San Francisco Journals

Eating in San Francisco

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A travel journal to San Francisco by SeenThat

Kushi Tsuru Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: One of the exciting things while visiting a place is learning to know the local food and the adaptations of international dishes to the particular taste of the locals. San Francisco proved to be an excellent center of Asian food, sometimes creating combinations unthinkable at the dishes homelands.

Eating in San Francisco

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Oakland Photo, Oakland, California
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Eastern Bakery is the classical Chinese bakery. Claiming to be the oldest Chinese Bakery in San Francisco's Chinatown and dating back to 1924, the place is faithful to a classical Chinese look and transports you across the ocean and back a century just by walking in. The emphasis here is not on the design but on the content: a tasty cookie is more important than a complete Chinese seal on eat. Japantown in San Francisco is maybe less known than other ethnic quarters and it is worth a careful visit; one of its attractions are the many Japanese restaurants at the shopping centers. A fierce competition pushes the prices down and creates an excellent food quality. Across the bay, in Oakland'...Read More

Kushi Tsuru

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Restaurant

Kushi Tsuru Photo, San Francisco, California
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Japan-town is on the San Francisco's Western Addition; there, some of the beautiful minimalism of that culture got adaptations in its way across the ocean, and not always for good. Two shopping malls are the center of the quarter. A small plaza separates between the malls; it has a flat fountain producing an agreeable gurgling sound and a multi-layered pagoda. It sounds nice; an elegant pagoda is always an inspiring sight; but here there was a catch: it was built of solid cement. To avoid the sight, we entered the Japan Center Mall and after wandering a while through the interior, which included a Japanese Bridge and a scaled down Osaka Castle, we decided to eat at Kushi Tsuru, one of the many ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2006

Kushi Tsuru
1737 Post St
San Francisco, California 94115
+1 415 922 9902

Eastern Bakery

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Restaurant

Eastern Bakery Photo, San Francisco, California
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I was happy to discover this place. While walking in San Francisco's Chinatown, I found the Eastern Bakery, at 720 Grant, pretty much at the center of the neighborhood. From outside it already looked like the real thing, with an unobtrusive front which was hard to spot; even the house number was hard to find, as would be the case if it were placed in Beijing, Xian, or Shanghai. Once inside, I was captivated; the place irradiated that peculiar Chinese density, with a casual approach to the surroundings that claimed they were focusing in the activity. A narrow corridor held the counter and pastries at one side and more treats at the other; at its end were a few scattered tables for the few customers tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2006

Eastern Bakery
720 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-5157

Powderface

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Powderface Photo, Oakland, California
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Fruitvale is not exactly on the San Francisco's tourists path, but as pointed in my First Week in San Francisco journal, Oakland can be an interesting town to visit and its southern part, which around the 35th avenue is called Fruitvale has a few attractions of its own. The Fruitvale station of the BART leads to the Fruitvale Village, a pleasant residential and commercial complex built around a sunny plaza. Just in front of the station, at suite 134, and next to a giant palm, is Powderface, a pleasant coffee shop specializing on fresh and tasty New Orleans Style Beignets. Beignet is a fried dough, hollow, and square, covered with powdered sugar and served hot; the sugar melts in the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2006

Powderface
3411 East 12th Street, Fruitvale
Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 536-3223

Saigon Wraps

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Saigon Wrap Photo, Oakland, California
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Editor's Note: This property has closed. Saigon Wrap claim to have been the first shop selling Vietnamese sandwiches in Oakland almost thirty years ago. They are a family's business which began at Oakland's downtown and then moved south to Fruitvale Village, just in front of the Fruitvale BART station. The fact that many of their clients were of Asian background when I visited, was an early—and correct—sign of their products' quality. Many times, Asian places put a very strong emphasis on their products' quality and less on their environment, but this is not the case here. The place has been carefully and tastefully designed with a kind of high-tech style that adds taste to the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2006