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Feb-13-2014

Local Links: Balboa is 88, museum news, new BBQ, 20 years of LGBTQ & more


Photo by Daniel Hoherd

We’ve been storing up a lot of great linkage for ya! Enjoy – Sarah B.

  • The Balboa Theater turns 88 this weekend and is celebrating on Sunday with a party and screening of Frank Capra’s 1926 silent film The Strong Man. Festivities begin at 7pm and tickets are $10 (online or at the box office). Happy 88th Balboa!
  • New traffic lights are coming to the intersections of 22nd Avenue & Geary, and 26th Avenue & Geary. In a recent Richmond District Transportation Updates email, Supervisor Eric Mar wrote “Located near a Jackie Chan Senior Center, a middle school, and a church, these lights will provide much-needed safety improvements.”
  • We wrote last week about the Legion of Honor’s link to the new movie Monuments Men. The museum now has on display Anthony Van Dyck’s Portrait of a Lady (ca. 1620), one of the paintings that Monument Man and Legion Director Thomas Howe Carr, Jr. discovered with the platoon in WWII. The painting was returned to its rightful owner and then passed through various other hands before being donated to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco by Roscoe and Margaret Oakes in the mid-1970s, just a few years after Howe retired.
  • In other museum news, the new Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George exhibition opens at the de Young this Saturday. “From 1918 until the early 1930s, O’Keeffe retreated regularly to Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate on Lake George in upstate New York, where she reveled in the discovery of new subject matter and found respite in the rural setting without the distractions of city life.”
  • Ireland’s 32 will soon expand their offering to include bites from Baby Blues BBQ. The Geary Street bar is currently renovating their kitchen and Baby Blues plans to take over on Saturday March 1st. Menu items include the Badass Burger (blue cheese, two onions, and applewood-smoked bacon ground into the patty), a “rib tickler” (three smoked pork ribs over coleslaw), grilled shrimp over grits topped with rémoulade and much more. [Tablehopper]
  • Muriel Leff mini-park on 7th Avenue just off Geary is hosting a volunteer day on Saturday, February 22 for cleanup and beautification. The park was San Francisco’s first pocket park, established in the former police horse paddock for the Richmond Police Station. The workday runs from 10am until 1pm; lunch and light refreshments provided for those who RSVP to recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.
  • This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of Pine United Methodist Church (426 – 33rd Avenue) opening its doors to the LGBTQ community, the first API church to take this historic step. The church is holding a celebration with potluck lunch, music, sharing, community building, and justice-making starting at 1:30pm. The event is free, but please bring a dish to share.
  • The RDNC is offering free nutritious cooking classes for parents and kids focused on “Cooking with the Five Flavors”. Remaining classes are February 20th – Bitter, March 27th – Salty, April 10th – Sweet, and May 15th – Sour. Classes begin at 6pm and are FREE and open to everyone. To reserve a spot email sarah@rvbeacon.org or call 415-750-8554.
  • The new Yoga Tree on 6th Avenue is hosting a Community Party and Opening Reception this Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. All the details here
5:05 am | Posted under Events, Food, Museums, Parks, Traffic | 4 comments
Jan-21-2014

“King’s Thai Cuisine” is new branding for Thai restaurants on Clement


Photo by Derek

Last week we posted about the two King of Thai restaurants on Clement Street dropping / losing their royal monikers.

We haven’t been able to confirm the reason for the change, but surmised it was a trademark dispute or possibly a business divorce.

This week, the restaurant signs have changed once again. The location at 639 Clement has been relabeled as “King’s Thai Cuisine”. We assume the other location at 346 Clement Street will soon follow suit.

As we said in the last post about this, they can be called whatever they want – as long as they stick around! :) As one tweeter wrote, “As long as I can still get tasty pumpkin curry and pad kee mao in 4 minutes flat, they’ll always be the King of Thai to me.”

Sarah B.

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Jan-15-2014

King of Thai Noodle locations on Clement drop their royal monikers


The King of Thai location at 639 Clement, now missing its “King of” from the sign

Reader Maggie N. tweeted us earlier this week, asking “any leads on what’s up with King of Thai Noodle (I and II) covering the “King” portion of their name?”

