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Title: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 04, 2008, 01:15:48 PM
I'll be there for a couple of weeks. any ideas?
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: E on June 04, 2008, 01:41:59 PM
gotta do Alcatraz take the audio tour, take the trolley across the city, of course rent bikes to cross the gg bridge ,check out lombard street in genaral its just a nice city.
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: Mordy on June 04, 2008, 01:44:12 PM
Visit Palo Alto!
They have a great little bagel shop called Izzy's, and the high-tech community there is really cool... my in-laws are from there.
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: levi on June 04, 2008, 01:50:38 PM
check out lombard street in genaral its just a nice city.
its a really steep and windy street its really cool.
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: ash on June 04, 2008, 03:06:18 PM
run through china town
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: levi on June 04, 2008, 03:11:35 PM
run through china town
Sabra Grill, kosher resterant in China town the food is pretty good although its a bit pricey
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: whYME on June 11, 2008, 07:14:00 PM
Great ideas everybody.
To be honest, I come here pretty often and don't really need the advice, but still...

gotta do Alcatraz take the audio tour, take the trolley across the city, of course rent bikes to cross the gg bridge ,check out lombard street in genaral its just a nice city.
Believe it or not in all my times here I have yet to make it to alcatraz!
The cable cars are pretty cool, I'm way too lazy to ride a bike across the bridge.

Visit Palo Alto!
They have a great little bagel shop called Izzy's, and the high-tech community there is really cool... my in-laws are from there.
Yes, Izzy's is a great bagel shop, however, I'm usually in Berkeley and it's quite a shlep down to Palo Alto...

Sabra Grill, kosher resterant in China town the food is pretty good although its a bit pricey
Also, the owner has such a nasty attitude, it's almost not worth going there...

An alternative to Sabra is the SF New York deli. the food and service are both great.

There is a beutiful area called "The Bridle Path", which is east on lawrence ave. Where there are beutiful stunning mansions. Just drive around the area. Different styles too. Italian, french, etcc.. arcitechral designs. A must see!!! Spent hours there.
??? Uh, I think this belongs in the "Toronto" thread...
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: ash on June 12, 2008, 10:45:44 AM
if you cant find anything to do then go to market st.
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: Mordy on June 12, 2008, 11:43:47 AM
Believe it or not in all my times here I have yet to make it to alcatraz!
Its fun, especially if you've seen the movie "The Rock". I kept reliving scenes in my head when I was there...

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Yes, Izzy's is a great bagel shop, however, I'm usually in Berkeley and it's quite a shlep down to Palo Alto...

Yeah, but Palo Alto/Silicon Valley has such cool stuff to see. I can set you up with people who can give you a tour of Google's campus. REALLY cool stuff out there...
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: whYME on June 13, 2008, 09:06:22 PM
Yeah, but Palo Alto/Silicon Valley has such cool stuff to see. I can set you up with people who can give you a tour of Google's campus. REALLY cool stuff out there...
one day I'll have to take you up on the google offer...

What else is there to see in that area?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Crown Street on August 19, 2010, 01:15:41 AM
Anyone know how to get a good deal on hotels in San Fran?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 19, 2010, 01:16:17 AM
Anyone know how to get a good deal on hotels in San Fran?
Priceline?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Crown Street on August 19, 2010, 01:20:58 AM
priceline was being a bit annoying and didnt agree to my bid, so i'll have to try again tomorrow. Also, i'm going to pay $400 for a one way rental from SF to LAX from monday to the following tuesday (w/ chabad enterprise corp). Is there anything else you would recommend?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 19, 2010, 01:22:13 AM
priceline was being a bit annoying and didnt agree to my bid, so i'll have to try again tomorrow. Also, i'm going to pay $400 for a one way rental from SF to LAX from monday to the following tuesday (w/ chabad enterprise corp). Is there anything else you would recommend?
Send me a PM or email and I'll see what I can do.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 19, 2010, 02:40:37 AM
If you make it to the Palo Alto/San Jose area, make sure to check out "The Kitchen Table". I've only hear amazing things about this place:

http://www.thekitchentablerestaurant.com/tkt/
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on August 19, 2010, 09:14:06 AM

An alternative to Sabra is the SF New York deli. the food and service are both great.

 I heard this place Closed Up(SF NY Deli) can anyone confirm that Unfortunately it should have been Sabra that bit the dust
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: sprint on August 19, 2010, 03:21:07 PM
priceline was being a bit annoying and didnt agree to my bid, so i'll have to try again tomorrow. Also, i'm going to pay $400 for a one way rental from SF to LAX from monday to the following tuesday (w/ chabad enterprise corp). Is there anything else you would recommend?

I'm sure dans on it if you pmed him but couple of basic steps you may or may not know - i didnt price your res

Rent from rental off airport - there are a few near the airport - and the airport rental there is all the way out at the end of the airtrain anyway...(just you might have to take a cab to the rental place off airport.  Rent for whatever time youll be in san fran.  THen return when ready to drive south - and rent from sfo to lax, (enterprise only does 1 ways airport to airport in the same state with few exceptions).  one ways are mor expensive per day generally than return to same location, and airpot s genereally more than off airport.)

Also, be aware, If you do priceline, particularly if youre looking in the fishermans wharf area - but elsewhere in urban san fran as well, it is not a car friendly city - parkingwise - none on the streets, and the hotels, including the cheap ones like holiday inn, will run you as much as 40-45 a night.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on August 31, 2010, 10:02:33 PM
I heard this place Closed Up(SF NY Deli) can anyone confirm that Unfortunately it should have been Sabra that bit the dust
Yes, unfortunately it did close...

There are a couple of new(ish) places though, there's "The Kitchen Table" in the Palo Alto area (I think it's in Mountain View) that somebody already mentioned. Also there's a new place in Oakland called "Amba Falafel" (I think)
I haven't eaten at either one (yet) but I'm pretty sure I've heard good things about both...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: yidybo on November 04, 2010, 10:09:44 PM
hi!

we are looking in to travel to california mid jan, was wondering what is the weather like in the area of the 17 mile drive, i've been to palm desert 4 times in the last 6 years but i'am sure the weather is colder on the coast so i was wondering if anyone can help me out

alos is it to long to be in the 17 mile drive area for 5 days?

thanks in advance
yidybo
Title: san francisco in january
Post by: thegk on December 16, 2010, 02:06:32 PM
for 3 days. where should we stay? eat? what should we do?

we have 22,000 starwood points, is it worth spending them on a hotel, like Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel/
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2010, 04:03:01 PM
4.5 hour layover in SFO tonight.
Any kosher restaurants worth hitting up that are accessible via public transport?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 19, 2010, 10:56:00 PM
4.5 hour layover in SFO tonight.
Any kosher restaurants worth hitting up that are accessible via public transport?
I assume it's too late for tonight, but anyhow:
The simple answer is no.
-Unless you're really desperate and have a lot of time, nothing is close to SFO.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2010, 11:00:23 PM
I assume it's too late for tonight, but anyhow:
The simple answer is no.
-Unless you're really desperate and have a lot of time, nothing is close to SFO.
Still on the plane.
Was kind've hoping for some restaurant but we'll survive, we have plenty of food with us.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 19, 2010, 11:18:52 PM
It's not like there's nothing worth going to at all, It's just that the places worth going to are a bit far (at least by public transit) from SFO.
for example, The Kitchen Table in Mountain View, I hear it's supposed to be pretty good, but (according to Google maps) it's almost 1 1/2 hours each way by public transit. (1/2 hour by car)
Similar thing with Amba Falafel in Oakland. The menu is pretty limited but it's a decent place to grab a quick bite. (if you're not an hour and a half away)
The closest to SFO is Sabra, ("only" 55 minutes) but the food is nothing special and the service is terrible, the owner has a real nasty attitude.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 06, 2011, 10:47:37 AM
And if u make it to San Jose, there are so many high-tech places too see.

Among them are: Apple, Ebay, Facebook, Google, HP and Yahoo!

P.S. in SJ there is also a not-to-miss, Winchester Mystrery House - really cool!
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 13, 2011, 06:59:30 AM
gotta do Alcatraz take the audio tour, take the trolley across the city, of course rent bikes to cross the gg bridge ,check out lombard street in genaral its just a nice city.
Possible to do that all in 13 hours, 7:15am-8:15pm including getting to/from SFO?
If not, what would you cut out? Either way, what's the best order to do it in?

Anything else that is more of a must see/do? Not food.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 13, 2011, 07:30:56 AM
Possible to do that all in 13 hours, 7:15am-8:15pm including getting to/from SFO?
If not, what would you cut out? Either way, what's the best order to do it in?

Anything else that is more of a must see/do? Not food.

I was just in San Francisco, and we spent quite a few hours at pier 39, so much entertainment and fun there. If u would like to do Alcatraz, make sure to get tickets on their website like a week before u plan to go, being that they sell out very quickly - i learnt that the hard way :( - You will want to spend a few hours on Alcatraz (it is SF's top attraction). Also prepare to be stuck in heavy traffic at times, so don't overstuff ur day, maybe do Alcatraz, Pier 39, Lombard St. & The GG Bridge.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: nossif on May 13, 2011, 08:12:31 AM
We were just in San Fran...the only kosher food in san francisco proper is sabra grill, and it might have been the worst restaurant ever, and to add insult to injury it was super expensive...for example - a hamburger was $25, yeah, and it sucked

The Kitchen Table, in Mountain view is pretty nice, and it's about 45 mins outside of san fran...if you're in san fran long enough, I suggest taking a drive down the coast to monteray and carmel, it's a beautiful drive, and monteray is very nice, and they have an excellent aquarium...and you can hit up kitchen table on the way back (thats what we did)

If you're into nature, try muir woods (the redwood forest north of the gg bridge), and definitely try land's end (western part of san fran) which was really nice, despite the terrible weather we had

also if you want a good laugh, hit up haight-ashbury - the birth of the hippie movement...you can spend a whole day there people watching

Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 13, 2011, 10:05:53 AM
We were just in San Fran...the only kosher food in san francisco proper is sabra grill, and it might have been the worst restaurant ever, and to add insult to injury it was super expensive...for example - a hamburger was $25, yeah, and it sucked.

The Kitchen Table, in Mountain view is pretty nice, and it's about 45 mins outside of san fran...if you're in san fran long enough, I suggest taking a drive down the coast to monteray and carmel, it's a beautiful drive, and monteray is very nice, and they have an excellent aquarium...and you can hit up kitchen table on the way back (thats what we did).

There is a restaurant in Oakland called "Amba Falafel" which is really good, but nothing fancy. And if u are going to Kitchen Table make sure to call before, as they are closed certain hours.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 02, 2011, 10:23:26 PM
Looking to book the Alcatraz tour.
Any difference where I book it?
Seems like its $36. Any way to get a better price/discount?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 02, 2011, 10:49:48 PM
Looking to book the Alcatraz tour.
Any difference where I book it?
Seems like its $36. Any way to get a better price/discount?

Yes there is a difference where u book it, some of them overcharge and some of them are scams. The official website with the lowest prices is http://alcatrazcruises.com/ - It is $26.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 03, 2011, 02:46:02 AM
Yes there is a difference where u book it, some of them overcharge and some of them are scams. The official website with the lowest prices is http://alcatrazcruises.com/ - It is $26.
Thanks.
Any ideas on bike rentals to cross the gg bridge?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 03, 2011, 01:56:26 PM
Thanks.
Any ideas on bike rentals to cross the gg bridge?

You can find several bicycle rental companies around Fisherman's Wharf, and most will give you a map and instructions on how to bike across the bridge to Sausalito and return by ferry. They are all pretty much around the same prices., expect to pay between $20-40 per day.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 03, 2011, 03:57:40 PM
You can find several bicycle rental companies around Fisherman's Wharf, and most will give you a map and instructions on how to bike across the bridge to Sausalito and return by ferry. They are all pretty much around the same prices., expect to pay between $20-40 per day.

Thanks for the help.
How long would it take to do the ride? Not racing across but too slowly, only have the one day...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 03, 2011, 04:35:14 PM
Thanks for the help.
How long would it take to do the ride? Not racing across but too slowly, only have the one day...

The GG bridge is 1.7 miles each way, the time it will take will be depending on how fast u bike :)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 03, 2011, 04:43:48 PM
The GG bridge is 1.7 miles each way, the time it will take will be depending on how fast u bike :)
Any specific spots that you can get a nice view of the whole bridge?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 03, 2011, 04:54:18 PM
Any specific spots that you can get a nice view of the whole bridge?

If u are going by any chance on a Sunday u can go to fort point, interesting views and history.
http://www.nps.gov/fopo/index.htm

If u are going other days of the week, right before u get on the bridge from the SE corner, would be a pretty good spot for a nice view of the bridge.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 03, 2011, 04:56:08 PM
If u are going by any chance on a Sunday u can go to fort point, interesting views and history.
http://www.nps.gov/fopo/index.htm

If u are going other days of the week, right before u get on the bridge from the SE corner, would be a pretty good spot for a nice view of the bridge.
Nice! Sunday it is.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Bp on June 16, 2011, 03:46:44 PM
Nice! Sunday it is.
Is a trip report coming?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 16, 2011, 03:48:20 PM
IYH ill work on it.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Bp on June 16, 2011, 03:50:30 PM
IYH ill work on it.
Did you stay at the fairmont?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 16, 2011, 03:55:09 PM
Did you stay at the fairmont?
Didn't spend the night.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 16, 2011, 07:34:58 PM
IYH ill work on it.

I'm waiting for it too ;)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on August 16, 2011, 06:56:46 PM
Are there any places to park for cheap downtown?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Wlamom on August 16, 2011, 11:48:06 PM
Just parked for $10 all day parking on Sunday- cheapest we found close to pier 39- about 4 block away near pier 35- the pier 39 parking lot was $8/ hr- although they have some validation with restaurants (no kosher ones there ..)
Title: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: WhyAich on January 23, 2012, 12:36:24 PM
Any kosher places there or what's the closest nearby?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: whYME on January 23, 2012, 12:45:06 PM
Closest place to Berkeley is Amba Falafel (http://ambafalafel.com/)
more info on the general area in this thread:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=85.30 (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=85.30)
Title: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: WhyAich on January 23, 2012, 05:00:02 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 24, 2012, 12:57:41 AM
Oakland Kosher I believe is still around, only about a 10-15 min drive from Berkeley. It's a grocery store that has a lunch/dinner menu with some seating. Fleishig rest. Average priced, decent food. Mind you it's been 2-1/2 years since I've been in Berkeley, but I believe it's still open.
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: whYME on January 24, 2012, 10:49:47 AM
Oakland Kosher I believe is still around, only about a 10-15 min drive from Berkeley. It's a grocery store that has a lunch/dinner menu with some seating. Fleishig rest. Average priced, decent food. Mind you it's been 2-1/2 years since I've been in Berkeley, but I believe it's still open.
Yes, oakland kosher is still around. (they had a fire but they rebuilt)

Disclaimer: I haven't been there in about 10 months so my info might be outdated...
For some reason I was under the impression that they no longer have the seating/restaurant. They do have deli / takeout though. (even if they do still have  the seating, I wouldn't really call it a restaurant, more like deli / takeout with seating)

-in case anybody get's the wrong idea: I'm not discouraging anybody from going there, I like the place and the food and the owner is really nice. I'm just explaining why I didn't mention it answering a question about restaurants near Berkeley...

That being said if you're looking for flaishigs near Berkeley, Oakland Kosher is the definitely the closest place.

I believe both places are roughly the same distance from Berkeley.
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 24, 2012, 04:40:17 PM
Is Amba Cholov Yisroel?

I don't know about Amba specifically, (whYME maybe?) but in general be careful with milchig places in No. Cal as they are notorious for being non-cholov yisroel.

There is also Grand Bakery (not a restaurant just a bakery) right around the corner form Oakland Kosher. I believe they are kosher as well but not cholov yisroel. (Again my info is slightly dated.)

Just don't go to Sabra's in S.F. prob the worst fleishig restaurant I have ever been to in my life. (and I've been there prob three times  :P)
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: whYME on January 24, 2012, 05:36:40 PM
Is Amba Cholov Yisroel?
Yes. (unless something changed in the last few months)

There is also Grand Bakery (not a restaurant just a bakery) right around the corner form Oakland Kosher. I believe they are kosher as well but not cholov yisroel. (Again my info is slightly dated.)
Correct.
their dairy stuff is not cholov yisroel. (they do have parve things as well)

but in general be careful with milchig places in No. Cal as they are notorious for being non-cholov yisroel.
I'm not sure I agree with that.
Other than Grand Bakery what other kosher non-cholov-yisroel places are there in norCal? Just izzy's bagels sometimes. (it seems every time I've gone there they seem to have a different situation with what's Cholov Yisroel)
It's always a good idea to be careful when visiting a new place & double check that the info you have is correct & up to date...

Just don't go to Sabra's in S.F. prob the worst fleishig restaurant I have ever been to in my life. (and I've been there prob three times  :P)
Agreed.
(well kinda, the food's not terrible, the attitude is...)
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: damaxer91 on January 25, 2012, 09:58:29 AM

(the food's not terrible, the attitude is...)


Israeli... :)
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 25, 2012, 01:32:39 PM
Israeli... :)

Oakland kosher is also Israeli... Night and day in terms of service and friendliness!
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Tommy on March 19, 2012, 04:21:01 AM
I have a 8 hour layover in SFO.  I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to do?  What is easiest way to get around without a car and what can I do in 6 hours assuming I need 2 hours to get back and checked in.  Thank you in advance. 
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Tommy on March 20, 2012, 01:05:29 AM
No suggestions in SFO? There's got to be something better than hanging out at airport?
Title: Re: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: Ergel on March 20, 2012, 01:09:25 AM
gotta do Alcatraz take the audio tour, take the trolley across the city, of course rent bikes to cross the gg bridge ,check out lombard street in genaral its just a nice city.
I assume you saw this post?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 31, 2012, 10:06:06 PM
At Fishermans wharf, must be in airport in 2.5hrs.
Can someone recommend a place for a quick meat sandwich?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 31, 2012, 10:10:11 PM
AFAIK, the only place thats kosher in SFO is Sabra Grill. Expensive and not very good food
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 31, 2012, 10:14:13 PM
AFAIK, the only place thats kosher in SFO is Sabra Grill. Expensive and not very good food
Oh well. Is it neat fishermans wharf at least?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 31, 2012, 10:15:27 PM
Howabout just renting a motorboat etc?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2012, 10:15:44 PM
AFAIK, the only place thats kosher in SFO is Sabra Grill. Expensive and not very good food
That and a bad attitude IIRC.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 31, 2012, 10:42:09 PM
Oh well. Is it neat fishermans wharf at least?
Not too far
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 31, 2012, 11:24:08 PM
In Sabra. Pricey but not absolutely retarded. Live review to come.

I am the only guy in the place. It is quite old, but clean.

Dan- how far d'ya live from CLE?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2012, 11:26:03 PM
Dan- how far d'ya live from CLE?
25 minutes via car, 50 minutes via subway/train (1 transfer).
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 31, 2012, 11:28:27 PM
25 minutes via car, 50 minutes via subway/train (1 transfer).
Not likely but not impossible.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on June 03, 2012, 11:45:58 AM
Via their website, The Kitchen Table  appears to be closing; last meal being served today.

  Are there currently any options besides Sabra Grill and Amba Falfel?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 14, 2012, 12:40:20 AM
38 min connection here in SFO on United enroute from EWR to LAX. Flying Biz if makes a difference. Enough time?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 14, 2012, 03:52:09 AM
Yes. Just make sure there's another flight later in case of delays etc
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 14, 2012, 09:16:54 AM
Yes. Just make sure there's another flight later in case of delays etc
Yes there is one other flight which would work to lax for me.
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: ORD747 on June 14, 2012, 06:07:50 PM
Sabra Grill, kosher resterant in China town the food is pretty good although its a bit pricey
A bit pricey? When I was there a 2 months ago, I spent $25 On a plate of pastrami and some fries
Title: Re: SF Bay area
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 14, 2012, 06:10:24 PM
A bit pricey? When I was there a 2 months ago, I spent $25 On a plate of pastrami and some fries
That was a rather pricey choice. I spent the same on 2 skewers of lamb (something to that effect), and couldn't make it through more than one (was full).
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 06, 2012, 07:20:22 PM
Via their website, The Kitchen Table  appears to be closing; last meal being served today.

  Are there currently any options besides Sabra Grill and Amba Falfel?
There's a new place near San Jose, Jerusalem Grill (http://jerusalemgrillbar.com/). I haven't been there yet but I've heard both good and bad reports (which is typical of almost any new place)
Title: Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
Post by: whYME on July 06, 2012, 07:34:21 PM
For some reason I was under the impression that they no longer have the seating/restaurant. They do have deli / takeout though. (even if they do still have  the seating, I wouldn't really call it a restaurant, more like deli / takeout with seating)
I was wrong about that, they do still have the seating.
And the food looked really good when I was there the other day.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: devora on July 18, 2012, 04:34:19 PM
Any recommendations for a hotel in SF? Preferably a Hyatt

Planning on flying to SF, staying 1-2 nights, driving down south (will spend 2 nights), ultimately flying out of LA.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 04:55:31 PM
Hyatts in SF don't have the best reputation.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: devora on July 19, 2012, 10:35:20 AM
Are there any SPG hotels in SF that are recommended?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: yitz-ee on July 25, 2012, 04:10:16 PM
What are the kosher restaurants AND grocery stores in the SF area?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on August 03, 2012, 03:39:41 AM
What are the kosher restaurants AND grocery stores in the SF area?

Restaurants:
(all under hashgacha of the Sun-K / Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California)
Amba Falafel (Oakland) Cholov Yisroel. Pas Yisroel available by request
Izzy's Bagels (Palo Alto) Pas Yisroel. Some Items Cholov Yisroel, Check the kashrus certificate
Jerusalem Grill (Palo Alto area)
Oakland Kosher (Oakland) Fleishigs
Sabra Grill (San Francisco)

groceries
Oakland Kosher.
I'm pretty sure there's a kosher grocery in SF, I don't remember the name offhand.
I believe Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a big Kosher selection. there are probably other options there as well.
Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley has some kosher items.

That's it off the top of my head.
More details on these establishments in the thread above and in this one (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13405.0) (which should probably be merged here?)

Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 25, 2012, 02:04:44 PM

There is also Grand Bakery in Oakland under that same hashgacha, gotta stop by if you are in the area. Can't compete with the likes of more heimishe area, but still very decent.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on September 28, 2012, 03:26:41 AM
There is also Grand Bakery in Oakland under that same hashgacha, gotta stop by if you are in the area. Can't compete with the likes of more heimishe area, but still very decent.
Yeah, I guess I missed that somehow...
But beware, the dairy items are not cholov yisroel...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on November 26, 2012, 03:00:08 AM
how many hours does the Alcatraz tour take? is there a recommended time to go?
IY"H gonna be there on chanukah and looking for some attractions.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 26, 2012, 07:22:11 AM
how many hours does the Alcatraz tour take? is there a recommended time to go?
IY"H gonna be there on chanukah and looking for some attractions.

There is no specific amount of time that the tour takes. The earlier u go the more u can stay on the island, cuz u could take back any boat that u want. Probably would stay for 2-3 hours plus duration of the boat ride. For other attraction read the beginning of the thread.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 08, 2012, 11:25:38 PM
Any reviews on the Le Meridien San Francisco?  Booked a night there for $140 incl parking and internet.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: sy guy on December 09, 2012, 12:28:21 PM
stayed there once. nothing special. nice hotel, and you got a good price.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 19, 2012, 02:06:13 PM
http://www.frumsatire.net/2010/10/24/orthodox-jewish-community-in-san-francisco-is-growing/

Who's in to start a community?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2012, 02:17:34 PM
http://www.frumsatire.net/2010/10/24/orthodox-jewish-community-in-san-francisco-is-growing/

Who's in to start a community?
That post is 2 years old.  The Mountain view eatery mentioned is already Kaput.
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 19, 2012, 02:18:39 PM
That post is 2 years old.  The Mountain view eatery mentioned is already Kaput.
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.
Weather sure beats CLE
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2012, 02:19:36 PM
Weather sure beats CLE
No offense, but duh.
I'm comparing it to LAX/SAN/MIA, etc.  I.E. Cities people move to for the weather despite the negative factors.
Nobody moves to the east coast or midwest for the weather.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 19, 2012, 03:01:10 PM
That post is 2 years old.  The Mountain view eatery mentioned is already Kaput.
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.

