Archive for August, 2010
Blogger 40 Going on 28 decided to compare San Francisco neighborhoods to Impressionist painters and/or highly-salted snacks. While the Upper Haight, he proposes, is akin to Cool Ranch Doritos, he nominates Russian Hill a sibling of Monet and Rold Gold Classic Style Rods. Timeless, straight, narrow, glossy, overtly salty, and trans fat-free, the pretzels are a snack that few can make a fuss about.
Do you agree that Russian Hill is the Rold Gold of SF?
About a month ago, I swung by Marine Layer‘s former loft space at 1932 Polk (at Pacific) for a happy hour. I drank wine, met some nice people, and played a game of shuffleboard; in other words, it was a wonderful start to my weekend. The t-shirt label has since moved on to a new home on Chestnut Street, leaving the long wooden table behind and me a bit dismayed. But now I’m pleased to hear that another dapper men’s apparel company has taken over the space.
Taylor Stitch produces custom and ready-to-wear men’s cotton “button-up” shirts. Using high-quality cotton; sustainable Corozo buttons; thoughtful details like the lack of superfluous pleats; and sophisticated stripes, plaids, and solids, TS makes a man look good. And the proof is in the pudding . . . local personas (likely friends) like Thrillist SF editor Nick Elliott, the Mariani bros of Scribe Winery, and Four Barrel coffeemaker Jeremy Tooker model the threads on the website, and they certainly all do look handsome. So good work and welcome to the neighborhood, Taylor Stitch. As for the shuffleboard table, TS has already extended an invitation to us all to swing by and play a game if we’re looking to kill time, and you know I don’t need any convincing.
- Sauvignon Blance aux pichet (by the carafe!) . . . delicieux!
- French onion soup . . . to die for!
- Hanger steak-frites . . . overcooked (medium was medium well), semi-bland, but bearnaise sauce was scrumptious.
- Upside down almond cake with plums . . . indulgent!
- Complimentary mini 1″ square salted brownie . . . perhaps the definitive reason I’ll be returning asap!
P.S. The lovely Eggplant Elephant was my dinner date!
It’s been one year since Polk Sheet was founded! Last August, Lombard Street became Candyland for a day, Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano shopped on Polk, and I was blessed with bottomless mimosas at Bar Johnny’s.
This August, Polk Sheet makes its foray into Facebookland. If you please, “Like” Polk Sheet’s new Page and suggest it to your local friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
I’ve never eaten at the Afghan restaurant Helmand Palace (Van Ness between Union and Green), mostly because it just looks like a hole-in-the-wall and secondly because I don’t know much about Afghan cuisine. But, Michael of the S.O.F.A.T. blog (Stories of Food and Travel) dined there recently, and reading about his experience has convinced me to try it.
Here’s how he describes the qabalee: “A mound of rice that, once uncovered, exposes juicy, moist and tender chunks of lamb. The carrots and raisins complement the rice and lamb with another dose of sweet, moist flavor. This was surprisingly more addicting that the aushak and bowlawni.” Yum! Looks good! Sounds good! Feels good?
Have you tried Helmand Palace? What was your experience?
SF-based realtor Moya Robinson has rounded up some real estate market trends in the city, putting a spotlight on Russian Hill in particular. She writes:
The median sales price for homes in Russian Hill, San Francisco for Apr 10 to Jun 10 was $1,197,500 based on 28 sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median sales price increased 21.9%, or $215,000, and the number of sales increased 7.7%. Average price per square foot for Russian Hill was $939, an increase of 25% compared to the same period last year.
Looks like things are on the up and up in this ‘hood!