Sure enough, a drive by the two locations on Clement Street revealed that the signage on both restaurants had the “King of” portions covered up, effectively renaming them to “Thai Noodle”.

We picked up a to-go order on Monday night at the 639 Clement Street location but the staff was tight-lipped on the reason for the name change.

But it’s likely that it has to do with a legal challenge from another King of Thai Noodle House chain in the Bay Area. Which one is the complaintant is anyone’s guess.

A quick Google search reveals another King of Thai Noodle that has two locations, one in North Beach and another in the Financial District.

Head over to Yelp and you’ll see that they have employed a simple ascending numbering on the URL’s because there are so many places named King of Thai Noodle House in the city. #3 is on O’Farrell and has similar purple signage to Clement Street, and calls itself the “first original thai noodle house in San Francisco”. #4 is on Clement, and #5 is on Sloat Boulevard.

In short, there are a lot of Thai Kings serving up noodles in our fair city (not to mention Alameda).

We don’t know definitively why the Clement Street restaurants have lost their royal status, but most likely it’s due to pressure from the chain with two locations.

The good news is that even with its newly shortened name, we still have them in the neighborhood. So when you get a hankering for pad thai, curry or spicy larb, they’ll be there for you.

Long live the King.

Sarah B.


The King of Thai location at 346 Clement, with the “King of” portions on their signs blacked out

5:16 am | Posted under Business, Food | 8 comments
Jan-3-2014

Local links: Food news, gardening classes, stargazing, jazz concert & more


Photo by David Young

Happy New Year, readers! Here are some local links we collected over the holidays. Now go off and have a great start to your 2014! – Sarah B.

  • New biz alert: Bay Chinese Medicine Clinic opened up on the corner of California and 22nd Avenue. Website says owner Heather Shields offers “holistic care and customized treatments for adults and children using acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas and massage.”
  • News from La Playa… Reader Gabriel tells us that the old Burger King has been bought by a couple who are putting in their own ovens and intend to make it an American-food cafe, with early morning bakery items.
  • Stargazers unite: The SF Amateur Astronomers Club will host a free City Star Party & Telescope Night at Lands End on Saturday, January 11 starting at 5:30pm. Check their website for details on where to meet up.
  • The Richmond District branch library is hosting a free series of Saturday Gardener Workshops starting January 11, taught by San Mateo and San Francisco County Master Gardeners and local arborists. Topics include Growing Healthy Vegetables, Fruit Tree Selection, Life in the Soil, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, and Growing Vegetables from Seeds.
  • Michael Reddig of the Inner Richmond wrote to the Chron editors about an incident on the 38 Geary that reinforced his “belief in the goodness of people and highlights a part of our Muni system that really does work”. It’s the little things in life, right?
  • Jazz it up: The West Side Jazz Club will play a free concert at The WestSide Art House (540 Balboa) on January 18th from 8pm to 10pm. The quartet “maintains an expansive, ever-changing book of jazz standards, focusing on challenging modern compositions and freshly-updated classics from Monk to Shorter, through Ellington, Rollins and Coltrane.” Concert is free, kids and dogs are welcome.
  • Vegan? There’s a few spots in the Richmond District for you, including Enjoy Vegetarian, Burma Superstar, and Hong Kong Lounge, according to a “100 Vegan Dishes to Try in San Francisco” article we found. Don’t miss the faux fish Sea Bass Eggplant at Enjoy Vegetarian or the infamous Tea Leaf Salad at Burma Superstar.
  • Have some storage or display space challenges in your apartment? These Richmond District apartment inspired shelves made by Carlysle Manufacturing Company are pretty cool. “…After moving into a cramped Outer Richmond studio, [creator John Pemberton] adapted the dated peg concept for San Francisco renters.”
  • Food critic Patricia Unterman revisits Shanghai House (3641 Balboa): “When I walked in I saw my last review, written in 2007, facing me on a cardboard stand. I took it from the counter and used it to order–and sure enough, everything that I had raved about back then pleased me just as much now. I was captivated all over again by a place I had not visited for six years.”
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Dec-16-2013

Honors: NEN Award winners, top bakeries in the neighborhood

As we head into the end of 2013, all sorts of awards, top lists, and honorable mentions get handed out for a variety of things in the city.