That restaurant is kaput, but every time one goes kaput another opens up and replaces it, like in sf they now have Jerusalem grill. They are still missing a pizza shop though. And like u said not the best weather, it is always super windy all seasons.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on December 20, 2012, 09:45:53 AM
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.

Hard to quantify... I think you have to live there to really appreciate it. Everybody who lives there loves it. Personally some of the areas outside of SF are nicer. Thre is something intangibly awesome about NoCal.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 20, 2012, 10:50:47 AM
Personally some of the areas outside of SF are nicer. There is something intangibly awesome about NoCal.

Do i hear marin county or napa valley? :)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on December 24, 2012, 09:58:51 AM
Do i hear marin county or napa valley? :)

Lol, Napa is a little too quiet for my taste. I haven't spent much time in Marin but Berkeley or Palo Alto are just right for me.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 24, 2012, 10:26:09 AM
Hard to quantify... I think you have to live there to really appreciate it. Everybody who lives there loves it. Personally some of the areas outside of SF are nicer. Thre is something intangibly awesome about NoCal.
Do you live in the area?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 24, 2012, 10:58:11 AM
Lol, Napa is a little too quiet for my taste. I haven't spent much time in Marin but Berkeley or Palo Alto are just right for me.

I never really find berkeley a nice place, much more like a university town.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on December 24, 2012, 12:29:04 PM
Do you live in the area?

Lived for a little under a year. I grew very fond of it...
I never really find berkeley a nice place, much more like a university town.

I suppose it depends what you are looking for; now as a married man with a kid, Berkeley would be far from ideal. Single - there was nothing like it!
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 24, 2012, 03:03:29 PM
Lived for a little under a year. I grew very fond of it...

So what made u leave?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 24, 2012, 03:11:39 PM
So anybody here live in the area?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mmermss on December 24, 2012, 03:14:25 PM
So what made u leave?
I guess he got married..
now as a married man with a kid, Berkeley would be far from ideal. Single - there was nothing like it!
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 24, 2012, 03:16:05 PM
I guess he got married..

;) - missed that line, although i would live in berkeley anyday over montreal..
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 06, 2013, 12:58:54 AM
Any reviews on the Le Meridien San Francisco?  Booked a night there for $140 incl parking and internet.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-le-m-ridien-san-francisco?c=all&p=57
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 06, 2013, 01:10:54 AM
;) - missed that line, although i would live in berkeley anyday over montreal..
I'm pretty sure YankyDoodle would as well if he didn't need to worry about things like chinuch and other family-related concerns...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 07, 2013, 09:49:07 AM
So what made u leave?
I lived there for a number of summers
although i would live in berkeley anyday over montreal..
I'm pretty sure YankyDoodle would as well if he didn't need to worry about things like chinuch and other family-related concerns...

Yup, would move there in a heartbeat if there was a larger Jewish community/school/job :)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on January 28, 2013, 09:32:21 AM
Heading down for 2 nights/1 day with my wife and baby.
Recommendations?

I'm looking for a nice hotel, preferably SPG for my plat, but primary criteria is price.

Seems like the food scene changes quite often, what's the current situation?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 10:38:45 AM
Heading down for 2 nights/1 day with my wife and baby.
Recommendations?

I'm looking for a nice hotel, preferably SPG for my plat, but primary criteria is price.

Seems like the food scene changes quite often, what's the current situation?

Don't know bout hotels, but this food list from two months ago is accurate.

Restaurants:
(all under hashgacha of the Sun-K / Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California)
Amba Falafel (Oakland) Cholov Yisroel. Pas Yisroel available by request
Izzy's Bagels (Palo Alto) Pas Yisroel. Some Items Cholov Yisroel, Check the kashrus certificate
Jerusalem Grill (Palo Alto area)
Oakland Kosher (Oakland) Fleishigs
Sabra Grill (San Francisco)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on January 28, 2013, 10:57:59 AM
Don't know bout hotels, but this food list from two months ago is accurate.

And stay away from Sabra, right?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 10:59:21 AM
And stay away from Sabra, right?

Right.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 28, 2013, 11:03:03 AM
Not much else in SF itself other than Sabra...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:12:22 AM
Not much else in SF itself other than Sabra...

Whats the deal with Shangri-la is it kosher?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on January 28, 2013, 11:31:26 AM
Not much else in SF itself other than Sabra...
How far out are the other places?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 28, 2013, 11:34:49 AM
And stay away from Sabra, right?
+1
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:39:02 AM
How far out are the other places?

Jerusalem grill is supposedly pretty good, but it's about an hour south. Amba is just 15 minuts from SF.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:39:47 AM
+1

Their fries ain't that bad, if that's all u want ;)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 28, 2013, 11:48:13 AM
Their fries ain't that bad, if that's all u want ;)
Well I went with a few friends to help the rabbi for Chanuka and we had a bill there so we see there 3 times and the pita wasn't fresh, the food looks like it's being made in a yeshiva, taste like that too. But true the fries were pretty good
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:49:25 AM
the food looks like it's being made in a yeshiva, taste like that too.

lol ;)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on January 28, 2013, 11:54:10 AM
So what else for a full day?

I don't think my wife would appreciate Alcatraz. Boat tour of the bridge? Bike riding?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:57:13 AM
So what else for a full day?

I don't think my wife would appreciate Alcatraz. Boat tour of the bridge? Bike riding?

Lombard street, fishermans wharf / pier 39..
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 11:59:18 AM
Heading down for 2 nights/1 day with my wife and baby.
Recommendations?

I'm looking for a nice hotel, preferably SPG for my plat, but primary criteria is price.

Seems like the food scene changes quite often, what's the current situation?
Why SFO over anywhere else on the coast?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on January 28, 2013, 11:59:50 AM
Lombard street, fishermans wharf / pier 39..
So I'm thinking of doing Fisherman's Wharf and a boat ride from there. Anything to do at night?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on January 28, 2013, 12:01:23 PM
Why SFO over anywhere else on the coast?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/28028
Aegean MR, although it seems it wont end up being an MR for multiple reasons
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 12:03:27 PM
So I'm thinking of doing Fisherman's Wharf and a boat ride from there. Anything to do at night?

Go for a walk/hike around town, many interesting places to see.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 12:04:27 PM
Why SFO over anywhere else on the coast?

Besides LAX and SAN, where else would u go?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 12:19:59 PM
Besides LAX and SAN, where else would u go?
Drive the coast and use Avios to get back.
Or PDX, SEA, or YVR before SFO.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on January 28, 2013, 12:27:06 PM
Drive the coast and use Avios to get back.
Or PDX, SEA, or YVR before SFO.
Landing 9pm, leaving 38 hours later. Don't think I have time for that
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 12:41:47 PM
Drive the coast and use Avios to get back.
Or PDX, SEA, or YVR before SFO.

YVR i understand, SEA maybe, but PDX seriously? What to do there?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 12:50:32 PM
It's been 10 years since I was there but we drove from SEA to PDX and did a ton of fun stuff.  Though that was in the summertime.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 12:51:48 PM
It's been 10 years since I was there but we drove from SEA to PDX and did a ton of fun stuff.  Though that was in the summertime.

Can't recall anything worth seeing, if someone were to plan a trip there?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 12:59:13 PM
Can't recall anything worth seeing, if someone were to plan a trip there?
Not in PDX per se, but there was a very neat waterfalls we hiked up, there was Crater Lake, there was a great kosher bakery in Albertson's.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 01:03:13 PM
Not in PDX per se, but there was a very neat waterfalls we hiked up, there was Crater Lake, there was a great kosher bakery in Albertson's.

And not in SFO itself, there are also great hikes at marin, yosemite, redwood etc.. and some great lakes.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 28, 2013, 10:30:29 PM
C'mon, I think you guys are exaggerating how bad Sabra is.

Granted, I haven't been there in 5 years or so, but I don't remember it being so bad.
Yes, the owner has a really nasty attitude, but other than that it wasn't so bad. True, the food won't win them any awards, but I wouldn't call it bad. If you're already in SF, and you're just looking for a meal, I don't think Sabra is so bad it needs to be avoided like the plague. (unless it got much worse in the last 5 years)
 
As for Amba, the last couple of times I've been there I've been very unimpressed. (I think they changed ownership or management or something.) their food was not as good as it had been in the past. -And that's on top of it being very overpriced to begin with...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 28, 2013, 10:32:57 PM
Don't know bout hotels, but this food list from two months ago is accurate.

It's also in the wiki, so if anybody has updated info just add/change it there...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:18:53 PM
As for Amba, the last couple of times I've been there I've been very unimpressed. (I think they changed ownership or management or something.) their food was not as good as it had been in the past. -And that's on top of it being very overpriced to begin with...

Sorry to hear that, haven't been there recently, but remember it as having one of the best falafel's.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:20:06 PM
It's also in the wiki, so if anybody has updated info just add/change it there...

Is the kosher grocery in sf u talking about, israeli meat market?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 28, 2013, 11:34:40 PM
Is the kosher grocery in sf u talking about, israeli meat market?
It's possible, though I seem to have the name "Tel Aviv Market" in my head.
I've never been there, I just remember hearing it mentioned...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:37:38 PM
It's possible, though I seem to have the name "Tel Aviv Market" in my head.
I've never been there, I just remember hearing it mentioned...

Israeli kosher meat market - http://www.shamash.org/kosher/search.php?Recno=01858&Comm=two
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 28, 2013, 11:39:42 PM
"Hashgacha/Supervision:   Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco"
Maybe that's why I've never been there... (well, that, and also Oakland Kosher is closer anyways...)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 28, 2013, 11:41:59 PM
I see I wasn't completely off with Tel Aviv Market: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/61184/tel-aviv-kosher-market-closes-its-doors/ (http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/61184/tel-aviv-kosher-market-closes-its-doors/)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:42:35 PM
"Hashgacha/Supervision:   Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco"
Maybe that's why I've never been there... (well, that, and also Oakland Kosher is closer anyways...)

Don't worry, their reviews ain't too great either.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2013, 11:44:08 PM
I see I wasn't completely off with Tel Aviv Market: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/61184/tel-aviv-kosher-market-closes-its-doors/ (http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/61184/tel-aviv-kosher-market-closes-its-doors/)

Like so many other places in sf unfortunately, that had to close so soon.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 30, 2013, 07:47:59 PM
It's possible, though I seem to have the name "Tel Aviv Market" in my head.
I've never been there, I just remember hearing it mentioned...

It looks like this may a different place but there was a Tel Aviv Kosher (with a supermarket) when I lived there under Rabbi Welton's hashgacha (Chabad rabbi). I had THE BEST DELI SANDWHICH OF MY LIFE there. Literally. Everything they made there was incredible. If it's indeed closed it is a sad day for deli & oily israeli food fanatics.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 30, 2013, 08:29:49 PM
It looks like this may a different place but there was a Tel Aviv Kosher (with a supermarket) when I lived there under Rabbi Welton's hashgacha (Chabad rabbi). I had THE BEST DELI SANDWHICH OF MY LIFE there. Literally. Everything they made there was incredible. If it's indeed closed it is a sad day for deli & oily israeli food fanatics.

I remember NY Deli in SF Embarcadaro....now that was good deli! I felt bad for the 2 chabad brothers who ran the place because I was pretty much the only customer the 2 days I was there! 
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 30, 2013, 08:31:50 PM
Like so many other places in sf unfortunately, that had to close so soon.

My father grew up in SF and remembers Tel Aviv for the longest time...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 30, 2013, 11:32:24 PM
I remember NY Deli in SF Embarcadaro....now that was good deli! I felt bad for the 2 chabad brothers who ran the place because I was pretty much the only customer the 2 days I was there! 

Until when was this deli around?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 31, 2013, 12:02:12 AM
Until when was this deli around?

I don't remember when it closed but it was definitely closed by August '10
I heard this place Closed Up(SF NY Deli) can anyone confirm that Unfortunately it should have been Sabra that bit the dust
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 31, 2013, 12:08:39 AM
I don't remember when it closed but it was definitely closed by August '10

And it only opened in '06... - http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/30505/yeshiva-bochers-open-up-kosher-deli-in-downtown-s-f/
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 31, 2013, 12:20:35 AM
And it only opened in '06... - http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/30505/yeshiva-bochers-open-up-kosher-deli-in-downtown-s-f/
I didn't realize it was open that long, I was thinking it was 2 years max...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 31, 2013, 12:21:16 AM
I didn't realize it was open that long, I was thinking it was 2 years max...

lol, which place do u think is next? ;)
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 31, 2013, 12:24:00 AM
I was thinking it was 2 years max...

Seems like ur right, on yelp it said this place closed in july '08.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 31, 2013, 05:56:15 AM
I remember NY Deli in SF Embarcadaro....now that was good deli! I felt bad for the 2 chabad brothers who ran the place because I was pretty much the only customer the 2 days I was there!

I was really good friendss with the 2 brothers. I bought (one of) their first sandwiches! Really nice guys, I'm sure they've opened a more succesful restaurant elsewhere!
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 31, 2013, 12:34:08 PM
Until when was this deli around?

I was there Jan 2008...don't think it was around for long :-(
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 31, 2013, 12:37:11 PM
I was really good friendss with the 2 brothers. I bought (one of) their first sandwiches! Really nice guys, I'm sure they've opened a more succesful restaurant elsewhere!

I hope so!! My friend and I lived off of them for 2 days- got a variety of sandwiches and soups.  Went to Sabra's once for a dinner. 
Visited SF again last month and ate at Sabra's 2x! Way overpriced, food was decent but ambiance was really odd. First dinner, I took my non-frum relatives there, I am not sure they were too impressed.  They mentioned they had horrible YELP ratings.  Second dinner, 2 diff families walked in (about 8-10 people each) started thinking it was a treif chinese restaurant- the chabad waiter (one of the shluchim's sons) told me it happens all the time. Oh well...
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 31, 2013, 03:08:29 PM
I was there Jan 2008...don't think it was around for long :-(

Seems like ur right, on yelp it said this place closed in july '08.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on February 06, 2013, 05:19:45 AM
Hotel ideas?
Prefer SPG for status/confirmed suite
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 06, 2013, 05:24:47 AM
I think hyatt fishermans wharf is best value but you might prefer being in center of town
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on February 06, 2013, 05:31:39 AM
I think hyatt fishermans wharf is best value but you might prefer being in center of town
Why would I prefer center. Is there more stuff to do there, closer to kosher food?

I thought I might spend most of the day by Fisherman's Wharf, but I'm definitely up for suggestions
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 06, 2013, 05:47:58 AM
Why would I prefer center. Is there more stuff to do there, closer to kosher food?

I thought I might spend most of the day by Fisherman's Wharf, but I'm definitely up for suggestions
If you don't care where you sleep then go out of town for cheaper hotels. Even by SFO I think there's a new aloft. Its a nice area right by the water
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on February 06, 2013, 04:24:46 PM
If you don't care where you sleep then go out of town for cheaper hotels. Even by SFO I think there's a new aloft. Its a nice area right by the water
I don't want to be too out of it, I'm only gonna be there for 36 hours.

I was thinking Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel it's $139 prepaid. I guess I can try for a priceline
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on February 07, 2013, 05:38:38 AM
The "Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco (K-ORC)" is generally not accepted?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on February 07, 2013, 07:29:20 AM
The "Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco (K-ORC)" is generally not accepted?

It is R' Traub.  He was the Rav of Adath Israel for many years and musmach of Torah Vdaas.  I have been told it is generally not accepted.
Title: Alctraz Tickets
Post by: moto on May 17, 2013, 06:12:21 AM
I will be in a few hours in san francisco and alctraz jail tour is sold out anyone know where i can get tickets for 7ppl for tomorrow tour ?
Title: Re: Alctraz Tickets
Post by: Yaalili on May 17, 2013, 12:43:26 PM
I will be in a few hours in san francisco and alctraz jail tour is sold out anyone know where i can get tickets for 7ppl for tomorrow tour ?

Probably wont be able to, they always sell out days if not weeks sometimes in advance.
Title: Re: Alctraz Tickets
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 17, 2013, 02:13:57 PM
Probably wont be able to, they always sell out days if not weeks sometimes in advance.
+1
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on June 11, 2013, 09:41:39 PM
The cvs in carmel is also loaded with vanilla reloads!
Went to Jerusalem grill...the chumas was good but the meat was skimpy for the price
 Stick with the falafel and you will be good
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: redshoes on June 12, 2013, 11:24:15 PM
Any thoughts about Shabbos in San Francisco -- where is the best place to stay? There are a number of Chabad houses/shuls in the area, but they seem to all be in varying parts of the city, i.e. not all within reasonable walking distance. Any advice would be appreciated.
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on June 12, 2013, 11:38:20 PM
for shabbos, don't stay at hyatt regency/fishermans warf/grand hyatt, their all far from jewish shuls
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: redshoes on June 13, 2013, 09:55:26 PM
Ok -- so any ideas then?
Title: Re: San Francisco Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 13, 2013, 10:41:17 PM
There is a minyan on shabbos somewhere near sabra which hosts Fri night dinner.  I have a bunch of friends who have been there.  Don't recall the name off hand.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on June 16, 2013, 12:41:16 AM
Plan to be in Yosemite for 2 days. What's the best way for me to utilize that time (hikes/sites)?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 08, 2013, 03:17:47 PM
I hear that Half Dome is mostly a mountain-climbing trail (as opposed 2 hiking). Is that true? If yes, what's the nicest hiking trail at Yosemite NP?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on July 08, 2013, 03:23:58 PM
I hear that Half Dome is mostly a mountain-climbing trail (as opposed 2 hiking). Is that true? If yes, what's the nicest hiking trail at Yosemite NP?

Half dome is mountain climbing. I don't recall off hand (its been 8 years) but there was a nice one that leads to a waterfall. It all depends on how intense of a hike you are looking for.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 08, 2013, 03:43:32 PM
3-4 hours total is fine as long as it's worth it when you get up top... What's the weather like there, is it crazy hot?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 08, 2013, 03:46:47 PM
Half dome is mountain climbing.
With the cable route it's supposed to be relatively "easy," but you need a permit to climb half dome and IIRC you have to get those far in advance...

but there was a nice one that leads to a waterfall.
Vernal falls?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on July 09, 2013, 07:39:02 AM
With the cable route it's supposed to be relatively "easy," but you need a permit to climb half dome and IIRC you have to get those far in advance...
Vernal falls?

Sounds right.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 09, 2013, 11:29:11 AM
but there was a nice one that leads to a waterfall.
Is that the Mist Trail?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 09, 2013, 03:37:15 PM
Is that the Mist Trail?
the Mist Trail is the one I was thinking of, it takes you to Vernal Falls.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 09, 2013, 04:27:39 PM
Any ideas for cheap hotel around Yosemite (preferably on the eastern side OTW from Utah)?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on July 09, 2013, 10:01:42 PM
Any ideas for cheap hotel around Yosemite (preferably on the eastern side OTW from Utah)?

There is only one way to do Yosemite... Camping!

There are some hotel like options in the park proper I believe (which will save you a long drive in and out of the park).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 09, 2013, 11:41:41 PM
There is only one way to do Yosemite... Camping!

There are some hotel like options in the park proper I believe (which will save you a long drive in and out of the park).
Are there normal camping acommodations (clean bathrooms & showers, outlets) in the park? Cuz the closest Koa I found is over an hour away. And whaddya mean "hotel like"? Enough unhotel like that the closest hotel I can find on the hotel booking sites is in Lee Vining or Mammoth Lakes?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on July 18, 2013, 02:53:13 AM
Any nice hotels on Priceline for tonight in San Francisco/San Jose area?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on July 18, 2013, 07:01:07 AM
Are there normal camping acommodations (clean bathrooms & showers, outlets) in the park? Cuz the closest Koa I found is over an hour away. And whaddya mean "hotel like"? Enough unhotel like that the closest hotel I can find on the hotel booking sites is in Lee Vining or Mammoth Lakes?

Just saw this now.

There are regular camping accommodations. Bathrooms (and showers but I stayed away from them) I believe they had a few outlets as well. I thought there were small cabins available but again it has been awhile since I've been there.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ash on July 21, 2013, 04:44:16 AM
does anyone know of a amusement park in the bay area for kids ?? or something to do there with young children?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 21, 2013, 01:35:32 PM
does anyone know of a amusement park in the bay area for kids ?? or something to do there with young children?
In what part of the bay area?

There's a Six Flags in Vallejo if that's what you're looking for...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ash on July 22, 2013, 02:56:43 AM
not as heavy or expensive as six flags ? any other recommendations ?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 22, 2013, 04:07:16 AM
There's a place in oakland called fairyland. I've never been there myself but my kids love it.

there's a bunch of rides by the oakland zoo. (you don't need to pay the zoo admission to get to the rides, they're right outside)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ash on July 22, 2013, 02:39:00 PM
perfect thanks that what I was looking for
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Lazegotit on July 24, 2013, 07:11:29 PM
I'm gonna be in the San Fran area for Shabbos. We're a group of 6. Anybody know of a place the stay for Shabbos?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 29, 2013, 01:12:38 PM
Gonna be in Yosemite today & want to do the coastal drive tomorrow. Where do I start the coastal drive? Should I sleep in SF tonight and start the drive from there?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on July 29, 2013, 01:21:10 PM
Gonna be in Yosemite today & want to do the coastal drive tomorrow. Where do I start the coastal drive? Should I sleep in SF tonight and start the drive from there?

It's a pretty long drive from Yosemite to the coast (IIRC) and the PCH is pretty long itself. Get as close to the coast as you can tonight (before passing out from exhaustion) to make your day tomorrow more enjoyable!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 29, 2013, 01:24:23 PM
So where's the best city to sleep tonight (as in normal hotels at a decent price)?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 29, 2013, 02:12:31 PM
So where's the best city to sleep tonight (as in normal hotels at a decent price)?

I stayed for ~$150 incl tax and parking in the Le Meridien SF.  In addition, I stayed during a stay at LM promo and earned an addtl 2k SPG points. 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 29, 2013, 02:38:03 PM
I want a city/town btwn SF & LA. I want to do Oxnard tomorrow and I don't want to havta drive 6 hrs in the morning.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 29, 2013, 02:57:16 PM
Gonna be in Yosemite today & want to do the coastal drive tomorrow.
I want to do Oxnard tomorrow and I don't want to havta drive 6 hrs in the morning.
You can't have your cake and eat it too...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 29, 2013, 02:58:01 PM
In Yosemite today. What's not to miss?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 29, 2013, 08:36:34 PM
In Yosemite today. What's not to miss?

Redwoods
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 29, 2013, 08:36:47 PM
You can't have your cake and eat it too...

+1
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on July 29, 2013, 09:15:28 PM
Question: In Santa Cruz hood, what is kosher (restos/eateries) ?

I don't eat cholov stam.

PS: I'm not there.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 29, 2013, 09:24:40 PM
Question: In Santa Cruz hood, what is kosher (restos/eateries) ?

I don't eat cholov stam.

PS: I'm not there.
AFAIK there's nothing there, you would need to go to Palo Alto or San Jose.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on July 29, 2013, 09:25:17 PM
AFAIK there's nothing there, you would need to go to Palo Alto or San Jose.

Thanks :-(
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: landz124 on July 29, 2013, 11:07:04 PM
Just wasted $130 at Sabra Grill ,the  food was just inedible and the prices are outrageous. the only decent thing they have is falafel balls and tehina.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 30, 2013, 01:22:05 AM
As for Amba, the last couple of times I've been there I've been very unimpressed. (I think they changed ownership or management or something.) their food was not as good as it had been in the past. -And that's on top of it being very overpriced to begin with...
I was just at Amba last week, and the food definitely seemed better than it was when I wrote the above post...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on October 27, 2013, 09:03:54 PM
I'll be in SFO for 24 hours on business. Where is the best place to stay? Daven? Eat?

I'm arriving Monday night and departing Tuesday on the red eye. I have a few meetings Tuesday around SFO and San Jose/Sunnyvale.

TIA
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 27, 2013, 09:40:46 PM
I'll be in SFO for 24 hours on business. Where is the best place to stay? Daven? Eat?

I'm arriving Monday night and departing Tuesday on the red eye. I have a few meetings Tuesday around SFO and San Jose/Sunnyvale.

TIA
Stay in San Jose and drive to SFO as late as possible.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on October 30, 2013, 09:51:34 AM
Stay in San Jose and drive to SFO as late as possible.

I should have listened to you.

It was a nice quick trip. We davened in the Adath Yisroel  shul in San Francisco. They happen to sell sushi out of the shul/jcc on certian days. See lchaimsushi.com.

