Asian Moustache

07May10

Asian Moustache in Chinatown SF

Since when did “Asian moustache” mean “unibrow?” Spotted at China Bazaar in Chinatown.

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Big Mouth Burgers SF

Bacon makes everything better!

Big Mouth Burgers in San Francisco is the 2nd location of this family owned burger restaurant. The original location in San Bruno has been open since 1997.

The burger that drew me here initially was The Hangover ($9.75), which had been recommended to me by many. It’s a herculean burger, whose name holds true and steadfast, made with a half pound patty, lettuce, pickles, red onions, American cheese, bacon, chipotle mayo, and topped with a fried egg. I’m not sure if they mean for this to be a hangover cure or if you feel hungover after eating it. Maybe both?

Big Mouth Burgers SF

The Hangover

The menu is very simple, featuring burgers, salads, hand-cut fries, and beer battered onion rings. They have a wide variety of preset burgers on the menu, but everything is customizable to your liking. The basic burger is the Big Mouth Burger ($7.95), which is a half pound patty, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, red onions, and mayo.

You can further customize the burger with your choice of cheeses, bacon, avocado, and mushrooms. You  also have a choice of spread, such as BBQ, pesto, teriyaki, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, and chipotle mayo.Then you choose your bread, either a plain bun, wheat bun, French roll, or herb foccacia. My favorite sauce is the chipotle mayo, because it adds a bit of heat to the burger. I also prefer the burger on a French roll, which is pillowy soft.

Big Mouth Burgers, SF

Big Mouth Burger with mushrooms, swiss cheese, and chipotle mayo

Big Mouth Burgers, SF

Big Mouth Burger with American cheese and bacon

Big Mouth Burgers, SF

Big Mouth Burger with bacon, BBQ sauce, on a French roll

Big Mouth Burgers uses humanely raised meats from family farms and ranches that never implant or inject their meats with hormones or antibiotics, so you can feel a bit better knowing that you’re supporting family owned farms that slaughter happy cows. Enjoy!

Big Mouth Burgers
3392 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-4821
www.bigmouthburgers.net

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Pacific Puffs Classic Cream Puff

Pacific Puffs Classic Cream Puff

Look out Beard Papa, there’s a new cream puff in town!  Only a year in the business, and Pacific Puffs has already made quite a name for themselves.  Using an old family recipe, Pacific Puffs has mastered the art of creating the perfect puff.

They have a simple menu consisting of 6 varieties:

Classic- Pacific Puff’s signature cream puff.  Baked choux pastry puff filled with a sweet mixture of vanilla custard and whipped cream, and topped with a chocolate glaze.

Classic Sugar- The Classic topped with powdered  sugar instead of chocolate glaze.

Chocolatier- Baked choux pastry puff filled with chocolate cream and topped with a chocolate glaze.

Chocolatier Sugar-Baked choux pastry puff filled with chocolate cream and topped with powdered sugar.

Fruit Whip- Baked choux pastry puff filled with seasonal fruit and whipped cream, and topped with chocolate glaze.

Fruit Whip with Sugar-Baked choux pastry puff filled with seasonal fruit and whipped cream, and topped with powdered sugar.

Pacific Puffs Classic Sugar Cream Puff

Pacific Puffs Classic Sugar Cream Puff

I tried both the Classic and the Classic Sugar.  The pastry puff was quite tasty- slightly dense, which I liked since it didn’t get soggy after one bite, an impressive feat because they’re filled to the max.  Pacific Puff’s cream filling was very light, fluffy and not too sweet– unlike the thick, custard-like filling of many other cream puffs.  The chocolate glaze on the Classic was nice and thick; sweet, without being overwhelming. If I had to choose a favorite, however, I’d go with the Classic Cream Puff for the extra bit of sugary sweetness from the chocolate.

Pacific Puffs is devoted to using the finest local ingredients.  All the cream puffs are baked in small batches to ensure maximum freshness.  The cream puffs are also available in miniature versions for the diet-conscious (then why even come here in the first place?). You can also order by the dozen over the phone or via email.  Visit their shop on the corner of Union and Fillmore in the Marina district- just make sure to keep your collar folded down and leave the pretentiousness at home.

-Anne

Pacific Puffs
2201 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440 – PUFF (7833)
www.pacificpuffs.com

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San_Francisco_Skyline_Scott_Mansfield

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This gorgeous photo of the evening skyline was taken by local photographer Scott Mansfield. It was taken half way up Coit Tower in North Beach.

Watching the city electrify, as the night approaches, is a wonderfully meditative experience.  It happens gradually, individual windows turning on adding single squares of light, slowly filling the foreground with a mixture of tungsten, fluorescent and halogen light.  All the while the sky, depending on conditions, evolves through a color palette unique to that particular day.

