The Alembic @SanFrancisco Is A Great Place For Dining

At least once a month my girlfriend and I go to The Alembic for lunch or dinner. We’re both ‘foodies’ and we consider eating there to be a consistently satisfying and exciting experience. We love the Haight neighborhood and sometimes friends and/or family members come along with us to The Alembic and they’re always happy that they joined us.

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The authentic retro feel and tasteful decor make us feel comfortable and the staff members always extend very good service. The place is hugely popular and the restaurant/bar isn’t terribly large but the staff makes sure that crowd sizes don’t become unpleasantly big.

The Alembic  is known as a cocktail bar although they also serve an very extensive selection of beers and wines. The bar staff there regularly creates and serves new cocktail drinks in addition to the many drinks they already serve. All of the cocktails served at The Alembic are ample in size and there’s no skimping on the alcohol.

When it comes to the food served at The Alembic, it is not only delicious and artfully presented but it is also like nothing else served in San Francisco.

During the four or five years I’ve been coming to The Alembic the menu has changed some offerings a few times and I love the way the menu is now. The kitchen there regularly produces dishes with the most creative ingredient combinations I’ve ever heard of.

We ate lunch there about a week and a half ago and our meals were spectacular. For some time now my girlfriend has been enamored with a drink they make with bourbon, mint and peach brandy and she started off with one of those. I was perfectly fine with one of their spectacular Bloody Mary’s.

The lunch menu features an appealing assortment of dishes including Brisket Sliders, Beer Battered Rockfish Sandwich, Crispy Duck Confit, Caramelized Pork Ribs and an incredible bacon-studded hot dog.

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During our recent lunch my girlfriend ordered the rockfish sandwich and I had the scrumptious pork ribs. She raved about the sandwich and the Old Bay potato chips that are served with it and I kept eating the savoy cabbage that also accompanies the sandwich. As for the pork ribs, they were sublime and the spicy green papaya salad that is served with them was beyond delicious.

Our waiter provided us with excellent service during our recent lunch and we got to meet a charming couple from New Jersey who were visiting San Francisco for the first time. That’s another great thing about The Alembic. We usually find ourselves meeting new people, sometimes local residents and sometimes tourists who are visiting the city whenever we go there.

The Alembic’s dinner menu offers Kampachi Sashimi, Grilled Lamb Shoulder, Blue Prawns with Ink Cavatelli, Applewood Smoked Sturgeon, Crispy Pork Belly and a very popular plate of bone marrow served with caper gremolata and garlic confit.

Whether you’re a longtime resident of San Francisco or just visiting the city for the first time, please let me recommend eating and drinking at The Alembic. The establishment is open late seven days a week and prices are actually reasonable.

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Embark to the Embarcadero San Francisco experience

The Embarcadero San Francisco is the choicest place to visit in the beautiful city of San Francisco. The Embarcadero is San Francisco’s destination extraordinare that shows of all of what San Francisco is truly about. Culture is evident with a wide presence of almost every nationality known on the Planet. A large presence of Asian culture is alive and thriving in San Francisco’s Embarcadero district. The name Embarcadero in Spanish means,”Warf”. The Warf is exactly what the Embarcadero is all about. Starting in the year 1860 this section of San Francisco saw the influx of prospectors seeking their fortune in the gold fields of the Nevada and Placer Hills. Fortune and the choice of pursuing a dream, often left the prospector seeking the enjoyment, of the many pleasures that San Francisco’s Embarcadero district could offer.

Warf is exactly what the EmbarcaderoFrom Second Street and the intersection of King Street the Embarcadero district makes its way up under the megalithic Oakland Bay Bridge. This monstrosity of human architecture achievement is a site to behold. The Bridge is really a testament to what man really can accomplish. For a fantastic view the are shows of the Bay Area’s waterways like no other area of San Francisco. This Area is truly a must see part of the San Francisco site seeing tour. Imagine the many Piers like pier 1,1½,5 all these make up the Warf. In the beginning however, these piers didn’t exist. The Embarcadero sits on what’s known as reclaimed land. This is to say that the original coves and docks were much different than they are currently. Imagine the history of the Sea going vessels like the Star of India that once sailed and docked these waterways of the Embarcadero. The tales of sea gong vessels and rich trade that came through this very area is what made California the Golden State.

King Street the Embarcadero districtThe famous Pulitzer prize winning Author Herb Caen once walked these very streets of the Embarcadero. The Embarcadero has Rincon Park,Pier 39, The trolley station and almost every facet of hat makes San Francisco destination a must. Rincon Park famous in the Embarcadero district for its sculpture created by the two famous cultures Class Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. The majestic culture is a statement of true passion. Seeing this sculpture that resembles Cupids Bow and arrow going through park is a real treat. Pier 39 is were it all began. Here the heart of the Embarcadero is truly presented as the festive, sea going, trade route orientated place of interest. This area will give the tourist the experience of a life time. Culture and the life of sea trade is still present on this very pier. Standing on Pier 39 will bring a feeling of being the Captain of a a great sailing ship from years gone past.

