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News, Your Humble Narrator Act of Godzilla: San Francisco Is Menaced by Monsters from the Deep -- Real Ones

Act of Godzilla: San Francisco Is Menaced by Monsters from the Deep -- Real Ones

Right-wingers and left-wingers, progressives and moderates, East-coasters, West-Coasters, Midwesterners: Everyone agrees. Watching monsters destroy San Francisco makes for good cinema. Sitting within a movie theater in this city while cheering a depiction of its spectacular demise is a counterintuitive pleasure;…
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Dining, Eat Summer Guide 2013: Ice Cream in S.F.

Summer Guide 2013: Ice Cream in S.F.

Bi-Rite Creamery On a nice day, the line for the Mission location stretches around the corner and sometimes up Dolores Street, and though the new Divisadero outpost isn't quite that popular yet, it still inspires a wait. Pro tip: For…
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Dining, Eat Cassava: A Savory Japanese Breakfast

Cassava: A Savory Japanese Breakfast

To Americans, breakfast means Belgian waffles doused in syrup, fried eggs, and greasy sausage — in other words, sugar, fat, and more fat. But to the Japanese, it means a meal loaded with iron, fiber, and protein, all subtly flavored…
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Dining, Eat Hong Kong Lounge II: Find Dim Sum's Quieter Side

Hong Kong Lounge II: Find Dim Sum's Quieter Side

Like tapas, dim sum is meant to be shared. The traditional Cantonese fare began in rural roadside tea houses, where workers and travelers would gather for tea and snacks, and the meal retained that community spirit as it moved to…
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News, The Snitch Hash House Harriers, Local Running Club, Creates Hazmat Scare in the Richmond District

Hash House Harriers, Local Running Club, Creates Hazmat Scare in the Richmond District

There's plenty of people out there who say runners are crazy people -- and yeah, they will run barefoot in the snow with no shirt on just to get that runner's high, but it's not like they are Osama bin…
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News, Sucka Free City Progressively Modest: Eric Mar Stays out of the Headlines

Progressively Modest: Eric Mar Stays out of the Headlines

Supervisor Eric Mar won't make national news shutting down late-night fast-food restaurants or getting a strippermobile towed from an Outer Richmond street. Maybe that's the idea. The former head of the school board and mainstay of the city's progressive wing…
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Culture, Art

BOSF 2012: How to Find an Apartment

An open house in San Francisco is a notoriously competitive affair. As you and your roommates-to-be marvel at the hardwood floors and closet space, there will definitely be several other seekers obnoxiously glad-handing and kissing up to the landlord right…
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Calendar, Night&Day Before the Flood

Before the Flood

If global warming is a distant, abstract concept to you, Mohamed Nasheed has a pressing message: There is no Planet B. Deposed just a few weeks ago as president of the Republic of Maldives, a tiny country of 300,000 in…
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Dining, Eat Jang Soo BBQ: Rethinking Korean Barbecue in Style and Substance

Jang Soo BBQ: Rethinking Korean Barbecue in Style and Substance

It's not often that you're greeted at the door of a restaurant by a woman wearing an embroidered crimson hanbok, the traditional Korean dress that splays out from a high-waisted sash to orbit its wearer in a cone of rustling…
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Dining, Eat Red Tavern: Inconsistent Quality but Never Boring Meals at Russian Restaurant

Red Tavern: Inconsistent Quality but Never Boring Meals at Russian Restaurant

Soon after the beef stroganoff and chicken cutlets come to our table, the party in back of Red Tavern and the party in the front of Red Tavern begin arguing with each other across the room. It seems to be…
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News, The Snitch

Richmond Safeway Remodel: Take Your Virtual Tour Today

Generally speaking, residents of the Outer Richmond, which includes your author, have it pretty good. We're close to great parks and beaches, exceptional Chinese food is never more than a few blocks away, and we harbor a dirty little secret:…
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Dining, SFoodie Japanese-Thai Fusion Bistro Morph Hoping to Launch Next Week

Japanese-Thai Fusion Bistro Morph Hoping to Launch Next Week

Call him "T." Not Mr. T, just T, something the co-owner of the soon-to-open restaurant Morph considers a manageable edit of a very long Thai name few in San Francisco could comfortably pronounce. T and his partners are in the…
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Dining, Eat Soups, small plates, and snacks shine at Taste of Formosa

Soups, small plates, and snacks shine at Taste of Formosa

Has it been long enough since the Great Pork Belly Craze of 2005 to stage a revival? The people who care about fashion have sneeringly returned bacon to its populist origins, though bacon is still giddy from the attention and…
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Dining, SFoodie Local Flavor: Gastronom's Khachapuri Keeps Georgia on Our Mind

Local Flavor: Gastronom's Khachapuri Keeps Georgia on Our Mind

So what exactly is khachapuri? The classic Georgian cheese bread comes in an array of shapes and sizes depending on region and inspiration. The Russian woman working behind the counter at Gastronom ― an Eastern European deli and bakery in…
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Dining, SFoodie The Food's Tasty, the Room's Nice. Why is La Vie So Sleepy?

The Food's Tasty, the Room's Nice. Why is La Vie So Sleepy?

People take pity on empty bars, bleak little dives with dart boards and televisions. In a dead room, there's no need to shout, which makes for better conversation. Likewise, everyone gets a seat. Drinkers can spread out. No one scoops…
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Dining, Eat Yu-Zen and the art of sushi

Yu-Zen and the art of sushi

You can find the state induced by a recent meal at Yu-Zen, a modest but charming Japanese restaurant in the outermost Outer Richmond, in its name. The calm succession of properly made sushi, exquisitely presented sashimi, and lovely cooked izakaya…
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Dining, SFoodie Early-Bird Special: Yu-Zen

Early-Bird Special: Yu-Zen

An early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review. We all know the taste of mid-grade sushi-joint food like we know the taste of a McDonald's burger: starchy tempura, elaborately gooshy fantasy rolls, watery miso soup. Get something better, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Snuggling up to Piroshki: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

Snuggling up to Piroshki: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 What, it got down to, like, 60 degrees yesterday? Not exactly Snuggie weather. Still, you can be forgiven for feeling like you've been living a scene from Fargo over the past 24 hours. Get a whiff…
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Dining, SFoodie Thawing Out with Sushi: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

Thawing Out with Sushi: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

Friday, October 9, 2009 If you're anywhere near the Outer Richmond at lunchtime, chances are you're articulated extremities will feel as frosty as Otter Pops. Understandably, cold fish is a hard sell. But, suggests SF Weekly restaurant critic Meredith Brody,…
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Dining, SFoodie Wrap Yourself in Rice and Kimchi: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

Wrap Yourself in Rice and Kimchi: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Okay, so the promised heat wave turned out to be bogus. What's the takeaway? First, you should probably wear a hoodie. And second, grab a lunch that'll give you plenty of fuel to stay warm, especially…
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