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My Top 5 Favorite Gangster Flicks

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 10, 2007

I love gangster movies. Ever since I saw The Godfather when I was 8th grade, I've been enamored with the whole genre. Here are my top five favroite gangster movies of all time: 1.) The Godfather (1972): Any conversation about gangster films has to start with a discussion about this movie. Based on the novel by the late Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather is so much more than a film about an aging patriarch (Marlon Brando as Don Corleone) transferring control of his crime family to his youngest and least-likely son (Al Pacino as Michael Corleone). The richness of... (more)

Tags: gangster movies, best gangsta movies, top gangster films, the godfather

Millennium in San Francisco: A Vegan's Paradise

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 8, 2007

The other night we ate at a place called Millennium, a totally vegan restaurant in downtown San Francisco. I had only been to a couple of vegetarian spots in my life until moving to SF last year, but now I’ve been to several and I can’t believe that in many ways I am beginning to think I could live sans meat and actually enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong – a nice steak, a couple of fried pork chops with apple sauce, meat loaf, barbecued ribs, a juicy brisket and other such items still cause me to salivate and swoon – but I’ve learned not to be frightened by meals that don’t involve... (more)

Tags: san francisco, california, restaurant

SF BATS Is Top-Notch Improv Theater

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 7, 2007

Last night we went to BATS Improv in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. BATS Improv is a non-profit education and performance theatre company that has been entertaining Bay Area audiences since 1986. Their unique style of acting-based improvisational theatre has made BATS Northern California’s largest improv theatre company and school and is a benchmark for improv all over the world. BATS performs year-round at the 200-seat Bayfront Theater, which is the ideal size venue for this type of thing – intimate and personal. You feel like the improvisational actors are performing just for you... (more)

Tags: san francisco, california, music, education

Little Thai Gets Big Praise

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 6, 2007

San Francisco has more Thai restaurants than anywhere this side of Thailand. This town is well-known for its Thai food, which is a good thing, because the last time I looked, flights to Thailand aren’t cheap. There are even a large number of specialty Thai places in SF, including a very pricey formal Thai spot called “Suit and Thai”; the famous fusion Australian/Thai restaurant called “Thai Me Kangaroo Down,” and then, of course, there’s the Thai joint where the meals come with all-you-can-drink beer and wine, “Thai One On.” All kidding aside, we have a Chinatown, a Japan town... (more)

Tags: san francisco, restaurant, japan

The Bus Stop is the Most Famous Bar in SF

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 6, 2007

My favorite bar in San Francisco has to be the "Bus Stop" at the corner of Union and Laguna Streets. It's a really fun spot that attracts two very different types of crowds, one during the day and another at night. When the sun is shining, The Bus Stop crowd is comprised primarily of locals and working stiffs like firemen, teachers, nurses, cops and plumbers. There is also a group of retired old-timers that come in there during the day. These folks are great to talk to and love to engage other patrons in conversations about everything from sports to movies to politics, even religion. As... (more)

Tags: best san francisco bars

SF Dog Walkers Need to Walk the Legal Line

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 5, 2007

The City of San Francisco is seriously considering imposing stricter regulations on dog walkers. Reports of lost mutts, verbal abuse, dogs being left in poorly ventilated vehicles for long periods of time, and letting pooches roam without leashes through city parks without supervision are some of the complaints that are causing local politicians to bark for tighter laws. The city is thinking of making dog walkers get a special business license and setting limits on the number of dogs pet care providers can walk at once. It’s about time. We had trouble with a dog walking service a while back... (more)

Tags: san francisco

Dwight Fights the White...Every Night

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 4, 2007

Former All-Star Dwight Gooden was released from prison recently after completing a sentence he received for violating his probation by using cocaine. The 41-year-old Gooden walked out of Gainesville Correctional and will not be on probation. With credit for time served in jail and in a secure drug treatment facility, Gooden’s total prison time totaled seven months. His original sentence was a year and a day. Whenever I read this kind of story, I always feel sick. So many careers, not just in sports but in every facet of life, have been ruined by the scourge that is cocaine. Like most people... (more)

Tags: baseball, hollywood, sex

Mark Ulriksen: A Local SF Artist Makes Good

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 3, 2007

Mark Ulriksen is a lot more than just an award-winning freelance illustrator who creates acrylic paintings for many of this country's best known magazines, book publishers and ad agencies. He's also a native San Franciscan and an integral part of the creative and political environment of Cole Valley. Since 1993, Ulriksen has published more than 500 illustrations and over 20 magazine covers for publications including the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vibe, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. He has worked for advertising agencies, creating paintings for clients like... (more)

Tags: mark ulriksen, new yorker

Consuelo in San Jose: The Anti-Taco Bell

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 3, 2007

Mexican food can either be magic or tragic. It’s rarely anywhere in between. Some of the best and worst meals I’ve ever had involved cuisine south of the border. I am not a big fan of the gelatinous combinations of cheese, rice, beans and mystery meat that you’ll find at many Mexican eateries in Northern California. If I see another taco salad in one of those crispy fried tortilla bowls, I swear I'll scream. I have eaten Mexican food at the most expensive restaurants in the Bay Area and have had horrible experiences, while I’ve also eaten at remote taco stands that can best be described... (more)

Tags: movie, california, restaurant

Why Mark McGwire Will Never Get into the Hall of Fame

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 2, 2007

Mark McGwire will never be in the Baseball Hall of Fame because 1.) He took steroids and 2.) He wasn't honest about it. People as a rule are a pretty forgiving bunch. We forgive crooked politicians, philandering celebrities, drug-riddled athletes and all sorts of crimes committed by people in the news. But, if you aren't honest and contrite after being caught or exposed for a wrongdoing, folks will hold it against you for life. Some prime examples of this are Pete Rose, O.J. Simpson and Richard Nixon. Pete Rose lied about gambling until he thought he had a shot at being in the Hall of Fame... (more)

Tags: baseball hall of fame, mark mgwire

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