The smells of the open bay, and the scents of fresh sea food will make any traveller want to taste of the treats offered here at the Embarcadero Pier 39. Crab, Lobster, Scallops, Fresh fish all find their selves prepared and offered to guests. Prices are very reasonable and freshness is of the very finest quality If you are a individual that enjoys sea food then your right at home in this destination full of the finest restaurants offered any where. Shops with every type of nautical treasure are placed in every corner and nook for the shopper who wishes to pack there bags with memories and treasures of the Embarcadero experience.

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A visit to the Embarcadero would not be complete without a visit to the Embarcadero Centre were a viewing centre sits atop for the tourist who wishes to see the sites like no other place on earth. Imagine that in the early 1900s the ports of the Embarcadero were considered the most busiest with foot traffic in the world, can you imagine that? Today the Embarcadero is still showing that it is still full of sites and experiences that can be had no other place in the World. Large skyscrapers dot the skyline of the Embarcadero. Lavish amounts of art and sculptures are presented for the tourist. There is never any end to the experience of the Embarcadero. Each time a visitor returns there is something new to be seen in the Embarcadero district.

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San Francisco’s Majestic Maritime Destination

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a place that will allow the visitor seeking the enjoyment of Maritime exposure a place to remember for a lifetime.

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The park is composed of over 100 small crafts that have historical Maritime history values. A tourist that views these vessels will not be able to forget the experience. There are also the grand fleet consisting of the following vessels:

Balclutha, was built in 1886 as a square rigged sailing ship. Built in the year 1886 by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd this ship has been renamed many times and has had the name Star of Alaska as her name during her 1930s voyage and service the Alaskan Salmon Fleet. In 1933 she was once again renamed the Pacific Queen. The pacific Queen is famous for its star role in the movie with Clark Gable as the movie,” Mutiny On The Bounty”. This ship is a large masted sailing ship that will give the visitor a real feeling of what it is like to be aboard a ship of this era.

C.. Thayer, was built in 1895 as a schooner. At 213 feet in length displacing 453 tons of water this ship is no small ship. Launched in 1895 and serving for 55 years up till her decommission of service in 1950. This ship served as a vessel that transported timber and other trade goods as far away as Hawaii. This ship is three masted and is considered state of the art in its day of conception. Walking o this vessel is an experience that will leave the tourist wanting more.

Eureka, Built in 1890 this steam ferryboat was one of the first steam powered vessels to transport people and goods with the use of a steam powered engine. Her primary cargo was tourist in the day and rail cars at night. This ferry was well capable of moving some freight even in these modern times the cargo hold was well capable of delivering volume goods.

Alma, She was a built scow schooner. From the year 1891 and built by Fred Sieme the Alma was 80 feet long displacing 40 thousand tons of water. The Alma was two masted and constructed locally in a shipyard at Hunters Point, California. The Alma has served many needs she was once even a Oyster dredger. In 1957 she was given a new heart with the addition of a gasoline engine. This vessel is well preserved at the ripe age of only 113 years old. She still is capable of sailing the seas.

San Francisco Hercules Maritime Photo 2013Hercules, She was constructed in 1907 as a steam tug. The Hercules is 153 feet in length and powered by three cylinder steam power plant. The Hercules displaces 409 gross tons. She has seen service as a barge hauler transporting goods as far as Hawaii. She is now a historic landmark. The ship is a fabulous e educational experience for the maritime enthusiast who wishes to see the modern age adapted to sailing and ship building.

Eppleton Hall, Constructed in 1944 a few years after Pearl Harbour Attack this vessel saw great use as a paddle wheel tug. This tug was destroyed and left on a mud bank to decay. After a number of years the Maritime museum purchased and refurbished this majestic tug. The ship was refitted with diesel engines and made the voyage across the Atlantic sea. In 1970 the Eppleton Hall crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Today she sits at the Hyde Street Pier waiting to enjoy the curiosity of the maritime enthusiast.
Along with all these wonderful, educational, and jaw dropping historic vessels there is the museum offering up its maritime treasures.

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A gift store offers every type of Maritime souvenir available. Even restaurants are close by for the tourist who needs a bite to eat. Prices are very reasonable for this all day adventure in maritime history. A trip to this destination will be remembered by children, family and ,friends for life. Nothing is a pleasurable as seeing the vessels of the age docked in a setting that lets them be viewed timelessly. Best San Francisco Destination for  the whole family.

