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The Thrill of the Grill: Juban in SF's Japantown

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 23, 2007

...get old. You sit down, order some things off of a menu, and then your server brings the food to you. Granted, it’s a tried and true method with a centuries-old track record of success, but it can get stale just the same. The other night we went to a place called Juban, located in San Francisco’s Japantown. Juban is a Japanese barbecue restaurant where you get to grill your own food at the table. This experience can best be described as “the thrill of the grill and the agony of burnt meat.” To some people, this is a cool experience, while other folks go out to ... (more)

Tags: san francisco, restaurant, japan

SF Celebrity Top Chef Marisa Churchill is Cookin'!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 21, 2007

It's amazing who you can meet at the grocery store. My fiance and I were at the Marina Safeway in San Francisco yesterday when I saw a woman who looked familiar. I'm really bad at remembering names, but I never forget a face. I also don't have a problem bothering celebrities in public. It took me a few minutes to figure out who she was, but then I realized it was one of the contestants from one of my favorite reality shows, Top Chef. Her name is Marisa Churchill and she lives in the Fillmore District. I walked up to her and immediately struck up a conversation. In the Top Chef II series,... (more)

Tags: san francisco, california, restaurant, education, cookbook, chocolate soup, celebrity chef

The Matterhorn in SF is Fondue Fabulous!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 20, 2007

...come to seeing the real Matterhorn was at Disneyland, but when I was about 10 someone told me it wasn’t a real mountain and I was quite upset. Much later in life, I also found out that Mickey Mouse wasn’t real, either. But, back to the point -- there’s a restaurant in San Francisco called The Matterhorn, and for those who can’t afford to go to Switzerland or Disneyland, this is surely the next best thing. The Matterhorn is essentially a fondue place. The atmosphere is kind of like a Swiss chalet with yuppies in it. It’s Zurich meets Pacific Heights.... (more)

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Coffee Shops v. Home Brew

By Wanderlust, published on Apr 19, 2007

...for the time it takes to remove the store-bought coffee from my stomach. Apparently, the "gourmet" coffee was flavored artificially. I rued the haste of my purchase. Needless to say, the next day, late and sunny, I got my buy-ten get one-free card stamped with a smirk at the cafe where those who ponder, come to think. May a higher power, and the San Francisco Association for rent control bless, The Thinkers Cafe, on Potrero Hill for as long as we depend on affordable, and more importantly quality coffee. Also, cliche's ring true: you get what you pay for (especially when buying coffee). (more)

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The Cliff House Bistro: Food with a View

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 18, 2007

I like eating at landmarks and historic places. Just thinking about the history of a famous and inspiring spot makes me hungry, I guess. Restaurants with great views are also nice. The Cliff House Bistro at Point Lobos in San Francisco has both of those things going for it. It’s a historical landmark with a spectacular view, a combination not found everywhere. Their motto is “Where San Francisco Begins,” and the place is world renowned for a lot of reasons. I don’t really feel like giving you the whole story about the Cliff House, Playland, the Sutro Baths and their storied pasts right... (more)

Tags: san francisco, environment

Greens at Fort Mason: Where Vegetarians Go to Graze

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 16, 2007

...about a veggie joint called Greens I run to the nearest Wendy’s for a big, greasy double with cheese. That’s my way of coping with a tofu sandwich made on organic wheat bread and served by a gal with braided armpits. But, this restaurant is not like that at all. Greens in San Francisco is a great place. The fact that there aren't any meat, fish or fowl items on the menu isn’t even an issue. I had a girlfriend long ago who was obnoxiously vocal and militant about the fact that she was a vegetarian. I would go out of my way to make her special veggie meals. But,... (more)

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Robin Williams Receives Long-Overdue Honor

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 15, 2007

It’s finally happening. The City by the Bay is honoring its greatest living comedian and actor, a man who started out at the City’s comedy clubs, made it on TV as a funny alien and eventually rose to the pinnacle of movie stardom. The San Francisco Film Society is laying its prestigious acting prize on its biggest star and the honor is long overdue. The fast-talking man with a mind like a steel trap, a creative force in everything he’s tried, is getting the ultimate film honor and no one deserves it more. The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian will get the Society's Peter J. Owens... (more)

Tags: san francisco, movie

The Art of Baseball

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 14, 2007

What are baseball bats, baseballs and bases doing in an art gallery and shouldn’t Sandy Koufax be on the sports pages instead of hanging on a wall? Well, it must be time for the 10th Annual Art of Baseball exhibition at the George Krevsky Gallery located at 77 Geary Street in San Francisco. This year’s show, Spring Training started on March 15th and continues through Saturday, April 28th. Forty artists from across the country have been invited to create their interpretation of our National Pastime. Paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, on the theme of baseball, line the walls of... (more)

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Pres A Vi: Hip, Hyped and Half-Bad

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 14, 2007

We were looking for a memorable restaurant where we could celebrate our third-year anniversary, so we decided to give Pres a Vi in San Francisco’s Presidio a try. Pres a Vi loosely translates to "captivated by wine" in Spain's Catalan language. I had heard nothing but incredible things about Chef Kelly Degala's menu of eclectic international small plate selections. People have been gushing accolades galore about Pres a Vi since it opened last December, so we’d heard a lot about the inventive menu, amazing atmosphere, great bar, professional service and the large international wine list complete... (more)

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Zinfully Zensational: Teatro ZinZanni

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 11, 2007

...atmosphere. Nothing about this event is done cheaply – with world-class performers in an intimate “jewel box venue,” doing things not previously seen on this planet. In fact, Teatro ZinZanni can only be experienced in two places in the world – in Seattle and in San Francisco on Pier 29 at the Embarcadero. At admission prices that range from $123 to $147, it’s not a cheap night out. Throw in the pricey drinks, parking and tips and it’s a very expensive proposition altogether, but worth absolutely every single penny. Teatro ZinZanni is the... (more)

Tags: san francisco, movie, music

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