Breakfast was at Izzys Bagels in Palo Alto. What a great place. Easily better then the bagel shops around here. They have 15 flavored cream cheeses, a huge assortment of bagels and baked goods, and everything I had was delicious.

We had meetings all day. The last one was right near SFO. We drove back to Palo Alto for Mincha Marriv at Emek Berocho and then dinner at Jerusalem Grill in San Jose. Food was pretty good and ambiance was decent. Pretty much what you'd expect from an out of town place.

We stayed at the airport Hilton priceline at $146 2 hours before we landed. Rented from avis in the airport.

We flew from JFK on UA389. Lie flat business was nice, footbed was verry small. Meal was braised short rib with a farfel side. Tiny portion and served still cold.

Return was on AA18 in First. Although not lie flat seats were much more comfortable than UA.

All in all it was a pleasant quick trip, although I didnt see any of SF.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CPM915 on December 24, 2013, 01:08:35 AM
Heading to San Fran and Napa tomorrow for a few days. Made the last minute decision to go for a few days, so didn't get the best award redemption bc flights were expensive.

Staying 3 nights in the Andaz Napa, and 2 nights in the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. First time in the area so plan on going to Hagafen for a tour and tasting, perhaps go to some of the other local wineries to learn a little bit, and maybe do a little biking around the area.

Everything all booked for Alcatraz so looks like we're gna rid the cable cars, ride the GG bridge. Will update on how the trip went.ent
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on December 24, 2013, 03:44:39 AM
I found the northern (big sur) area of the pch to be the nicest there was also a place where elephant. seals are. beached right on the coast near the hearst castle area. I found hearst castle to be nice as well
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on January 02, 2014, 03:43:28 PM
Thats goes in the trip report thread
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CPM915 on January 02, 2014, 03:53:04 PM
I am fairly new to the game and only started reading the forums half a year ago, so I am happy to finally have something to write about. I had never been to San Francisco or Napa Valley, and since my wife(who is a teacher) had off and my busy season (accountant) is coming up, we decided last minute to spend a few days out west. Used 50k Avios for 2 biz class tickets JFK-SFO, and used 50k AA for one biz class and one economy SFO-JFK. Not the greatest redemption, but I didn’t want to use cash, as flights were really expensive.

Got in to SFO at 9:30 PM, and rented a car from Avis. With Preferred, was a very easy process, and attendant allowed me to upgrade to a Mustang for $15/day instead of $30. Drove straight to Napa Valley which took a little over an hour. We stayed at the Andaz Napa in downtown Napa for three nights. It is a Category 5 hotel, so can be booked at 18k/night. However, with my AAA code, I was able to book it the night before we left for $141/night, so I opted for cash. Hotel offers either a valet option for $19/day or free parking in a parking garage around the corner from the hotel. We parked in the free lot as it was very close and hardly took any time(even though for overnight parking you can only park on the 3rd and 4th levels of the garage). Andaz has a bit of a different feel than your average hotel- very hip and trendy. After being checked in on an Ipad and being offered complimentary wine or beer, we headed up to the rooms, which were very spacious. Room had a couch and a desk, and the TV swiveled to face either way. The hotel has an outdoor patio with fire pits, which looked really nice, but which we didn’t take advantage of because it was a little chilly out.

Room had complimentary drinks and snacks- plenty of bottles of water, juice, iced tea, and was filled up every day as the room was cleaned. The only thing non-complimentary was the alcoholic beverages in the fridge. Free Wifi. For breakfast, the hotel’s restaurant had a full menu, but there was also a smaller station offering yogurt and oatmeal. The yogurt had an OU on it, so we made parfaits using the yogurt and nuts and fruit the hotel provided ($4 each). The hotel also had carrot ginger juice which was delicious.

On the first day, we rented bikes and biked from the hotel up Silverado trail, which has wineries every 500 feet on both sides, literally. As it was Christmas, the only winery open was Hagafen, which also happens to be the only Kosher winery in the area (Covenant is in the process of moving and wasn’t open for tours or tasting). No tours were being offered that day at Hagafen, so we just did the tasting.

Then we headed up to Calistoga, about an hour drive, to the Golden Haven Hot Springs and Resort to get a mud bath treatment. This was about 70 dollars for each of us. We have never been to a spa, so decided to try it for the experience. First we sat in the mud bath, which was very hot. It was sort of relaxing, but the smell of the mud was terrible. Then we washed up, spent some time in the Jacuzzi, followed by a warm towel wrap. On the whole, it was a relaxing experience, but I wouldn’t do it again. Maybe others would enjoy it more.

Drove back to the hotel down Highway 29, which is the main highway connecting Napa Valley to the surrounding areas, and also has wineries lining the highway for miles. It was very cool to see winery after winery, including Castello di Amorosa, a castle winery which is a famous winery which we wanted to tour, but ran out of time. There are no kosher restaurants in the area, but plenty of supermarkets, and we brought plenty of food from home
The next morning we woke up early to head to the gym next door to the Andaz, which all guests are offered complimentary access to. Gym was pretty nice and wasn’t too crowded. We then headed back to Hagafen for the 11 AM tour(and another tasting!). The tour was for about ten people, so not too crowded, and we walked to the vineyard, and then to the area where the grapes are processed, and stored in barrels. In terms of understanding the process of wine making, the tour wasn’t incredibly informative, and we left wanting more. The tour itself was free, although tastings were not; different packages are offered ranging from $10 to $20 depending on which wines you want to taste.

We then drove to Oxbow Market, which is a large market with all sorts of produce and specialty foods. Did a coffee tasting at Ritual Coffee, tasting coffees from three different areas of the world. Each cup of coffee was made in front of us with exact measures and extreme care by the barista, who was very knowledgeable and explained his every move and answered all of our questions.
We then headed to the Robert Mondavi Winery, which was very highly recommended. The winery was about a 25 minute drive from downtown Napa. The winery building itself was gorgeous with very pretty grounds and many great picture opportunities. The tour itself was great, giving a history of the winery, a lot of knowledge about the wine making process, and a detailed tour of the winery itself, in which every step of the process was explained thoroughly by a very engaging and funny tour guide. At the end, we sat down at a dining room table for a tasting. Even though we didn’t drink the wine, we still learned a lot from the guide during the tasting.

After Mondavi, we drove 20 minutes to Auberge du Soleil, which is a very expensive hotel (~$800/night), but which also has a restaurant and bar. The restaurant has beautiful views of Napa Valley, and we were there around sundown. We got drinks there and enjoyed the view, although I must admit that I found the view to be a little overrated. Friday morning we drove to San Francisco and returned the car to Avis(as parking is really expensive downtown). Stayed at the Hilton Towers Union Square for Shabbos. Hotel was packed Friday because of a big college football game but it had cleared out a little Shabbos day. Hotel was really nice, and all employees were extremely helpful. We bought food for Shabbos at Sabra Grill, which was a bit overpriced in my opinion. We got the shwarma- which was chicken sautéed with onions- which was pretty good, though expensive. Didn’t offer much in the way of side dishes. Sunday night we went back to Sabra before our flight and were shocked that they refused to make sandwiches at dinnertime. No Shwarma in a pita, no hamburgers- At night you can only buy full entrees, the cheapest of which is $23.00. Guess they can overcharge because they are the only kosher restaurant in the area.
Shabbos day we went to Knesses Yisroel which was a 5 minute walk from hotel. Davening was called for 9 am, but they only got a minyan around 9:15, which was comprised mostly of tourists. Their website says that you can join them for Shabbos meals, but when I called and emailed them many times, I only received a response 3 days later that they were already full. Doesn’t seem like we missed out on much.

On Shabbos afternoon we walked to the Cable Car museum which is free of charge and a must see. While the history of the famous San Francisco Cable Cars is interesting in its own right, the real draw here is that the museum is built around the machinery which runs the cable cars to this very day.
We then walked to Lombard street, known as the “Crookedest Street.” It is an incredibly windy street with beautiful flowers. People line up to see the cars go down the street at a max 5 MPH. Perhaps slightly over-hyped, but it’s worth seeing.
Saturday night took the cable car down to Fisherman’s Wharf and walked around. First time on a cable car. Not so exciting, but you got to do it once.
Sunday we rented bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf from the Company Blazing Saddles and biked over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was challenging at times, but not too bad. If you’re in decent shape you can do it. The total was around 120 for both of us(goes by hour, something like $8/hr for regular bikes). Biked over the bridge to Sausalito, a cute little fishing town which wouldn’t be special were it not on the other side of the Golden Gate. Got some coffee there and took the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf, which took about half an hour. Passed Alcatraz, which was the closest we would get to it because tickets for the Alcatraz tours sell out months in advance.

After we returned the bikes, we jumped on to a Hop on Hop Off bus tour(there are plenty of companies which offer them) which we booked through the hotel, which took us on a tour of the major areas of San Fran. It was pretty informative, and interesting to learn about the history of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.
 After this, we headed back to hotel to pick up our stuff, and headed to the airport on a shuttle from our hotel(booked through hotel for $17 each). Because I was flying business, we had access to the lounge, which was a good thing because our flight was delayed three hours.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on January 02, 2014, 03:54:32 PM
Thats goes in the trip report thread

And which thread would that be?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Salty on January 02, 2014, 04:02:28 PM
Master thread of trip reports and trip tips
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 02, 2014, 04:03:22 PM
Master thread of trip reports and trip tips
Nope. That thread links to trip reports. This is a great place to post a TR
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on January 02, 2014, 08:38:11 PM
Nope. That thread links to trip reports. This is a great place to post a TR

+1. Noobs trying to feel special.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Salty on January 02, 2014, 11:26:14 PM
+1. Noobs trying to feel special.

trying to be helpful.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: madopo on January 19, 2014, 11:56:51 AM
Are there any SPG hotels in the bay area that the standard room is suite like, with a living room or something like that (traveling with toddlers)?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mickeyg on February 10, 2014, 08:05:11 PM
Looking for good kosher food in downtown San Fran...im staying at the Parc 55 Wyndham for a conference...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: nuko on February 10, 2014, 08:23:57 PM
Was at Sabra grill a couple weeks ago and yuval the owner came running down stairs from roof bleeding and holding his finger. It appeared he lost part of his finger working on roof. Felt really terrible. Please wish him a refuah sheleima next time you go
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 11, 2014, 12:18:05 AM
good kosher food in San Fran
Alol
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MC on February 11, 2014, 12:45:10 AM

Alol

Seriously! Pack food in LA... (If you're starting out there)
Even coffee bean in San Fran doesn't have kosher pastries.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Racer7400 on February 11, 2014, 01:14:36 AM
nice trip report thanx!! :)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on February 11, 2014, 01:49:30 AM
Looking for good kosher food in downtown San Fran...im staying at the Parc 55 Wyndham for a conference...
The only option around there is Sabra.

You have better options in Oakland and Palo Alto, but it's a shlep.
If you have a car (and you're not going during rush hour) it's probably 10-20 minutes to Oakland. Palo Alto is probably more like 45.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: madopo on February 11, 2014, 01:32:01 PM
The only option around there is Sabra.

You have better options in Oakland and Palo Alto, but it's a shlep.
If you have a car (and you're not going during rush hour) it's probably 10-20 minutes to Oakland. Palo Alto is probably more like 45.
Closer to 20-25 min. As you said, DEFINITELY not during rush hour (took over an hr).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: madopo on February 11, 2014, 01:34:14 PM
Looking for good kosher food in downtown San Fran...im staying at the Parc 55 Wyndham for a conference...
Sabra's takeout menu is half price. Average was $25 and not comparable to any "in town" restaurant.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mickeyg on February 11, 2014, 03:11:10 PM
Alol
thanks! so pretty much im SOOL....
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 11, 2014, 03:47:36 PM
thanks! so pretty much im SOOL....

If you go to Oakland, amba falafel is decent, and not too expensive.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 25, 2014, 09:15:10 AM
I am fairly new to the game and only started reading the forums half a year ago, so I am happy to finally have something to write about. I had never been to San Francisco or Napa Valley, and since my wife(who is a teacher) had off and my busy season (accountant) is coming up, we decided last minute to spend a few days out west. Used 50k Avios for 2 biz class tickets JFK-SFO, and used 50k AA for one biz class and one economy SFO-JFK. Not the greatest redemption, but I didn’t want to use cash, as flights were really expensive.

Got in to SFO at 9:30 PM, and rented a car from Avis. With Preferred, was a very easy process, and attendant allowed me to upgrade to a Mustang for $15/day instead of $30. Drove straight to Napa Valley which took a little over an hour. We stayed at the Andaz Napa in downtown Napa for three nights. It is a Category 5 hotel, so can be booked at 18k/night. However, with my AAA code, I was able to book it the night before we left for $141/night, so I opted for cash. Hotel offers either a valet option for $19/day or free parking in a parking garage around the corner from the hotel. We parked in the free lot as it was very close and hardly took any time(even though for overnight parking you can only park on the 3rd and 4th levels of the garage). Andaz has a bit of a different feel than your average hotel- very hip and trendy. After being checked in on an Ipad and being offered complimentary wine or beer, we headed up to the rooms, which were very spacious. Room had a couch and a desk, and the TV swiveled to face either way. The hotel has an outdoor patio with fire pits, which looked really nice, but which we didn’t take advantage of because it was a little chilly out.

Room had complimentary drinks and snacks- plenty of bottles of water, juice, iced tea, and was filled up every day as the room was cleaned. The only thing non-complimentary was the alcoholic beverages in the fridge. Free Wifi. For breakfast, the hotel’s restaurant had a full menu, but there was also a smaller station offering yogurt and oatmeal. The yogurt had an OU on it, so we made parfaits using the yogurt and nuts and fruit the hotel provided ($4 each). The hotel also had carrot ginger juice which was delicious.

On the first day, we rented bikes and biked from the hotel up Silverado trail, which has wineries every 500 feet on both sides, literally. As it was Christmas, the only winery open was Hagafen, which also happens to be the only Kosher winery in the area (Covenant is in the process of moving and wasn’t open for tours or tasting). No tours were being offered that day at Hagafen, so we just did the tasting.

Then we headed up to Calistoga, about an hour drive, to the Golden Haven Hot Springs and Resort to get a mud bath treatment. This was about 70 dollars for each of us. We have never been to a spa, so decided to try it for the experience. First we sat in the mud bath, which was very hot. It was sort of relaxing, but the smell of the mud was terrible. Then we washed up, spent some time in the Jacuzzi, followed by a warm towel wrap. On the whole, it was a relaxing experience, but I wouldn’t do it again. Maybe others would enjoy it more.

Drove back to the hotel down Highway 29, which is the main highway connecting Napa Valley to the surrounding areas, and also has wineries lining the highway for miles. It was very cool to see winery after winery, including Castello di Amorosa, a castle winery which is a famous winery which we wanted to tour, but ran out of time. There are no kosher restaurants in the area, but plenty of supermarkets, and we brought plenty of food from home
The next morning we woke up early to head to the gym next door to the Andaz, which all guests are offered complimentary access to. Gym was pretty nice and wasn’t too crowded. We then headed back to Hagafen for the 11 AM tour(and another tasting!). The tour was for about ten people, so not too crowded, and we walked to the vineyard, and then to the area where the grapes are processed, and stored in barrels. In terms of understanding the process of wine making, the tour wasn’t incredibly informative, and we left wanting more. The tour itself was free, although tastings were not; different packages are offered ranging from $10 to $20 depending on which wines you want to taste.

We then drove to Oxbow Market, which is a large market with all sorts of produce and specialty foods. Did a coffee tasting at Ritual Coffee, tasting coffees from three different areas of the world. Each cup of coffee was made in front of us with exact measures and extreme care by the barista, who was very knowledgeable and explained his every move and answered all of our questions.
We then headed to the Robert Mondavi Winery, which was very highly recommended. The winery was about a 25 minute drive from downtown Napa. The winery building itself was gorgeous with very pretty grounds and many great picture opportunities. The tour itself was great, giving a history of the winery, a lot of knowledge about the wine making process, and a detailed tour of the winery itself, in which every step of the process was explained thoroughly by a very engaging and funny tour guide. At the end, we sat down at a dining room table for a tasting. Even though we didn’t drink the wine, we still learned a lot from the guide during the tasting.

After Mondavi, we drove 20 minutes to Auberge du Soleil, which is a very expensive hotel (~$800/night), but which also has a restaurant and bar. The restaurant has beautiful views of Napa Valley, and we were there around sundown. We got drinks there and enjoyed the view, although I must admit that I found the view to be a little overrated. Friday morning we drove to San Francisco and returned the car to Avis(as parking is really expensive downtown). Stayed at the Hilton Towers Union Square for Shabbos. Hotel was packed Friday because of a big college football game but it had cleared out a little Shabbos day. Hotel was really nice, and all employees were extremely helpful. We bought food for Shabbos at Sabra Grill, which was a bit overpriced in my opinion. We got the shwarma- which was chicken sautéed with onions- which was pretty good, though expensive. Didn’t offer much in the way of side dishes. Sunday night we went back to Sabra before our flight and were shocked that they refused to make sandwiches at dinnertime. No Shwarma in a pita, no hamburgers- At night you can only buy full entrees, the cheapest of which is $23.00. Guess they can overcharge because they are the only kosher restaurant in the area.
Shabbos day we went to Knesses Yisroel which was a 5 minute walk from hotel. Davening was called for 9 am, but they only got a minyan around 9:15, which was comprised mostly of tourists. Their website says that you can join them for Shabbos meals, but when I called and emailed them many times, I only received a response 3 days later that they were already full. Doesn’t seem like we missed out on much.

On Shabbos afternoon we walked to the Cable Car museum which is free of charge and a must see. While the history of the famous San Francisco Cable Cars is interesting in its own right, the real draw here is that the museum is built around the machinery which runs the cable cars to this very day.
We then walked to Lombard street, known as the “Crookedest Street.” It is an incredibly windy street with beautiful flowers. People line up to see the cars go down the street at a max 5 MPH. Perhaps slightly over-hyped, but it’s worth seeing.
Saturday night took the cable car down to Fisherman’s Wharf and walked around. First time on a cable car. Not so exciting, but you got to do it once.
Sunday we rented bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf from the Company Blazing Saddles and biked over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was challenging at times, but not too bad. If you’re in decent shape you can do it. The total was around 120 for both of us(goes by hour, something like $8/hr for regular bikes). Biked over the bridge to Sausalito, a cute little fishing town which wouldn’t be special were it not on the other side of the Golden Gate. Got some coffee there and took the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf, which took about half an hour. Passed Alcatraz, which was the closest we would get to it because tickets for the Alcatraz tours sell out months in advance.

After we returned the bikes, we jumped on to a Hop on Hop Off bus tour(there are plenty of companies which offer them) which we booked through the hotel, which took us on a tour of the major areas of San Fran. It was pretty informative, and interesting to learn about the history of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.
 After this, we headed back to hotel to pick up our stuff, and headed to the airport on a shuttle from our hotel(booked through hotel for $17 each). Because I was flying business, we had access to the lounge, which was a good thing because our flight was delayed three hours.

Great TR, thanks!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 02, 2014, 10:26:30 PM
Worth booking the W in San Fran for this summer before it goes up a category tonight?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 02, 2014, 11:36:13 AM
What are the nicest 2-3 hotels in SF?

Price irrelevant
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 02, 2014, 09:58:01 PM
Narrowed it down to four seasons or Mandarin. Input? I'm hearing 4 seasons is better location.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 03, 2014, 11:12:24 PM
Anybody have experience with shabbos there? Besides CPM
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: madopo on April 03, 2014, 11:48:24 PM
Anybody have experience with shabbos there? Besides CPM
Yech. Palo Alto is more conducive to the Shabbos atmosphere. But, to each their own.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 04, 2014, 12:52:36 AM
http://m.yelp.com/biz/mission-minyan-san-francisco?hrid=lgAYZLofgioIqtod6nyPUw


22. How is the minyan run? Who makes decisions about all this stuff?
The Mission Minyan is run by a group of committed volunteers who go by the name "machers."'
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 10, 2014, 08:50:00 PM
Made a quick trip to SFO...

Recommend the Holiday Inn SFO...all around good hotel and good location. Was very happy with Sabra Grill. Key is to go after 6pm when street parking is both available and free.

Food is fresh, tasty and service is with a smile and 1,2,3...can't really ask for more when you're off the beaten kosher path.

 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 10, 2014, 10:12:57 PM
. Was very happy with Sabra Grill. Key is to go after 6pm when street parking is both available and free.

Food is fresh, tasty and service is with a smile and 1,2,3...can't really ask for more when you're off the beaten kosher path.
+1

Wouldnt stay in an airport hotel in such a pretty city
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 10, 2014, 11:30:09 PM
+1

Wouldnt stay in an airport hotel in such a pretty city

if you arrive into sfo at 4pm and leave @ 5am you do :)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on April 25, 2014, 01:59:54 AM
Beginning Monday, Amba falafel in Oakland will be switching over from milchig to fleishig.  http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/71296/hardly-strictly-bagels-amba-in-oakland-changing-from-vegetarian-to-meat/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on April 25, 2014, 02:22:16 AM
Hmmm, just came across this: http://www.lchaimsushi.com/
So it seems now there's kosher sushi in SF...

I also heard a few months back that a cholov yisroel bakery will be opening in SF in the summer, I'm not sure what's happening with that.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 25, 2014, 02:45:40 AM
Beginning Monday, Amba falafel in Oakland will be switching over from milchig to fleishig.  http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/71296/hardly-strictly-bagels-amba-in-oakland-changing-from-vegetarian-to-meat/
So now there's meat in the felafel instead of cheese eh
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 25, 2014, 02:54:12 AM
So now there's meat in the felafel instead of cheese eh
+ a (good?) reason to charge more....   ::)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 25, 2014, 03:21:55 AM
Beginning Monday, Amba falafel in Oakland will be switching over from milchig to fleishig.  http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/71296/hardly-strictly-bagels-amba-in-oakland-changing-from-vegetarian-to-meat/

Interesting move on their part, was the only decent place to eat in SF area. I wonder why nobody tried starting up a dairy cafe there recently, i think that could possibly work for the area.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on April 25, 2014, 08:02:30 AM
I wonder why nobody tried starting up a dairy cafe there recently, i think that could possibly work for the area.
Izzy's had a location in SF a few years back. I guess it didn't work out all that well...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 18, 2014, 11:08:51 PM
any suggestions for a hyatt or spg in the napa region? tia
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2014, 10:22:52 AM
Is there any reason to order a Fastrak (https://www.bayareafastrak.org/vector/index.shtml) before going to SF?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MC on May 20, 2014, 10:33:16 AM
Are you really going to be crossing bridges that often? I went for a few days and only crossed the Golden Gate once by car. Not to mention that with the GG you only pay the toll coming in to SF, not out... I would plan out your days, map it out on google maps (or the likes) and see.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2014, 11:39:55 AM
Are you really going to be crossing bridges that often? I went for a few days and only crossed the Golden Gate once by car. Not to mention that with the GG you only pay the toll coming in to SF, not out... I would plan out your days, map it out on google maps (or the likes) and see.

thanks
is it really only for the SF bridges? any express highways worth using it on?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on May 20, 2014, 12:39:46 PM
thanks
is it really only for the SF bridges? any express highways worth using it on?
Only bridges.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MC on May 20, 2014, 12:47:05 PM
We don't have tolls on highways (that's why we call them freeways on the west coast) but it does give you access to the express lane on one or two... I think the 678.
Not very helpful if you're driving from LA (you'll be taking the 5 or the 1)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2014, 07:42:04 PM
Anyone ever stay at the Mark Hopkins? I'm debating btwn that, the St Regis, and Hyatt Regency. TIA
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 20, 2014, 09:19:56 PM
Anyone ever stay at the Mark Hopkins? I'm debating btwn that, the St Regis, and Hyatt Regency. TIA
I think the St Reg is nicest hotel in SF, although I haven't been in the the Fairmont. The Hyatt regency is like comparing a paper clip to a diamond ring.

Never heard of Mark Hopkins
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: madopo on May 22, 2014, 02:38:35 PM
any suggestions for a hyatt or spg in the napa region? tia
The Westin Napa Verasa. Great place.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 22, 2014, 02:45:23 PM
The Westin Napa Verasa. Great place.

Thanks. I already book Andaz Napa. Worth switching?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 22, 2014, 02:46:50 PM
I think the St Reg is nicest hotel in SF, although I haven't been in the the Fairmont. The Hyatt regency is like comparing a paper clip to a diamond ring.

