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!

Restaurant Review: Chambers

Alrighty, I’m posting a Yelp review because I write so few of them these days. Cmon, people, am I ready to be a food critic or what? Not a food critic yet, but a nightlife critic possibly?

Looks like the Tenderloin is the new Mission because hipsters are crowding around and forming lines outside Farm:Table, Jones, and the Shooting Gallery. Bored of the same consistently-good restaurants–Bar Jules, Mission Beach Café, and La Mar–I can finally ecstatically recommend a newcomer to the Tenderloin scene. In the aptly-named Phoenix Hotel, the adjacent lounge has re-incarnated itself from Backflip to Bambuddha and now to Chambers. It is sick, or slick, or whatever the lingo is today. It’s like entering Bourbon and Branch’s library, but better. Like the Ace Hotel, but even better. You can actually see your date as the lighting, a refreshing golden hue, has been strategically placed. Even the food is worth the guarded walk from your locked car to the entrance. As for the impeccable food, the PBLT, pork belly lettuce and tomatoes, is stand-out. A big coup for the neighborhood, this new hot spot won’t be reinventing itself for quite a while.

Photo Credit: Thrillist

Money Monday: Sell Stuff

I discovered the best places to sell your clothes and books.

Until recently, I had been selling my clothes at Crossroads Trading Co. on Fillmore. They always take a few items and I feel they pay more than the high-end consignment boutiques like Cris on Polk. She is a rip-off. When you hand over your clothes for consignment, you agree that if your clothes don’t sell by a certain date, they will be continuously discounted until they do sell. Your clothes could very well be selling at top dollar, yet the boutique could be scrimping on what they fork over to you. You have no way of knowing.

Crossroads will pick through your clothes and quote you a total price. But I’ve now discovered Buffalo Exchange. I went to the location on Haight and they took a bag full of my clothes. What’s even better, they talk you through their process. They say why they’re passing on certain items (outdated style, looks too worn) and how much they’re pricing for each one.

I’ve never sold my books before (except back in college), so I went to the trusty Yelp reviews, and decided on Green Apple which happens to be my favorite book store. I had two stacks of books and they bought a stack full.

Go and make some extra cash this weekend or after work. Both Buffalo Exchange and Green Apple are open fairly late on week nights.

$1 Oysters in San Francisco

Since oysters are on the mind, I compiled this list of restaurants where you can get $1 oysters. I’ve been to four of the seven and can vouch that their oysters are damn fresh. I got the location info quickly from Yelp. Gotta quote reference your sources! And thanks to Yelp, I found a few other places to round out my list.

Interesting fact: oysters are approximately 10 calories each. So if you eat half a dozen oysters, that’s less calories than a hard-boiled egg. It’s all protein. Healthy alert!

 

B Restaurant & Bar

What: $1 oysters

When: Tue-Fri 4-7:30p

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens – Upper Terrace

720 Howard St

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 495-9800

www.bsanfrancisco.com

Bar Crudo

What: $1 oysters, $5 seafood chowder, 2 for $10 fish tacos, beer and wine specials

When: Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m

Where: 655 Divisadero (at Grove), 415-409-0679

San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 409-0679

www.barcrudo.com

Cafe des Amis

What: $1 oysters, $5 Moscow mules, $5 glasses of Kuentz-Bas pinot blanc, $2.50 Trumers

When: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 2000 Union Street, 415-563-7700

San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 563-7700

www.cafedesamissf.com/

Hog Island

What:  Chef’s choice half priced oyster

When: Monday and Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: 1 Ferry Bldg

San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 391-7117

www.hogislandoysters.com

SB40

What: Apparently $1 oysters

When: Not sure

Where: The Embarcadero

Pier 40

San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 222-6169

www.sb40sf.com/

Swell

What:  $1 Pt Reyes oysters

When: 5.30pm-7pm, not sure which days

Where: 603 Bush St

(between Stockton St & Burritt St)

San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 956-0396

www.swellsf.com

Waterbar

What:  $1.00 Oysters

When: 11:30am-6pm Everyday

Where: 399 Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 284-9922

www.waterbarsf.com

Fashion Friday Supports the Tenderloin

I had the opportunity to have my makeup done by the owner of Eye Candy. The website for the beauty salon notes its location as Mid-Market, but I affectionately and properly call that area the Tenderloin. If it weren’t for its close proximity to my home, I wouldn’t have booked an appointment there but I’m so glad I did. Tracy has grown her business through word-of-mouth and dominant 5-star Yelp reviews, and she’s been in the Warfield building as one of the first retail tenants for the past year.

While she’s an amazing makeup artist (best makeup I’ve ever had done), she’s known for shaping eyebrows. I believe her shop had recently been named the best in the city. She filled in my brows and made them look great with makeup so I have no doubt she’s skilled when she spends 30 minutes on a brow appointment.

When talking to Tracy, she said, “Who says you can’t go past 5th Street as a business owner.”

Here is information from her website. “While just a block from the glamour and notoriety of Union Square, mid-market has long been a neighborhood in transition. Instead of premium retailers, our neighbors include everything from mid-rise office towers, to upstart restaurants and funky night clubs, to boutique retailers, art galleries, and, yes, the occasional adult theater. But Mid-Market is also full of history and at the moment, full of promise. On July 8, 2010, the CityPlace retail center was approved for development. A five-story, 250,000-square foot retail space directly across from the Warfield and just steps from San Francisco Center at 5th and Market, this new anchor is sure to have a major impact on our block. We expect a major discount retailer, such as Target, to be a key tenant in the new mall, and along with them a new sense of polish, activity, security, and connection between Mid-Market and Union Square. We’re fascinated by the history of this area and building, and we’re currently reading and researching as much as we can. Our efforts are for the greater good, of course, and we look forward to sharing the most interesting and peculiar bits of information we can dig up. We’re really looking forward to being a part of this vibrant and re-emerging part of San Francisco, and we really want you to share the experience with us.”

Now that’s fashion forward in the largest sense.

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