Archive for October, 2009

I make no secret of my disdain for cupcakes. They are the most overrated thing since, well, take your pick – the Lakers (self-explanatory), Apple (doesn’t make you cool), fixed gear bikes (there are hills in San Francisco), Entourage (you’re not Ari Gold), and froyo (it’s fucking froyo). However, that doesn’t mean cupcakes aren’t good. […]


Following a Hall of Fame-size career in the NBA, Golden State Warriors legend Nate Thurmond opened Big Nate’s Barbeque in SOMA more than a decade ago, serving up a simple menu of Southern barbecue that hasn’t really changed since then. The meat selection is straightforward: Memphis pork, beef links, beef brisket, chicken, and pork ribs. Side […]


Potrero Hill’s Axis Café calls itself “the neighborhood living room,” which is immediately evident when you walk in and see the roaring fireplace — even in the middle of the afternoon. But unlike, say, our living room, the décor here is industrial chic: huge windows, vaulted ceilings, and concrete walls. Comfy couches and armchairs take […]


The Bread Basket is a longtime staple in Daly City, a well-loved source of fresh-baked Filipino breads, pastries, and desserts. The signature item here? Pan de sal, traditional Filipino rolls, usually eaten for breakfast but scarfable any time of day. They’re similar to American dinner rolls, only fluffier and sweeter. The ones here ($2 for […]


A gelato craving might make you think of heading straight to North Beach this weekend, but Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream in Parkside provides authentic, homemade gelato with an array of unique flavors, minus the trek across town. The tiny, no-frills shop serves gelato made daily in its kitchen with fresh ingredients. You won’t find […]


A unique alternative for late-night cravings in the Outer Sunset, Golden Island Café serves a variety of traditional Hong Kong-style desserts. The specialty here is sago, tiny translucent tapioca pearls served with shaved ice and fresh fruit. There’s a variety of options — strawberry, mango, kiwi, lychee, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew — and you can order […]


Long before Kung Fu Tacos began selling Asian-fusion tacos out of a truck in the Financial District, John from John’s Snack and Deli was serving Korean fusion from an unassuming convenience store in the same ‘hood. At first glance, John’s looks like a tiny market with little more to offer beyond Lotto tickets, gum, and […]