MUNI superhero

I saw this guy right when I boarded the K-line at Van Ness and I knew I had to sit by him.

Me: So, is there a convention or something going on?
Muni Man:  (chuckles) Nah, today’s my day off.

We proceeded to talk about the cool costumes he saw at WonderCon, whether or not he was inspired by the movie Kick-Ass (he wasn’t), and the upcoming Superhero Street Fair. It’s somewhat humbling to know that even superheroes ride public transportation.

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Anchor & Hope SF

Anchor & Hope is a seafood restaurant located in  SoMa on Minna and 2nd.  It’s the 3rd SoMa restaurant brought to you by the owners of Salt House and Town Hall.  The brick building that houses Anchor & Hope has a unique history, dating back 100 years as a mechanic’s warehouse.  The ambiance is very East Coast formal meets West Coast casual, with New England inspired food. Basically, it looks like it belongs in SoMa with its brick walls and exposed ceiling.

Anchor & Hope’s Chef De Cuisine Sarah Schafer is a Boston native, so she definitely knows a thing or two about good seafood.  However, her training in the French technique brings her dishes a notch above the standard crab shack.  Anchor & Hope has an array of seafood dishes and a raw bar that rotates daily.  I had the pleasure of trying 3 of their delicious appetizers.

Ahi Tuna Poke Anchor & Hope SF

First was the Ahi Tuna Poke (sorry for the blurry pic!).  It was prepared in the traditional way, with small cubes of ahi tuna sashimi tossed in a soy-sesame mixture, green onions and sesame seeds.  But it also had cucumber mixed in it, which was a nice cooling contrast to the special hot sauce they served on the side. A classic example of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Angels On Horseback Anchor & Hope SF

Next up was the acclaimed “Angels on Horseback,” smoked bacon wrapped oysters, served with a remoulade sauce.  Need I say more?  This combo screams delicious.  The oysters were tender and the bacon salty and crisp, and the slightly tart sauce complemented the dish well. Gene had the pleasure of trying these as well on his visit to Anchor & Hope last year, and loved them.

Warm Sea Urchin Anchor & Hope SF

Last but not least was the Warm Sea Urchin in the shell, Dungenous Crab, and Pureed Potatoes. Having never had sea urchin before, I was a bit nervous to try it, but I’m really glad I did.  It tasted like butter with a hint of sea salt, and it had a texture similar to pate.  The big chunks of dungenous crab complemented it quite well, and the potato puree balanced it all out.  It was heaven in a bowl, or rather, a shell.

I didn’t try any of the entrees while I was at Anchor & Hope, but I have to say the appetizers are standouts on the menu.  So share a few appetizers and have a drink or two.  With an extensive beer and wine menu like theirs, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing.


Anchor & Hope
83 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 501-9100

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Love Letter to Alcohol

Love Letter to Alcohol

Dear Alcohol,

I don’t even know where to start. I was just walking down Clement Street with a massive hangover, which you gave me, when I ran into Dirty Trix. Imagine my surprise when I found out you’ve been getting around. You told me I was special, that I was the only one. Well fuck you, you fucking whore.


P.S. – I’m so sorry I went off on you like that. You have no idea how much you mean to me. No one else makes me feel the way you do. I can’t wait to see you again.

Dirty Trix Saloon
408 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-1400

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San Francisco Street Art

As seen on the bench in front of Big Mouth Burgers on 24th between Misison and Valencia. Kevin over at Uptown Almanac also spotted the same elephant elsewhere.

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I don’t remember much of what happened at Bay to Breakers 2010, but judging from these photos I had a blast. Whoever is in charge of inventing holidays should seriously consider making the day after Bay to Breakers one.

Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

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sfhaps: The best Bay To Breakers 2010 photos megapost
SF Weekly: Bay to Breakers SF 2010
BuzzFeed: The 20 Best Costumes At The 2010 Bay To Breakers Race
ABC 7 News: Bay to Breakers 2010: The Costumes
SFist: Photos: 2010 Bay to Breakers

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Imagine this scenario: Cartoon characters exist in the real life, just like in Cool World and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It’s Thursday night at the Holy Cow/Friday night at Delirium/Saturday night at The Matrix/Monday night at 540 Club/wherever you go to catch STDs on any given night. You run into Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, Harvey Birdman, Daria, and the Smurfs and have a blast getting hammered and making bad decisions. You end up going home with a cartoon character. If you woke up in one of these neighborhoods, whose bed would you be in?


San Francisco Cartoon Characters

Underdog, The Tick, Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law, Batman. Photo: Troy Holden of

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Benkyodo San Francisco mochi manju

Benkyodo’s slogan reads, “Confections that win affections,” and they’ve definitely won me over many times. The Japanese confectionery specializes in fresh mochi and manju, which are made daily by hand.

It’s easy to confuse mochi for manju, but the difference is actually pretty simple:

  • Mochi – a sticky rice cake that is made from pounding steamed mochi rice
  • Manju – usually made from flour, rice powder, and buckwheat, with a red bean or white bean paste filling

Benkyodo San Francisco mochi manju

They have a wide variety of flavors that rotate daily, so each visit is different from the last. They always have seasonal fresh fruit flavors, so make sure to always grab a couple of those! If they have strawberry or blueberry, those are my favorite! The blueberry in particular lets out a burst of cool juice when you bite into it.

The red bean filling in the manju is smooth and sweet, while the white bean filling is not as sweet. I prefer the red bean filling over the white. The Age, which is a sweet cake donut rolled in sugar and filled with red bean paste is also very good.  It’s chewy and not too sweet, with most of the sweetness coming from the sugar.

I like almost all of the mochi and manju selections, except one. Peanut butter mochi. It sounded good at first, becuase I love peanut butter and I love mochi, but it just doesn’t work. The soft, chewy, and sweet mochi rice doesn’t compliment the gooey peanut butter in both flavor and texture.

Benkyodo San Francisco mochi manju

What makes Benkyodo even more remarkable are their dirt cheap prices. Most pieces are only $1 with a few others being only $1.25-1.50 each.

You can find Benkyodo in Japantown, in the same plaza as Korean restaurant, bar, and karaoke lounge Playground. It’s also opposite the plaza where you can find Pika Pika, if you feel like taking crazy Japanese teen girl sticker pictures. Unfortunately, they aren’t open as late as Playground, and close at 5:00pm every day. They are closed on Sundays.

Benkyodo is truly one of my favorite gems of San Francisco. It’s a family owned and operated business that has been around since 1906. Yes, that’s over 100 years in business, dating back to the year of The Great Quake. It’s the type of place where you feel the recipe hasn’t changed much in 100 years, and the service is definitely old-world style friendly.

1747 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 922-1244

Photos: Flickr

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