Last week, two neighborhood organizations received an annual Neighborhood Empowerment Network Award from the city organization of the same name. NEN’s mission is to empower “the neighborhoods of San Francisco with the capacity to steward themselves to a resilient condition”.

Friends of Cabrillo Playground received the 2013 award for Outstanding Park Volunteer Group, and the La Playa Neighborhood Watch group for SAFE received the Outstanding Neighborhood Watch Award.

In food news, three bakeries – one of which will open in the neighborhood nest year – received honorable mentions in SFist’s 12 Best Bakeries of San Francisco list.

Finishing up the roundup are Heartbaker on Clement and 15th Avenue, opened earlier this year by longtime baker Sybil Johnson offering tasty baked goods, a lunch and dinner menu plus nightly happy hours.

Boudin Bakery on 10th Avenue near Geary, founded in the neighborhood and famous for their sourdough, was also mentioned. And Marla Bakery, who will be opening a location at 3619 Balboa next year, also made the list.

Congrats to all of our neighborhood winners and thanks to readers Jean B. and Carl L. for the tips.

Sarah B.

9:30 am | Posted under Business, Community, Food | 1 comment
Dec-2-2013

Local links: Stolen bikes, Anzfer on Clement, new eateries, NEMS clinic & more


At a SFPD evidence site, about 800 stolen and recovered bicycles are stored. Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

Hard to believe that it’s already December! Here are some local links to take you into the final stretch of 2013…

  • A lot of you have read about stolen bike after stolen bike in the weekly police blotter. Ever wondered what happens to them all? The Chronicle paid a visit to a SFPD warehouse, where nearly 800 “mountain bikes, road bikes, rusted clunkers, fat-tired cruisers, fancy carbon fiber, and new and old frames of every color” sit gathering dust. The challenge? Reconnecting the recovered bikes with their owners. If you’ve had a bike stolen, visit the Park Station website, tweet to @sfpdbiketheft, or call 553-0123 to report a stolen bike.
  • The woodworkers Anzfer Farms have opened up a temporary store at 248 Clement Street for the holidays. Stop by on December 7 between 2 and 8pm for a little celebration featuring shopping (furniture and other home accessories), snacks and drinks.
  • The Bold Italic recently went on a very scientific pork bun adventure, tasting and rating the brown pockets of meaty joy at nine different dim sum restaurants in the Inner Richmond, hoping to identify the best one. “After charting out all the nuances of each bun, we had a hard time defining what “best” meant. While we all shared similar rankings for our top three favorites (Clement Restaurant, Wing Sing, and Cherry Blossom), there wasn’t one clear winner.” Nevertheless, their detailed research and photography is definitely worth the read!
  • If you say something egregious about your employer or job on Facebook, could you be fired for it? Two Richmond Village Beacon employees found out the answer to that is yes, and that not every social media post by disgruntled employees is protected by the National Labor Relations Act. A judge ruled that their profanity-laced Facebook posts went too far.
  • A new Japanese and Korean izakaya called Joo Mak has taken over the Sushi Tani space on Geary near Funston. According to their Facebook page, Chefs/Owners Tony Chong and Sam Sohn “always envisioned a place where people could come together and experience authentic street food from Korea and Japan.” They’re open daily from 5pm until 2pm, but closed on Tuesdays. Yelp reviews are very positive so far, and one wrote that “they still use Tani’s menu for the Japanese rolls.”
  • A new sushi place called Yoi opened up in the former Drunken Sushi on Clement and 24th Avenue. The name means “good, pleasing, skilled”, and according to their website, they’re offering sushi, ramen and robatayaki (skewers slow-grilled over hot charcoal). They’re open daily from 5pm until 12midnight, and from Thursday through Saturday, stay open late until 2am. Yelp reviews are mixed so far.
  • North East Medical Services (NEMS) recently celebrated the opening of their new clinic on Clement Street near 12th Avenue. The building was donated to NEMS by Hong Kong entrepreneur Dr. Tihua Koo and his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Shaofen Vee Koo. NEMS is the largest non-profit, federally-qualified community health center in San Francisco, providing health care to over 57,000 patients annually. They have 8 locations in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
  • The OBB recently profiled the owner of Fredy’s Deli out on La Playa near the beach. After a medical struggle that caused him to close for several months this year, he’s decided to sell after 28 years. A former employee, David Nottage, is re-opening the business as Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Nottage plans to close briefly in January for a renovation, and will keep selling many of the favorites that Fredy’s customers like so much.
  • Zephyr Cafe at 3643 Balboa has been renamed to La Promenade Cafe. Ownership changed back in June, but it sounds like they just got around to changing the awning. “We have completely renovated the café with new wooden floors and mural paintings depicting French café scenes which gives it its charm.” One Yelp reviewer reports that a lot of the clutter is gone and all the chairs now match. :)


