Fancy a Foodie? Dine in San Francisco for Glorious Cuisine


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Fancy a foodie? San Francisco is a place where food lovers can experience a glorious mecca of cuisine available in the city and the greater Bay Area.

Below, I list dining options that have stood the test of time, and that I whole-heartedly recommend.

Globe: The late night gourmet hangout

Photos of Globe Restaurant, San Francisco
This photo of Globe Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Although San Francisco is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurant cities in the world, most San Francisco restaurant kitchens shut down by 11, leaving late-night gourmets in a bind.

Enter Globe, the gourmet answer for those of us who get to bed late. Located on a sleepy corner in the middle of downtown, Globe has become the late-night hangout of choice. Though relatively tame during regular dinner hours, by 10pm tables start to fill, and by 1am Globe looks and sounds just like any other trendy San Francisco restaurant at the height of the dinner rush. Packs of 20- and 30-something servers crowd the bar, while chefs swap stories at the candlelit tables in back.

Much of Globe’s attraction comes from its elegant atmosphere: white tablecloths, colorful abstract art, and brick walls lend an air of urban style, while the open kitchen and chefs in backward baseball caps suggest something more down-to-earth. Around midnight, that impression is solidified when unobtrusive jazz music suddenly changes to crowd-pleasing 80s tunes.

Globe’s menu features California-Italian-style comfort cuisine, with freshly-shucked oysters and wild mushroom and black truffle oil pizza listed alongside dishes of Tillamook macaroni and cheese and homemade spaghetti. In a unique take on tuna tartar that forgoes the usual Asian flavors; Globe matches large-diced cubes of fresh, sashimi-grade albacore with olive oil, basil, and a luxuriously salty olive tapenade on toast. For the more adventurous, try a salad of grilled baby octopus with shaved fennel, cannelini beans and lemon confit. The assertive note of lemon matches perfectly with the sweet, flawlessly cooked octopus and the silky texture of the beans.

A visit to Chez Panisse

Photos of Chez Panisse, Berkeley
This photo of Chez Panisse is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The nightly prix-fixe menu for the Chez Panisse dining room is not finalized until the Monday before, and everyone who eats on a particular night is served the same thing. Consequently, unless you magically procure a last minute cancellation, you must make reservations without knowing what you’ll be eating. When thenight’s menu was posted on the Monday before my reservation, I was thrilled to see the following:

  • An aperitif
  • Little neck clam, Monterey Bay squid, and lobster salad
  • Ricotta gnocchi with fava beans, pecorino, and mint
  • Grilled Wolfe Farm quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, spinach, and sausage; green and white asparagus risotto
  • Warm Pixie tangerine crepes

True to the philosophy of Alice Waters, I would be eating primarily fresh, locally-grown products at the peak of their season. I couldn’t wait.

Walking into the restaurant was like walking into a temple to food – the warm, craftsman style dining room was decorated with bowls and crates of the produce that was featured in the night’s menu. I saw heaps of spring onions, a wide bowl brimming with fava beans, and a pile of curious wrinkled oranges, which turned out to be the Pixie tangerines that would be used for the night’s dessert. The mellow lighting throughout the dining room and low, box-beamed ceilings instantly made me feel comfortable.

Tartine Bakery: a cafe/patisserie in the heart of the outer mission

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Tartine Bakery is one of the primary reasons that Bay Area foodies are drawn to the block of 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores. Though not marked by any exterior signage, you’ll immediately recognize its corner location by the long lines of Missionites threading out the door, and the warm, sweet smell of baked goods that wafts through the air around it. Peak in the side window before walking in to see the busy kitchen at work, piping vanilla custard into chocolate-covered éclairs ($3.50), and dusting confectioner’s sugar over luxurious Scharffenberger pots de crème ($4).

Tartine Bakery is a throw-back to a traditional French patisserie/cafe, where patrons are tempted to wile the day away over a cup of rich coffee and a feather-light croissant still hot from the oven ($2.25). Those with a more savory tooth can try a glass of French wine with one of the gourmet hot pressed sandwiches. The best varieties include Pecorino and Almond with lemon and sage, or the rich Jambon Royale and Gruyere with Niman Ranch ham and country Dijon mustard (each $7). All are made with slices of Tartine’s award-winningcountry or walnut bread.


