San Francisco Home Tour

Here’s a glimpse at what’s on the market in SF. Yeah, it’s pretty insane what people pay to live in the city. I can only imagine what it would be like if we moved anywhere else in the U.S. with the exception of NYC. The conversation would go like this, “$350,000 for a house? Yeah, I can put 50% down.”

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1015 Florida Street, $665,000

Can’t say I love the ‘hood, but price looks like a steal for a 2 bedroom with a little character. I’ve never been a fan of the newer buildings with a ton of units; kinda like living in a dorm. I like the older buildings. Price is right for this one.

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3691 Market Street, $699,000

This one’s gorgeous if you don’t mind living in the hills near Twin Peaks.

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109 1/2 Germania Street, $629,000

I love this one, but no parking. Too bad, so sad.

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744 Moultrie Street, $649,000

I don’t know Bernal that well, but here’s a cute condo.

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374 11th Street, $729,000

I am not a fan of lofts. Too much air, I guess. But this one’s a beauty! I really like how the bedrooms are compartmentalized too. I used to live on this block with an ex, in a loft, and hated it. Way too close to the club scene. But so pretty, right?

 

Nutrition 101

Finally, I have 1 nice thing to say about Kaiser. Well actually I have 2. First, they treat their employees really well: pension, generous 401k match, excellent vacation time, you name it.

It’s great to work for Kaiser, but sucks to be a patient. Thank God for my blog and for social media. If you have a grievance, it’s no use screaming your head off to someone on the phone who isn’t paying attention to begin with. Tell the world the issue and someone who’s tasked with trolling the interweb for the company’s name will contact you and try to play peacemaker. Can’t say that’s solved any of my issues, but at least complaints have been filed and are “being discussed.” Yeah, whatever that means. Keep counting your money, Kaiser, and distribute the wealth among your employees while patients suffer from your gross incompetence!

The main nice thing I wanted to say about Kaiser is that I finally got some quality health care! Granted, I had to be proactive and make the appointment myself, nevertheless the Registered Dietitian I saw was so helpful, giving me one full hour of good counsel. She confirmed my nutritional death sentence, but advised me to take it one step at a time as it looks like I am already overwhelmed. “How about for 2 weeks, you pick one thing out of the list you’re going to give up. Then something else after 2 weeks and we’ll just take it slow.”

She continued, “A glass of wine isn’t going to derail your plan. But make it count. If you’re going to have wine or sugar, make sure it’s something you’re going to savor. Make it your favorite glass of wine or your favorite dessert. Then stop because you should be satisfied.”

So here is the nutritional death sentence.

I need a BMI of 19-20 which means I have to get to 91-95 pounds.

No dairy.

No soy.

No sugar.

No caffeine.

No alcohol.

No aspartame which can be found in gum.

No wheat.

No gluten.

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The limited things I can eat:

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Oatmeal

Quinoa

Sweet potatoes or yams

Avocado

Nuts

Nutbutter

Flaxseed

Rice cake

Eggs

Cinnamon

Organic Tomato Bisque soup from the SF Soup Co. (but limit soup to 1 cup a day or no more than 2500 mg of sodium a day)

I keep telling myself this isn’t forever. I can do this! The dietitian also has the same disorder I have, PCOS, so she had expert advice and resources for me to research. This is crazy time-consuming. I spend about an hour of every day researching vitamins, herbs, supplements, food products, books, resources, healers, and going to acupuncture. I need another vacation!

San Francisco Service Recommendations

Since I spent part of my holiday getting primped, I thought I’d do a post on all my favorite services.

 

Hair

I’ve been on the hunt for someone skilled in cutting Asian hair because mine’s so thin and limp. I came across the Japan Center Beauty Clinic in Japan Town which averages 4.5 stars out of a whopping 253 reviews on Yelp. Can’t beat the convenience of a daily operation from 10am – 8pm. I figured I’d take my chances on any stylist, especially with such high reviews. The guy I got was very meticulous; I felt like I was going to be there forever, but he worked on me for exactly one hour and did a perfect job. I love what he did. Ask for Ricky (charges $53) or anyone who’s available.

Japan Center Beauty Clinic

1825 Post St, first floor, suite 160

San Francisco, CA 94115

 

Nails

The best mani/pedi is at Cocoon Urban Day Spa. It’s super expensive, super luxe which is why I’m always on the lookout for a Groupon deal. It’s the best: champagne, chocolate, cookies, crackers, cheese, rose petals in the bath water. Perfect for catching up with a friend and relaxing for 90 minutes.

