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Did you spend Thanksgiving on a monster wave?

The surfers out at Mavericks did. Their steel balls astound me every year and I just had to share some of these amazing pics from their high surf shenanigans on Thanksgiving Day. See more pics on the Mavericks website.

Latest rumor is that the annual surf contest will be next Tuesday. Thanks to SFist for the tip.

Sarah B.

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 4:19 pm | Posted under Photos, Recreation | Comments Off

The best ramen and the worst name

Don’t worry, the title doesn’t refer to the same restaurant but to a couple of different foodie items in today’s news.

The UCSF Student newspaper, Synapse, listed what they consider the best ramen spots in the city. As the writer, James Han, points out, why would you pay $10 for a bowl of ramen when you can buy and prepare it yourself for about 99¢? Simply because these places know what ramen is supposed to taste like.

And who doesn’t like ramen? As Han says, “it’s affordable, immensely easy to prepare and tastes “umm so good” especially when the weather gets a bit chilly outside.”

Who was our local winner? Oyaji Restaurant at 3123 Clement near 32nd Avenue. “Oyaji is a place that offers the most authentic taste. This place came with great recommendation from a number of first-generation Japanese-Americans in the City: be sure to make a reservation if you’re going there for a dinner.” Thanks, James for the tip!

SF Weekly ran a funny article today listing out some of the most unappealing restaurant names in the city. Our local winner in this article was Khan Toke Thai House (5937 Geary at 24th Ave.). Say the name slowly – Kan Thoke Thai House. As the article points out, “Yo, it’s cool that you khan toke up in there, but all that smoke surely gets in the way of the food.”

The good news is they get high marks on Yelp, so don’t take the name too seriously. ;)

Sarah B.

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 1:41 pm | Posted under Food | 1 comment

Park Chalet 50% off on Wednesdays in December

Eatery Park Chalet out on the Great Highway has a nice deal going this month.

Each Wednesday in December, get 50% off items on the à la carte lunch and dinner menus.

Note that the discount doesn’t apply to happy hour menus (3-6pm), beverages, tax, or tip. But still – good food, nice discounts and a seat by the beach. Oven roasted garlic prawns, anyone?

Make a Park Chalet reservation online

Sarah B.

[via SFoodie via EyeonBlogs]

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 1:12 pm | Posted under Food | Comments Off

Beading workshop at the Library, Dec. 9

Next Wednesday night the Richmond District Library will host a free workshop, “Beading Techniques” from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

At the event, painter and bead worker Niki Lee will give a presentation of beadwork techniques on hide and trade cloth, using a straight stitch and demonstrating the making of rosettes.

Lee’s work has shown in the Western United States (New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and California) since 1999. She is the youngest artist included in the landmark online exhibit Gifts Given by The Creator: Contemporary American Indian Art.

Sarah B.

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 1:11 pm | Posted under Events, Free stuff | Comments Off

Paul’s Hat Works kicks off the holiday season

On Tuesday night, Paul’s Hat Works (6128 Geary) hosted an open studio and winter gala. Below are some pics from the event, see more on their blog.

There was even a Dimestore Dandy on hand to sing and entertain.

Everyone looks so spiffy!

Sarah B.

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 6:30 am | Posted under Business | 1 comment

Recycle your e-waste at Ocean Beach on Saturday

Drive by the free ewaste dropoff point at Ocean Beach this Saturday from 9am – 2pm to safely dispose of your unwanted electronic items for free.

The drop off point will be in the Ocean Beach parking lot, directly across from the Beach Chalet restaurant.

Please note that you must show a valid California driver’s license or ID. You can recycle any of the following items:

  • TVs and Monitors
  • Computers and Laptops
  • Scanners and Printers
  • Cell Phones
  • Fax Machines
  • Ethernet Cables
  • Telephone Systems
  • VCRs and DVD Players
  • All networking equipment
  • A note from the organizers, sfcleancity.com: We are sorry but we will not be able to accept appliances of any kind or microwaves. Please be prepared to take any boxes or containers used to bring items back home with you.