Scott goes on to describe the complex process of how he shot this photo on his blog, Scott Mansfield Photography. There are some great photos on his blog featuring architecture and urban landscapes, check it out! You can also follow him on Twitter at @scottmansfield.

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Dim Sum from New Asia in Chinatown

New Asia is a dim sum restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown, on Pacific between Grant and Stockton, that has been around since 1987. It’s huge inside, with over 100 tables to accommodate daily diners, private parties, and weddings. There’s a stage for a band and a large dancefloor, though it’s covered with dining tables during regular business hours.

If you are wondering if the dim sum is good here, all you have to do is step inside. The first time I passed by, I wrote it off as a generic dim sum restaurant that was all show on the outside, but a quick peek inside quickly changed my mind. Almost every single table is full of people, all enjoying dim sum. On a random weekday afternoon, most of the patrons are elderly Chinese people, so I felt at ease knowing they approve of the place.

Between two people we ordered five dishes. Clockwise starting from the bottom: cha sieu bao (steamed pork buns), ha gow (shrimp dumplings), xiao long bao (soup dumplings), gai lan (Chinese broccoli), and siu mai (pork dumplings).

The dim sum is brought around on carts every few seconds, so you always have a fresh assortment to choose from. The dim sum is really good; I’d say a level above Good Luck Dim Sum in the Inner Richmond and a level below Yank Sing in SoMa. However, Yank Sing is the most expensive dim sum I’ve ever had in my life and no dim sum, however good it may be, should cost that much. They gotta make rent for that space, though, so you can’t blame them. The pricing also falls right in between, too, coming out to about $30. For comparison, the same meal would have cost me $10 at Good Luck Dim Sum and probably $100 at Yank Sing (slightly exaggerating but you get the idea).

New Asia is perfect if you’re already in Chinatown. The dim sum is fresh and authentic, and the service is quick. You’ll never be looking around wondering where the dim sum cart is, since there are multiple carts circling around at all times.

New Asia
772 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-6666
http://www.sfnewasia.com

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PAE DAY

28Apr10

PAE DAY graffiti San Francisco

San Francisco graffiti artist PAE DAY on a truck outside my apartment in Ingleside.

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Super Burger from Super Duper Burger in the Castro

The Super Burger and house-made pickles

Newly opened Super Duper Burger in the Castro is the latest eatery from the masterminds behind local favorites Starbelly, Beretta, and Delarosa. Super Duper is basically San Francisco’s version of New York’s Shake Shack, which is New York’s version of In-N-Out, which is my favorite burger of all time.

The menu is very simple, just like Shake Shack and In-N-Out. There’s the standard hamburger ($3.75) and cheeseburger ($4.25), but they also have a Super Burger ($4.75) which has meat, bun, super sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and cheddar cheese. They also have a chicken breast sandwich marinated in ancho chile pepper and served with chipotle aioli. For the vegetarians, they offer a fried portobello mushroom burger.

Any of the burgers can be made doubles for an extra $2, and you can add bacon for an additional $1.50. That feels like a fairly steep price for bacon, no? A Super Duper double with bacon ends up being $8.25!

We went on opening day and had Super Burgers with plain fries and garlic fries. The patties are pretty thin, but still manage to be pretty juicy. The burger patties are made with all natural Niman Ranch beef ground fresh daily, so you know you’re not getting days-old frozen beef. I had a single, but I would opt for a double next time because I still felt hungry after finishing the burger. The mayo-based super sauce was very subtle; I would have liked it to be a bit bolder.

Super Burger

The fries were standard fare, nothing special. The garlic fries are topped with freshly chopped garlic, though, so that’s a nice touch and adds a lot of intense garlic flavor. My favorite side happens to be the house-made pickles, which are free for the taking from a big jar at the condiment bar.

To wash it all down, you can order shakes made with Straus Family Creamery dairy, the same stuff that Bi-Rite uses for their overpriced soft-serve ice cream cones. Super Duper offers the same Straus Family Creamery soft serve as Bi-Rite, but 25 cents cheaper at $3.25. They also offer beer and wine, which is nice for those extra long days.

Super Duper is good, but not “super duper,” as its name implies.  I’ll give the edge to Shake Shack in the fry department just for their cheese fries! There’s nothing special about them; in fact, they’re just typical frozen crinkle-cut fries topped with gooey cheese, but they’re so good. It can’t be that hard to offer cheese fries, especially since they have both cheese and fries on the menu. The burgers are similar to Shake Shack’s in taste and appearance, but neither of them stacks up to my beloved In-N-Out!

If you’re around the Castro and craving a burger, Super Duper is a nice option.

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