I have been shooting at Family Billiards for years now, and have met many people at this pool hall, which happens to be my favorite pool hall in San Francisco. The price for pool is moderate, although the food is a bit pricey (items like their garlic fries are really good though). There are year-round tournaments, some open to professionals and experts, some open to novices. There are a few video arcades at Family Billiards, and you can choose your own selection of music by paying the jukebox there. The employees there are as nice as pool hall employees come, and they have employees who walk between the pool tables at all times, taking your order and picking up garbage and tidying up the place so there is barely ever a mess. Try Family Billiards, because I have a feeling you'll like it as much as I do.
There are dozens upon dozens of markets in Chinatown, but Sam & Son Market truly stands out. Unlike the super busy markets around it, Sam & Son Market is very small in size and space, but it's amazing what they can pack inside this store. Everything from newspaper to ice cream, from cold drinks to toys, and from snacks to household items are in this store. And if there's something you need that you cannot find, just ask the people who work there, who are always happy to help you in a variety of languages and Chinese dialects.
For six years a bit over a decade ago, I passed by this bookstore five days a week on my way to my elementary school. I only entered it several times then, but I still remember what a wonderful selection of children's books they have.
Several weeks ago, I passed by this bookstore while on a errand, and decided to drop in it since I haven't been there for so long. This bookstore is quite small compared to the regular bookstores I visit, such as Borders and Barnes & Nobles, but A Clean Well Lighted Place For Books is in a league of its own. Everything about this place is unique, from its name (which I absolutely love) to the types of books it carries to the authors and speakers who show up at the store occasionally.
Believe it or not, I am a really big fan of greeting cards, so I get pretty picky about which greeting cards I buy for friends. On most occasions, I spend hours shopping different stores to get my friends the perfect cards for whatever occasion it may be.
I found Avant Card by accident while walking home one day, already holding a greeting card I bought from Papyrus for a good friend of mine as her birthday was coming up. From the outside, the store didn't look too impressing. It was small, and with only three customers inside at the time and one person working, I didn't think much of it. However, as I am a fan of greeting card stores in general, I decided to pay Avant Card a little visit.
I was blown away. Unique cards that you would not find in your local drugstores, such as those by Hallmark and Carlton, were inside this very small store. Cards from witty to funny to serious were inside this store, and after several visits, it has quickly become one of my favorite greeting card stores. The atmosphere was nice enough so that you could easily take your time and read through the cards before purchasing them. The only con is that one of the salesperson I met wasn't all too friendly, but until the time of checking out, I was so immersed in the world of greeting card shopping that I really did not care too terribly.
Eastwind's slogan is "Best Source for Books on China, Asia & Asian Americans," and, try as I might, I cannot think of a better slogan for this bookstore. With a very wide variety of books covering different eras of Asian history, culture, and language, even the biggest bookworm will be satisfied in this store.
Quick Tip: Like many other stores in San Francisco's Chinatown, you can bargain with them and talk down the prices of your purchases, especially if you buy several items on the same visit.
Although I have only paid several visits to Dr. Henry S. Lee several times (and for nothing too severely, fortunately), I really like the way this dentist works and where he works. Dr. Lee is a very nice person, who seems to actually care about his patients and not just wants his patients in and out so he could make money. And the environment is really nice. The office is clean, spacious enough so that you won't get clostrofobicc, and since it's on the sixth floor of the building, you can see a really nice view of the ocean as well as skyscrapers.
I have been visiting Dr. Tina Kwan ever since I was in elementary school, and now that I just became an adult, I will have to switch physicians soon. This comes to me a bit sad because I have grown accustomed to visiting such a nice doctor, and Dr. Kwan has really grown on me. She is sincere, intelligent, and caring, and truly embodies how a doctor should be.
There are a great many Thai restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it gets incredibly hard to compare them with each other, but The Ozone definitely stands out as one of the best. The Ozone is like a traditional Thai restaurant meeting a modern day American restaurant. The food may be strictly Thai, but the decor and the environment gives off a nice karaoke/bar feel, with just a hint of Thai. There's a large bar section in the restaurant for those who would like to drink. There are over half a dozen televisions and one big screen projection screen for karaoke purposes. You can either bring your own karaoke disks or you can go through their list of thousands of songs in a wide variety of languages to sing from. The food is moderately priced, and the staff members are all very nice. I know that I'll be recommending this place to more friends in the future, whether it's for business activities or social events.
Quick Tip: At their Web site, www.theozonethai.com, you can print out a 15% off coupon so that you can get your meal even cheaper!
I went to The Holy Cow several weeks ago on a Friday night, and was finally able to get in after spending quite a while in line. The place was packed with people of all ethnicities, which added a very nice flavor to the place. Most of the people there seemed to be under 30 years old. The place was really crowded, and the ventilation system wasn't the best. There wasn't much room for people to do any real dance moves other than just staying close to each other, and the two "stages" for people to dance on were only a few feet wide, so even people who wanted to show off their moves were a bit restricted. The prices for the items there were very cheap, and there is never a cover for The Holy Cow. The Holy Cow truly embraces the phrase, "you get what you pay for."
After seeing dozens upon dozens of Sugar Bowl Bakery commercials on television these last two years or so, I finally decided to pay the bakery a visit. This is considered going out of my way, as there are literally more than two dozen bakeries in the neighborhood I live in, Chinatown. But the visit was well worth it. Sugar Bowl bakery did not disappoint in showing me that even the simplest snacks and desserts could be done really well and made deliciously. The only problem I had was that their food was a bit pricey; then again, I am comparing prices between this gourmet bakery shop and the small, privately-owned bakery shops in San Francisco's Chinatown. Highly recommended.