San Francisco Journals

California: San Francisco

A travel journal to San Francisco by kylebarber

Quote: Why to me San Francisco is one of the greatest cities in the world

California: San Francisco

Overview

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Almost everyone loves San Francisco when they visit, and it's not hard to see why. A big city with so much to see and do, it still maintains a small town familiarity and comfort level that is only enhanced the easy going friendliness of most residents. East coasters are often put off guard by the smiles and casual way of life that dominates the region. San Francisco is also a nature lover's paradise. With so many great outdoorsy activities nearby as first rate side trips, it is amazing that so much beuaty and natural splendor are tucked right in to the city itself. San Francisco is of course a huge draw to gay men and women, and the exciting cultural opportunities are a reflection of th...Read More

Pizza Orgasmica

Restaurant

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This pizzeria located near the Marina district offers lots of cheese on their pies, which is always a big plus in my book. The wide variety of toppings appealed to my friends, though I figure the measure of a good pizzeria is a plain pie that is delicious standing on its own. The small dining room doesn't have much in the way of atmosphere, and it appears that Pizza Orgasmica is definitely geared towards delivery as young employees kept running back and forth from their cars to the counter. But if you need a quick pizza fix this is the best slice-by-slice option that I've found so far in the San Francisco area.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Pizza Orgasmica
3159 Fillmore St
San Francisco, California 94123
+1 415 931 5300

Swenson's

Restaurant

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When I was a kid there was a Swenson's ice cream parlor in the Seattle area, and I loved going there for the fancy dipped cones (still a novelty twenty years ago) and gigantic scoops that were nearly double the size of what you'd get at Baskin & Robbins. The store in Seattle has long gone out of business, but the original location in San Francisco is still thriving, serving up cones to the lucky locals who are in the know. All their chocolates are rich and creamy, and the fruit sherberts are very tangy and loaded with juice. It's worth going a little bit out of your way for these fabulous frozen treats.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2001

Swenson's
Union Street
San Francisco, California
(425) 775-6818

Chinatown

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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A number of folks head over to Chinatown not knowing what they should be looking for. It's just one of those "attractions" that have to be seen when visiting San Francisco. But this neighborhood is much more than just a quick excursion to check off your list. Chinatown is a thriving community that is abuzz with activity all hours of the day. A number of the buildings have survived countless changes in the city and earthquakes to offer a glimpse into the San Francisco of the past. And because it has remained steadfast in its determination not to be entirely assimilated, the neighborhood truly represents what it is like to live in large cities of China where the Maoist extremism has been relaxed. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2001

Chinatown
Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Fortune Cookies

Attraction | "Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory"

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Nestled in a dark alleyway lies the unassuming little fortune cookie "factory", which really is nothing more than a small undecorated shop with a cookie press machine. Two little old ladies would fold the hot almond disks and toss them in a large container when not collecting cash from the "factory tour" participants for bags of cookies. The lack of any English interpretation of what's going on is not a problem, as it's plenty easy to figue out the whole process and you're really here to get the bag of goodies to go. You can purchase a bag of flattened, or "unfortunate" cookies, for only $5 if you don't mind forgoing the fortune telling.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2001

Golden Gate Fortune Cookies
56 Rose St
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 781-3956

Market Street

Attraction | "Mechanique Museum"

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This isn't so much a museum as an arcade stuck in a time warp. You'll find a number of old-fashioned penny arcade amusements, such as crude early "films" shown in pictographs, wind up dioramas that spin around and around for a quarter, and the humongous laughing lady who chortles with abandon until you find yourself laughing along at the insanity of it all. My favorite "relic" however was finding a Ms. PacMan machine and playing the familiar video game until I blistered my right hand. Outside the museum is the world's largest "camera", the Camera Obscura (which does have an admission cost of $2).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2001

Market Street
Market Street
San Francisco, California

Amoeba Music

Attraction | "Amoeba Records"

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Amoeba's has to be one of the best used record stores in the world, with it's enormous selection and careful organization. It certainly is one of the biggest, as it appears to be an enormous warehouse when you first walk in. Prices could certainly be lower, but then again this is San Francisco. If you're an avid record collector like me you'll be happy to find quite a few titles that aren't available in most music stores, used or new. It's also a fun place to check out the eccentric characters and cute boys that are shopping alongside you.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Amoeba Music
1855 Haight St.
San Francisco, California 94117
(415) 831-1200

Aardvark Books

Attraction

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Aardvark Books stocks a number of fine and rare editions in its relatively small business, but I was drawn to the store for its reasonable prices on used travel guides. They have a large selection of hardback fiction as well, which had me browsing for a good while. I'm not sure how much they offer but there were a number of folks waiting to sell their used literature for some quick cash at the front counter.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Aardvark Books
227 Church Street
San Francisco, California 94114
(415) 552-6733

Cafe

Attraction | "Café"

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This large upstairs bar looks down on the heart of the Castro, and is certainly a popular stop on many folks' bar hopping routes. On the weekend the dance floor and bar areas were all packed with bodies pressed up against each other a little too close. It was impossible to move about and fairly hard to make eye contact with cute guys and thus begin a conversation.The Café also draws a fairly young crowd, which is a plus for some and a bane to others. Large groups of kids were there to hang with each other rather than cruise, so plan appropriately. A pool table is available for play, but when it's so crowded you can forget about wielding a stick and getting in any shots. One of the nicest featu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 26, 2002

Cafe
2367 Market St
San Francisco, California 94114
+1 415 861 3846

Pilsner Inn

Attraction

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This laid back bar can be crowded or dead depending on which night you show up. It seems to draw a wide variety of folks, and mercifully is free of attitude from its patrons. The bar staff were congenial and happy to chat up this tourist.In the front of the bar are gaming areas and plenty of space to chat with others. But the outside terrace in the back is particularly great for settling into a conversation with a new friend. It also offers smokers some respite as they're not allowed to puff away in California bars (for me a convincing argument to move out West; the smoke in New York bars make my eyes water and result in astronomical dry cleaning bills).While I didn't see as many hot guy...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 26, 2002

Pilsner Inn
225 Church St
San Francisco, California 94114
+1 415 621 7058

Detour

Attraction

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Though it's not really a leather bar, Detour attracts a somewhat aggressive crowd that is quite a bit different than the stand and model bars that are dotted around the Castro. Most of these guys are looking to hook up and head out the door shortly after meeting.

The low light, black paint job and chain link fence décor don't do much to help the joint establish a warm and fuzzy atmoshere. If you're looking for some action with a rough around the edges type, this is the place for you. It's not where you want to take your straight friends out for a cocktail and conversation.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 26, 2002

Detour
2248 Market St
San Francisco, California 94114
+1 415 861 6053

Badlands

Attraction

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Badlands is perhaps the most popular bar in San Francisco, with huge crowds both nights I stopped in for a drink. Certainly it attracts the young and beautiful crowd, which sometimes results in a little more attitude than at the other local watering spots. There's no denying however that there a quite few attractive guys here, and it's a great place for a visitor to strike up a conversation with one of the local boys.The front room has a long bar and is a little cramped for space with all the traffic heading towards the back. That's where you'll find a dance area and another bar service counter. A small room off the front bar provides a good place to chat with your new acquaintances.Fair...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 26, 2002

Badlands
4121 18th St
San Francisco, California 94114
(415) 626-9320