San Francisco Journals

Bountiful Bay Area

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A travel journal to San Francisco by A Lyle

Quote: There is truly something for everyone here, which is what I love about San Francisco. This journal will demonstrate the variety of San Francisco and provide some suggestions for you, if you come this way and wish to live like a local.

Bountiful Bay Area

Overview

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Where to start?! Although I am definitely a city-person, I absolutely love heading over to relax at one of the beaches in San Francisco, or over to Marin County to hike around in solitude. When I'm in city-mode, however, shopping around Union Square, eating out, and or people watching at the Golden Gate Park are my picks!Quick Tips: No matter what time of year you are going, you MUST bring a jacket or fleece, or some sort of covering to keep you warm at night and sometimes during the day as well. The temperature of San Francisco keeps within the same range of 40s - 60s F. most of the year. Best Way To Get Around: If you are planning to stay only in the City's downtown/Union S...Read More

Paradise - pizza & pasta

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Restaurant | "Paradise - pizza & pasta"

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A friend of mine who lives nearby saw this lively family-owned restaurant open about a month ago in the Sunset District. It is actually the second of two Paradise restaurants in San Francisco, the original being only a few miles away. The restaurant sometimes gets quite busy during prime eating times, but somehow we scored the last table for four at 7:30PM on a Saturday night. A full bar lines one side of the restaurant which also features a live jazz band on weekend nights. This was the first time I saw and heard an Asian female jazz singer; she was great! Healthy portions of pizza, salad, pasta, and calzone are offered at reasonable prices in the comfortable and clean setting of Parad...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2002

Paradise - pizza & pasta
642 Irving Street
San Francisco, California
(415)759-1487

Pearl Milk Teas

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Restaurant | "Pearl Milk Teas - Taiwan's Answer to Starbucks"

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Bubble ("boba") Tea & other Drinks A popular drink from Taiwan has made its way to San Francisco through a number of restaurants, Tea houses, and even cybercafes. My first encounter of a bubble tea occurred in Milpitas, CA, just an hour south of San Francisco, however, I am happy to report that I can find them easily within 5 minutes (driving) of my home. I admit that while the flavored tea tastes delicious, the feel of slimy, chewy "pearls" of tapioca popping into your mouth via a special 1cm. diameter straw takes some getting used to; eventually, you can discover the joy of this sip-and-chew treat. These drinks are not all just flavored tea with s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2002

Pearl Milk Teas
Throughout San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Eliza's

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Restaurant

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Ready for some really tasty Chinese food, served in an artsy-but-not-intimidating atmosphere? Come on over to Eliza's where savory dishes in an atypically "nice" environment where you're not obsessing about about the cleanliness of the kitchen. Once you dine at Eliza's, you'll understand why people patiently wait to get a table. Each dish is garnished prettily, tastes authentic (although they do have some Americanized "Chinese" entrees), and priced very reasonably. Combined with the inventive decor of flowers, colorful art, Eliza's makes a great date place. However, lunch is the best deal, where you can get a cup of soup, entree + rice for about $5. A burrito at Gordo's can cost more t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2002

Eliza's
1457 18th St
San Francisco, California 94107
+1 415 648 9999

Blowfish Sushi to Die For

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Restaurant | "Blowfish Sushi"

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In the somewhat seedy area of Potrero Hill, a Japanese, anime-themed sushi joint bustles at lunch and dinner. Blowfish has a cool, trendy atmosphere (with bar), with television sets playing those cartoony Japanese films. My first visit there was with a co-worker who knew to get there early- 11:30 AM – both to find parking as well as a no-hassle table. We found a great parking spot just a short block around the corner and only a few tables were occupied when we first arrived. By the time we finished eating, just about every table was packed, and I could tell that the wait for food was lengthening considerably, and we lost our server’s attention. Lunch combinations (bento...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2002

Blowfish Sushi to Die For
2170 Bryant Street
San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 285-3848

La Paz Restaurant Pupuseria

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Restaurant

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The Mission/Potrero Hill area is renowned for its plethora of small Mexican/Salvadoran restaurants. It is also known for its less-than-pristine and safe streets, however, the last few years have brought some gentrification to the area (due to the shortage of housing during the tech boom). Well-known and delectable restaurants like Slanted Door and Foreign Cinema are located here as well as simple restaurants like La Paz, located across the street from San Francisco General Hospital. It is said that the Mission is the only place to get "real" Mexican food in San Francisco; I tend to agree. Lunch can be had for $5-8 and delicious and authentic. I love the La Paz because it features my thr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2002

La Paz Restaurant Pupuseria
1028 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 550-8313

General thoughts about San Francisco

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Story/Tip

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San Francisco is one of the most popular travel destinations in the US as well as a highly desirable place to live, judging by the high cost of living. It’s no wondering, however, as this foggy city by the Bay offers the best of outdoor activities, culture, and food. Recent growth of the high-tech industry contributed to the growth of affluent, intelligent residents from San Francisco down to Silicon Valley. This influx lives amidst the large population of immigrants, typically concentrated in various neighborhoods like North Beach and the Sunset and the Richmond districts. This sustains the "melting pot," adding a lot of unique flavors to the city. There is truly something for everyone...Read More