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Summary of kosher food options in the bay area:

Restaurants:
(all under hashgacha of the Sunrise Kosher / Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California unless otherwise stated)

San Francisco
Sabra Grill (Chinatown)
L'chaim Foods (not a restaurant, take out / delivery only) currently "Under Orthodox Certification of Rabbi Joel Landau."
Frena Bakery Dairy and pareve sambusak, burekas, shakshuka, savory and sweet baked goods
Limonnana Middle Eastern dishes, principally Falafel, Shawarma, and Hummus, and of course, delicious limonnanas.
Hummus Bodega Hummus, Falafel, Middle Eastern in the Richmond district

East Bay
Amba Falafel (Oakland) (Fleishig as of 4/28/14). Pas Yisroel available by request CLOSED
Oakland Kosher (Oakland) Fleishigs. Check for certs on www.restaurant.com.
Cafe 3 at UC Berkeley
Touro Kitchen in Vallejo, CA - http://dining.tu.edu/menu.html

South Bay
Izzy's Bagels (Palo Alto) Pas Yisroel. Some Items Cholov Yisroel, Check the kashrus certificate, Open on Shabbos
Kosher Food Oasis at the OFJCC (Palo Alto) Neshama Foods, The Ma'lawah Bar and Holy Sushi require ordering in advance. Walk-in orders are accepted for Caffe Mediterraneum. Please check vendor sites for individual holiday hours. All under the Vaad.
Jerusalem Grill (Palo Alto area)  not Kosher, no Kashrus certification, not Jewish owned (as of Nov.22, 2015)
Pars Kosher Market in San Jose, certified by the Vaad, now has a small eat in section (4 tables, first come first serve) with a short meat menu and ready made hot food. Also lots of kosher groceries.
Stanford University Cafeteria weekday lunches five days a week and dinners Monday - Thurs. General public can pay at Florence Moore Dorm and enjoy the Kosher section. Fleishig (meat) for both meals each day. Flo-Mo, as it is called, is on Mayfield Ave., across from the parking lot of Tressidor.  Finding the dining hall can be a challenge for outsiders but any student will direct you.




Groceries (etc):

San Francisco
CHOUX Bakery - French cream puffs (Haight-Ashbury) Pas yisroel, cholov yisroel. No longer certified kosher / open on Shabbos.

East Bay
Oakland Kosher.
Grand Bakery (Oakland) Pas Yisroel, Dairy items are NOT cholov yisroel. Closing 12/23/16
Berkeley Bowl (Berkeley) has some kosher items.
Costco (Definitely the one in Richmond. I believe this applies to others in the Bay Area, but this is what I know firsthand.) has cholov yisroel cheese and Jack's sausages. (As of August 2014)

South Bay
I believe Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a big Kosher selection. there are probably other options there as well.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #380 on: March 28, 2016, 09:53:44 PM »
Get tickets in advance. You may not be able to choose your time slot.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #381 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

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #382 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.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #383 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? :)

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #384 on: March 28, 2016, 11:15:48 PM »
palo alto has good bagels

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #385 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?
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #386 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.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #387 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.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #388 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.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #389 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.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #390 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.

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San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #391 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.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #392 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

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #393 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
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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.
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7am: Drive to SFO for 8:40am departure SFO-ORD 747 upstairs.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #394 on: April 06, 2016, 05:06:52 PM »

11:45am: Take streetcar or walk to Exploritorium



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.
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #395 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.
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #396 on: April 06, 2016, 05:12:45 PM »
I think Rafi will be fine.
You, on the other hand, may be wiped out!

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #397 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


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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #398 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?!

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #399 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  :'(
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