Posts Tagged ‘Green’
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Russian Hill’s New American eatery Luella (1896 Hyde at Green) is offering wine by the glass for only $5 Sunday through Thursday throughout the month of March. Seeing as the restau’s most wallet-friendly glass of wine goes for $8, this is definitely a good deal. Better yet, you can scoop up this deal whether you’re in the dining room or in the bar — forget eating, let’s booze! Will I see you there mañana?
San Franciscans, and Americans, are generous folk. There’s been plenty of charitable giving and events for the people of Haiti all over the city — really too much to list. But I learned that La Boulange (2310 Polk St. at Green) is doing something special locally for earthquake relief, something that will mean more if you participate, so I wanted to share. The staff members from every La Boulange in the city have gratiously offered to donate all of the tips they make this Sunday, Jan. 31 to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. The organization has been in Haiti for 19 years and already has roots established there, so it’s a smart choice. Better yet, La Boulange itself has decided to match all of the tips the staff earns on Sunday. So when you’re hankering for a fresh jus d’orange or some bread pudding after an indulgent Saturday night out this weekend, get your butt over to La Boulange and tip well.
The scaffolding on the apartment building at Polk and Green has got to go. It is simply unsightly. I hate to pick favorites (not!), but I must admit it sits on my favorite block of Polk (between Green and Union). This ominous black sheath might pass for Halloween, but if it remains stationary for long, the block will be demoted. That would sting. From the looks of it, the building is being painted; it used to be beige, and now it is blue (see that? deduction!). I get that. Everyone needs a little nipping and tucking now and then. But the Polk folk are waiting: make haste.
On a side note, je t’aime La Boulange, but neon green paint!? C’est vraiment nécessaire?
As it turns out, I’m not the only one being wooed into the Polk Street La Boulange (2310 Polk St. at Green) by that scintillating curio of pastries. A pigeon named Phyllis made herself at home last week in the spacious loft-style windows above the bakery’s entry, and refused to be shooed. Phyllis became such a personality in the café that La Boulange introduced pigeon menu specials via its Twitter account. She was finally detained and released in Golden Gate Park. But, it wasn’t long before another warm-blooded winged vertebrate took up tenancy. Rumor has it his name is Bob Vance.
In the out-for-breakfast battle of sweet v. savory, eggs of any sort tend to triumph over pancakes or french toast when I’m ordering. But on those days few and far between when God forbid I must eat alone, I have been known to consume a pastry or two. It’s no help that La Boulange‘s seductive assortment of sweet breads can be seen from the sidewalk when I’m innocently running my Sunday errands. So today for the first time I gave in to the bakery’s much-talked-about croissant bread pudding and I must say it was decadent and dreamy. (more…)
In Italian, “amarena” refers to a type of cherry that is small, dark, red, and slightly sour. The cherries take their name from the word “amare,” which means bitter. In Russian Hill, Amarena means free food on Thursdays. So, I’m gonna call it bittersweet. The ristorante (2162 Larkin at Green) hosts biweekly happy hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where you can enjoy a “traditional Italian Antipasti buffet” and live tunes (Polish one week, maybe bongos the next), compliments of the owner Paolo — when you order a drink, of course.
I almost went there tonight. But judging from my laughable performance in yoga class today, balancing acts (think mini appetizer plates + a glass of wine + handshakes) are not my strong suit.
Amarena’s happy hour, I must admit, might be the best kept secret in the neighborhood — aside from that other one I’m not telling you.