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Russian Hill: A Marvelous Spot For Tourism In San Francisco

Russian Hill is located in San Francisco, Ca. This area of northern California is known for the smell of the ocean, mingled with the California Redwoods and the Napa Valley wine country. Russian Hill is one of the original 7 hills that make up San Francisco, Ca. Of the 42 hills that are now present the other 35 are man made. Facing North and slightly elevated a tourist will find their selves in the Nob Hill district. This district has traditionally been one of the rich upper class society type, As one travels down facing South they find their selves smelling the great seafood and bay area smells that make San Francisco so great to visit. Volumes of fresh sea food are served, prepared, and sold on the tourist destination called Fisherman’s Warf. Trolley cars and cable cars are every where to be rode by the individual that seeks a fabulous site seeing adventure.

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To the West side of Russian Hill a tourist will see the famous Cow Hollow district, along with the Marina District. At the top north section of Russian hill is the beginning of Ghiradelli Square. Russian Hill is fabulous for its elevated breath taking views of the city called,” The city by the Bay”.

The location of Russian Hill finds its roots and association with a cemetery that was once located on the top of Russian Hill. Russian Boat crews from 1806 were said to have been buried on top of Russian Hill. As early legend goes the truth of the matter nobody really knows. But as curiosity and the legends go’s the story has stuck with the origins of Russian Hill.

Between Hyde and Leavenworth street a tourist will have the experience of a lifetime. The street called Lombard Street, winds its way down the hillside with seven complete side winding turns, this same street is called the most windiest street in the world. Walking the street, or driving the street can be a real treat and adventure. The original street layout was conceived because the street was just too steep to navigate. Tourists will see the Golden Gate Bridge with its mile upon mile stretch of golden arches, and its breathtaking construction architecture, the site is well presented for photography. Tourists who enjoy the natural wonders of mankind’s ability’s will find the bridge awesome. Across the bay another site awaits the eyeful tourist the site of the island of Alcatraz. Alcatraz is long remembered for the prison that help such villi ons as John Dillinger, Al Capone and many famous convicts a like.

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The Bird man of Alcatraz once was housed in the confines of this ex-military base, that once had the role of guarding the ports of San Francisco bay, and Russian Hill. In the early 1860s life and what is know as Russian Hill changed drastically. Sub Divisions began to form and the California Gold Rush began to bring immigrants along with tourism to these coastal shores. Some had dreams of striking it rich on the gold that was said to be in the placer hills. In 1968 the area called Russian Hills was cast in a movie called,”Bullitt”, a Famous actor of the time,”Steve MC Queen”, who had the staring role in the movie.The scenery of Russian Hill was cast into Hollywood fame by The movie,”Bullitt”… Again in 1982 Eddy Murphy a all star comedian along with Nick Nolty played in 48 hours. The comedy found the two comical, dysfunctional convict and cop riding the hills of the district called Russian Hills. As a place for seeing and experiencing it all, from Art, Legend, Scenery, And culture Russian Hill has the venue packed for any seasoned tourist. Something is present for all who want a little of everything.

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What is for Lunch at the Fantastic Parada 22

San Francisco is known for breathtaking views, signature landmarks, cable cars, and plenty of place to met and conversate with friends and family. San Francisco is also known for excellent food, fun and all-around excitement. With so much to do and so much to see the question may be where to eat. Parada 22 at Haight-Ashbury is just one of the many options, but what makes this restaurant the place to eat. Well, today you’ll find out.

San Francisco viewsFor many restaurants the goal is to stand out, create an environment that makes people want to eat there and come back often. Parada 22 has created just that. Parada 22 has built a reputation among the locals as being a splendid place for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Parada 22 has established a restaurant with exceptional service, memorable food, ideal value and prices, with an enticing atmosphere. Parada 22 has an ideal location near Golden Gate Park, this highly rated restaurant creates an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, cozy, and inviting.

Now lets talk about the meat and potatoes of a restaurant, the food. Everyone talks about the food, what a place serves more than anything and Parada 22 has a wide variety of Puerto Rican cuisine for your appetite. The home-style cooking will surely enlighten your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Some ideas you can order include shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice and a Latin tradition plantains. You can also order pollo, which is chicken for those who don’t speak Spanish. Some other items on the menu include Biftec, which is a marinated sirloin steak with onions over green beans. Not only can you enjoy traditional food, but they have a great wine and beer menu.

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Another concern for any patrons is how affordable a is restaurant and most of the items on the menu are under $12. This is perfect for a quick lunch with co-workers, friends or family.

Parada 22 is also perfect for brunch which commonly starts at 9 a.m San Francisco time on the weekends. Some of the items you can order include a world famous breakfast burritos, their signature buttermilk pancakes, and biscuits served in a creamy herb gravy. Pandara 22 is also great for dinner as the restaurant is close to Cha Cha Cha night spot.