Cocoon Urban Day Spa

330 1st St

San Francisco, CA 94105

 

Facial

I spent $29 for a Groupon facial at ModVellum. I don’t need to spend tons of money for someone to wash my face. I can do that myself. I need a facial for the extractions and ModVellum delivered. Can’t beat this price.

ModVellum

1628 Union St

San Francisco, CA 94123

 

Optometrist

I’ve never been to an optometrist I didn’t like. They’re all good. They’re all Asian. For a couple years, I went to the optometrist at the SF Costco. He was fine.

 

Dentist

This referral is from Lizzie who got the referral from Sandra. Love the GSB connections. Thanks girls! Best dentist ever.

James P Const, DDS

450 Sutter St, Ste 2133

San Francisco, CA 94108

 

Handyman

Oscar is your man. He’s 24/7. He does it ALL.

415-912-9123

 

Car

An honest car repair shop. They only work on Asian cars.

Toy Shop

4818 Geary Blvd

San Francisco, CA 94118

 

Cleaner

I think my cleaner is ok.  Anyone have a good one?

 

I’m sure I forgot a bunch of other people I see. Others that people want to comment on or share? Please do!

Book Reviews: 3 for the Price of 1

No, I have not stopped reading. I still read a ton, but didn’t feel the urgent need to review my last 3 books since I can’t say I wholeheartedly recommend them.

In_the_garden_of_beastsIn the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

This is the true story of William Dodd, an American Professor at the University of Chicago (shout out to my alma mater!) and chair of the history department, who becomes the ambassador to Germany during Hitler’s reign. He moves to Berlin with his wife, his grown son, and his daughter Martha in her mid-twenties who is a big time slut. Not sure how she got away with all of her affairs, being the daughter of a government official.

Larsen is a genius because he makes nonfiction read like thrilling fiction. The author scoured diaries, research papers, memoirs, letters, articles, you name it, to write his book. In fact, the last 50 pages is a list of his references and sources.

I enjoyed the beginning, then I got half-way through it and couldn’t pick it back up. I was also annoyed. The politicians knew what what was happening, but chose to ignore it. It was one big spooked society with no one brave enough to speak up.

Daughter_of_FortuneDaughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

This wasn’t bad. I liked some parts of it, other parts not so much. It’s about an orphan raised in Valparaiso Chile by a well-off family. She falls in love, gets pregnant, then boards a ship bound for San Francisco in search for her lover. Since Oprah picked this as one of her book club selections, you know there’s some kind of deeper meaning here. That deeper meaning centers around independence and female power bullshit. Call me a cynic, but I personally don’t feel you need to travel half-way across the world and put your life at risk to “find yourself” and have true meaning in life. Remaining where you are, being loyal to your family, taking care of your responsibilities (instead of putting yourself in a situation where your baby dies) sounds more like a true feminist to me!

bbornonbluedayBorn on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet

This guy is so genius that I can’t relate. Here’s an excerpt: When multiplying, I see the two numbers as distinct shapes. The image changes and a third emerges—the correct answer. The process takes a matter of seconds and happens spontaneously. It’s like doing math without having to think.

His stories just aren’t exciting and it’s one long detailed account of his life. I gave up after the first couple chapters, which I have to admit, I skimmed.

Instacart Startup: Nice Comeback

Instacart PictureThere was a technical glitch with this post, so I am reposting.

Two days ago, I posted about Instacart, a new service that does your grocery shopping (at Trader Joe’s and Safeway) for you. The service is available in SF, Palo Alto, and Mountain View, and charges a surprisingly low flat fee of $3.99 if you schedule your delivery anytime 3 hours later or $9.99 if you want your groceries within the hour.

A byproduct of the startup incubator Y Combinator, Instacart, Inc., last year raised seed funding of $2.3 million from Canaan Partners and Khosla Ventures.

I had read the San Francisco Daily Candy email for Friday January 11th which featured Instacart and I decided to give it a try this past weekend. I had a bad experience which I summarized in a post that has now been retracted.

The following day, the CEO personally emailed me which I sincerely appreciated as it showed that he’s accountable, receptive to feedback, and eager to regain my trust. That evening after work, Instacart seamlessly delivered 3 bags of Trader Joe’s groceries and followed up with several emails from the team to make sure I was taken care of.

Gotta love that. Thanks Instacart. You can count on my business going forward.

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