These are not your mom's greenbeans. Betelnut's signature chili greenbeans are a must order at this asian fusion hot spot on Union.
Always crowded, for good reason, It may be hard to get a table, but its worth it. If the sound of chili crusted calamari, seared scallop cakes, braised short ribs, and fresh mojitos sound like the perfect dinner, then you will love betelnut.
A definite must try
While its a little personal to be writing about waxing, I simply have to share my great experiences at Dermaplus.
Julie, the owner is fantastic. I have a hard time planning in advance, so never make appts. Julie always manages to squeeze me in on Saturdays which I imagine are pretty packed days.
The location is very convient on union street and space is amazing. Very well decorated and have a soothing vibe. Each room is painted in tranquil shades of blue and green with soothing music piping in. Julie, was so sweet and really put me at ease. By far the least painful, and best wax I ever have.
The full brazilian is $40 which is well under the $60+ that most of the higher end salons charge in Marina/Pac Heights. She also does a really good job with eye brow shaping and waxing.
If you are new to waxing or simply want to upgrade your experience without paying a fortune, I highly Recommend Dermaplus
PROS: Quality, Service, Price
This charming one-screen theater, could definitely use some remodeling and sound upgrade, but what it lacks in technology it makes up in charm. Its only a few blocks from where I live, is never sold out, and always have something interesting playing that wouldn't be at AMC or any other multiplex.
I saw Who Killed the Electric Car and A Prarie Home Companion there recently which were great movies. They are a little over-priced in my opinion (@ $9.75) but I get to see an interesting movie, a few blocks from home, with no-line and no crowds. All in all a pretty good deal!
Full of designer dog bowls and pillows, this chi chi independent coffee house, gives you some insight into the PV community. The Pro's are that its conveniently right on Alpine road, the coffee is really good, and they have free wireless and lots of tables. However, if you are looking for fast morning service, or late night coffee you would be better off at Starbucks. I believe they close at 5PM and are not open on Sundays.
Jet mail is a mailing center that provides a variety of services... I used them alot when I first moved to Pacific Heights.
Their postage rates are about 30% more than you would pay at the post office, but if you are in a hurry or need one-off thingslike tape, envelopes, copies, notary, etc, its a good one stop shop.
I go to trader Joe's for two things mainly. Their frozen foods and wine. They have a great selection of gourmet, healthy prepared frozen dishes like Lemongrass Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna. Their wine selection is extensive and always much cheaper than other grocery or wine stores. The only problem is that they don't carry lots of brands, so I still usually have to go to safeway for my staples
PROS: Price, Quality
CONS: Don't have everything you need
I went to the Westlake location for the 2nd time this month (I just moved to a new apt) and was not impressed. There is a serious staff shortage, which left me waiting for 30 minutes to get a rug from the back, and another 30 to check out.
As for their stuff, while marketed as a more affordable Pier One, I found their furniture similarly priced and not as cute. They also don't do as good of a job putting things together. I guess its okay if you know exactly what you want, but if you are design challenged like me, going here will be a frustrating experience.
Right down near Fort Mason, this is the nicest sports Basement I have ever seen! Most sports basements actually look like a basement with crappy out of style/season stuff. Not this one. I got alot of really cute running and swim gear here for really cheap.
They also have lots of great information on area races and event and have an extensive schedule of classes (I haven't taken one). reminds me alot of the flagship REI in Seattle.
They also have a huge parking lot
PROS: Layout, location
Most of the times I have been to Bimbo's is for Tainted love shows, so definitely consider the source. I love the authenticity of this place, from the bartenders' formal uniform, to the "no funny business" bathroom attendant who manages to keep a room of 30 drunken giggling girls inline, this place definitely has personality. Add to that a HUGE dancefloor and Stage and you have a great place to dance dance dance to your favorite cover band. When the show is over you can mosey across the street to Kennedy's Irish /Indian Pub (a story for another time) for last call!
While custom full-service framing here is super expensive, they have a good selection of $40-$70 ready-made wood frames in all different sizes. They have "certified framers" who will help you pick out mattes to match your prints/frames and for only $30 or so will custom cut them and attach them to your print.
If you want nice framed prints without the big price tag, Michael's is the place to go!
PROS: Great Service, Framing Expertise