This is a local and weekend tourist hangout for Yuppie visitors and Yuppie surfers in the town of Half Moon Bay. The food here is pretty good, with a lot of selection and fresh ingridients. The best thing is the fresh carrot juice which they grind right in front of you when you order. The other things I like are the salsa bar wich offers a very wide range of salsas, and the fresh tortilla chips which they make themselves and of which you can eat as much as you like. The place is always packed, especially on the weekends, so be prepared to wait for at leasr 20min if you go on the weekend or during meal times. Also the prices are Yuppie style high.
This place is located right in the main shopping center in Half Moon Bay, so there is a lot of parking and it's a quick and convenient place to grab a burrito. The taco's are my favorite, they are cheap and filling and made with all fresh ingerdients. They offer the usual freshly made hibiscus tea and horchata. You can find really excellent Mexican food here sans Yuppies, at non-yuppie prices, which is rare in this Yuppie town. The only disappointment I have about this place is that the chips are not freshly made, and they are not included if you get take-out.
This restraunt is very classy, right in the middle of San Francisco, on top of the Macy's Building. It offers rooftop dining with spectacular views of the city, especially at night. It can be a little cold up there, but there are patio heaters near the tables which work fairly well, although I've always felt somewhat cold. I don't know what all the fuss is about the food here, it's just different kinds of pasta dishes, and different cheesecakes. The pasta tastes OK and they give you large portions, but it's pretty expensive for just pasta. The views are cool though so it's a good place to go on a date.
CONS: terrible parking
This store, located in Palo Alto is really fun. The retail store is right in front of the wharehouse where they do all of the packing and shipping for their mail order business.Inside they have all of the fun Kluz books, like the lego one, the juggling one and the bead one, and the supplies to go with them. This is also a great place to find juggling supplies, like specially weighted bean bags and juggling rings. They also have a lot of fun educationalish toys, like kazoos, and bins of other small stuff. This is a great place to pick up a fun an educational gift for a kid's birthday party. The staff are really fun and friendly and most of them can juggle and make it look easy enough that you want to buy the juggling stuff right then.
This is the only store around that carries Aquabee drawing paper, in several different sizes. This paper has a fantastically good texture and weight, and is my absolute favorite for drawing. The store is small, but they manage to stock an amazingly wide array of really high quality as well as student grade art supplies. In the back in the corner they have discontinued and damaged papers, paints and supplies, which sometimes can be great deals. However, if you are looking for cheap art supplies, this is not the place to find it, after all this is Palo Alto. The store is well connected with the local art community and always offers interesting and current fliers on loacl art lesson oppourtunities and events, which I like. The only minus about the store, is that if they special order something for you it takes a very long time to come in and then when you go to pick it up they usually can't find it.
Pearl's is a cool place on Market street that has discount and surplus art supplies. The location is great because it's right in walking distance of two other more pricy art supply stores, the Academy of Art's store and Utrechts. Also the store is right on the BART line. Usually, I check at Pearl first, and then if they don't have what I need, I walk over to the other stores. The bottom floor of Pearls is all different paints and brushes of various qualities and prices and the stock is always changing, sometimes you can find some pretty good deals. The upper floor of the store is all papers, canvasses, canvas boards, and books. I always find the best deals on student grade canvases here. They also give a discount to students, so bring your student ID.
The Cal Sailing Club is a cool non-profit cooperative that teaches sailing and boating . It has about 23 sailboats from 14 to 26 feet in length, and about 50 sailboards. They charge $60 + a 2 hour work commitment, for a three month membership, which includes use of the boats and lessons given by other qualified members, so it's actually a pretty good deal. The quality of the instruction varies according to who you get as an instructor, also since it's on a first come first served basis you can be waiting around all day before you get on the water, which has happened to me many times. Still, it's a pretty good deal and you can meet lot's of neat people and its a not too spendy way to get on the water. Also every month they offer free introductory sails, to get people to join, and this is a good way to try it out and see if you want to join for 3 months.
This place is really cool, it used to be located at the Cliff House on Ocean Beach, before some idiot decided to move it and put some boring exhibit there instead. Now it's located on Pier 45 in Fishermans' Wharf. This place is really unique and cool. Admission is free. The museum has is one of the largest collections of Antique coin-operated mechanical toys in the world, with over 160 mechanical toy machines and musical instruments going back to the 1880's, including the famous scary lifesized, Laughing Lady from Playland. It's basically a Penny Arcade and the cool thing is that you can operate all of the toys yourself by putting in 25-50 cents. So these are not just some dusty museum displays that you can't touch. In addition there are a wide array of different eclectic coin operated mechanical fourtune telling machines. It's a really cool place and you don't end up spending that much because other people all around you, are putting in the coins too. The only bad thing is the parking, of which there isn't
If you can't read Chinese you can still get an idea of what the foods are by here by reading the ingreidients which are listed on all of the packages in English. If you are looking for Tofu and Soy products, like fake meat tasting stuff, differently flavored Tofu, and Tofu shells for stuffing this is a great place to go. Also if you want to make your own Sushi, they have many different brands of seaweeds for wrapping, and the right kind of rice. There are some delicios vegetable's and fruits here that you can't get at Safeway, like Daiken, pea sprouts, plantains and baby ginger. Also they sell bags of frozen shelled soy beans which are just like frozen peas and taste great raw in salads, or cooked. They have a whole long isle just of different kinds of Top Ramen type packages but more flavors, so this place is great for students. Also a long isle of different kinds of rice. The ice creams are really yummy and different, jack-fruit, mango, or purple yam, with delicious brands like Michaels. It's a great place
PROS: Lot's of Tofu and soy products
One of the cool things about City College of San Francisco is that they offer free non-credit vocational technical classes, like machine shop, welding, automotive, construction and furniture making, with Saturday and evening hours. The main campus is located right near Ocean Avenue in the city, but they have a lot of smaller campuses conviniently scattered throughout the city. One of these is the Fort Mason Art campus, which offers excellent, excellent art classes, some of them taught by the same professors that teach at the Academy of Arts, but for only $26 a unit. The main campus on Phelan is very pretty and scenic, set on a hill from which you can see lovely views of the city on all sides. The canpus has a lot of nice little cafe's and areas for students to lounge and study. A cool thing are the little gumball machines located around campus where you can get a handful of M&M's for 25 cents. Also the main campus is located convinently near Bart and Muni train stations, which is a good thing because parking