    More info & location map

    Thanks to PAR for the tip.

    Sarah B.

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     4:44 pm | Posted under Green | 3 comments

    Beach Chalet soccer fields set for renovation; public meeting Dec. 7

    I spent lots of time in high school playing soccer on the fields at Beach Chalet (and sustained a few injuries on the uneven turf!), so I was excited to learn about plans for renovating them.

    The City Fields Foundation is holding a community meeting about the proposed renovation for the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields on Monday, December 7 from 7-8:30pm at the GGP Senior Center, 6101 Fulton St. (at 37th Ave.).

    With the goal of addressing the shortage of athletic fields in San Francisco and providing equitable facilities across neighborhoods, the City Fields Foundation was created in 2006 in partnership by three brothers, Bob, Bill and John Fisher, who grew up playing sports in San Francisco parks and wanted to make sure other city kids enjoy the same opportunities. They partnered with the SF Recreation & Parks Department and to date, have renovated five facilities in the city.

    Beach Chalet is a well-used soccer facility, with more than 1,500 kids and 600 adults playing there each week in the busiest Fall season. But the last time any real work was done to the fields was in 1998, and it’s not unusual for one or more of the four fields to be closed for maintenance. Not to mention the abundance of gopher holes, uneven turf, and wet, oceanside conditions that make it a not-so-pleasant place to play.

    The Beach Chalet renovation project calls for major facility improvements including converting the fields to synthetic turf, installing lights for night play, new restrooms, parking lot improvements, better walkways and lighting, and the addition of a designated spectator area.

    In its current condition, the fields can host just over 4,000 hours of play in a year. With the renovations in place, the amount of hours for both soccer and lacrosse games to take place would almost be tripled. The current timeline calls for the project to begin construction in July, 2010 and reopen in May, 2011.

    See the full Beach Chalet Renovation presentation from City Fields Foundation (PDF, 12MB)

    For more information on the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields Renovation project, be sure to attend the public meeting on December 7. But if you can’t, you can also get more information from Dan Mauer, Project Manager for San Francisco Recreation and Parks’ Capital Improvement Division at (415) 581–2542 or visit the City Fields Foundation website.

    Sarah B.

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     3:33 pm | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Recreation | 3 comments

    Behind the Ballet: “La Danse” at the Balboa for one week

    Lace up your toe shoes and head over to the Balboa Theater this Friday for a one week run of La Danse, a documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet.

    Renowned filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us behind the scenes of one of France’s principal cultural institutions and the world’s great ballet companies, showing us how the company functions from administration, technical support, and classes, to the rehearsal and performance.

    The film follows the production of seven ballets – Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, The Nutcracker by Rudolf Noureev, Genus by Wayne McGregor, Medea by Angelin Preljocaj, The House of Bernarda Alba by Mats Ek, Romeo and Juliet by Sasha Waltz and Orpheus and Eurydyce by Pina Bausch.

    A.O. Scott of the New York Times says La Danse “is one of the finest dance films ever made”.

    Scott writes, “In “La Danse” you watch closely as dancers and choreographers break complex movements down into their constituent gestures, a process that is at once tedious and entirely engrossing. Though all the rehearsing culminates in full-dress performance, “La Danse” really has no beginning, middle or end. It is, rather, about two kinds of time that exist outside traditional narrative frameworks: the long, slow, repetitive cycle in which institutions exist, and the fleeting moments of bodily motion and musical expression that make ballet such a singular and elusive art form.”

    La Danse opens Friday, December 4 at the Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa Street, between 37th and 38th Avenues with showtimes daily at 1:00 (bargain matinee), 4:10, and 7:30. This film will only be there for one week so don’t miss it!

    Sarah B.

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     12:32 pm | Posted under Movies | Comments Off