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Old 12-12-2017, 10:42 PM   #1626
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Hoagie,

Sorry that happened to you. Its really an epidemic here and seems to get worse by the year.

To anyone else coming to visit you can't leave anything visible in your car at all or it will get broken into. And even if you don't have anything visible, your car might get broken into.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:03 AM   #1627
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San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

It’s funny you say that.

When we got our car my girl was pissed about it not having a screen for the trunk. I️ of course told her she was way overreacting.

After the fact I️ read about how the car break ins are up %100 over last year in certain parts of town. It’s for sure something the rental companies should be telling folks.

At the end of the day I’m not too fussed. It’s a situation with an ignorant tourist parking in the wrong place at the wrong time. If I️ hadn’t gotten that spot I’d have paid $10 and parked across the road in the lot and not gotten broken into.

It’s really something I️ should have known about and been better prepared for.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:30 AM   #1628
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Hoagie,

If it makes you feel any better (it won't), lots of cars get broken into in lots and garages too. It's just terrible all over the city.

French Laundry is great, but **** that $175 upcharge. The whole supplement thing is really getting out of hand at fine dining. At least they didn't skimp on the shaved truffle!

I totally agree with you re: Morimoto being whatever.
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:42 AM   #1629
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Hoagie -

Sorry to hear about the break-in. I've lived in New Orleans, New York, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, and I've seen (or have heard/heard of) more mid-day break-ins in 1 yr in SF than in the 16 yrs combined at the other places.

I still haven't made it to the Laundry. Ate at Per Se a few times over the years and just for some reason I haven't made it a priority yet. I don't think I'd pass up a French Laundry truffle risotto for any price tbh.

I ate at Moya in Soma after my BJJ class tonight. I embarrassingly have never eaten Ethiopan food and I think I have a new favorite cuisine (or at least Moya's version of it) - this place is fantastic. Everything was seasoned perfectly and the flavors are different than what I'm used to. I'm excited to go back and try the rest of the menu.

*the steak tartare, with spiced clarified butter and chili powder, was unlike any tartare I've had. I like tartares with different fats in them but didn't expect clarified butter and spice to mesh so well with it. It's great. I wish the meat was diced instead of ground but now I'm just being a nit

*there's no decor or ambience to speak of which adds to it's charm imo. There were only 2 people working. It was refreshing to see a small family-run operation banging out awesome food out of what looks like a takeout pizza joint in a spotty neighborhood.

89/100 - the best ethnic food I've had in SF
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:01 AM   #1630
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

I knew somebody who had some sort of intense hallucinogen stolen from his car in SF. He said if the burglars took it thinking of the amount to take of other common edibles/hallucinogens, they'd trip out of their minds.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:42 PM   #1631
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Has anyone here gotten comped at Graton? Would be cool to get free room offers near wine country, even if only in off seasons. Curious to hear if comps can be had for green (which is in my comfort zone), black (maybe if I sharpen up on card counting), or purple (nah) players.
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Old 12-15-2017, 08:24 PM   #1632
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Also a bartender last night told me that most Whole Foods in the area (all the SF ones plus some in Santa Clara county) get a shipment of Pliny every Wednesday at noon. I dunno if this is a big deal or not, but in my 4 months living here I haven't seen Pliny on sale other than at the actual Russian River brewery, so this was good news to me.
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:22 PM   #1633
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The jug shop gets Pliny every Wednesday too
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:12 PM   #1634
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Pliny is now at City Beer pretty often I think, generally have to ask at the counter though.
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:41 PM   #1635
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My favorite thing to do is paying $20 to get my car parked at Thanh Long
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Old 01-07-2018, 01:29 AM   #1636
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Does the Mission smell like weed all the time or is it temporary because they just legalized marihuana? Walked around the Mission upon arrival today and the smell was everywhere.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:23 AM   #1637
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Hope they lower the upcharge from $175 if its black truffles instead of white truffles.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:28 AM   #1638
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Got back from San Francisco yesterday, great trip made better by all the recommendations here.

Stayed in the Mission, around guerrero and 24th. Excellent location, close to lots of restaurants, bars, and Bart, yet fairly quiet at night.

Saturday walked to Dolores park where the smell of pot was overwhelming. Cool views though. Had dinner at Lolo which was very solid but not outstanding. No dish really stood out and my mezcal margarita was not balanced, too much mezcal not enough sour flavors.

Sunday walked to Noe Valley which was really cool. I liked the vibe and how it was a little quieter than the mission. I guess I'm getting old. In the afternoon we did the Anchor Steam tour which was nice too.

Sunday evening we went to Foreign Cinema which the wife absolutely loved. Food was solid, ambience great for a couple, and the movie choice (the great Gatsby) was a great pairing. We had the most delicious creme brulee I've ever tasted.

Since it poured on Monday we parked ourselves at Philz on Noe Valley. Great coffee and sandwiches. Their bagel was simple but delicious. Monday evening we went to Sugoi sushi which was really good and fairly priced. I had the tuna and the toro and I think I like the tuna better. That was a first! We went before the sea urchin discussion in the cooking thread, otherwise I would have tried it.

Tuesday was a full work day so we didn't do much. Wednesday we went for lunch at Limon, which is always solid, then had pastries at Tartine. Their bread pudding was amazing, and my wife loved the lemon tart. Finally, that night we walked to Almanac for beers. Great sours, even though I'm not a big sour fan.

Thanks for all the recommendations

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Old 01-13-2018, 02:48 AM   #1639
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

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Got back from San Francisco yesterday, great trip made better by all the recommendations here.
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Sunday evening we went to Foreign Cinema which the wife absolutely loved. Food was solid, ambience great for a couple, and the movie choice (the great Gatsby) was a great pairing. We had the most delicious creme brulee I've ever tasted.
Glad you had a great time! Foreign Cinema is one of my favorite restaurants there.

When you come back, I recommend going to Alcatraz. Yeah, it's a tourist trap, but wicked cool!
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Old Yesterday, 02:28 AM   #1640
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Just moved into a loft in a new building downtown. Looked at a bunch of different neighborhoods and I’d have to put this city up with NYC as far as just HOW different one neighborhood is from the next. Made the decision pretty difficult! Anyways it’s good to be centrally located. It’s in a “rough neighborhood” but I’d have to say after extensive searching that if one is willing to put up with a little of that, there are still good deals to be had in some of these new buildings.

Anyways, lazy poker player question first - does anyone know of a good service to get a deep apartment clean once a month? I haven’t lived in the states in 10 years.

Aside from that, good food, bar, or cool ttd recs in union square/TL area? Any and all will be checked out and are appreciated! Thx
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Old Yesterday, 03:15 AM   #1641
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area: Your favorite things to do or places to go

igot,

TL/Union Square area is amazing for food and drink of all price points from dive to fancy.

What is ttd? Things to do? If so, that's easy, score hookers and drugs.

Get a little more specific, I've got tons of recs in that area. Start with a couple of types of places you're interested in.

Which part of the TL are you in?
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