Never heard of Mark Hopkins

MArk Hopkins has a famous lounge, Top of the Mark. Supposed to be nice. But I'm gonna check out St Regis. Thanks!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CR on May 29, 2014, 01:10:45 PM
Any family friendly hotels in the san francisco area ( starwood or hyatt grands) I will be traveling for a couple of days with my husband and 4 children ( one is a baby). Any advice on hotels that would accommodate my family size, would be appreciated.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on June 16, 2014, 12:33:50 PM
Does coffee bean in San Fran have ANY kosher food?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 16, 2014, 12:55:51 PM
Does coffee bean in San Fran have ANY kosher food?
Nope (they won't know what kosher is) and there are only 3 of them.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on June 16, 2014, 12:58:17 PM
Nope (they won't know what kosher is) and there are only 3 of them.

Darn it. Thanks for the reply though.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 16, 2014, 01:30:33 PM
Darn it. Thanks for the reply though.
A few of the local supermarkets have kosher sections. Sabra jam packed these days.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on June 16, 2014, 01:32:04 PM
A few of the local supermarkets have kosher sections. Sabra jam packed these days.

Thanks.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: madopo on July 04, 2014, 04:41:13 PM
Does coffee bean in San Fran have ANY kosher food?
I made the mistake previously. Those are the only ones that don't have a hechsher. The drinks are still kosher. The cream cheese was kosher as well, on that note though, you might as well go to any ralph's and stick to bagels and philadelphia cream cheese.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Mech on August 19, 2014, 03:06:39 PM
I'm staying in the palace tonight and tom night. Anyone know the closest restaurant, Milchig/fleishig?  Minyan??
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on August 19, 2014, 03:31:55 PM
I'm staying in the palace tonight and tom night. Anyone know the closest restaurant, Milchig/fleishig?  Minyan??

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=kosher+san+francisco
Also read upthread....
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zalmy123 on August 27, 2014, 09:32:41 PM
If anyone is touring SF, i have 2 downtown/GGB hop on hop off bus tour tickets to sell for 40% off. pm for details.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on September 06, 2014, 09:12:57 PM
I have a 13 hour layover in SFO tomorrow, 9am to 10pm. Where can I eat?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MC on September 06, 2014, 09:17:21 PM

I have a 13 hour layover in SFO tomorrow, 9am to 10pm. Where can I eat?
Sabra Grill is pretty much it up there.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on September 06, 2014, 09:18:12 PM
I have a 13 hour layover in SFO tomorrow, 9am to 10pm. Where can I eat?
The options are in the wiki. It all depends where you plan on being for those 13 hours.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on September 06, 2014, 09:22:05 PM
Sabra Grill is pretty much it up there.
That's if you only stay in SF.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on September 06, 2014, 09:29:44 PM
What's with L'chaim Sushi. The website says an address that is 5 min from SFO.  http://www.lchaimsushi.com/

Anyway, I have a looooong time. I have to daven shachris somewhere too.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on September 06, 2014, 09:42:33 PM


What's with L'chaim Sushi. The website says an address that is 5 min from SFO.  http://www.lchaimsushi.com/
It's not a restaurant. Pickup or delivery (for big orders?) only.
IINM you need to order in advance and they're not necessarily open every day, though I imagine if your just getting a couple of rolls the advance order shouldn't be an issue if they're open.
I know they do "pop-ups" at Oakland kosher, though I'm not sure how often.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Mech on September 07, 2014, 05:55:16 PM
It's located in the cargo area of the airport. In a commercial building. I ordered 2 rolls at 10am (u have till 11 for same day order) and picked it up at 3 on my way out sf for drive back to la. Really easy website. Was really fresh and delicious
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on September 10, 2014, 02:48:33 AM
http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2014/09/08/newcomers-enhance-bay-areas-small-kosher-dining-scene/

According to this article L'chaim Sushi will soon have a sit-down area.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: btab on October 21, 2014, 12:06:09 AM
Anyone plan a trip to SF? Looking to do a trip on the west coast. Would like to at least see SF and then head down to LA. Looking for good recommendation for hotel (spg, hyatt, marriott or good deals anywhere else) and different sites to see. Any recommendations welcome. TIA.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 21, 2014, 02:09:51 AM
Anyone plan a trip to SF? Looking to do a trip on the west coast. Would like to at least see SF and then head down to LA. Looking for good recommendation for hotel (spg, hyatt, marriott or good deals anywhere else) and different sites to see. Any recommendations welcome. TIA.

Between this thread and the LAX thread, all the top attractions were probably covered. Do not miss Alcatraz, buy tickets in advance. SFO is a nice city, golden gate bridge, Lombard street, fisherman's wharf, pier 39 and more come to mind.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 21, 2014, 10:58:53 PM
Between this thread and the LAX thread, all the top attractions were probably covered. Do not miss Alcatraz, buy tickets in advance. SFO is a nice city, golden gate bridge, Lombard street, fisherman's wharf, pier 39 and more come to mind.

questionable
don't miss sunset from twin peaks
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 22, 2014, 01:55:37 AM
questionable

Really? Been to SFO many times, and that is one place that stands out. Thought the tour is so well done, you can go at your own pace, very informative and so interesting. Plus a nice ferry ride, and you have great views of the city from the island.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 23, 2014, 11:12:39 AM
Has anyone stayed at any Hyatt property in SF and received a kosher breakfast?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 23, 2014, 11:53:10 AM
better question would be if anyone ever had any kosher breakfast in SF
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on October 23, 2014, 04:16:27 PM
better question would be if anyone ever had any kosher breakfast in SF
I had a Falafel sandwich from Sabra for breakfast a couple weeks back. At 1PM.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 23, 2014, 04:31:03 PM
better question would be if anyone ever had any kosher breakfast in SF
Izzy's bagels used to have a location in SF :)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MC on October 23, 2014, 04:31:04 PM

I had a Falafel sandwich from Sabra for breakfast a couple weeks back. At 1PM.
I don't know about you, but a meal at 1PM is lunch for most people.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 23, 2014, 04:35:52 PM
Really? Been to SFO many times, and that is one place that stands out. Thought the tour is so well done, you can go at your own pace, very informative and so interesting. Plus a nice ferry ride, and you have great views of the city from the island.
Believe it or not I've never done the Alcatraz tour  :-[
The one time I tried I couldn't get tickets...

If you just want the views/ferry ride consider taking the ferry to Sausalito instead. (I think a lot of people bike over the Golden Gate Bridge then take the ferry back.)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 23, 2014, 04:37:47 PM
Believe it or not I've never done the Alcatraz tour  :-[
The one time I tried I couldn't get tickets...

If you just want the views/ferry ride consider taking the ferry to Sausalito instead. (I think a lot of people bike over the Golden Gate Bridge then take the ferry back.)

That is just the plus i.e. the cherry on top, the tour itself is really worth going to, very interesting, and yes you do have to get in advance, we did a week before.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Redbull3 on October 23, 2014, 04:41:50 PM
World series game 5 Sunday anyone
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2014, 04:51:07 PM
As mind boggling as it may be, theres better kosher food in MCI than SFO...so go to game 6 there ;)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Redbull3 on October 23, 2014, 04:55:38 PM
As mind boggking as it may be, theres better kosher food in MCI than SFO...so go to game 6 there ;)

If necessary :p
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 23, 2014, 08:20:50 PM
Really? Been to SFO many times, and that is one place that stands out. Thought the tour is so well done, you can go at your own pace, very informative and so interesting. Plus a nice ferry ride, and you have great views of the city from the island.

when planning my sfo trip many people told us it's not necessary so we skipped it. double decker tour bus is great because you get an overview of the entire city and can decide where to go afterwards.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 23, 2014, 08:36:50 PM
when planning my sfo trip many people told us it's not necessary so we skipped it. double decker tour bus is great because you get an overview of the entire city and can decide where to go afterwards.

Yes the bus is good, there is so much to see in SFO, we were once in a car and followed around Mr. Toad's Tour Bus, but most of sights they went too, we've been already. Though you really do have to go to Alcatraz next time, before you say it's questionable.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ethana on October 23, 2014, 10:27:30 PM
We did the Alcatraz tour at night during the winter. Added to the creepy factor even more
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 23, 2014, 10:53:22 PM
Yes the bus is good, there is so much to see in SFO, we were once in a car and followed around Mr. Toad's Tour Bus, but most of sights they went too, we've been already. Though you really do have to go to Alcatraz next time, before you say it's questionable.

fair enough. i was just questioning the "can't be missed" aspect
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 23, 2014, 11:31:31 PM
That is just the plus i.e. the cherry on top, the tour itself is really worth going to, very interesting, and yes you do have to get in advance, we did a week before.
I did Alcatraz as well and really enjoyed, it was the first time I ever listened to every step of an audio tour.
Regarding tickets- I got in August (high season) just a few days in advance.  The way I did it was: being that they allow cancellations upto 3 days in advance (or even closer as long as they can sell it) I figured there would be cancellations. I don't remember the exact times but I believe they open every day at 7, EST is 3 hours later, so every day at 10 i went online and kept on refreshing the page. I found 10:45 to be the time that the most tickets went back on inventory. I booked basically any ticket that came up until I got the 4 I need at the same time, then canceled all the others. It took a few days to get it but it worked.
Just keep in mind the inventory changes from one second to the next, seriously with every refresh  the page during those hours the inventory was different. Tickets go out of inventory when they're added to the cart even before being purchased,  which is probably some of the reason why it switches so quickly.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2014, 02:19:11 AM
I did Alcatraz as well and really enjoyed, it was the first time I ever listened to every step of an audio tour.
Regarding tickets- I got in August (high season) just a few days in advance.  The way I did it was: being that they allow cancellations upto 3 days in advance (or even closer as long as they can sell it) I figured there would be cancellations. I don't remember the exact times but I believe they open every day at 7, EST is 3 hours later, so every day at 10 i went online and kept on refreshing the page. I found 10:45 to be the time that the most tickets went back on inventory. I booked basically any ticket that came up until I got the 4 I need at the same time, then canceled all the others. It took a few days to get it but it worked.
Just keep in mind the inventory changes from one second to the next, seriously with every refresh  the page during those hours the inventory was different. Tickets go out of inventory when they're added to the cart even before being purchased,  which is probably some of the reason why it switches so quickly.


Wow, you couldn't buy it any earlier and not go through the whole hassle? Amazing how they put thousands of people on each boat, and they still sell out. When we were there they were saying that the previous year had over 30 million visitors!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2014, 02:20:29 AM
We did the Alcatraz tour at night during the winter. Added to the creepy factor even more

Cool, I would do it again for that too. They are having some special exhibit there this winter I think, the night tours are also more expensive.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 24, 2014, 02:22:28 AM

Wow, you couldn't buy it any earlier and not go through the whole hassle? Amazing how they put thousands of people on each boat, and they still sell out. When we were there they were saying that the previous year had over 30 million visitors!
Yup it is amazing how they have so many visitors.
The whole trip was kind of last minute, by the time we finalized that we were going they were sold out already.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 24, 2014, 02:55:54 AM
ok, you guys inspired me. Next time I'm there I need to do Alcatraz.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 24, 2014, 12:08:28 PM
ok, you guys inspired me. Next time I'm there I need to do Alcatraz.

Just catching up now.  Def worth it! I've done it 2x (once with friend, once with wife)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 31, 2014, 03:08:14 PM
I also heard a few months back that a cholov yisroel bakery will be opening in SF in the summer, I'm not sure what's happening with that.
Looks like this just opened
CHOUX French cream puffs

Pas yisroel / cholov yisroel

http://www.chouxsf.com/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 31, 2014, 03:22:35 PM
Looks like this just opened
CHOUX French cream puffs

Pas yisroel / cholov yisroel

http://www.chouxsf.com/


Nice. Wonder how long they can survive there just making cream puffs..
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 31, 2014, 03:32:14 PM
Wonder how long they can survive there just making cream puffs..
I was wondering the same thing.

Though I gotta say, cream puffs in SF? (and Haight-Ashbury in particular,) are they trying to be ironic?  :D
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 31, 2014, 03:43:34 PM
Though I gotta say, cream puffs in SF? (and Haight-Ashbury in particular,) are they trying to be ironic?  :D
+1

Gotta be a lifestyle business though I hope there's enough demand so she doesn't feel stupid
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 31, 2014, 04:05:08 PM
+1

Gotta be a lifestyle business though I hope there's enough demand so she doesn't feel stupid

Wonder if theyll be around longer than the NY Deli
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MC on October 31, 2014, 04:08:53 PM
She seems to get good reviews on Yelp, so I hope she'll manage. I can't imagine it's easy to keep such a specialty store profitable.
This review made me laugh:
Quote
was in the area and noticed it was CLOSED on a Saturday...hmmm...maybe they dont get a lot of foot traffic/business on that day? Seemed odd but ended up getting goodies at Cafe Soleil. Will try again another time...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 31, 2014, 05:28:16 PM
She seems to get good reviews on Yelp, so I hope she'll manage. I can't imagine it's easy to keep such a specialty store profitable.
This review made me laugh:

:) - They will have to brand more chic to cater to non Yidden too. Funny on their website they write, closed on Shabbos, but open on Friday till 7:30 pm..
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on November 04, 2014, 12:16:56 PM
Anywhere new to eat in San Francisco? Tonight between 4-8 for dinner.  How has Sabra been lately?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 04, 2014, 12:30:18 PM
It's basic food but perfectly fine
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 04, 2014, 12:45:34 PM
Anywhere new to eat in San Francisco? Tonight between 4-8 for dinner.  How has Sabra been lately?

All the places are in the wiki. HT: whYME.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on November 09, 2014, 12:31:50 PM
All the places are in the wiki. HT: whYME.
Thanks

I ended up at Sabra.  The falafel was awesome,  along with the humus and tahinni.

Burger,  fries,  soup and schnitzel were mediocre at best. 

The prices are insane though. 

It's basic food but perfectly fine

I agree 

But not worth the prices
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: madopo on December 31, 2014, 05:10:22 AM
Has anyone here done Yosemite with young children(4 and under)? If so,any places to stay nearby using points?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: JayR on December 31, 2014, 09:02:32 AM
last time in sf (2 yrs ago) , i remember eating at a kosher vegetarian restaurant. anyone knows of it?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on December 31, 2014, 04:21:41 PM
last time in sf (2 yrs ago) , i remember eating at a kosher vegetarian restaurant. anyone knows of it?
If I am not mistaken, it was called something like Shangri-La.  It was not supervised by the Vaad, but I believe it may, at one time, have been under another rabbi's supervision.  It might have been the K-ORC, which is a common hechsher that has been blogged about much.

But the long and short of it is that there is only one Vaad-supervised "restaurant" in San Francisco at this time, and that's Sabra.

There is the relatively new French cream puff bakery in the Haight that is Vaad-superivised (and, as I undersand it, cholov Yisroel, owned by a Chabad woman), but most adults would not consider cream puffs to qualify as a meal, so therefore, not a "restaurant."

I did just last night enjoy a platter of sushi rolls from L'Chaim.
It was delicious.
The proprieter is himself an orthodox rabbi,Alex Shandrovsky, who told me that he is renegotiating his contract with the Vaad for the new calendar year, and is currently "self-certifying".  I asked him about his qualitfications, and he told me:

"I received my Smicha from Rabbi Aharon Zieglar, one of the main Talmudim of Rabbi Joseph Solovetchick.

http://www.rabbis.org/news/article.cfm?id=100633

All of our food is Parve and there is no Bishul Akum regarding the rice."

My LOR gave the the go-ahead (not ideal to be one's own mashgiach, given conflict of interest, but given the limited options and given the relative ease of maintaining kashrut over sushi [so long as you don't mix in the shrimp, I guess!]).

In any case, delicious sushi, and very accommodating proprietor.

(And don't forget there is a kosher KKD in Daly City.)
Enjoy!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: JayR on December 31, 2014, 11:07:06 PM
If I am not mistaken, it was called something like Shangri-La.  It was not supervised by the Vaad, but I believe it may, at one time, have been under another rabbi's supervision.  It might have been the K-ORC, which is a common hechsher that has been blogged about much.

Thanks for info :)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 27, 2015, 12:44:19 AM
Landing in SFO at 1025.
what time should I schedule an Alcatraz tour?  (Factor in a stop at coffee bean)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 27, 2015, 11:52:35 AM
Give urself about 2 hours.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 27, 2015, 12:29:27 PM
2 hours? It's a half hour drive. No need to get luggage. Why 2 hours?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: sams on May 27, 2015, 12:57:49 PM

Give urself about 2 hours.
+1
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 29, 2015, 10:33:02 AM
2 hours? It's a half hour drive. No need to get luggage. Why 2 hours?

Between traffic which is terrible up there, parking a few blocks away and having to show up some time before boarding, I would play it safe. Not really any standby options for Alcatraz they are usually sold out, so if you miss it..
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 29, 2015, 10:35:33 AM
....Not really any standby options for Alcatraz they are usually sold out, so if you miss it....
...then you'll have to swim.....
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 29, 2015, 10:36:41 AM
...then you'll have to swim.....

or make a boat out of raincoats
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2015, 11:34:06 AM
Between traffic which is terrible up there, parking a few blocks away and having to show up some time before boarding, I would play it safe. Not really any standby options for Alcatraz they are usually sold out, so if you miss it..
I hear.
Should we rent a car? Or just use Uber? Stopover is only 7 hours, I was just going to taxi/Uber. Is that a bad idea?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 30, 2015, 11:01:58 PM
I hear.
Should we rent a car? Or just use Uber? Stopover is only 7 hours, I was just going to taxi/Uber. Is that a bad idea?

Not a bad idea at all, in that case probably 1 and a half hours should be enough, what are your time options from when you land?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 30, 2015, 11:22:36 PM
Land at 1025.
12 or 1230
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 30, 2015, 11:35:16 PM
Land at 1025.
12 or 1230

12 should be fine, with no flight delays. Pier 33 is only about a 5 minute walk from the funky pier 39, either before or after the alcatraz tour.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 10, 2015, 12:57:53 PM
Any recent restaurant reviews?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 10, 2015, 01:20:02 PM
Any recent restaurant reviews?
No recent reviews, but I did just update the wiki.

I was speaking to someone from the Vaad yesterday and got some updates...

The proprieter is himself an orthodox rabbi,Alex Shandrovsky, who told me that he is renegotiating his contract with the Vaad for the new calendar year, and is currently "self-certifying".
What I was told was that his certification was revoked due to multiple serious kashrus violations.


Choux bakery is no longer certified kosher.


Apparently there's also something new in SF, I didn't quite catch the details. some kind of take out or something like that. sounds like people are happy with it.

Sabra is under new management, apparently the service is improved, I'm not sure about anything else.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 10, 2015, 02:07:18 PM
Apparently there's also something new in SF, I didn't quite catch the details. some kind of take out or something like that. sounds like people are happy with it.
Name? Type of food?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 10, 2015, 02:21:13 PM
Name? Type of food?
I didn't quite catch the details.
Though I'm pretty sure it's this: https://chabadsforg.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/442008/jewish/Shah-Box-Taliahs-Gourmet-Shabbos-Food/lang/en
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 10, 2015, 02:30:47 PM
Love the chicken soup at Sabra
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: yslkwd on June 13, 2015, 11:36:21 PM
i'm planning on flying through Oakland in August for Sunday to Thursday, I want to see the Big Sur area and Yosemite. Any other things  to throw in or is that to much already?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 14, 2015, 01:16:00 AM
I know Alcatraz is awesome, but is it scary/creepy during the day? Going to sfo Next week with a n 8, 7 and 1 year old and they are big time scaredycats, should I just skip it (and do a boat around the area)?
Also, I see on the jcc page there is a daily lunch that they say is kosher, anyone know if the jcc old people lunch is a viable kosher option? Without that sushi place we are going to have to overuse our waffle maker we bring everywhere (use it for eggs and cheese sandwiches too).
Finally, are the bagels at trader joes in sf  under any decent supervision?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 14, 2015, 01:36:11 AM
Sabra is open for Lunch... really nothing wrong with their food...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 14, 2015, 02:58:50 AM
Finally, are the bagels at trader joes in sf  under any decent supervision?
I'm not sure what you mean by "decent supervision"

Are you looking for Pas yisroel?

I don't know about the TJ's bagels, but you should be able to find Pas Yisroel bread in any Safeway.
There's a $.99 store in Berkeley that has PY bagels, if they have any locations in SF I imagine they would have those bagels as well.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 14, 2015, 03:01:33 AM
really nothing wrong with their food...
+1
The place is nothing special, I wouldn't recommend making a trip to SFO just to eat there, but people make it sound like you need to avoid the place like the plague.

My biggest problem with it has been the service, but from what I understand that has improved.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 14, 2015, 03:12:51 AM
I know Alcatraz is awesome, but is it scary/creepy during the day? Going to sfo Next week with a n 8, 7 and 1 year old and they are big time scaredycats, should I just skip it (and do a boat around the area)?
Also, I see on the jcc page there is a daily lunch that they say is kosher, anyone know if the jcc old people lunch is a viable kosher option? Without that sushi place we are going to have to overuse our waffle maker we bring everywhere (use it for eggs and cheese sandwiches too).
Finally, are the bagels at trader joes in sf  under any decent supervision?
Not too scary for kids. IME I went as a young child, and I was back there recently.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 14, 2015, 03:15:10 AM
+1
The place is nothing special, I wouldn't recommend making a trip to SFO just to eat there, but people make it sound like you need to avoid the place like the plague.

My biggest problem with it has been the service, but from what I understand that has improved.
+1
Good food. Terrible service. Oy the memories of standing in line, just to get a table...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: nossonp545 on June 14, 2015, 11:40:11 AM
Name? Type of food?
   
Maybe reffering to this
http://taboonsf.com/mobile.html

(Not to be confused with non kosher restaurant with the same name.

Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 14, 2015, 11:42:41 AM
Only there once, must have been 10+ years ago. Service was atrocious and food was served burned.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 14, 2015, 12:23:10 PM
I went to Amba grill and was very satisfied
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 15, 2015, 12:53:00 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by "decent supervision"
I'm staying by the Pier (on Bay Street) so looking for something to feed kids, and in NY we love the TJ bagels which have KVH (that our LOR said we could rely on). I assume in SF they wont be under KVH, but wonder if they may be under another hashgacha.

I was right about the kosher lunch at JCC, starting at 11:30 each day.
https://www.jccsf.org/adult/adult-prog-con/kosher-lunch-program

Sabra is open for Lunch... really nothing wrong with their food...
not saying its bad, but my kids are picky, and we cant eat there for 3 nights straight (plus its a bit of a shlep, would love sushi delivery if the hechsher was ok).

Maybe reffering to this
http://taboonsf.com/mobile.html
Note that that place appears to only be open thursday and friday... http://taboonsf.com/

Not too scary for kids. IME I went as a young child, and I was back there recently.
How old were u? my kids are 7 and 8, and scared at that (cant even watch some disney movies without running away...).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 16, 2015, 04:11:35 PM
I was speaking to someone from the Vaad yesterday and got some updates...
What I was told was that his certification was revoked due to multiple serious kashrus violations.
I spoke with Alex at Lchaim today, he says they are currently supervised by R Landau, the rabbi at Adath Israel (modox). http://www.adathisraelsf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=265&Itemid=6 I will ask my LOR to confirm, but seems that should be good enough for me. Did the person at Vaad say what the specific violations are?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 16, 2015, 04:22:10 PM
Just spoke to a rabbi at the Vaad/Sunrise Kosher, he wouldn't comment on the sushi place (impressed with that), but noted that there is the kosher lunch program at the JCC and then there are grab n go sandwiches/cold stuff there the rest of the day, prob open til 9pm, so that's another option. also, challah and perhaps other breads at trader joes should be under good hechsher.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 16, 2015, 04:26:46 PM
   
Maybe reffering to this
http://taboonsf.com/mobile.html

(Not to be confused with non kosher restaurant with the same name.

