January 1st not only marked the beginning of the new year, it also marked our 6 monthiversary. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve decided to create our very own “Chris & Pearl’s Second Half of 2006 Best of San Francisco” list to recap our favorite places (so far) in
Best Indoor Festival: Green Festival – We’ve noticed that since the festival, we’ve been wearing a lot more green. Coincidence? Probably. See blog dated
Best Outdoor Festival: Power to the Peaceful – See blog dated
Best Concert: Bridge School Benefit Concert – The highlight of the year. See blog dated
Best Chinese Restaurant: House of
Best Japanese Restaurant: Any of the ones in Kinetsu Mall, Japantown.
Best Sushi Restaurant: Hama-ko – Fresh fish daily with great recommendations from the owner/chef.
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Fattoush – Their phyllo dishes are the best.
Best Dim Sum: Yank Sing – Best Dim Sum in the
Best Fish-n-Chips: The Chelsea Kitchen at The
Best Brunch: Town’s End – It’s on
Best Tapas Restaurant: Cha Cha Cha – If only for their strong sangrias.
Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Golden Era – Sister restaurant to Golden Lotus in
Best New California Restaurant: Coco500 – Best fancy French fries ever.
Best Sandwiches: Crepes on Cole – An avocado in every sandwich.
Best Tea: Ten Ren Tea Shop – We’re hooked on their $60/pound Jasmine tea.
Best Bar: Thirsty Bear – Don’t miss their home-brewed vanilla beer. Yum.
Best Dive Bar: Zeitgeist – The Best place to get home-made tamales from the tamale lady, play a few holes on the Golden Tee arcade, and hang out with bikers…by the way a “biker bar” in
Best Drag Show: AsiaSF – We went for the singing. Honest. See blog dated
Best Grocery: Safeway – We added this only as an excuse to mention that our Safeway is 100% powered by wind energy!
Best Farmer’s Market:
Best Bookstore: Citylights Bookstore – Old. Dirty. Disorganized. Perfect.
Best Magazine: Common Ground – Free, green, conscious.
Best Record Store: Amoeba Records – Everybody’s favorite record store.
Best Lecture: Naumann night: A Lecture on Bruce Naumann – Winner by default as this was the only lecture we attended.
Best Rendition of “Whole Lotta Shaking Going On”: 3 earthquakes in 4 days in mid-December – quite a titillating experience,
We haven’t been to a taqueria in the