Parada 22 has a setting that is very intimate, with only ten tables this restaurant is ideal for a one on one conversation as the noise level is minimal. This perfect for date night with a blind date or a couple looking to keep things spicy. The decor oozes Latin flavor, but not too much, and makes you feel like Puerto Rico is just outside the doors.

Some other notable facts about the restaurant are the convent hours the restaurant serves patroness. Parada 22 is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The attire is casual and you can order carry out. Parada 22 is also kid friendly and has a great lunch menu to suppose that environment.

The restaurant is highly rated as I mentioned before many have submitted reviews regarding the food, service, and atmosphere. “We love the shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice here. “The Camarones à la Criolla is so delicious.” These are just some of the things people are saying about this petite restaurant with great food, superior service, an inviting atmosphere and an all-around great place. So the next time you’re in San Francisco come to Parada 22 and find out for yourself what everyone is raving about.

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You Can’t Buy Pigs at the Pork Store Cafe in San Francisco

If you are walking down to the corner of Haight and Ashbury, you will definately come across the Pork Store Cafe.
Many questions will come to mind. What is this place? How did it get the name? Why are people standing in line to get in? Do they sell pigs in there?

Reviews- Pork Store CafeNo, you can’t buy pigs here, but you can get a great meal. The Pork Store Cafe is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. There are three extremely popular items here at the Pork Store Cafe. These three items are the Pork Store Special, Eggs In A Tasty Nest, and their Hash Browned Potatoes. They also serve other breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and more. They even have a low carb and vegan menu.

This is a casual dress cafe and kids are more than welcome. As a matter of fact, the kids may enjoy watching their food being prepared in the open kitchen. You will want to sit at the long bar for that.

The Pork Store Cafe has been in business since 1979. It was many things before it became what it is today. It started out in 1916 as a butcher shop known as the Haight Street Pork Store. The owners had a stained glass sign made and installed at the location that read “Pork Store”. In the 50’s there was a cafe at the location. The owners covered the sign up. Other businesses in this location have included a hair salon, a coffee shop and another restaurant. The stained glass sign was never uncovered. In 1979 the sign was uncovered and the new business that started there became the Pork Store Cafe.

The great tasting food, the huge portions, the excellent service, and the affordable prices keep people coming back time after time. Word of mouth has brought even more people to the restaurant. Often times you may see a line forming outside to get in. This isn’t a bad thing. They bring you a small cup of coffee to drink while you wait. Besides, the wait is usually just a few minutes.

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When in San Francisco, do what the locals do. Go down to the Pork Store Cafe and have a great meal. No, you can’t buy pigs there, but you will have a great meal.

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Lombard Street: One of San Francisco’s First Transformed Pieces of Real Estate

One of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate”Lombard Street” one of the city’s main attractions. People flock from all over the world to see one of the World’s crookedest streets. How this happened has become part of San Francisco legend. San Francisco is a tourist destination for travelers around the world and few feel they have seen it without taking the time to visit “Lombard Street”.

San Francisco Lombard Street Design 2013This tourist attraction began as a very steep cobblestone street. At a grade of 27 percent, cars were an impossible idea. The idea of 10 percent grade is very steep for a vehicle and 27 percent grade is frightening for anyone driving a car. To increase land value and to make the property more accessible a curved street was designed initiated. The crooked street called “Lombard” swirls down the hills of San Francisco with beautiful flower gardens and lovely homes in the backdrop.

Lombard Street in San Francisco seen from the Coit Tower.

Lombard Street in San Francisco seen from the Coit Tower

Pictures of Hydrangeas were shown beautifully on a post in the early 80s attracting droves of tourist ever since. The space of land of land was a not a prime location in the early years but as it developed it became and still is some of the most attractive piece of real estate property in the San Francisco area. The streets are cobblestone which reminds one of the days of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast days. This once not so accessible piece of real estate is now high-end real estate filled with stately homes.

Lombard Street gives the full feel of the “Hills of San Francisco. “ The scenery is beautiful with flowers in bloom that make for a gorgeous photo to send home. The curves of the street lined with beautiful flower beds strategically planted along the way add a flare to this uniquely designed street. This street was engineered for the best access for residents and has turned out to be a great advantage for visitors too.

PLACES FOR TRAVELERS AROUND SAN FRANCISCOLombard was one of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate, turning it into a tourist destination for people all over. The gracious homes located along the route furnished with the latest amenities of the modern world reminds visitors of the present, while the street itself with its beautiful gardens so carefully cared for takes you back to yesterday, when life was a little bit slower. Drive or walk through this stretch of road and momentarily go through a time tunnel of San Francisco history.
 – Guest blogger: Marcelin P. 1959/Architect From France 

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