Was in SF about 3 months ago, right near there. It must've opened up very recently

ETA: Looks like Taboon is out of a shul.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: 000 on July 19, 2015, 10:46:19 PM
Are there any big grocery stores like Ralph's or Von's that have a kosher section?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 19, 2015, 10:58:50 PM
Are there any big grocery stores like Ralph's or Von's that have a kosher section?
dont know about that, but Trader Joe's all over have really great selection of kosher food (and wine, like sara bee moscato for $6). this includes (at least at 401 Bay St San Francisco, CA 94133) several empire chicken options (if u have a grill), lots of good bread and bagel options, cookies, chips cereal etc all generally under good hashgachos (but u gotta be careful). https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B80L9npNaQf6OXgxNExTdHhmalU&usp=sharing
bring some good kosher cheese, and you can have bread sandwiches whenever so u dont have to deal with a crazy scene at Sabra (went there once at 6pm and they just were too busy and wouldnt be able to take my takout order for 2 falafels for at least 15 minutes, so i left). I recommend going to Sabra at like 4pm if u want a hot meal, otherwise there is sadly way to few options in SF.   
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on July 20, 2015, 12:23:13 AM
I also went to SF (started in SD and drove PCH with stops along the way). We stayed in Emeryville at a Hyatt House (8000 PTs/ night) which is right over Bay Bridge not too far from Berkeley and Oakland. It had a bedroom, living room and kitchen. (Full size fridge/freezer microwave but stove was the glass kind, but I always travel w a burner). It came with free breakfast. Kosher items were cereal, milk, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. They also had pkgs of cream cheese and jelly. And free parking. Trader Joes was walkable (but I drove). I always drove in to SF as I had no problem parking but The BART is close by.
One night we ate at Amba. Portion was huge but food mediocre. Pita was soggy, shawarma was good as were French fries and Israeli salad. Cole slaw and hummas were tasteless. Falafel balls tasted good but needed to be more "done".
Didn't bother w Sabra as I had POM meals and didn't think it would be worth the wait.
Activities were: Golden Gate Park - did Botanical Gardens and CA Academy of Science
Walked around Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf, Exploritorium (great kids museum and I didn't go w little kids) Alcatraz (get tickets early and if sold out keep checking cuz that's what happened to me!) Cable car, Lombard Street and Muir Woods.
I was there for shabbos and stayed at Chabad house.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 20, 2015, 12:35:37 AM
Are there any big grocery stores like Ralph's or Von's that have a kosher section?
Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a pretty big kosher section.
I'm not sure about the SF locations, but I imagine they have at least something...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on July 20, 2015, 12:46:53 AM
Pita was soggy
Interesting. I'm not gonna claim the food is anything special, but I've never had a problem with the pita.
Was this the pas yisroel pita or the regular pita?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on July 20, 2015, 01:18:38 AM
Was this the pas yisroel pita or the regular pita?
Didn't ask.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on July 20, 2015, 06:10:24 PM
I didn't see anyone mention another option for a meal (unless you don't consider doughnuts and coffee a meal):

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
1575 Sullivan Ave, Daly City, CA (Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California (a/k/a Sunrise Kosher))
(and other locations).
 8)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 20, 2015, 07:17:46 PM
I didn't see anyone mention another option for a meal (unless you don't consider doughnuts and coffee a meal):

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
1575 Sullivan Ave, Daly City, CA (Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California (a/k/a Sunrise Kosher))
(and other locations).
 8)
thats kinda in yehupitzville, wish there was an option in SF proper.
when we drove down to LA we stopped in Palo Alto at Izzy's (pretty good quality basic bagel place with home made/camp-like pizza), and then at the nearby kosher krispy kreme, filling up our trunk with bagels, shmeers and doughnuts for the trip and stop at big sur. we ended up eating better kosher in big sur than in the big city of san fran...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: 000 on July 21, 2015, 02:21:08 PM
Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a pretty big kosher section.
I'm not sure about the SF locations, but I imagine they have at least something...
What kind of kosher selection does Mollie stones have? Thanks
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on July 21, 2015, 02:24:05 PM
any restaurants near the airport that will deliver?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 21, 2015, 06:29:12 PM
any restaurants near the airport that will deliver?

Lchaim sushi should be very close to the airport, call them.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on July 21, 2015, 07:49:46 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on July 21, 2015, 10:45:14 PM
See my post from 12/31 for details on LChaim sushi.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on July 22, 2015, 09:01:12 AM
is it kosher?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 22, 2015, 11:45:08 AM
is it kosher?

Yes.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on July 22, 2015, 12:16:06 PM
Under who's hashgacha? I thought the vaad of nor cal removed their hashgacha.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 22, 2015, 12:41:18 PM
Under who's hashgacha? I thought the vaad of nor cal removed their hashgacha.

Oh was not aware, their website says they are under hashgacha from adas yisroel landau.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on July 22, 2015, 12:49:11 PM
As far as I know it is no longer reliable.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2015, 01:46:23 PM
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/75178/hardly-strictly-bagels-owner-reaches-the-end-of-the-line-with-amba-restaura/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 22, 2015, 03:28:40 PM
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/75178/hardly-strictly-bagels-owner-reaches-the-end-of-the-line-with-amba-restaura/
I love this quote
Quote
“We’ve never had the success that we hoped it would, that I’d hoped it would,” Wornick told me a few months ago. “I’m getting frustrated. Even with the community. We’re the only kosher restaurant in the East Bay. I mean, I don’t know what it is — if there’s not enough people who care about Israeli food, or not enough people who care about kosher food."
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 23, 2015, 01:47:56 AM
Oh was not aware, their website says they are under hashgacha from adas yisroel landau.
As far as I know it is no longer reliable.
For what its worth, I was there in June and L'chaim Sushi was still under Rabbi Landau, a local modern orthodox rabbi. My LOR said this was good enough for me (a black hat young israel rabbi who learned in a prestigious jlem kollel). Unfortunately due to logistics i couldnt get sushi from them (they are far from the main SF and delivery is costly), but i actually happened to meet the owner, and he was a nice well spoken guy, and combined with Rabbi Landau's supervision, i thought the food would be reliably kosher.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: stokes on July 23, 2015, 11:11:37 AM
i am going to a conf in San Fran in February.  I have to be there for a wednesday night meeting.  Any suggestions for something to do before or after?  Thinking about going up to whistler to ski for a few days before and then coming to SFO on tuesdsay night/ wednesday. Thoughts?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 10, 2015, 03:57:45 PM
Any Shabbos suggestions as far as lodging with a family of 6 near shuls and with some sort of kitchenette? I saw these places on this site https://www.emekberacha.org/guide/lodging.html but would be a small fortune.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 20, 2015, 10:32:03 PM
New Bakery to open in SF. (http://hoodline.com/2015/08/kosher-bakery-taboon-plans-debut-at-sixth-minna-streets?fb_action_ids=10155967200210593&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B879846168719575%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 01, 2015, 06:13:16 PM
I have a few hours in the palo alto/san jose/san Francisco area tomorrow, what would you suggest doing?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 01, 2015, 06:19:03 PM
Alcatraz, pier 39.. If you know of someone that works at Google, they could guest you in there.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on September 01, 2015, 07:05:31 PM
I have a few hours in the palo alto/san jose/san Francisco area tomorrow, what would you suggest doing?
Are your few hours in Palo Alto/SJC or in SFO? If you only have a few hours you might not want to spend half of it traveling.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 01, 2015, 07:43:51 PM
Alcatraz, pier 39.. If you know of someone that works at Google, they could guest you in there.
Thanks been to google.  Will look into your other suggestions, thanks.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 01, 2015, 07:45:50 PM
Are your few hours in Palo Alto/SJC or in SFO? If you only have a few hours you might not want to spend half of it traveling.
Currently in san jose, have the whole day tomorrow available after 1pm.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on September 01, 2015, 08:09:25 PM
Alcatraz is hard to get tickets this late, but just keep  checking the website as something may open up. That's what happened to me.
Pier 39 was fun going in the shops and there were some street performers. If you have spare time you can check out Lombard Street. Very crooked street.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 01, 2015, 08:22:07 PM

Alcatraz is hard to get tickets this late, but just keep  checking the website as something may open up. That's what happened to me.
Pier 39 was fun going in the shops and there were some street performers. If you have spare time you can check out Lombard Street. Very crooked street.

Thanks will do
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 01, 2015, 08:37:46 PM

Thanks will do
If u go to pier 39, depending on you level of kashrus, there is a nice ben n jerrys at pier 41 where all their boxes/cans of ice cream have OU (cholov stam though) for a snack. not much kosher in SF.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: B.D.Da'ehu on September 01, 2015, 08:54:48 PM
Theres an Israeli style restaurant in SF i cant remember the name. Decent food-considering theres no competition;)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: B.D.Da'ehu on September 01, 2015, 08:56:59 PM
Oh. Sabra grill. Its in the wiki.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 24, 2015, 03:05:36 PM
FYI Amba in Oakland is currently out of commission as it negotiates sale. http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/75579/kosher-restaurant-shuts-door-buyers-stepping-forward?utm_source=Mobile+Succah+2015+email&utm_campaign=UA-2584799-6&utm_medium=email
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on October 25, 2015, 07:20:42 PM
Whats the story, is Lchaim Sushi kosher?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Myccrabbi on February 10, 2016, 12:20:25 PM
anyone uberd recently to one of the restaurants near the airport stated in the wiki?
If yes would remember how much it costed?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cf on February 24, 2016, 10:51:47 PM
What's the best way to tour the city? Is the hop on hop off bus a good option? Any recommendations for a good touring company?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2016, 09:05:02 PM
Flying with Rafi UA 747 upstairs to SFO, he's super pumped :)

Suggestions on what to do?

Seems like Sabra Grill is the only place to eat :o
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 28, 2016, 09:44:50 PM
Flying with Rafi UA 747 upstairs to SFO, he's super pumped :)

Suggestions on what to do?

Seems like Sabra Grill is the only place to eat :o

Alcatraz.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2016, 09:45:35 PM
Alcatraz.
Any idea on how much time to allocate for that?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 28, 2016, 09:47:31 PM
Any idea on how much time to allocate for that?

On the island itself 2 hours should do it, possibly a little more if you want pictures of the bay. The boat ride itself is about 25 minutes each way too.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2016, 09:50:32 PM
So that takes care of a full morning activity.
Afternoon activity?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 28, 2016, 09:53:44 PM
Get tickets in advance. You may not be able to choose your time slot.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 28, 2016, 09:57:35 PM
So that takes care of a full morning activity.
Afternoon activity?

hop on hop off bus tour. get to see more that way
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cf on March 28, 2016, 10:35:14 PM
So that takes care of a full morning activity.
Afternoon activity?
You should do the Alcatraz at night.  The night tour is more interesting.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 28, 2016, 11:03:51 PM
So that takes care of a full morning activity.
Afternoon activity?

Redwood national park is very nice if you have time for that. Napa is great if you are into wine can go to kosher winery there. Looking for kids activities or more for you? :)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ethana on March 28, 2016, 11:15:48 PM
palo alto has good bagels
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 28, 2016, 11:32:02 PM
Rocket boat is a ton of fun.
Drive down the curvy Street. Rafi will really enjoy that.
Golden gate bridge? Bike ride?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on March 28, 2016, 11:32:30 PM
Redwood national park is very nice if you have time for that. Napa is great if you are into wine can go to kosher winery there. Looking for kids activities or more for you? :)
Muir Woods is much closer and really nice too (haven't been to Redwood).

If you're traveling south, there's Santa Cruz Mystery Spot and even further is the Monteray Bay Aquarium (depending on what interests you).

Covenant wines is located (and has tastings - by appointment per their website) in Berkeley if you can't make it out to Napa.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 29, 2016, 02:03:52 AM
Make sure to go early/late to sabra grill, when they are busy 5-7 sometimes they are just incapacitated.
Walk around pier 39 during afternoon after Alcatraz (maybe buy some parve bennjerrys) see the sea lions and the street performers? Where are u sleeping?
Trader joes has lots of good kosher food options (bagels, glatt kosher meat (I think only on west coast)) snacks Etc.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on March 29, 2016, 03:40:06 AM
I forgot name but go to the other side of the golden gate bridge if you get a chance. Most beautiful views in SF.

Sabra Grill is located in entrance of chinatown and right off market street. Nice place to walk around, but Fishermans Wharf would be more kid friendly.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 29, 2016, 06:48:46 AM
I forgot name but go to the other side of the golden gate bridge if you get a chance. Most beautiful views in SF.

Sausalito. It's a nice and very quiet town. Further north Marin is really nice. If you're looking for some other activities for kids. There is jelly belly factory tour in Fairfield.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 29, 2016, 01:07:23 PM
There's also a fun Science museum called Exploritorium. It's on the Pier. It was a lot of fun and I didn't even have little kids with me.
Title: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 29, 2016, 08:49:27 PM
There's also a fun Science museum called Exploritorium. It's on the Pier. It was a lot of fun and I didn't even have little kids with me.
my kids (6 and 8 ) loved that place, can take the outdoor old school green electric train/trolley thing from the city or the pier and they stop right there.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on March 29, 2016, 10:59:04 PM
whats the weather like in june ? want to drive with my sister from LA up to SF right after shavuot
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 04:42:05 PM
Thoughts/critiques for a trip with Rafi? Too aggressive for 4.5 year old? Anything I'm missing?
Rocket boat and Alcatraz night tours aren't running when we will be there.

4:25pm: ORD-SFO 747 upstairs.
7pm: Arrive SFO, rent car, pickup sandwiches from Sabra Grill, go to Fairmont
----
7:45am: Take streetcar+cable car to Pier 33 for 8:45am boat to Alcatraz
11:45am: Take streetcar or walk to Exploritorium
2:30pm: Take streetcar to Fisherman's Wharf (Anything specific worth doing?)
4:30pm:  Take cable car to Sabra Grill
6pm: Walk to Fairmont, drive via Lombard St for curves and then Battery Spencer (and/or?) Sausalito for views of sunset over bridge
8pm: Drive to Fairmont after sunset.
----
7am: Drive to SFO for 8:40am departure SFO-ORD 747 upstairs.

(https://i.gyazo.com/8bd9005b2d6ab3a1117043d0dd4124dd.png)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on April 06, 2016, 05:06:52 PM

11:45am: Take streetcar or walk to Exploritorium

(https://i.gyazo.com/8bd9005b2d6ab3a1117043d0dd4124dd.png)

Walk to Exploritorium - it's right down the block.

I also didn't find much to do at Fisherman's wharf but lots of restaraunts. Pier 33 was more interesting to me because they had performers.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 05:08:25 PM
Walk to Exploritorium - it's right down the block.
We'll have an all-day cable car pass, so 6 of one, half dozen of the other.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 05:12:45 PM
I think Rafi will be fine.
You, on the other hand, may be wiped out!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on April 06, 2016, 05:14:04 PM


Too aggressive for 4.5 year old?
Perhaps a better question might be if it's too aggressive for a 30 year old

Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 05:16:22 PM
Don't forget to stop at Krispy Kreme on your way into The City.  When else can Rafi have doughnuts for breakfast except when he's away with Abba?!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 05:18:13 PM
I think Rafi will be fine.
You, on the other hand, may be wiped out!
Perhaps a better question might be if it's too aggressive for a 30 year old
Lol

Don't forget to stop at Krispy Kreme on your way into The City.  When else can Rafi have doughnuts for breakfast except when he's away with Abba?!
If only they were C"Y  :'(
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 06, 2016, 05:24:08 PM
whats the weather like in june ? want to drive with my sister from LA up to SF right after shavuot
Bring good sweatshirts as it can be pretty cool, we went last year end of june and mornings were in low 50s/high forties, getting up to 60 midday. Was colder than NY (and we didnt think to ask b4 we went like u did)...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 05:26:15 PM
Bring good sweatshirts as it can be pretty cool, we went last year end of june and mornings were in low 50s/high forties, getting up to 60 midday. Was colder than NY (and we didnt think to ask b4 we went like u did)...
I lived in San Francisco for three year.
As Mark Twain said, and I'm probably paraphrasing, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 05:28:11 PM
I lived in San Francisco for three year.
As Mark Twain said, and I'm probably paraphrasing, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
And, of course now that I'm Googling it, it appears that the quote may be wrongly attributed to Twain.  Still, when the fog rolls through the Richmond, it can get mighty cold....
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 06, 2016, 05:33:54 PM
I also didn't find much to do at Fisherman's wharf but lots of restaraunts. Pier 39 was more interesting to me because they had performers.

FTFY.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 06, 2016, 05:34:20 PM
I also didn't find much to do at Fisherman's wharf but lots of restaraunts. Pier 33 was more interesting to me because they had performers.
IIRC there were lots of performers (on a nice day) by the wharf as well, in addition to there being a ben n jerrys (can get parve?) and a 7-11 a little further for slurpees. also lots of porpoises laying around that kids liked, some cute little jewelry and trinket stores for souveniers and there was a small aquarium we found coupons for that my kids (6 & 8 ) enjoyed. I must repeat, depending on the day try to make sure you go before 5pm to Sabra as they can get crazy, maybe call them and order in advance, and also make sure they dont close on you when u come (call before you fly to make sure they will indeed have an open kitchen with menu til 9).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 06, 2016, 05:35:11 PM
I lived in San Francisco for three year.
As Mark Twain said, and I'm probably paraphrasing, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."


That is very true of San Francisco, always very windy too.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 05:40:03 PM
Should I just skip Fisherman's wharf? Schedule something else in that time slot?
Take some down time in the hotel? (Shame it doesn't have a pool)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 06, 2016, 05:47:59 PM
Lombard Street, also Tilden Park in Berkeley can be fun for kids.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on April 06, 2016, 05:49:50 PM
Lol
If only they were C"Y  :'(

Don't they use milk powder? Or is that only some locations?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 05:53:05 PM
ben n jerrys (can get parve?)
Don't eat DE.

Don't they use milk powder? Or is that only some locations?
Don't hold by that either.

Lombard Street, also Tilden Park in Berkeley can be fun for kids.
Have Lombard st penciled on the way to Marin. Is there something to do besides driving down it?

When would I fit in Berkeley?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 06:00:03 PM
A few years ago, we went to a great trampoline facility at the foot of the Golden gate Bridge, I believe Fort point. I don't recall the exact name.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 06:06:28 PM
Lombard Street is just the drive down. I think it might be interesting, from the bottom, to park and gaze back uphill, but that would not be essential, nor would it take more than a few minutes.

Will you be in town at the time the Giants are playing at AT&T Park? It's a very nice place to see game, looking out over the bay.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 06, 2016, 06:08:14 PM

Have Lombard st penciled on the way to Marin. Is there something to do besides driving down it?


cars line up to drive down it. go at night when it is empty
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 06:09:32 PM
The trampoline place is called house of air, and it is located at Chrissy Field.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on April 06, 2016, 06:10:40 PM
Tilden Park in Berkeley can be fun for kids.
+1 to Tilden.
Although the carousel and steam train are probably only open on weekends this time of year. (Unless it's when the schools have a spring break)
The little farm will be open, but they put the animals away earlyish in the afternoon.
Right outside Tilden there are a couple of great overlooks that overlook the bay/sf, a great sunset location.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cf on April 06, 2016, 06:13:43 PM
Twin peak is a beautiful place for sunset. You can see the entire city from there.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 06, 2016, 06:27:17 PM
Should I just skip Fisherman's wharf? Schedule something else in that time slot?
Take some down time in the hotel? (Shame it doesn't have a pool)
Don't skip fishermans wharf. It's a cool place to walk around. Lombard street has an option to walk down too. There are actually streets in the area that (at least feel) steeper. Deffinetly fun driving up and down those streets..
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 06, 2016, 06:30:02 PM
Thoughts/critiques for a trip with Rafi? Too aggressive for 4.5 year old? Anything I'm missing?
Rocket boat and Alcatraz night tours aren't running when we will be there.

4:25pm: ORD-SFO 747 upstairs.
7pm: Arrive SFO, rent car, pickup sandwiches from Sabra Grill, go to Fairmont
----
7:45am: Take streetcar+cable car to Pier 33 for 8:45am boat to Alcatraz
11:45am: Take streetcar or walk to Exploritorium
2:30pm: Take streetcar to Fisherman's Wharf (Anything specific worth doing?)
4:30pm:  Take cable car to Sabra Grill
6pm: Walk to Fairmont, drive via Lombard St for curves and then Battery Spencer (and/or?) Sausalito for views of sunset over bridge
8pm: Drive to Fairmont after sunset.
----
7am: Drive to SFO for 8:40am departure SFO-ORD 747 upstairs.

(https://i.gyazo.com/8bd9005b2d6ab3a1117043d0dd4124dd.png)
The audio tour at Alcatraz adds a lot. At least for you it will. I think it's an extra $5.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on April 06, 2016, 06:30:33 PM
Lombard Street- we took cable car to it and walked down it and then took pictures by it. Ubered back to car and drove down it. Not too bad driving down - if you go at night, you don't see anything. Also extremely hilly driving back.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 08:12:07 PM
Will you be in town at the time the Giants are playing at AT&T Park? It's a very nice place to see game, looking out over the bay.
Not in town.

Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 08:12:39 PM
+1 to Tilden.
Although the carousel and steam train are probably only open on weekends this time of year. (Unless it's when the schools have a spring break)
The little farm will be open, but they put the animals away earlyish in the afternoon.
Right outside Tilden there are a couple of great overlooks that overlook the bay/sf, a great sunset location.
Yup, carousel and steam train won't be open.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 08:24:32 PM
If we can do 2 of these, which should we go with?
Exploritorium, Fisherman's Wharf or Muir Woods?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 06, 2016, 09:23:03 PM
If we can do 2 of these, which should we go with?
Exploritorium, Fisherman's Wharf or Muir Woods?
Muir Woods is a nice walk/hike. I had forgotten about it but DW, who grew up in Marin, seconds the vote for it.
She and I also suggest Exploratorium over FW. Latter is really just a tourist trap, IOHO.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on April 06, 2016, 11:23:11 PM
Muir Woods is a nice walk/hike. I had forgotten about it but DW, who grew up in Marin, seconds the vote for it.
She and I also suggest Exploratorium over FW. Latter is really just a tourist trap, IOHO.
Exploritorium is very kid friendly and perfect for your very inquisitive son. Muir Woods is just a nice walk around the Redwood trees. It's ok but since you're there for such a short time I would skip that.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 11:31:36 PM
So 1 vote for MW and 1 vote for FW, keep it coming :D
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on April 06, 2016, 11:39:26 PM
So 1 vote for MW and 1 vote for FW, keep it coming :D
I also didn't love FW. I would hang out by Pier 39. There were also some museums and gardens in I think Golden Gate Park.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cf on April 06, 2016, 11:45:57 PM
Muir Woods is a nice walk/hike. I had forgotten about it but DW, who grew up in Marin, seconds the vote for it.
She and I also suggest Exploratorium over FW. Latter is really just a tourist trap, IOHO.
+1 I think a kid would enjoy it as well. There is a tree that you can walk into.
The drive to Muir woods is beautiful as well!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2016, 11:59:46 PM
There is a tree that you can walk into.
"Where is the walk-thru tree?
The so-called Walk-Thru Tree in Muir Woods was in Cathedral Grove. This tree toppled over in
December 1971. The tree survived about 600 years – that is just a quarter of its potential life
span. The effects of trampling and the destruction of plant communities deprived the tree of a
suitable environment in which to grow. The fence installed since the tree’s demise hopefully will
extend the lives of the remaining redwoods in Cathedral Grove. The destruction to the
environment over the many years of unrestricted use, however, will take many years to recover. "
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 07, 2016, 02:00:57 AM
"Where is the walk-thru tree?
The so-called Walk-Thru Tree in Muir Woods was in Cathedral Grove. This tree toppled over in
December 1971. The tree survived about 600 years – that is just a quarter of its potential life
span. The effects of trampling and the destruction of plant communities deprived the tree of a
suitable environment in which to grow. The fence installed since the tree’s demise hopefully will
extend the lives of the remaining redwoods in Cathedral Grove. The destruction to the
environment over the many years of unrestricted use, however, will take many years to recover. "
There is actually a tree that you can drive through. However it's much closer to Oregon prob 150 miles away from SF. Obviously not relevant for the current trip.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cf on April 07, 2016, 09:19:43 AM
"Where is the walk-thru tree?
The so-called Walk-Thru Tree in Muir Woods was in Cathedral Grove. This tree toppled over in
December 1971. The tree survived about 600 years – that is just a quarter of its potential life
span. The effects of trampling and the destruction of plant communities deprived the tree of a
suitable environment in which to grow. The fence installed since the tree’s demise hopefully will
extend the lives of the remaining redwoods in Cathedral Grove. The destruction to the
environment over the many years of unrestricted use, however, will take many years to recover. "
It's not a walk thru. You can just walk in.
I don't remember the name of the tree, but its right in the beginning of the trail.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 07, 2016, 10:44:28 AM
if u somehow find more time/cancel something else, the koret playground at golden gate park and the Cal Academy of Sciences was a lot of fun, though the latter was prob more fun for my older 6-8 kids. Very interesting exhibit on earthquakes, with a simulator that was a lil spooky but cool, plus a planetarium that your kid may or may not freak out in. and about a 15 minute walk away is the big koret playground your 4.5 might love (also a nice carousel if interested).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 07, 2016, 02:19:33 PM
So 1 vote for MW and 1 vote for FW, keep it coming :D
FW is a very San Fransisco thing to do, you gotta at least make a quick stop.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on May 20, 2016, 04:41:54 PM
Holy crap!