Photo by @bonanos

5:15 am | Posted under Art, Business, Crime, Food | 5 comments
Nov-13-2013

Fog Baby Cafe opens, offering warming foods for the outer Richmond weather


Fog Bay Cafe owners Shireen and Fernando Fonseca

Outer Balboa Street is experiencing a bit of a renaissance with new cafes like Cassava opening and the Balboa Theater undergoing renovations. And now Fog Baby Cafe has made its way into the neighborhood at 3516 Balboa near 36th Avenue, offering tasty paninis, soups and warm beverages to help anyone weather the often chilly outer Richmond weather.

The cafe was started by Fernando and Shireen Fonseca, a husband and wife team whose background is in construction / property management and teaching dance to children, respectively. They are also filmmakers and recently screened their art house feature film Playground of Dreams at the Balboa Theater.

Shireen also has a special culinary connection to the very block on which Fog Baby Cafe is located. Her Russian immigrant grandmother’s home was on the corner and as a child, she used to play in the house and kitchen, where her grandmother cooked Russian delicacies for a restaurant on Union Street.

“I grew up on this very block,” Shireen said. “So it’s great to be back and be able to open our own business here.”

The couple saw an ad on Craigslist for the cafe, made an offer, and closed the deal a week later. The cafe was the former home of Crumbville.

Fog Baby’s menu is in keeping with the often foggy days we get in the outer Richmond. Favorites include the Playland panini sandwich – tuna salad with melted swiss cheese on rosemary focaccia ($7.75). Shireen’s favorite panini is the Windmill – chicken breast, cheddar pesto and sundried tomatoes on ciabatta ($8.25).

Fog Baby Cafe is open for breakfast every day at 7am, and features bagels from the House of Bagels and fresh coffee from Catahoula Coffee Company in Richmond, CA.

The cafe is also stocked with homemade desserts from Applebaum Bakery, including raspberry bars, lemon bars, and caramel apple crumble. Shireen came across their products at the Farmer’s Market at Stonestown and on Clement Street.

For lunch I chowed down on the Balboa panini with salami and provolone on rosemary focaccia ($7.50), along with a bowl of tomato red pepper bisque ($3.50). Shireen also sent me home with a homemade chocolate chip cookie that was fresh out of the oven – delicious! They also serve Strauss soft serve ice cream for those seeking a cooler treat.

Fog Baby Cafe has been open for about 5 weeks and aside from Shireen and Fernando, their 20 year old son, who is a student at City College, helps out with running the cafe.

Shireen still holds her job as a dance teacher and says that juggling the new cafe with her job has been the biggest challenge. Fernando worked in friends’ cafes in the Sunset, so he had a good handle on the operations required for running a cafe.

Fernando also handled the upgrades to the cafe’s interior, which includes a new front counter, freshly painted walls with Renaissance style murals of fog babies, cherubic angels floating on clouds. Those fog babies will soon learn a turtleneck is in order to make it out there. ;)

Fog Baby Cafe is open daily from 7am until 7pm. Stop in and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Sarah B.

