Friday, June 27, 2008

Special of the day

L and I had brunch at Zazie yesteday morning; the first item listed on the check was somehow unexpected. "SF health care ordinance $2.00". Uh? What is this about?

It seems that the City of San Francisco passed a legislation which requires mid-sized businesses to provide their employees with health care coverage; some restaurants, rather than increasing their prices on the menu, have opted to explicitly charge their patrons with an add-on to the bill.
I actually don't have a problem with this. after all, most restaurant invoices do have a "Tax" section, and I have no idea what it covers, so knowing that my "tax dollars at work" are serving a good cause is somewhat satisfactory. However, I see the point of people who just go to the restaurant to have a decent meal and a good time, and would prefer a plain price increase, to being dragged into a politicized discussion.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Avec le sourire!

I have a lot of catching up to do, and until I find the time to share with you some of the events that have kept me busy last week, I will try to buy some time by sharing a nice cup of coffee with you:

I am usually not big on the whole "barrista" culture, which is in my mind associated with the whole Starbucks thing; but as L and I went for breakfast this morning, my coffee came decorated with this smiling face which I found pretty nice, so I tip my hat off to the Barrista at "la Boulange de Cole Valley".
As an aside, though, the random shortening of words in French ("Clim'") is a pet peeve of mine, and "Boulange" is one of the worst offenders out there.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Bamboo Village

Last Saturday, L and I went to see "No Country For Old Men" at the Bridge theater, on Geary boulevard. I really enjoyed the movie; think "Fargo", but replace the cold, snowy mid-west by the hot, dusty Texas wilderness, and you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect. On top of that, the Bridge Theater management sent someone on stage before the movie, to thank us for helping them stay in business for a 69th year as a neighborhood theater. I like to be reminded that I am a great customer - and I hope that they don't end up like their former neighbor The Coronet, which is still in the process of becoming the Institute for Aging.
I was much less satisfied by the dinner we had at the Bamboo Village; out of three dishes, one was good (the BBQ chicken cooked in coconut rice), the rest rather mediocre. But what really sticks in my memory is not the food, but the music; we had to suffer through what seemed to be the same one tune of spa music (you know the type, the annoying oriental, slow-paced stuff) playing in a loop, for a good hour. I think they will have to count on someone else than me to keep in business for 69 more years.

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