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The Fairmont Penthouse Suite. 5:53-9:14
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on May 26, 2016, 05:06:42 PM
Flying with Rafi UA 747 upstairs to SFO, he's super pumped :)

Suggestions on what to do?

Seems like Sabra Grill is the only place to eat :o

Hey Dan, when is your trip to SFO? We'll be at the Fairmont SFO in late June.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 26, 2016, 05:31:27 PM
Hey Dan, when is your trip to SFO? We'll be at the Fairmont SFO in late June.

It was back in April, see Instagram.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 26, 2016, 05:33:52 PM
It was back in April, see Instagram.
Unless the GSW get to game 7 of the finals, in which case I'll be there :)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 26, 2016, 08:47:39 PM

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wow! That penthouse suite alone looks like an entire, huge 5-Star hotel!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jackofall on June 14, 2016, 10:33:49 PM
Anyone going to be at the NAA expo?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: JMS on July 14, 2016, 02:15:57 PM
Need hotel advice: I want to use my free Hyatt Anniversary night. Should I stay at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, or Hyatt Regency (Embarcadero)?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cashasap on July 27, 2016, 01:26:24 PM
gonna land in sf on a sunday and dont need to be in l.a. until thursday/friday  do i go to yosemite for a night or 2 although ive been to utah/az/co last summer.. OR do i do sf for 2/3 days then head down the pch and stop once or twice on the way to l.a. ( p.s. travelling with a 1 yr old)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cashasap on July 27, 2016, 01:41:16 PM
also what areas of yosemite are most popular  for those that are coming via san fran i see there are alot of nice hotels in mammoth lakes but thats really deep into yosemite and over 5 hrs from sf
Title: SF area for Shabbos?
Post by: daprdapr on August 11, 2016, 12:52:07 PM
I need to be in SF area over Shabbos. Where is the easiest place (hotel w/in walking distance of a shul) for this - SF, Oakland, Palo Alto, Berkeley...?

Thanks
Title: Re: SF area for Shabbos?
Post by: skyguy918 on August 11, 2016, 01:48:41 PM
I need to be in SF area over Shabbos. Where is the easiest place (hotel w/in walking distance of a shul) for this - SF, Oakland, Palo Alto, Berkeley...?

Thanks
If you don't need an eruv, this place seems like a great option: http://www.kenesethisraelsf.org/services.html
Downtown SF, with tons of hotels within walking distance. They have minyanim and meals.

If you need inside an eruv, there are apparently 4 in the area (source (http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/69228/theres-a-new-eruv-in-town-boundaries-help-observant-jews-get-around-san-fra/)): Richmond District, Sunset District, Berkely and Palo Alto. The first 2 don't appear to have any hotels inside the eruv.

Berkeley eruv lists several motels inside the eruv and walking distance from the shul:
http://www.berkeleyeruv.org/Links.html
Same for Palo Alto:
https://www.emekberacha.org/guide/lodging.html
Title: Re: SF area for Shabbos?
Post by: daprdapr on August 11, 2016, 02:25:50 PM
If you don't need an eruv, this place seems like a great option: http://www.kenesethisraelsf.org/services.html
Downtown SF, with tons of hotels within walking distance. They have minyanim and meals.

If you need inside an eruv, there are apparently 4 in the area (source (http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/69228/theres-a-new-eruv-in-town-boundaries-help-observant-jews-get-around-san-fra/)): Richmond District, Sunset District, Berkely and Palo Alto. The first 2 don't appear to have any hotels inside the eruv.

Berkeley eruv lists several motels inside the eruv and walking distance from the shul:
http://www.berkeleyeruv.org/Links.html
Same for Palo Alto:
https://www.emekberacha.org/guide/lodging.html

Thanks - very helpful!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: regalhome on August 11, 2016, 03:57:36 PM
Anyone been to Hagafen Wine Cellars? Is it worth the trip to Napa?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 11, 2016, 05:14:56 PM
Anyone been to Hagafen Wine Cellars? Is it worth the trip to Napa?

I went. It's nice but small. Good tasting room. I would go to Modavi (not kosher) for the tour to see a full sized winery and then go to hagafen for tasting. Napa itself is worth a trip. Can also see the redwoods. Armstrong park is near there.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: TzippyW on August 11, 2016, 10:19:16 PM
Anyone have recommendation for hotel to stay in for 5 people - 2 adults & 3 kids. Preferably like 2 or 3 bedroom. Any possibility of doing something like this with points in San Francisco?

Thanks! Already searched can't seem to find much.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 12, 2016, 03:00:02 AM
Anyone have recommendation for hotel to stay in for 5 people - 2 adults & 3 kids. Preferably like 2 or 3 bedroom. Any possibility of doing something like this with points in San Francisco?

Thanks! Already searched can't seem to find much.

If you're willing to go over the Bay Bridge by car or take the BART,there is a Hyatt House in Emeryville that was decent. Some rooms have a pull out sofa. There is also a kitchenette which came in handy for our dinners as there isn't much kosher in the area. Hyatt House has free breakfast for all so we had cereal and fruit.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on August 12, 2016, 09:10:41 AM
We have a 5 hour stopover in SFO with the kids, any ideas of things to do not far from the airport? Also, what's our best bet for food?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on August 12, 2016, 11:37:39 AM
We have a 5 hour stopover in SFO with the kids, any ideas of things to do not far from the airport? Also, what's our best bet for food?

not sure when you are landing or what traffic would be like but sunrisekosher.org lists a bunch of kosher options. I'm guessing for you that palo alto may be worth it food wise for izzys bagels or krispe kreme (not sure what to do) unless you want to get from sabra in san fran but reading this thread may make you want to avoid it.

or look into one of the bakeries on that website if they have stuff..
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 14, 2016, 11:28:41 PM
Anyone been to Hagafen Wine Cellars? Is it worth the trip to Napa?

go to covenant in berkly
Title: Re: SF area for Shabbos?
Post by: chevron on August 14, 2016, 11:30:53 PM
I need to be in SF area over Shabbos. Where is the easiest place (hotel w/in walking distance of a shul) for this - SF, Oakland, Palo Alto, Berkeley...?

Thanks

I ate at Rabbi Pill shull, not sure what area thats in but there is an eruv there, they have awesome shabbat meals at the shull
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cashasap on August 21, 2016, 03:57:31 PM
spending next 4 days in sf travelling with a 1 yr old what should i make sure to see and do besides gg bridge and alcatraz which is unfortunately sold out, staying in westin 2 days then 2 days at ritz
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: cashasap on August 23, 2016, 12:30:56 PM
also would love to visit google tomorrow if anyone knows anyone that can get me in that would be great
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on August 24, 2016, 03:51:30 PM
New Kosher option in Berkeley for anybody local or visiting (started Aug 19th).

One of the dining hall options in UC Berkeley is now under the Vaad of Northern California (http://sunrisekosher.org/) and is open to the public (as well as students).

It's buffet style dining, with prices (http://caldining.berkeley.edu/locations/dining-commons/cafe3) at $10 for Breakfast, $11 for Brunch/Lunch and $12 for Dinner. A to-go container is $1 extra.

Here's some more info (http://www.jewishucb.com/kosher-at-cal.html) about the place.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 24, 2016, 04:08:04 PM
Cool, add it to the wiki.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on October 19, 2016, 11:29:01 AM
Will be in SF next Friday and can't get back to Midwest in time for Shabbos.  Would like to meet DW somewhere near SF (within 90 minute flight or so) for a weekend getaway - any suggestions of nice (points) resorts/locations? 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 19, 2016, 12:22:14 PM
Will be in SF next Friday and can't get back to Midwest in time for Shabbos.  Would like to meet DW somewhere near SF (within 90 minute flight or so) for a weekend getaway - any suggestions of nice (points) resorts/locations?
Vancouver?

Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on October 19, 2016, 01:10:02 PM
Vancouver?

Thx - on the list of places we want to go, but too long a flight SFO-YVR.  Any other reccs?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on October 19, 2016, 01:18:31 PM
Thx - on the list of places we want to go, but too long a flight SFO-YVR.  Any other reccs?
Reno / Tahoe?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Sholom123 on November 20, 2016, 07:36:52 PM
Where is the cheapest place to park at SFO for a week or so?
Thank you.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 11, 2016, 04:41:40 PM
Grand Bakery in Oakland is closing

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/79045/oaklands-grand-bakery-one-of-bay-areas-three-kosher-bakeries-to-close-dec.-/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 11, 2016, 11:32:15 PM
Has anyone been to Taboon (http://taboonsf.com)? No hours or menu on website. Menu link sends you to Yelp which says its closed right now.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 12, 2016, 05:52:03 PM
Has anyone been to Taboon (http://taboonsf.com)? No hours or menu on website. Menu link sends you to Yelp which says its closed right now.
currently in soft opening, see more info here. http://yeahthatskosher.com/2016/12/new-israeli-bakery-cafe-launched-in-downtown-sf-taboon/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on December 16, 2016, 12:11:55 PM
booked tickets to sfo without doing much research and now starting to regret my decision. looking for a relaxing vaca within walking distance to shul for Shabbos. any leads other than the ones above? or where can I go within two hours of sfo that's beautiful and ill only go to san fran for Shabbos.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 16, 2016, 02:45:28 PM
booked tickets to sfo without doing much research and now starting to regret my decision. looking for a relaxing vaca within walking distance to shul for Shabbos. any leads other than the ones above? or where can I go within two hours of sfo that's beautiful and ill only go to san fran for Shabbos.

Napa/Sonoma and Marin county are all very relaxing places.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 19, 2016, 03:13:19 AM
FYI, kosher bbq pop-up Jan 22. suggest people follow Epic Bites and Heshy Fried for occasional food options (i think he also does shabbos take out occasionally). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kosher-bbq-popup-restaurant-tickets-30449563464
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on January 05, 2017, 02:25:27 PM
Anyone know if this is still kosher? http://www.chouxsf.com/

Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on January 16, 2017, 03:00:03 PM
http://m.yelp.com/biz/mission-minyan-san-francisco?hrid=lgAYZLofgioIqtod6nyPUw


22. How is the minyan run? Who makes decisions about all this stuff?
The Mission Minyan is run by a group of committed volunteers who go by the name "machers."'

This place is not the typical orthodox place, so please be aware.
I know this is very old post, but was doing some research for a upcoming trip and found this.


From the FAQ on http://www.missionminyan.org/faq.php

11. Are you egalitarian?
Yes and no. Our community is comprised largely of feminists who believe in women's full equality in society and in Judaism. We try as much as possible to demonstrate that through our events insofar as we believe halacha allows.

Men and women share responsibilities in leading services, leyning Torah and so forth, within certain guidelines. In our community, women lead certain parts of services, like Kaballat Shabbat, Saturday morning Torah services and P'sukei D'zimrah. Men lead maariv, shacharit and mincha. If a women is reading Torah, a woman is given the accompanying aliyah, and if a man is reading, a man gets the aliyah.

Perhaps the chief innovation that you will notice is our definition of minyan. A minyan has traditionally meant a group of 10 men. The Mission Minyan has innovated upon that term to define the quorum for prayer needed in our community as 10 men and 10 women.



Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on January 16, 2017, 03:22:30 PM
The Mission Minyan has innovated upon that term to define the quorum for prayer needed in our community as 10 men and 10 women.
that makes getting together a minyan slightly more complicated!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on January 16, 2017, 04:24:21 PM
So whats wrong with praying there
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on January 16, 2017, 04:43:59 PM
So whats wrong with praying there

women share responsibilities in leading services, leyning Torah
If a women is reading Torah, a woman is given the accompanying aliyah



Up to you, just making it clear, not all ppl on DDF are fine with that
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on January 19, 2017, 01:41:30 PM
women share responsibilities in leading services, leyning Torah
If a women is reading Torah, a woman is given the accompanying aliyah



Up to you, just making it clear, not all ppl on DDF are fine with that

You mean are you yotze krias hatorah? I dunno, I rather women have their own minyan
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 19, 2017, 03:38:08 PM
whats the best points hotel?

I'm assuming a car is a waste of money in SFO
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 29, 2017, 12:13:15 AM
Taboon changing name to Frena - http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/79413/grateful-bread-new-kosher-israeli-bakery-opens-in-s.f
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2017, 10:27:26 AM
Kosher in Napa: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/87280#comment-1302139
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on January 30, 2017, 10:43:38 AM
Kosher in Napa: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/87280#comment-1302139
tx! ill be there in april as well. would you say the weather was pleasant or chilly? loved the ddms TR btw
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2017, 10:45:16 AM
tx! ill be there in april as well. would you say the weather was pleasant or chilly? loved the ddms TR btw
It was slightly chilly in the morning and then warmed up last April 13, though how that would affect this April I have not a clue.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on January 30, 2017, 11:10:13 AM
Kosher in Napa: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/87280#comment-1302139

http://facilities.tu.edu/foodservices/kosherfoodpolicynew.pdf
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 30, 2017, 07:28:37 PM
whats the best points hotel?

I'm assuming a car is a waste of money in SFO
St Regis is the best hotel in SF and accepts points, though maybe not the best value
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on February 05, 2017, 01:14:48 AM
Can I buy Cholov Yisroel milk in bay area?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on February 05, 2017, 11:10:28 AM
Can I buy Cholov Yisroel milk in bay area?
Oakland Kosher carries cholov yisroel products. I believe they have milk but I'm not 100% sure.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on February 05, 2017, 07:48:09 PM
Oakland Kosher carries cholov yisroel products. I believe they have milk but I'm not 100% sure.

I emailed them
Do you regularly have Cholov Yisroel milk and/or cheese?
reply
Yes we do


Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on February 05, 2017, 07:51:21 PM
For a new yorker visiting the Bay area. I cross the Gorge Washington Bridge a few times a month, will the Golden Gate bridge be more of the same or stunning?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on February 05, 2017, 07:58:01 PM
For a new yorker visiting the Bay area. I cross the Gorge Washington Bridge a few times a month, will the Golden Gate bridge be more of the same or stunning?
More of the same IMO
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on February 05, 2017, 08:56:13 PM
More of the same IMO

-1 IMO
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 05, 2017, 10:45:22 PM
That other bridge with all the lights was pretty awesome. (forgot the name)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on February 06, 2017, 12:26:58 PM
That other bridge with all the lights was pretty awesome. (forgot the name)

San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on February 06, 2017, 12:30:49 PM
This one?
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3804/13142867083_fa076c5778_b.jpg)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 06, 2017, 01:25:07 PM
This one?

That looks like it
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on February 07, 2017, 03:10:07 PM
Which hyatt should I stay at for a weekend?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on February 15, 2017, 09:14:13 PM
I have a 6.30PM flight from SFO, am I safe doing a 12.30 alcatraz tour?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 15, 2017, 09:18:31 PM
I have a 6.30PM flight from SFO, am I safe doing a 12.30 alcatraz tour?

Depending how much time you want to spend on the island. You need a minimum of 1.5 hours there, though at your own pace can stay longer.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on February 15, 2017, 09:38:23 PM
Depending how much time you want to spend on the island. You need a minimum of 1.5 hours there, though at your own pace can stay longer.

How does this sound ?

12.30 Leave
1.00 arrive
3.00 Leave Island
3.30 arrive Pier 33
4.30 arrive SFO
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on February 16, 2017, 07:50:12 AM
For a new yorker visiting the Bay area. I cross the Gorge Washington Bridge a few times a month, will the Golden Gate bridge be more of the same or stunning?
You realize you may not actually *see* the GGB as you drive through, right?

Edited to add photos:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/481/32779962732_92a509ec6e_b.jpg)

Taken shortly after:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/615/32552848040_669d15b328_b.jpg)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MeirS on February 24, 2017, 12:56:08 AM
I read through the wiki and pray from the last 3 months and haven't found much useful information. I'm driving into SFO around midnight and leaving to the airport around midday. What are the important places to check out?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2017, 01:18:43 AM
I read through the wiki and pray from the last 3 months and haven't found much useful information. I'm driving into SFO around midnight and leaving to the airport around midday. What are the important places to check out?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/87280
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on February 24, 2017, 01:30:00 PM
Why is the Golden gate bridge not lit at night the way the Bay area bridge is lit?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on February 26, 2017, 06:06:08 PM
I have an IC free night that I prob want to use in SF. I assume my best choices are either the IC San Fran or the IC Mark Hopkins. B Does anyone have a recommendation for one or the other, either based on location or hotel quality? I'd be booking from my Plat account, so if one is better with upgrades/benefits, it would be a factor.

Also, I might do a night at a Hyatt property, so same question about difference between Grand Hyatt and Regency (both are 20k points).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2017, 11:19:39 PM
Any reports from Frena yet?
http://www.frenabakery.com/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on March 01, 2017, 12:01:42 AM
Any reports from Frena yet?
http://www.frenabakery.com/

Is it C"Y?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 01, 2017, 12:02:05 AM
Is it C"Y?
Yes.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on March 01, 2017, 12:06:16 AM
Yes.

Why is it not on website?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 01, 2017, 12:07:15 AM
Why is it not on website?
Feel free to ask them. But it's 100% C"Y from what I was told.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on March 01, 2017, 08:25:10 PM
I have an IC free night that I prob want to use in SF. I assume my best choices are either the IC San Fran or the IC Mark Hopkins. B Does anyone have a recommendation for one or the other, either based on location or hotel quality? I'd be booking from my Plat account, so if one is better with upgrades/benefits, it would be a factor.

Also, I might do a night at a Hyatt property, so same question about difference between Grand Hyatt and Regency (both are 20k points).

BUMP
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on March 01, 2017, 09:10:34 PM
Feel free to ask them. But it's 100% C"Y from what I was told.

CY items are clearly marked.
Parking is a hassle and not the best neighborhood
Went there 2 weeks ago. Impressive.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 01, 2017, 09:44:53 PM
So there are C"S items?
They told me it was all C"Y?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on March 01, 2017, 11:19:25 PM
So there are C"S items?
They told me it was all C"Y?

I don't recall. I just recall seeing specific items marked as Cholov Yisroel.
Could be was to separate Pareve & Milchig.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on March 06, 2017, 11:07:28 PM
Any reports from Frena yet?
http://www.frenabakery.com/
I haven't been there yet but everything I've heard so far has been good.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on March 07, 2017, 12:41:32 PM
This is the same bakery as Taboon, they changed there name to http://www.frenabakery.com/. The food is good. They  have some pre packaged salads in the fridge section. I had most of the burekas, all were good.  They had huge bagels, did not have any cream cheese for the kids. The sugar donuts are also huge. 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 08, 2017, 09:22:09 AM
Whats the deal with Sabra? Been hearing mixed reviews about it.

Hoping to avoid bringing food with me and relying on Sabra for food but I have been told to avoid.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 08, 2017, 09:22:59 AM
Whats the deal with Sabra? Been hearing mixed reviews about it.

Hoping to avoid bringing food with me and relying on Sabra for food but I have been told to avoid.
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/87280
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 08, 2017, 09:56:09 AM
lol... I guess I know not to call to see if they are open.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on March 08, 2017, 10:49:32 AM
Whats the deal with Sabra? Been hearing mixed reviews about it.
Simple: the food is reasonable but overpriced. (not outrageously, considering the location etc.) The service is atrocious.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 08, 2017, 10:51:21 AM
Simple: the food is reasonable but overpriced. (not outrageously, considering the location etc.) The service is atrocious.
Yup.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on March 08, 2017, 04:08:44 PM
Simple: the food is reasonable but overpriced. (not outrageously, considering the location and lack of competition etc.) The service is atrocious.
FTFY
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on March 15, 2017, 04:35:27 PM
Izzy's bagels in Palo Alto was good, as was Lechaim sushi take out.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on March 20, 2017, 11:05:21 AM
Anyone ever been to Point Reyes National Seashore? Is it worth the 1.5 hour drive from SF? Would go either Sun or Mon of Memorial day weekend.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 20, 2017, 01:27:45 PM
Anyone ever been to Point Reyes National Seashore? Is it worth the 1.5 hour drive from SF? Would go either Sun or Mon of Memorial day weekend.

Seashore itself is nice, the drive on the 1 to get there is very scenic, we went there through Stinson beach.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on March 22, 2017, 12:53:21 PM
wow stunning! will iyh go next trip!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on April 02, 2017, 09:25:30 PM
Considering going with family in summer and going through Yosemite. Kids aged 0-17 with 7 in between so no major hiking, but we do the baby carriers and kids like to walk. I would rent a home in Yosemite West for a few nights. Can someone tell me if 2 nights/3 days is more then sufficient or should I do 3/4? Thank you.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on April 03, 2017, 09:07:57 AM
Considering going with family in summer and going through Yosemite. Kids aged 0-17 with 7 in between so no major hiking, but we do the baby carriers and kids like to walk. I would rent a home in Yosemite West for a few nights. Can someone tell me if 2 nights/3 days is more then sufficient or should I do 3/4? Thank you.
I would go for the extra day.  We were there for two days/one night (with young kids), barely scratched the surface.  Definitely enough to do for a longer stay.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on April 15, 2017, 10:05:26 PM
can anyone advise me as to where to stay in san francisco area over shabbos, walking distance to minyan? points hotel preferred
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on April 16, 2017, 04:49:30 PM
can anyone advise me as to where to stay in san francisco area over shabbos, walking distance to minyan? points hotel preferred

Chabad of SoMa has hotels near by.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on April 24, 2017, 03:23:01 PM
I plan on landing in SFO on a Sunday sometime after this summer with my family (9 total including kids) and spending 2 nights in San Francisco area before heading over to Yosemite. I was hoping to find a 4K SPG hotel and take 3 of them a night but cheapest I found is 10K points a night. Was hoping to do same with Hyatt but nothing in cheap range. VRBO for something decent is $400+ a night and they nail you for each additional kid.

Any experience or suggestion where we can stay would be very much appreciated.  Does not have to be in San Francisco proper. Ideally some sort of kitchen is ideal but not a must (would have easily grabbed SPG hotel at 4K even with no kitchen). No set dates yet.

Thank you.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on April 24, 2017, 09:27:33 PM
I plan on landing in SFO on a Sunday sometime after this summer with my family (9 total including kids) and spending 2 nights in San Francisco area before heading over to Yosemite. I was hoping to find a 4K SPG hotel and take 3 of them a night but cheapest I found is 10K points a night. Was hoping to do same with Hyatt but nothing in cheap range. VRBO for something decent is $400+ a night and they nail you for each additional kid.

Any experience or suggestion where we can stay would be very much appreciated.  Does not have to be in San Francisco proper. Ideally some sort of kitchen is ideal but not a must (would have easily grabbed SPG hotel at 4K even with no kitchen). No set dates yet.

Thank you.
Hyatt House Emeryville is right over the bay bridge and has kitchen.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on April 24, 2017, 10:17:38 PM
Hyatt House Emeryville is right over the bay bridge and has kitchen.

Yes, I had my eye on that but seems they're not taking points and it's $270 a night (would need 3)
Title: Chabad of San Francisco
Post by: peroneustertius on May 01, 2017, 03:35:41 PM
Is anybody familiar with this Chabad?  They provide shabbos meals but they have no hechsher.  Is it reliable?  Does anyone know of anywhere else to get shabbos food in San Francisco?  I apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong area.
Title: Re: Chabad of San Francisco and The Bike
Post by: keemster26 on May 01, 2017, 04:03:03 PM
The bike?
Title: Re: Chabad of San Francisco and The Bike
Post by: gozalim on May 01, 2017, 04:30:54 PM
Is anybody familiar with this Chabad?  They provide shabbos meals but they have no hechsher.  Is it reliable?  Does anyone know of anywhere else to get shabbos food in San Francisco?  I apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong area.
Are you sure about the hecsher? asked them?
I was pretty sure they did have...
Title: Re: Chabad of San Francisco
Post by: Luvtotravel on May 12, 2017, 10:24:06 AM
Is anybody familiar with this Chabad?  They provide shabbos meals but they have no hechsher.  Is it reliable?  Does anyone know of anywhere else to get shabbos food in San Francisco?  I apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong area.
I spoke to the rabbi, and was pretty comfortable eating there, though there were mostly irreligious guests with mixed seating.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: challah baker on May 12, 2017, 02:29:35 PM
Any reports from Frena yet?
http://www.frenabakery.com/
Yes! I was there two days ago. Very nice place, overall food was great! They have pastries, donuts, breads, soups, and many dairy calzones and sandwiches. I had a few of each and all were delicious. All dairy is cholov yisroel and they have many parve options. Only negative is that the neighborhood is not the best. 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 19, 2017, 02:17:03 PM
Anyone have experience using the luggage storage at Pier 39. I'll be flying in to SFO on Friday and am spending Shabbos in Oakland. I have a few hours for touring on Friday, but no hotel downtown to drop luggage at. I'll have 1 large suitcase, 2 carryons.