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Choosing appliances to furnish a home can be expensive and time consuming for any homeowner. When a new homeowner purchases a new home they normally want all new appliances when they move in. From new kitchen ovens to new washing machines, they want the whole treatment. Even though a brand new appliance decision is an excellent move, it may the best one for those who can afford it. In some situations, all new appliances may not be possible unless the owner of the home wants to incur a lot of debt when they are moving in. Therefore, it is important for each individual owner to assess his or her financial circumstances before going forward. If they can afford the new appliances with ease, this will be their decision.

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Fortunately, all new appliances are not always the best option, especially if the homeowner had good quality appliances in their previous homes. While some people may not take good care of the appliances that have, others are great at ensuring they call companies like Bear Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY into their homes.

These companies can help the owners to ensure the appliances are repaired right and have the proper maintenance performed on schedule. For instance, Bear Appliance Repair can be called in for regular maintenance and repairs for all of the appliances in the kitchen area as well as other areas of the home. All of the maintenance can be performed in one setting, especially if the homeowner knows how to develop a plan that will work for both the company and the owner of the home. On the other hand, if they have appliances in most areas of the home, the appliance repair technicians may want to break the repair jobs up and perform them on different days and time. This will allow the employees in the company to do a good maintenance and repair job with each individual appliance that is in the home.

If these jobs are done too quickly or these professionals are rushed to complete every appliance at one time, these professionals may not have the time allotments to provide their best quality services.

With regular appliance maintenance, the homeowner will not have to be concerned about buying new appliances when they move into a new home, especially because the appliances that they are already have are kept in mint condition. Therefore, when the appliance repair professionals come into the home, their main objective is to make sure the maintenance and repairs include cleaning the parts that cause performance problems and energy to be loss. For example, when the homeowner contacts the appliance repair Brooklyn staff for air conditioner maintenance services, one of their main jobs is to prepare the air conditioning systems for the winter prior to season. While performing their duties, they will have to clean the filters and other areas of the central air conditioning systems thoroughly. The cleaning they do will help these systems to run efficiently throughout the winter without causing problems for the owner of the home.

Reviewing Warranties

In addition to ensuring regular maintenance is done, the owner of the home should also review their records for warranties on the appliances that they have acquired. If the owner has not moved from one location to another for long and extended periods of time, the warranties for the appliances may be expired. On the other hand, if the owner of the new home moves frequently, the appliances that they have acquired may still be under a manufacturer’s warranty. Therefore, the owner may want to keep the appliances that they have from the previous home because they can replace the appliance instead of fixing it. This is based, however, on the terms of the initial appliance contract.

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When an owner chooses to replace some of their appliances with newer ones, they should review all of the terms listed in the contracts. For those manufactures who want to obtain an edge over the competitors, there are different kinds of incentives and perks for buying the products that they offer. For instance, some manufactures offer their appliances with a variety of different benefits including an outstanding service hotline.

These hotlines are attractive for those buyers that do not like to risks the quality of their appliances with repair people from other repair companies. In fact, these owners prefer the best appliance repair services possible. This means they want services from a representative of the company that manufactures and sells the appliance that they possess. When the manufacturer of their appliance supplies a hotline that they can call for repairs and regular maintenance, they are usually more likely to purchase this brand of appliance from the companies that sell them.

Purchasing OEM Parts for Major Appliances

Another key factor in purchasing appliances from the original manufacture is the quality of their parts offered. The types of parts offered are known as OEM or original equipment manufacturer parts. Even though most consumers may not know the different, others are aware of differences. Therefore, they prefer the original equipment manufacturer parts to ‘after market’ parts. While some repairman may say some aftermarket parts are equivalent to the original equipment of the manufacturer, this not always true. These facts or statements are dependent upon the manufacturer and the part that they are referencing. For instance, some car repairman will replace the OEM parts with aftermarket parts because the insurance company will not pay for the original equipment manufacturer part.

One of the main reasons for this decision is the premium amount that would have to be paid. In order to save money, insurance companies and repair shops will install these parts with or without the consumer’s approval. However, if the car owner wants to pursue or contests the issue, the customer can install the OEM parts but they will have to pay the difference between the OEM part and the aftermarket part. With this being said, most people who have a choice will often choose the OEM part instead.