San Francisco Journals

San Francisco: Returning Home

A December 2004 trip to San Francisco by bugsquasher

Quote: I spent 10 years living in the Bay Area and still consider it my home. There are plenty of great touristy activities to enjoy, but for my trip, I wanted to visit my old favorite local places.

San Francisco: Returning Home

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Overview

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Beautiful, old Victorian houses lining the streets, red trolley cars chugging up the hills, eccentric characters mingling along with the yuppies, the fog taking over the Golden Gate Bridge, rainbow flags displayed proudly along the streets, the cheapest, yummiest Mexican joints around--these are the things I miss most about San Francisco. With such diversity in people, sights, and food, it’s impossible to list all the great things to experience. So many of us fall in love with the city because it has the qualities of being a major metropolitan center and yet still feels like a small neighborhood town. You can eat at some of the finest restaurants in the country and in the same day ...Read More

FRJTZ Gourmet Belgian Fries

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Restaurant | "Frjtz (Belgian Fries, Crepes and dj Art Teahouse)"

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I like to stop in at Frjtz for a few reasons: gigantic healthy salads, gigantic unhealthy fries, and sweet and savory crepes--what more can you ask for from a cute eatery in Hayes Valley? The portions are generous, so make sure to bring an appetite and share plates among friends. Being an avid meat-eater, vegetarian dishes usually do not satisfy me, but the Riviera salad with the BBQ tofu is one of my favorites--so huge and yummy, I have to take home half for leftovers (there are meat dishes as well). And I can’t resist ordering a mountain of Belgian fries each time I visit, especially for the unique dipping sauces to choose from, like curry ketchup, grilled eggplant mayo, and spicy yogurt-pean...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

FRJTZ Gourmet Belgian Fries
579 Hayes Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 864-7654

Tu Lan

Restaurant | "Tulan"

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Tulan is in a run-down restaurant in a scary neighborhood, but I love it! It has the best Vietnamese food I’ve ever eaten and is one of the cheapest restaurants in town. Julia Child was rumored to frequent the place and named it one of her favorite restaurants in San Francisco (may just be a rumor). But I wouldn’t doubt it, and I can see why--the lemongrass beef salad, chicken-fried rice, any of the wonderful noodles, and the fresh spring rolls beat any in San Francisco. The décor is a mish-mash of old restaurant furniture and 70s-ish wood wall-paneling, but every time I visit San Francisco, this restaurant is on the top of my list. A good thing to note is that they are closed on Sundays. I can ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Tu Lan
8 Sixth St
San Francisco, California 94103
+1 415 626 0927

Noc Noc

Attraction

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Noc Noc is a dark, eclectic, small bar with a big variety of beers. It looks like you’ve ventured into a warped version of Fred Flintstone’s house, crossed with Mad Max metal outfittings. There are strange seating arrangements in unexpected nooks, and sometimes you’ll find a dog or two lounging on the floor. It is a tiny place, so if you are planning to sit or go with a large group, it’s better to hit this place early. Beverages are very reasonably priced (especially compared to the $7-for-a-bottle-of-beer prices in New York), and in addition to beer, they serve wine and sake. The ambience at Noc Noc is what draws me--it’s relaxed, and there are always a variety of interesting, o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Noc Noc
557 Haight St
San Francisco, California 94117
+1 415 861 5811

Union Square Plaza

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Attraction | "Union Square Shopping"

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Union Square is the main shopping area in the city. It’s usually busy and hectic, but you can find every major store in a few square blocks. To get to Union Square by BART, you would get off at the Powell station to emerge right in the middle of all of the stores. If interested, this is where one of the cable car turnarounds is located, along with the lengthy line of people waiting to jump on (see the Quick Tips section of this journal to avoid waiting in line). Getting there by MUNI is easily done with a MUNI map--many of the MUNI bus lines will take you to Union Square. If driving, there are three affordable parking garages nearby: Union Square garage (333 Post Street), Elli...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Union Square Plaza
Bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets
San Francisco, California

The Bay Bridge

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Story/Tip

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I know, I know...the Golden Gate Bridge is the famous attraction that everyone wants to see, and I admit it’s a wonderful bridge to visit. But I prefer the Bay Bridge. If you have a car and it’s a sunny afternoon, take a drive over to Berkeley, have lunch at Vik’s Chaat House (a wonderful, cheap Indian lunch spot), and drive back. The Bay Bridge is a two-story bridge (the top deck fell onto the lower deck in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake) made up of two sections and a tunnel connecting the two sections. The total span of the bridge is 8.5 miles; it is one of the longest high-level steel bridges in the world (the G...Read More