Alternatively, does anyone know of a better option?
Title: Re: Chabad of San Francisco
Post by: chevron on May 19, 2017, 03:15:52 PM
Is anybody familiar with this Chabad?  They provide shabbos meals but they have no hechsher.  Is it reliable?  Does anyone know of anywhere else to get shabbos food in San Francisco?  I apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong area.

Who? there are a few chabad's there but I trust them all and know most personally
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on June 07, 2017, 12:28:59 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Ritz Half Moon Bay? Looking for ideas for a relaxing itinerary and maybe some tips on how to get a discounted spa treatment. Thanks!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on June 07, 2017, 12:35:14 PM
Izzy's bagels in Palo Alto was good, as was Lechaim sushi take out.
Was there cholov Yisrael stuff?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ninjaleh on June 07, 2017, 01:10:06 PM
Izzy's has cholov yisrael pizza. But besides that, nothing else (that I know of) is cholov yisrael.  I understand they have a special oven for the cholov yisrael pizza, but you should confirm with them as sometimes pizza runs out for lunch. Cal ave gets really busy at lunch time on weekdays. They have good bagels and tuna, egg salad, etc, many pareve options too though...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on June 08, 2017, 04:16:14 PM
Izzy's has cholov yisrael pizza. But besides that, nothing else (that I know of) is cholov yisrael.  I understand they have a special oven for the cholov yisrael pizza, but you should confirm with them as sometimes pizza runs out for lunch. Cal ave gets really busy at lunch time on weekdays. They have good bagels and tuna, egg salad, etc, many pareve options too though...

Thanks! This is really good info.

Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 14, 2017, 03:55:13 AM
I am planning a crazy road trip for a trip with the inlaws. The trip starts in Los Angeles driving to San Francisco then onto Yosemite, Las Vegas, and then either returning via San Diego or straight to Los Angeles. I am currently searching for hotels in San Francisco and they are insanely expensive. Are there cheaper options outside of the actual City? Any recommendations?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on August 14, 2017, 12:36:59 PM
Does anyone know if google does tours or if someone has an inside man lmk
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 14, 2017, 12:43:08 PM
Does anyone know if google does tours or if someone has an inside man lmk

Only tour you are getting is if you know someone on the inside, who will personally take you around.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on August 14, 2017, 12:54:35 PM
I am planning a crazy road trip for a trip with the inlaws. The trip starts in Los Angeles driving to San Francisco then onto Yosemite, Las Vegas, and then either returning via San Diego or straight to Los Angeles. I am currently searching for hotels in San Francisco and they are insanely expensive. Are there cheaper options outside of the actual City? Any recommendations?

the Starwood (Westin) and marriott hotel near the SFO airport were much more reasonably priced, have very nice rooms and bay-views, and are located in a great location. There is no need to actually stay downtown at the 30K+ places.
These airport hotels also have free airport shuttles and a Sixt car rental on site. Palo Alto is nearby, too and priced better.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 15, 2017, 02:28:49 AM
the Starwood (Westin) and marriott hotel near the SFO airport were much more reasonably priced, have very nice rooms and bay-views, and are located in a great location. There is no need to actually stay downtown at the 30K+ places.
These airport hotels also have free airport shuttles and a Sixt car rental on site. Palo Alto is nearby, too and priced better.

Westin is 700+ Cheapest is around 225 by Radisson at Oakland Airport....Does anyone have ideas or a trip report of Yosemite? I can barely find anything on here with information.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on August 15, 2017, 05:18:55 AM
Buy some ihg certs
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 15, 2017, 07:38:38 AM
Does anyone have ideas or a trip report of Yosemite? I can barely find anything on here with information.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=58954.0
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 15, 2017, 09:35:04 AM
Buy some ihg certs

IHG San Fran (not Mark Hopkins) is really nice. -  I used my Chase night there a few months ago. It's also a several minute walk away from Frena (albeit through the same "questionable" neighborhood that Frena is located in). The Mark Hopkins is supposedly equal, and that one is closer to Sabra/Chinatown. Either way, an IHG cert could be a great value depending on the prices for either property.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on August 15, 2017, 04:40:26 PM
I stayed in the san fran st. regis was pretty good value too
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: normaly on September 26, 2017, 09:17:02 PM
Is cafe 3 just for students? anyone been there?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on September 26, 2017, 09:30:33 PM
Is cafe 3 just for students?
No
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on October 10, 2017, 12:48:30 PM
https://www.jweekly.com/2017/10/09/new-kosher-joint-coming-s-f-sixth-street-new-deli-coming-sacramento/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on October 27, 2017, 10:28:38 AM
supposedly a kosher food truck coming to palo alto
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 27, 2017, 10:51:47 AM
supposedly a kosher food truck coming to palo alto
I don't know if this is what you're talking about, but I know someone in Berkeley has been talking about opening a kosher food truck and going to different parts of the bay area every day.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on October 27, 2017, 11:49:51 AM
I don't know if this is what you're talking about, but I know someone in Berkeley has been talking about opening a kosher food truck and going to different parts of the bay area every day.
No updates to his website (http://cafelevana.com/) or FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Kosher-Food-Truck-182080822175880/) in over a year.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on October 31, 2017, 07:27:39 PM
No updates to his website (http://cafelevana.com/) or FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Kosher-Food-Truck-182080822175880/) in over a year.

thats the guy from lechaim sushi, as per yigal rosenberg, this is facebook owned
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 31, 2017, 07:28:59 PM


thats the guy from lechaim ssushi

No it's not.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on November 05, 2017, 02:55:01 PM
What is a good hotel in the are of SF/San Jose or nearby - to make a conference? Large meeting room/ballroom with more breakout spaces? Looking for a nice place but reasonably priced.

TIA!

PS. if you want to make sure you get a ticket for the huge DDS@SF, this is not directly connected ;)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on November 07, 2017, 03:18:31 PM

No it's not.

cool, my bad, he posted a link from alex.. so who is this
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on November 07, 2017, 03:48:08 PM
cool, my bad, he posted a link from alex.. so who is this
My links are about a guy in Berkeley (that @whYME mentioned) that's been talking about / trying to (crownfund campaign) open a Kosher food truck in the Bay Area.

You seem to have new inside information about somebody else, and we'd love to hear more about that.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 15, 2017, 10:37:26 AM
has anyone stayed at an SPG hotel for shabbos in SFO? near chabbad.
there seem to be a few. but W for example is too high up
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on December 19, 2017, 02:57:47 PM
Is it worth (make sense) to go for one day to SF? When i'm in los angeles, If yes what is a must see?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2017, 03:04:23 PM
Is it worth (make sense) to go for one day to SF? When i'm in los angeles, If yes what is a must see?
See my DDMS TR
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PPLA on December 24, 2017, 11:22:23 PM
Which hotel you guys recommend. any of the Intercontinentals, Le Meridian, or The Palace?

TIA!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 25, 2017, 09:29:35 AM
Which hotel you guys recommend. any of the Intercontinentals, Le Meridian, or The Palace?

TIA!
Currently at the palace.  Beautiful and comfortable.  But totally lacking good service at the front desk.  The rest of the staff is nice.  Front desk is below most Hampton inn and suites
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PPLA on December 25, 2017, 02:01:44 PM
Currently at the palace.  Beautiful and comfortable.  But totally lacking good service at the front desk.  The rest of the staff is nice.  Front desk is below most Hampton inn and suites
Lol I'll see you there. Let's hope for the  best with the front desk. Who did you deal with it?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 25, 2017, 03:58:11 PM
Lol I'll see you there. Let's hope for the  best with the front desk. Who did you deal with it?
On plane home.  Sarah was the only good person.  Upgraded me to superior suite for free
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PPLA on December 25, 2017, 08:48:51 PM
On plane home.  Sarah was the only good person.  Upgraded me to superior suite for free
Yup that's right and her supervisor too. Both super helpful.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PPLA on December 25, 2017, 08:58:21 PM
Has anyone heard of a Kosher Ralph's in SF?

Is the there a reliable minyan at the SOMA shul?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 26, 2017, 09:20:30 AM
Has anyone heard of a Kosher Ralph's in SF?

Is the there a reliable minyan at the SOMA shul?

I don't think there is a kosher Ralphs. Best option for kosher groceries is Oakland Kosher. Not sure if there's anything downtown SF.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 26, 2017, 10:28:10 AM
trader joes and target both have a ton of kosher food and very close to the palace hotel
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: MrsZev on December 26, 2017, 12:45:26 PM
I have a conference in San Jose that ends too late on Friday to make it home for Shabbat- would you stay in San Francisco or San Jose for Shabbat solo?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PPLA on December 26, 2017, 04:47:26 PM
I have a conference in San Jose that ends too late on Friday to make it home for Shabbat- would you stay in San Francisco or San Jose for Shabbat solo?
I would stay in San Jose, Palo alto
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on January 14, 2018, 11:25:17 AM
Friend works at jetblue, got us some standby tix to SF last night. We couldn't book anything until we had confirmed seats. Alcatraz was fully booked for the two days we are here. However....

There exists a standby option for Alcatraz. Line opens 730 and the tickets are for the first boat (8 45 today). We got here 715 and were the last online and still got tickets. In the summer I'd presume it's a bit more hectic. A simple Google search should get you more info for the time of year you are going.

Sat in the Cafe having coffee and our breakfast that we brought until boarding. A great option for those who don't plan far in advance.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 14, 2018, 04:24:25 PM
Friend works at jetblue, got us some standby tix to SF last night.

Cool!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2018, 01:20:18 PM
Anyone know of any Silicon Valley tours?
Title: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on February 11, 2018, 06:53:13 AM
Best place (any place?) to buy kosher wine, ideally from Palo Alto northward, into Marin (not SJC or OAK)?  Do Mollie Stones and Safeway have any selection, or just Manischewitz?

Also, are there any kosher wineries to visit in Napa or Sonoma?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 11, 2018, 07:42:20 AM
Best place (any place?) to buy kosher wine, ideally from Palo Alto northward, into Marin (not SJC or OAK)?  Do Mollie Stones and Safeway have any selection, or just Manischewitz?

Also, are there any kosher wineries to visit in Napa or Sonoma?
Whole foods

I ran into this during my trip to Napa. We spent the whole day surrounded by the smell of fermenting wine and then had nothing Kosher to drink. Stopped at about 20 stores. Most had manishevitz and the cheapest herzog bottle. Finally found a good bottle (I think Golan) for about $30 at a whole foods.

Covenant is in the area (berkley) but we could not setup a tour by the time we booked. Just went to a non kosher tour.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on February 11, 2018, 08:29:34 AM
Best place (any place?) to buy kosher wine, ideally from Palo Alto northward, into Marin (not SJC or OAK)?  Do Mollie Stones and Safeway have any selection, or just Manischewitz?

Also, are there any kosher wineries to visit in Napa or Sonoma?
Bevmo might have a few varieties, as well as Trader Joe's (I know the ones in Berkeley do).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on February 11, 2018, 10:52:42 AM
Bevmo might have a few varieties, as well as Trader Joe's (I know the ones in Berkeley do).
Whole foods

I ran into this during my trip to Napa. We spent the whole day surrounded by the smell of fermenting wine and then had nothing Kosher to drink. Stopped at about 20 stores. Most had manishevitz and the cheapest herzog bottle. Finally found a good bottle (I think Golan) for about $30 at a whole foods.

Covenant is in the area (berkley) but we could not setup a tour by the time we booked. Just went to a non kosher tour.

Excellent. WFm, BevMo and TJs. Thank you both.
Will inquire about the Covenant tour.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on February 12, 2018, 04:17:25 PM
Best place (any place?) to buy kosher wine, ideally from Palo Alto northward, into Marin (not SJC or OAK)?  Do Mollie Stones and Safeway have any selection, or just Manischewitz?

Also, are there any kosher wineries to visit in Napa or Sonoma?

Hagefen is in Napa

Covenant in Berkley

Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on February 12, 2018, 04:25:25 PM
Hagefen is in Napa

Covenant in Berkley
Great. thanks. Both seem to be by appointment only, so will try to arrange. Thank you again.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on February 13, 2018, 11:28:05 AM
Great. thanks. Both seem to be by appointment only, so will try to arrange. Thank you again.


No, Hagefen just walk in.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 13, 2018, 01:02:39 PM
We did hagafen for tasting but tour isn't great. They let you taste grapes from vine can which was cool. We did modavi (not kosher) for proper tour.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on February 22, 2018, 12:41:03 AM
Tried multiple days to reach Covenant by phone, voice mail, and their online form—no response.  Pretty disappointing. 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on February 22, 2018, 12:41:47 AM
The Daly City and Fisherman’s Wharf Krispy Kreme do NOT currently have hashgacha.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on February 22, 2018, 07:34:59 PM
After searching most of the Bay Area, found one KKD that still has hashgacha. Mountain View. Worth the effort.  Note also: they take GrubHub for pickup with no minimum. 
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180223/712dde956337b057e9fcfeee48283455.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180223/16abd3214c1b0e2551ef07d42db488fb.jpg)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 22, 2018, 08:08:41 PM
Tried multiple days to reach Covenant by phone, voice mail, and their online form—no response.  Pretty disappointing.

I had a similar story
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on February 23, 2018, 12:42:01 PM
Tried multiple days to reach Covenant by phone, voice mail, and their online form—no response.  Pretty disappointing.

pm me next time, no one in the wine industry ignores me
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on February 23, 2018, 12:43:21 PM
I had a similar story

sorry, likewise, drop me a line in future if you want to visit a winery.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 23, 2018, 04:13:40 PM
if people are around oakland, this looks like a nice kosher party https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epic-bites-secret-cocktail-party-tickets-43224733341
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on February 25, 2018, 06:21:42 PM
pm me next time, no one in the wine industry ignores me
Wow! Ok. Thanks. 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on February 26, 2018, 12:44:44 PM
if people are around oakland, this looks like a nice kosher party https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epic-bites-secret-cocktail-party-tickets-43224733341

NICE, I'd fly in for that.. Need to harass heshy and hajdu any ways :)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on April 20, 2018, 12:59:35 PM
im doing Napa and Sonoma in 10 days  :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 20, 2018, 04:46:17 PM
if people are around oakland, this looks like a nice kosher party https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epic-bites-secret-cocktail-party-tickets-43224733341

maybe they can make a now Kosher wine event there this summer?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on May 08, 2018, 11:44:43 PM
Will be spending Sunday and Monday in the San Francisco area with my wife over memorial day weekend. We are landing around 1030am on Sunday and have a 1045pm flight home on Monday. Currently booked at the Ritz. Anyone have any feedback on the hotel? Suggestions for a better hotel using points? Where can I daven with a Minyan? Is it worth it to rent a car or rather use uber/public transportation? Parking at the hotel is 65 a night and it seems almost all hotels have crazy parking prices.
We will be doing Alcatraz on Monday at 11am so I have a whole Sunday and the rest of Monday open. any suggestions what to do?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on May 09, 2018, 02:01:53 AM
BTW one of the best kosher options in NorCal and certainly the best meat option, Also the only option near Napa and Sonoma is touro university, they have a kosher Cafe located on mare island Vallejo California.

Hours aren't great but the food is frikking awesome and great variety!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on May 09, 2018, 11:22:29 AM
BTW one of the best kosher options in NorCal and certainly the best meat option, Also the only option near Napa and Sonoma is touro university, they have a kosher Cafe located on mare island Vallejo California.

Hours aren't great but the food is frikking awesome and great variety!

Lived in CA all my life until 1995 and never, until now, heard of this place. I see it was founded 1997, so that makes sense. Thanks for this great tip.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 09, 2018, 01:09:49 PM
BTW one of the best kosher options in NorCal and certainly the best meat option, Also the only option near Napa and Sonoma is touro university, they have a kosher Cafe located on mare island Vallejo California.

Hours aren't great but the food is frikking awesome and great variety!

What are the hours and under which hashgacha?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 09, 2018, 01:20:57 PM
Website says OU
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 09, 2018, 01:35:01 PM
Website says OU

Gotcha, see it on their site now.

http://dining.tu.edu/kosher.html and http://dining.tu.edu/menu.html has menu and hours.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on May 09, 2018, 02:42:50 PM
but the food is frikking awesome
I haven't had food from them in a number of years. I guess it's gotten a lot better since then.
(not that it was bad, but I wouldn't have called it "frikking awesome.")
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 09, 2018, 04:05:21 PM
Gotcha, see it on their site now.

http://dining.tu.edu/kosher.html and http://dining.tu.edu/menu.html has menu and hours.

nice menu. Thinking of visiting SF area this summer. This place does not have dinner hours?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on May 10, 2018, 12:32:15 PM
It's just open for lunch. AFAIK.

It's great food in a region with nothing good kosher. I had 2 types of corned beef sandwich and they were awesome. Had the butternut squash soup. You can just go in, buy lunch and dinner and even lunch for next day.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on May 10, 2018, 12:45:56 PM
I haven't had food from them in a number of years. I guess it's gotten a lot better since then.
(not that it was bad, but I wouldn't have called it "frikking awesome.")

Depends, I didn't have the hot foods. I had butternut squash soup which was good.

But I had 2 types of corned beef sandwich and they were awesome. Ate one in sfo at aa lounge with free languinitas beer. Both were effing awesome.

I also had a chicken salad but it's a chicken salad, they don't become amazing and you have to try really hard to screw it up.

The island is beautiful, smells incredible. Would I drive there just for food ? I dunno. But if you are visiting Napa or Sonoma its the only kosher option and one of best Bay Area options.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 10, 2018, 11:12:46 PM
The island is beautiful, smells incredible. Would I drive there just for food ? I dunno. But if you are visiting Napa or Sonoma its the only kosher option and one of best Bay Area options.

You have the Budweiser and Jelly Belly tour about 10-15 minute drive away in Fairfield.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on May 16, 2018, 07:28:28 PM
Will be spending Sunday and Monday in the San Francisco area with my wife over memorial day weekend. We are landing around 1030am on Sunday and have a 1045pm flight home on Monday. Currently booked at the Ritz. Anyone have any feedback on the hotel? Suggestions for a better hotel using points? Where can I daven with a Minyan? Is it worth it to rent a car or rather use uber/public transportation? Parking at the hotel is 65 a night and it seems almost all hotels have crazy parking prices.
We will be doing Alcatraz on Monday at 11am so I have a whole Sunday and the rest of Monday open. any suggestions what to do?
BUMP
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 17, 2018, 09:48:01 AM
BUMP

If staying relatively local in SF, no need for car. Public Transportation is good and Uber/Lyft is cheap.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on May 17, 2018, 10:20:14 AM
Thanks. Will do that.
Any ideas what to do local besides Alcatraz which I am doing...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 17, 2018, 11:05:01 AM
Fisherman's Wharf, walk/bike Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, SF Giants game. Muir Woods (great hiking/redwoods) is a bit further (though there are shuttle buses from locations just outside SF).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on May 17, 2018, 01:59:43 PM
Are there any daily mincha/maariv minyanim in San Francisco?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on May 17, 2018, 02:23:40 PM
The Cable Car Museum was fun. I love the Golden Gate Bridge. 

I liked the Asian Art Museum., but it was free when I went. I'm not sure it's worth the admission price if you have to pay. The contemporary Jewish museum was odd.

Keep in mind that if you walk places, the hills are exceptionally steep.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Traveler718 on May 18, 2018, 01:00:16 AM
Are there any daily mincha/maariv minyanim in San Francisco?

When we were there a few years ago, there was only 1. I believe it was http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=7634, but things change there, so definitely call to verify. There's also the mincha cable car minyan, but that won't help you for maariv.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on May 18, 2018, 06:51:16 AM
Well, the number I found for Torah Emet is disconnect - so anyone who has current information, please share. Thnx
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 18, 2018, 08:47:57 AM
Well, the number I found for Torah Emet is disconnect - so anyone who has current information, please share. Thnx
These all have daily shachris minyanim
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=17088&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=818&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=1009&Name=san%20francisco
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on May 18, 2018, 09:48:15 AM
Legion of honor museum is great!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on May 18, 2018, 11:19:49 AM
These all have daily minyanim
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=17088&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=818&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=1009&Name=san%20francisco

Are you saying that from fist hand knowledge or from internet research? I can see what the websites say but I need to know if it is up to date. thnx EG Adath Israel's newletter indicates that it does not have a daily mincha/maariv...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shmuels2 on May 18, 2018, 11:36:53 AM
Any reports from Frena yet?
http://www.frenabakery.com/

I was there a few times during a 4 day SF trip last summer. Everything was absolutely top-notch. That goes for the classic western bakery stuff like doughnuts, the sweet middle eastern stuff, and most especially the savory stuff - middle eastern stuff like the sambusak (I had the Sabich and a couple others) labne wraps and bourekas; and the egg-in-a-basket offerings. Seriously, if you're there, try it. I'm still thinking about getting back there to eat some more of it all.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 18, 2018, 11:41:03 AM
Are you saying that from fist hand knowledge or from internet research? I can see what the websites say but I need to know if it is up to date. thnx EG Adath Israel's newletter indicates that it does not have a daily mincha/maariv...
From each shul website. Was referring to shachris minyanim
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on May 18, 2018, 02:12:44 PM
Yes. Thanks. Only looking for mincha maariv. Anyone from the Bay area?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on May 18, 2018, 03:51:58 PM
I was there a few times during a 4 day SF trip last summer. Everything was absolutely top-notch. That goes for the classic western bakery stuff like doughnuts, the sweet middle eastern stuff, and most especially the savory stuff - middle eastern stuff like the sambusak (I had the Sabich and a couple others) labne wraps and bourekas; and the egg-in-a-basket offerings. Seriously, if you're there, try it. I'm still thinking about getting back there to eat some more of it all.
+1 we have been there several times.
Delicious, gourmet.  Some stuff a little pricey (small box of 6 Hamentashen was about $20, IIRC). But most stuff reasonable.  Great soups.  Can do lunch for about $10-$12.  The SOMA neighborhood is a little sketchy but Fine in daytime.  Homeless, panhandlers. Enjoy!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 21, 2018, 02:02:23 PM
SOMA is fine, Sixth street is homeless hq
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 22, 2018, 10:41:41 AM
Frena unexpectedly was closed Memorial Day last year. I was there the day before and saw no signage, and tried to go on Memorial day and only then saw a sign that they were shut. Very much disrupted plans, and I would have stocked up the day before had I known... I had to scour around a Trader Joes to find kosher bagels and creme cheese/lox (not CY), as I did not have time to get over to Sabra for lunch that day.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on May 25, 2018, 03:38:06 PM
Frena unexpectedly was closed Memorial Day last year. I was there the day before and saw no signage, and tried to go on Memorial day and only then saw a sign that they were shut. Very much disrupted plans, and I would have stocked up the day before had I known... I had to scour around a Trader Joes to find kosher bagels and creme cheese/lox (not CY), as I did not have time to get over to Sabra for lunch that day.
Thanks for that info. I will be there Memorial day this year so I called to ask and they are indeed closed this year as well.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on May 27, 2018, 01:00:05 AM
Frena was amazing! Top notch food.

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Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Abey on May 27, 2018, 11:21:06 AM
Thanks for that info. I will be there Memorial day this year so I called to ask and they are indeed closed this year as well.
Thanks I was actually thinking of eating there...you saved me a disappointment
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on May 31, 2018, 12:39:58 PM
After searching most of the Bay Area, found one KKD that still has hashgacha. Mountain View. Worth the effort.  Note also: they take GrubHub for pickup with no minimum. 
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I was just in Fisherman's Wharf Krispy Kreme and they had a hashgacha
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tanipollak on June 26, 2018, 12:17:21 AM
Planning on Going in 1st week of august. Any gluten free restaurants? Also if we're there for a week should we rent a car? We're staying at the Hyatt.

