute prepped rhubarb and pistachio galette with whole milk ice cream was good but again, nothing to dream about afterwards.

Cocktails were too sweet and tart but wines and Calvados VSOP were good.

The space was a bit loud and tables are quite packed. Still the place was packed, making it a bit noisy. But if you like a happening place rather than eating and drinking, this will be it for its trendiness.

Unfortunately the price point was high for its quality, even North Beach is a prime location for both locals and tourists. Each person would easily run over $100 for its somewhat mediocre food and drink. It made this visit totally disappointing. The only plus point is they open until 1am for most of the days.

Keywords: Okay, NorthBeach, SanFrancisco, LateNight, Sons&Daughters, SweetWoodruff, restaurantreview

San Francisco Magic Palor (Attraction/Travel)

SanFranciscoMagicParlorRating: Decent good
Where: Inside Chancellor Hotel, Union Square, San Francisco, CA (Powell Street between Geary Street and Post Street)

Review: For a magic show that includes fun facts and rumors of San Francisco in an intimate and chillaxing setting, this is a great (more…)

Tu Lan (Eat/Drink)

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Rating: Solid sodium good

Where: SOMA, close to Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA (8 6th Street cross Market Street)

Review: Everything you might have read about the good old Tu Lan on the food is still true after the major overhaul renovation. They gutted out the floor, wall, and ripped out and replaced with stainless steel equipment and counter.

So no worries on the (more…)

Verbena (Eat/Drink)

Verbena

Rating: Decent
Where: Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA (2323 Polk Street)

Review: New American Californian cuisine restaurant that is just open a couple days ago.

This is on par with similar spaces/style such as the recent openings Stones Throw and 1760, or popular Frances. Nowadays in San Francisco scene, there’s a trend of using (more…)

SmashBurger (Eat/Drink)

SmashBurger

Rating: Good

Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (2300 16th Street between Bryant Street and Portrero Street , inside the shopping arena)

Review: Pretty tasty burger and definitely great fries. And they have a selection of milkshakes including malt! But the sodium and calories will make you think twice before visiting it on a regular basis.

The fries were made with rosemary and (more…)

Duc Loi (Eat/Drink)

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Rating: Solid Good
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (2200 Mission Street cross 18th Street)

Review: Great place with decent prices (almost as close to Mexican grocers around for vegetables), excellent selection of organic fruits and vegetables, less common ones such as watercress that is still in water, Harris Ranch beef that’s reasonably priced.

In addition to shop and cook, you can also grab a banh mi (more…)

Bourbon Steak (Eat/Drink)

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BourbonSteak

Rating: Rocking Good

Where: Union Square, San Francisco, CA (335Powell Street, between Geary Street and Post Street)

Review: This is a good spot for the happy hour and bar menu, especially the fries with 3 different sauces and beignets with MacCallan caramel custard. If you can’t find them just ask the server.

A recent visit for a full blown dinner was an impromptu after a movie on a weeknight. The decision was interesting, from the usual communal table to a sit down table. And that’s how it changed the mindset. Smart layout of the restaurant.

The experience was (more…)

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