4:52 am | Posted under Business, Food | 11 comments
Nov-1-2013

Local links: Cassava honored, Boitano coming to Green Apple, renter’s woes, SFPUC survey, Aziza is a star, free photo classes & more


Cassava Bakery & Cafe owners with Supervisor Mar (read more below). Photo courtesy of Supervisor Eric Mar’s office

Happy Friday! Hard to believe it’s November already. Here are some local links to take your mind off how fast this year is flying by…

  • Owners Kristoffer Toliao and Yuka Ioroi (and husband and wife) of Cassava Cafe & Bakery were recently honored at City Hall by Supervisor Eric Mar for this year’s Restaurant Appreciation Month. ” They have been a source of great food, wonderful company, and the revitalization of the neighborhood,” Mar’s office wrote.
  • SFAppeal writes about a real estate investor group that is may try to evict all the tenants at 2405 Anza, include a single parent and two seniors, who have been living at the location for 36 years. That’s because they want to recoup their investment and flip the building as a Tenancy-in-Common (TIC). The investor, who pled guilty to shady dealings in the past, asserts that since the Ellis Act is state law, he’s only acting within his rights as a property owner. Read the full story
  • The 5L Fulton line went into operation this week and is getting high marks from many MUNI commuters. “20 minutes from home to downtown; thanks SF Muni for the 5 Limited and for making Monday almost bearable,” tweeted one rider. The 5L runs during peak commute hours in the morning and evenings, Monday through Friday, and makes all stops from Ocean Beach to 6th Avenue, and then limited stops until from 6th Avenue until it reaches Van Ness Avenue. Though one blogger is wondering why the new faster 5L buses are electric instead of diesel.
  • Earlier this month, The SFPUC held their first public meeting about the Baker Beach Green Street project, designed to manage stormwater and improve water quality at Baker Beach. The project is focused on enhancements in two corridors: El Camino Del Mar between the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Trailhead, and on Sea Cliff Avenue between 25th and 26th Avenues. They’d like to get your thoughts in their online survey.
  • Roadside BBQ at 2nd & Geary was sold and now has a new name/brand: GS Riverside Grill. We weren’t frequent diners of the Roadside but the menu under new ownership looks pretty similar – lots of BBQ, a kid’s menu, and some homemade pies.
  • A cyclist who was struck by a driver at 3 in the morning on Tuesday at California Street and 8th Avenue is expected to survive. Hilah Sulme, 56, was taken into custody after the collision, which was reported at 3:13am. Sulme allegedly fled from the scene but was later found and taken into custody. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision, police said. [SFAppeal]
  • Aziza restaurant on Geary will maintain their single Michelin Star rating for 2014. Way to represent!
  • Interested in telling the story of the Richmond District in photos? The Richmond Branch library is offering a 3 session program with wward-winning photojournalist Frederic Larson called “Through Our Eyes: Visual Stories of the Richmond Neighborhood”. It’s an intensive photo documentary class and study of the Richmond neighborhood where each student will create a visual story over the course of the class. Stories will be submitted to the city’s archives where they will be available for research and public use. The class meets November 9: 3-5pm, November 23: 2:45-5:30pm, and December 14: 3-5pm. Space is limited to 20 people, so be sure to register online in advance.
  • Creative Canopy on California Street near 6th Avenue is celebrating their first birthday with a holiday craft fair on November 16 from 10am until 3pm. Many of Canopy’s artists and teachers will be present to share their craft ideas and class information and offer workshops for projects. Many will have gifts to sell for the holiday season. View the event flyer
  • Brian Boitano will be at Green Apple Books on Saturday, November 16 at 4pm to discuss his latest culinary tome, “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”.
  • Cycle over to the Family Bike Safety Fair on Saturday, November 16 at Roosevelt School from 10am until 2pm. The fair is being put on by Assemblymember Phil Ting and it will feature a bike obstacle course and information booths on bike safety and opportunities to make San Francisco more bike friendly. First 300 families receive free bike safety equipment for children.
  • Local artist Karen Lechelt is offering a free download of her children’s e-book “What Do You Love About You?” via Amazon until November 4, featuring black and white line drawings of funny animals revealing what they love about themselves. “It indirectly explores what it unique about us all, while binding us together in the idea that we all share a commonality of pride and self-love,” Lechelt told us. Download it here
3:15 pm | Posted under Business, Eric Mar, Food, Free stuff, Muni | 1 comment
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