Also I have 2 free nights at the category 7 in Hyatt Carmel Highlands so we're gunna stop there for 2 nights. Is there anything near there to do and anything to eat?

TIA
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on June 26, 2018, 07:37:21 AM
Planning on Going in 1st week of august. Any gluten free restaurants? Also if we're there for a week should we rent a car? We're staying at the Hyatt.

Also I have 2 free nights at the category 7 in Hyatt Carmel Highlands so we're gunna stop there for 2 nights. Is there anything near there to do and anything to eat?

TIA
Don't rent a car just for going around SF city. It's very much a transit city. For other areas, a car will help.

Sabra is Israeli grill, so I'm sure any thing is GF if you order without bread. I don't recall if frena has GF options.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: BCL on July 08, 2018, 02:41:45 PM
Driving from Vancouver to LA over 4-5 days. With kids ages 5-10. I would like to drive 5-6 hours a day with 1 or 2 attractions or activities.

Is this reasonable?

Some possibilities:

Boeing Factory
Cannon Beach
Crater Lake
Oregon Dunes Nat'l Rec Area
Redwood Nat'l Park
Glass Beach
Golden Gate Bridge
Big Sur
Monterey - Kayaking
Jelly Belly Factory
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Mcway Falls
Point Lobos

Which ones are kid friendly?

Any thoughts or suggestions?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: E R K on July 08, 2018, 05:15:28 PM
 Exploratorium children’s museum in San Francisco was a lot of fun. I don’t usually like museums and I went with my adult daughter. See Dan’s SF report. He took his son and had a blast.  Not sure how great the jelly belly factory is  but if it’s between the two I think I do Exploratorium .
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 08, 2018, 08:45:47 PM
JB factory is cool but it’s not hands on whatsoever. The tour is about 30 minutes long and you walk a floor above the factory with windows showing the work floor. Free bag of jelly bellies and unlimited samples at the end.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tanipollak on July 08, 2018, 11:27:27 PM
Looking for a shul that has friday night and shabbos minyans that are near a hotel in SF(downtown or within 20 min drive of union sq) and must be in eiruv. ANything available?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: BCL on July 09, 2018, 06:02:53 AM
Driving from Vancouver to LA over 4-5 days. With kids ages 5-10. I would like to drive 5-6 hours a day with 1 or 2 attractions or activities.

Likely stops:

Oregon Dunes Nat'l Rec Area
Redwood Nat'l Park
Golden Gate Bridge
Monterey
Big Sur
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Mcway Falls

This already adds 7 hours of driving time.

Only driving on HWY 1 between Santa Cruz and Lucia. (Can't go further south because of road closures.)
Should I get on HWY 1 earlier? (north of SF/at SF)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on July 09, 2018, 09:31:20 AM
Looking for a shul that has friday night and shabbos minyans that are near a hotel in SF(downtown or within 20 min drive of union sq) and must be in eiruv. ANything available?

Chabad Soma but no eruv
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: BCL on July 09, 2018, 11:51:40 AM
Which Redwood Park/Forest would you recommend for kids?
Any specific trail or hike?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tanipollak on July 11, 2018, 01:56:37 AM
Decided to stay in Palo Alto for shabbos. Trying to pick the hotel. Final 4 are the zen hotel, Dinah's Garden hotel,creek side inn, and Hilton garden. Anyone stay in any and have any recommendations? Since we'll be getting food Friday we would like to get some sort of kitchen and needs to have lots of room for 15 month old child to run around.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tanipollak on July 22, 2018, 09:38:23 PM
Does anyone know if I can borrow someones Chase Private Client arts and culture card or does it have to be in your name? Asking as we're going to SF next week and lots of things are free with the card :) TIA
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tanipollak on July 22, 2018, 10:10:57 PM
Also is there an attraction card/pass we can purchase before to make everything cheaper instead of paying for everything at gate or entrance?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on July 22, 2018, 10:43:22 PM
Also is there an attraction card/pass we can purchase before to make everything cheaper instead of paying for everything at gate or entrance?
Check Groupon for San Francisco Go Pass (multiple types available), and find current 20% off coupons to bring price down even more.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on August 01, 2018, 03:17:16 PM
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http://covenantwines.com/shop/detail/?item=covenant-summercelebration-ticket
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: thaber on August 16, 2018, 02:40:53 AM
tentative planning a trip for myself and 4 kids 7-12. 2 days 1 night
here's what I have so far

landing 9:30
drop off bags at Holiday Inn Express and suites (using free annual night, confirmed upgrade to family suite)
Alcatraz is sold out, so assuming it doesn't open we'll do the  blue and gold escape from the rock 11:15 or 1:45
lunch?
pier 39 / Fishermans wharf/ exploratorioum
sabra for supper

monday - rent car (have a one way from fishermans wharf to SFO)
drive to Frena, buy lunch etc.
golden gate bridge
the marine mammal center
 Muir woods
SFO for 8pm flight back

thoughts?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 16, 2018, 09:40:40 AM
tentative planning a trip for myself and 4 kids 7-12. 2 days 1 night
here's what I have so far

landing 9:30
drop off bags at Holiday Inn Express and suites (using free annual night, confirmed upgrade to family suite)
Alcatraz is sold out, so assuming it doesn't open we'll do the  blue and gold escape from the rock 11:15 or 1:45
lunch?
pier 39 / Fishermans wharf/ exploratorioum
sabra for supper

monday - rent car (have a one way from fishermans wharf to SFO)
drive to Frena, buy lunch etc.
golden gate bridge
the marine mammal center
 Muir woods
SFO for 8pm flight back

thoughts?
Muir Woods is great but leave lots of time since there could be traffic getting back.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on August 16, 2018, 12:38:27 PM
Muir woods
Need to make reservations.

https://www.visitmarin.org/highlights-and-muir-woods-reservations/plan-your-visit-to-marins-muir-woods-and-national-parks/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: thaber on August 16, 2018, 04:53:02 PM
Thanks and thanks
Muir Woods is great but leave lots of time since there could be traffic getting back.
Need to make reservations.

https://www.visitmarin.org/highlights-and-muir-woods-reservations/plan-your-visit-to-marins-muir-woods-and-national-parks/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on September 13, 2018, 02:09:42 PM
I was just in Fisherman's Wharf Krispy Kreme and they had a hashgacha
Thanks. Good to know. 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on September 13, 2018, 02:26:01 PM
I know this question is one of preference and highly subjective, but I will ask anyway:

Flying into SFO.
Want to have lunch with my mom-frum in-laws, who live in Marin.
Should I drive through the City and pick up Frena, which we have enjoyed a number of times?
Or should we drive to Vallejo, and either pick up Touro Univ food (which we have never had previously) or meet in-laws there?

Boils down to whether it is worth the drive just to try Touro. We have no other East Bay business.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 13, 2018, 03:36:40 PM
I know this question is one of preference and highly subjective, but I will ask anyway:

Flying into SFO.
Want to have lunch with my mom-frum in-laws, who live in Marin.
Should I drive through the City and pick up Frena, which we have enjoyed a number of times?
Or should we drive to Vallejo, and either pick up Touro Univ food (which we have never had previously) or meet in-laws there?

Boils down to whether it is worth the drive just to try Touro. We have no other East Bay business.

Sounds like it would be easier to bring food from home than to drive into SF for Frena
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on September 14, 2018, 12:53:30 AM
Sounds like it would be easier to bring food from home than to drive into SF for Frena

we really enjoyed Frena; if the timing works out, it may be worth the extra trip. (especially if you purchase more items for the rest of your trip as well. Great selection of fresh hot food items, and great bakery items.)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on September 14, 2018, 05:55:53 AM
we really enjoyed Frena; if the timing works out, it may be worth the extra trip. (especially if you purchase more items for the rest of your trip as well. Great selection of fresh hot food items, and great bakery items.)
Sounds like it would be easier to bring food from home than to drive into SF for Frena

Hi. Thank you both.  Frena is not far out of our way SFO—>Marin, so we will probably do that.  We have enjoyed Frena several times before so will look forward to it. Driving all the way to Vallejo for Touro seems unnecessary.   Thanks again.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on October 04, 2018, 10:48:42 AM
Hi, I don't remember seeing any commentary on this take-out option:

Aviya Asian Take-Out

(650) 456-7000

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA

Aviya Asian Takeout is glatt kosher takeout located in the Palo Alto JCC. We serve a variety of Asian fusion menu items sure to suit every taste.
----------------------------------

Any experience with it?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: tam111 on October 12, 2018, 07:14:07 PM
Heading to San Francisco this weekend and thought I would share a few things I thought was helpful.  It’s been mentioned but the Go Card is very good. There is a multi day pass that’s included several activities but what I thought was better was the 20% of for two activities which are more expansive than the multi day passes.  For example, four of us are going to ride a 2 1/2 hour Segway tour through Golden Gate Park. It is $75 per person so the 20% off was very helpful. 

Also, don’t forget to check gold star.  There were many activities any where from 20-40% off. Wish I knew this the last time I was in SF.  No need to pay full retail on activities.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on October 15, 2018, 10:07:49 AM
Hi. Thank you both.  Frena is not far out of our way SFO—>Marin, so we will probably do that.  We have enjoyed Frena several times before so will look forward to it. Driving all the way to Vallejo for Touro seems unnecessary.   Thanks again.

From SFO to Marin frena is along the way. Though from Marin to Touro it's not that bad especially in off traffic times but I love driving in California
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 15, 2018, 10:29:12 AM
Apparently there's a new shwarma/falafel place opening soon near Frena.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 15, 2018, 10:30:40 AM
Apparently there's a new shwarma/falafel place opening soon near Frena.
Nice!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on October 15, 2018, 11:44:48 AM
From SFO to Marin frena is along the way. Though from Marin to Touro it's not that bad especially in off traffic times but I love driving in California
Thanks. Good point.  I don't mind driving there either, but we need to get back to Palo Alto by afternoon, so the Touro diversion is still probably not worth it.

Apparently there's a new shwarma/falafel place opening soon near Frena.
Great! We'll check it out next week.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 15, 2018, 12:11:44 PM
Great! We'll check it out next week.
I'm not sure it's opening quite that soon, but I know it's in the works.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on October 16, 2018, 10:28:14 AM
I'm not sure it's opening quite that soon, but I know it's in the works.
Great! I hope it's as nice as Sabra Grill.  ;)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 16, 2018, 10:49:44 AM
Great! I hope it's as nice as Sabra Grill.  ;)
lol

On that note, has anyone here been to sabra in the last year or two?

I'm wondering how the service is under the new management.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: zow on October 16, 2018, 10:51:47 AM
lol

On that note, has anyone here been to sabra in the last year or two?

I'm wondering how the service is under the new management.
Have not been in at least 3 years.  Frena changed the game. 
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 16, 2018, 10:52:07 AM
lol

On that note, has anyone here been to sabra in the last year or two?

I'm wondering how the service is under the new management.
I've been, no noticeable difference AFAICT
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: yelped on October 16, 2018, 11:23:16 AM
lol

On that note, has anyone here been to sabra in the last year or two?

I'm wondering how the service is under the new management.
Was there a few months ago. Had simple good food. Was happy there. I am not picky at all so I'm easy to please.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 16, 2018, 11:33:56 AM
Was there a few months ago. Had simple good food. Was happy there. I am not picky at all so I'm easy to please.
+1
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on October 16, 2018, 02:00:02 PM
Was there a few months back. Good service. Food was fine.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on October 16, 2018, 02:06:25 PM
I think Sabra is fine for what it is. Not sure why it gets so much hate here.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on October 16, 2018, 02:16:07 PM
I think Sabra is fine for what it is. Not sure why it gets so much hate here.

Simple: the food is reasonable but overpriced. (not outrageously, considering the location etc.) The service is atrocious.
1. "overpriced" might not even be fair considering they're in SFO, I shouldn't compare to NY etc prices. I probably should've said "not cheap" instead.
2. At times the service there was really really bad, that doesn't mean it was always bad for everyone.

It sounds like maybe by now (with the new management?) they moved up from really bad to just mediocre? people are not having really bad experiences any more?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: yelped on October 16, 2018, 03:08:22 PM
Didn't have any issues. Friendly waiter, ordered my food, it came a few minutes later. Had a good and hearty meal and left. Didn't find it to be overpriced.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: thaber on October 18, 2018, 02:42:30 AM
lol

On that note, has anyone here been to sabra in the last year or two?

I'm wondering how the service is under the new management.
Service was improved, and nice. Heimish. It's great for what it is.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on November 20, 2018, 03:48:54 PM
https://hoodline.com/2018/11/kosher-bakery-frena-within-weeks-of-opening-richmond-district-location
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 11, 2018, 07:36:11 PM
Is there enough stuff to do here to spend two three days?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 11, 2018, 07:41:51 PM
Is there enough stuff to do here to spend two three days?

Yes.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 12, 2018, 08:13:07 AM
Yes.
Ideas?
I saw Dan TR but he only mentioned Alcatraz and that science museum - Exploratorium .
Maybe should look up thread and read some other trip reports before I start asking questions  ::)
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 12, 2018, 09:06:41 AM
Ideas?

look up thread and read some other trip reports before asking questions  ::)

Wikitravel would be helpful too.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: stever on January 23, 2019, 10:13:09 AM
Went to Sabra last night, to me nothing has changed in 10 years. Food takes forever to come out, not all that great but keeps me alive. That’s about it. Going to try the new bakery today
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on January 23, 2019, 12:40:40 PM
Legion of honor museum one of my favorites, go to Napa!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on March 04, 2019, 04:54:48 PM
The Rabbis of the Orthodox shul in Oakland & Berkeley started a new Hashgacha - "East Bay Kosher." They are now certifying a Falafel place "The Flying Falafel" at the Berkeley location only.

The place is open on Shabbos, and the announcement says to wait 30 minutes following Shabbos to buy any food.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on May 12, 2019, 10:18:41 AM
Any reviews on the Flying Falafel?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on May 12, 2019, 10:43:35 AM
Are there any beaches near OAKLAND/San Francisco worth going to?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 12, 2019, 01:04:44 PM
Any reviews on the Flying Falafel?
Doesn't seem like a generally accepted hechsher.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chevron on May 12, 2019, 01:57:03 PM
Are there any beaches near OAKLAND/San Francisco worth going to?
Sure, in SF very nice, lands end by sutra baths and park presidio
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on May 13, 2019, 02:45:43 PM
How feasible is it to rent bikes from around Fisherman’s Wharf to over the Golden Gate Bridge with a 8 year old boy?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 13, 2019, 03:11:37 PM
How feasible is it to rent bikes from around Fisherman’s Wharf to over the Golden Gate Bridge with a 8 year old boy?

It's 4 miles from Wharf to GG bridge, and then you'd at a minimum need to go back over the bridge - so figure 8-12 miles. Doubt a kid can bike that.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on May 13, 2019, 03:25:36 PM
We would take the ferry back...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: yelped on May 13, 2019, 08:49:37 PM
Isn't there a lot of uphill biking there? I guess it depends which direction you do.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Sholom123 on May 15, 2019, 12:23:47 AM
We would take the ferry back...
I don't think there is a ferry to or from that location. Either way, it is very windy there and can be quite a ride.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 15, 2019, 07:15:00 AM
You might want to get rhe bikes from the visors center and just bike rt over the bridge.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on May 15, 2019, 07:15:59 AM
We will rent bikes from Blazing Saddles by their Hyde Park location which is right by the start of the bike path. It is a little over 8 miles from the start to Salsalido which you then can take the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf. The women I spoke to at Blazing Sadler said it’s very doable for adults and kids and one of the most beautiful bikes rides. Wish us luck!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on May 20, 2019, 09:13:18 PM
Sure, in SF very nice, lands end by sutra baths and park presidio

Thank you so much for the recommendation, it was amazing!!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: whYME on May 20, 2019, 10:20:31 PM
The Rabbis of the Orthodox shul in Oakland & Berkeley started a new Hashgacha - "East Bay Kosher."
Just be aware that what passes for Orthodox in Berkeley is not necessarily quite the same as NY...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 20, 2019, 10:22:22 PM
Just be aware that what passes for Orthodox in Berkeley is not necessarily quite the same as NY...
The Rabbi in Oakland is very much frum... I stayed at his house once. Don't know the Rabbi in Berkley.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on May 20, 2019, 10:24:28 PM
Just be aware that what passes for Orthodox in Berkeley is not necessarily quite the same as NY...

I can vouch for the Rabbi in Oakland. Flying Falafel was very good!
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: ajaxdentist on June 24, 2019, 01:24:19 AM
Going SF next week and staying near Union Square. We were planning on Shabbos meals at Chabad but a friend just told me it’s not such a safe area and he wouldn’t walk around there at night. Apparently you have to step over s lot of  homeless people. Any truth to that? Are they more and less safe routes to take?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 24, 2019, 10:32:59 PM
The Rabbi in Oakland is very much frum... I stayed at his house once. Don't know the Rabbi in Berkley.

Know the Rabbi in Oakland VERY WELL. Ehrliche Yid.
I need to have a chat with him about this hechsher.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 24, 2019, 10:34:08 PM
Going SF next week and staying near Union Square. We were planning on Shabbos meals at Chabad but a friend just told me it’s not such a safe area and he wouldn’t walk around there at night. Apparently you have to step over s lot of  homeless people. Any truth to that? Are they more and less safe routes to take?

It's better than your friend is making it seem. I've been there atleast 10x in the last 2 years. The homeless are harmless in that area.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: nobiggy on August 02, 2019, 02:52:51 PM
Any ideas of some nice hotels in SFO or that area?
Was thinking of Ritz Half moon bay for 60k points.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 02, 2019, 04:56:26 PM
Any ideas of some nice hotels in SFO or that area?
Was thinking of Ritz Half moon bay for 60k points.
IHG is nice and is a great value if you have an uncapped credit card night.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 03, 2019, 09:39:20 PM
Sfo airport is banning plastic bottles for water. They will sell reusable bottles but those have tevilas keilim issues.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: chief_mag on August 04, 2019, 11:43:42 AM
Sfo airport is banning plastic bottles for water. They will sell reusable bottles but those have tevilas keilim issues.
Do they come filled?
If not then gonna have to go back down the old get a cup from Starbucks route :(
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on September 16, 2019, 09:36:42 PM
Has anyone been to Carmel-by-the-sea or Big Sur that has any recommendations?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Aryehs on October 03, 2019, 03:20:33 PM
L'Chaim in San Francisco doesn't exist any linger. I spoke to Rabbi Landau yesterday.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on November 19, 2019, 05:33:23 PM
whats my best chance at landing 2 Saver award J tickets lie flat seats one way JFK-SFO in mid Jan?

noting seems available
should i wait
any other options?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on February 19, 2020, 08:03:52 AM
5 hours stop in SF.
Anything to do besides for run around the airport?
Time wise any thing close enough to do near the airport?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: yelped on February 19, 2020, 10:00:46 AM
5 hours stop in SF.
Anything to do besides for run around the airport?
Time wise any thing close enough to do near the airport?
Lombardi street, Golden Gate bridge, etc.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 19, 2020, 11:05:53 AM
Lombardi street, Golden Gate bridge, etc.
5 hours is tight considering SF traffic can be tough. If you do make it to SF, you'd have to come and go. Stay close to airport
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on February 19, 2020, 11:46:11 AM
whats my best chance at landing 2 Saver award J tickets lie flat seats one way JFK-SFO in mid Jan?

noting seems available
should i wait
any other options?
There's generally only 1 per flight. When I did it, I booked 1 J and 1 F since saver F was less than anytime J.

The service is the same in F. The only difference is a slighly wider seat, and not having to worry about a seat mate (which I suppose is worse when travelling with a companion). Food was identical (Borenstein breakfast served on China).
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 19, 2020, 12:41:26 PM
There's generally only 1 per flight. When I did it, I booked 1 J and 1 F since saver F was less than anytime J.

The service is the same in F. The only difference is a slighly wider seat, and not having to worry about a seat mate (which I suppose is worse when travelling with a companion). Food was identical (Borenstein breakfast served on China).

so you mean generally 1 SAVER J seat available?  If travelling with DW though not sure about sitting apart
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on February 24, 2020, 07:39:38 PM
so you mean generally 1 SAVER J seat available?  If travelling with DW though not sure about sitting apart
You could always book saver F and trade with the person she's sitting next to. Though apparently AA sometimes calls that a security risk...
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 17, 2020, 01:18:41 AM
https://www.jweekly.com/2020/07/16/new-kosher-joint-spices-up-s-f-s-sixth-street-corridor-with-israeli-street-classics/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Ben L. on August 03, 2020, 11:03:16 PM
I need to stay there for Three weeks, can anyone suggest options where to stay for a good price. Walking distance to minyan.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 03, 2020, 11:23:23 PM
I need to stay there for Three weeks, can anyone suggest options where to stay for a good price. Walking distance to minyan.
I’m not sure there is anywhere in SF that has a daily minyan.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Sholom123 on August 31, 2020, 08:18:14 PM
Just went to a new place in SF called Hummus Bodega. Was pretty good.
SF now has 4 kosher places to eat:
Sabra grill
Frena
Hummus Bodega
Limonana
All under the Va'ad
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2020, 03:32:36 PM
Limonnana is a excellent, good to see SFO finally get some good food.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Sholom123 on May 11, 2021, 01:04:00 AM
The JCC in Palo Alto just opened a space with different vendors offering different style foods. Yemeni, Fleishig, Sushi and a coffee place coming soon! All under the Vaad.

Feel free to PM with questions as I don't check the forums often enough
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on May 11, 2021, 08:04:09 AM
The JCC in Palo Alto just opened a space with different vendors offering different style foods. Yemeni, Fleishig, Sushi and a coffee place coming soon! All under the Vaad.

Feel free to PM with questions as I don't check the forums often enough
Cool, thanks for the information.

General info pages:
https://yeahthatskosher.com/2021/03/kosher-food-court-brings-4-new-restaurants-to-bay-area/
https://www.jweekly.com/2021/03/26/all-kosher-food-oasis-on-the-horizon-at-palo-alto-jcc/

Links to the 3 food places (all say online ordering only). Can’t find anything about the Cafe yet.
https://www.holysushi.org/
https://www.themalawahbar.com/
https://www.thematriarchcafe.com/

Link to the Vaad website showing all 3 are certified.
https://www.sunrisekosher.org/restaurants
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 11, 2021, 10:59:43 AM
The JCC in Palo Alto just opened a space with different vendors offering different style foods. Yemeni, Fleishig, Sushi and a coffee place coming soon! All under the Vaad.

Feel free to PM with questions as I don't check the forums often enough
Wow. Any reviews/pics?
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 13, 2021, 04:34:27 PM
Bay Area for dinneror Oakland kosher/abbas hummus or limmonana? Will have a review of the Palo Alto sushi place later, really excellent better than most ny sushi places but u MUST order in advance or it will take a half hour
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2021, 04:37:28 PM
Bay Area for dinneror Oakland kosher/abbas hummus or limmonana? Will have a review of the Palo Alto sushi place later, really excellent better than most ny sushi places but u MUST order in advance or it will take a half hour
Limonnana is a excellent, good to see SFO finally get some good food.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 13, 2021, 04:45:12 PM
Limonnana is a excellent, good to see SFO finally get some good food.
. Thx Dan I saw your post but have u been to Oakland kosher? Saw good reviews for that too.
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2021, 04:52:06 PM
. Thx Dan I saw your post but have u been to Oakland kosher? Saw good reviews for that too.
Yup.
https://www.dansdeals.com/more/dans-commentary/sports/trip-notes-the-redemption-the-comeback-the-renaissance-the-chasedown-the-block-the-shot-part-2-the-tearjerker-call-it-what-you-want-but-this-was-a-night-to-remember/
Title: Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on May 19, 2021, 10:20:13 PM
Wow. Any reviews/pics?
Will have a review of the Palo Alto sushi place later, really excellent better than most ny sushi places but u MUST order in advance or it will take a half hour
Agreed, got the sushi for lunch today and it was all really flavorful and tasty. Much better then most of the regular “sushi store / supermarket” sushi found around Brooklyn.
DW wasn’t a fan of the Golden Gate roll. It’s served hot, seemed like they baked the salmon topping directly onto the roll (so put that whole roll in the oven?, notice the foil it’s sitting in).

There are a few small tables for outdoor seating available right by the cafe.

Also got the Limonana from Malawach Bar that was delicious (ordered it while waiting for them to finish making our sushi).

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