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      CommentAuthorFredrik
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    In May I'll be one week in Los Angeles and one week in San Francisco, visiting friends and just getting a break from the old rat race here in Sweden. I've never been to the US before so I'm quite looking forward to it. Since most of you are into the same stuff I am (comics, sci-fi, anime, the weird and the fantastic), I figured I'd ask and see if someone wants to give me some tips on things I shouldn't miss while I'm there?

    I hope The Zoo allows this, I realize this is a somewhat personal question, but perhaps someone else can benefit from any answers as well. Basically I'm looking for tips about awesome stuff that's off the beaten path, things to see/do/eat. Links to any good online guides would be welcome as well. Cheers!
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    In San Francisco:

    If you can get your friends to take you on Saturday, the farmer's market on the pier is something to see. Doesn't sound very interesting, but I assure you it's worth a look. If you do go be sure to pick up some Bluebottle Coffee, it's incredible.

    Restaurants worth trying include: Nopa, Tadich Grill, Zuni, Citizen Cake, Sushi Groove South (<em>not North</em>), and The Slanted Door.

    If I had to pick three? <a href="http://www.nopasf.com/">Nopa</a>, Sushi Groove South (don't go to the North location), and <a href="http://www.slanteddoor.com/">The Slanted Door</a>. One of the best things about The Slanted Door is that it happens to be on the pier so theoretically you could make a morning of seeing the market and grabbing some lunch.

    You might also try <a href="http://www.internationalspyshop.com/">the spy shop</a>; nothing fascinating, but worth a look.

    There's also <a href="http://www.isotopecomics.com/">Isotope</a>.

    Can't be of much help otherwise, I'm new to SF & CA, and I don't get out much.

    - Z
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    if you get the chance, check out edison downtown
    • CommentAuthorGreg_T
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    Any recs on a cool place to stay in San Francisco? Bed and breakfast type place would be cool, price not really an issue.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    I despise being shoulder-to-shoulder with other guests and hotel staff. I have to confess I prefer the Hyatt or the Crowne Plaza.

    - Z
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      CommentAuthorindysleaze
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    You should visit the Haight early in the morning, grabbing breakfast at All You Knead and browsing the shops, particularly Amoeba Records, before spending the afternoon getting drunk in Zam Zam and John Murio's Trophy Room.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    Those are great suggestions-- I'll have to try them this weekend maybe and let you know how it goes.

    - Z
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    In Los Angeles - The Museum of Jurassic Technology
    • CommentAuthorbecky c
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    In SF:

    Avoid Fisherman's Wharf like the plague, unless you want to find yourself in a deluge of crappy plastic souvenirs and confused midwestern tourists who don't know where the fuck they're going. For a good look at the wharves and the bay, hit up the Ferry Building instead. Awesome farmers market and good eats.

    Every restaurant is good. I second the recommendations for Nopa and Citizen, though they're a little pricey. Some of my favorite cheap places are Hukilau, Crepevine, and Pluto's. Good food for not much money. I'd check out Kan Zaman on Haight Street for dinner. Yummy Middle Eastern food and hookah. Bring friends.

    Golden Gate Park. Go there. Get lost. It's great.

    There are always fun things going on in the city. SF Gate has good event listings.

    As for a cool place to stay, if you're going for a funky bohemian experience, check out The Red Victorian on Haight Street. Every room is themed, and it's the cleanest 60's throwback you'll find in the Haight. Not the most glamorous part of town, but definitely something to write home about.

    Oh, and go to the Pirate Store in the Mission. It's little, so you'll have plenty of time to hit up a taqueria afterwards.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    FYI, Fredrik, the comment:
    <blockquote>For a good look at the wharves and the bay, hit up the Ferry Building instead. Awesome farmers market and good eats.</blockquote>..is the same as what I said earlier
    <blockquote>If you can get your friends to take you on Saturday, the farmer's market on the pier is something to see. </blockquote>..about the farmer's market. The farmer's market takes place directly outside the Ferry Building.

    - Z
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    Many good things to do in San Francisco. My favourites are;
    Chinatown
    The Power Exchange
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    You can buy Asian Porn from street vendors in Chinatown!
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    I highly recommend spending some time in Berkeley, which is just across the bay. Take the Richmond-bound BART and get off at the downtown exit. There is a bookstore near the exit called "Another Change of Hobbit," right next to one of the awesomest comic stores I've seen. There are 4 movie theaters right in that area, which typically show cool shit you won't see at the Metreon (big theater in SF).

    Also, walk up to Telegraph and check out Rasputin Music and Amoeba Records. There are a zillion restaurants on both Telegraph and near the BART station, so you won't have much trouble finding food. Watch out for the homeless people though, because there's lots of them. Also, there is an amazing reptile store called the East Bay Vivarium in Berkeley, but you'll need either a car or a bus to get to it as it's not really walking distance from the BART station. It has a wider variety of reptiles then most zoo's I've been into.

    In Emeryville, which is between Berkeley and SF, but not really BART accessible, there is this place called the (something) Market (I can't remember what the something is). It has a bunch of food stands with a huge variety of foods. I've had Jamaican jerked chicken there, as well as Japanese food, and a chai latte. It's right next to the Borders, so it's easy to find.

    In San Francisco, you may want to check out Japantown, especially if your into anime, as they have a store dedicated to the stuff (there's one in Berkeley also, but it's less well appointed then the Japantown one). Very tasty food in Japantown.

    When we got back from Tokyo for the first time, we missed it so much that we went to Japantown as soon as we dropped off our stuff. There is a bakery there that also exists in Tokyo, and so I had both breakfast and dinner at two ocean-separated locations of the same bakery. Kind of amusing, I think.

    Chinatown is worth a look, but not a full day. Be sure to take a walk up Market Street also. Lots of porn and strippers, if your into that sort of thing.
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    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is fantastic. It may seem a little bit of an obvious thing to suggest, but it is my favorite museum. I've never been in it and not spent hours in it and found something to fall in love with...
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      CommentAuthorExploder
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    If you're looking for a good movie, the Silent Movie Theater in LA has just about the best programming I've ever seen. It rivals the original Alamo Drafthouse, for sure. The May program isn't up yet, but if you browse the kind of stuff they're doing this month (and last), you'll see just how awesome it is. I mean, they ran a Miike retrospective and actually played Happiness of the Katakuris and Fudoh 2 on 35mm.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    Other stuff to check out in SF:

    • Borderlands Books

    • If you're into tabletop RPGs, board games or miniatures, Endgame in Oakland is the Platonic ideal of game store. Lots of space, clean, well-lit, nonscary staff who know what they're talking about, nonscary customers. And chairs to sit in, magazines to read and snacks for purchase if your non-gamer friends want to relax while you indulge your filthy dice geekery.

    • Paxton Gate

    • Haven't been yet, but I'm seriously jonesing for Thrillpeddlers and their Grand Guignol performances


    If you do go to Berkeley, check out Dark Carnival.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    The Getty Museum.

    Do It!
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
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    In Los Angeles, there are fun places to go. Old Town Pasadena, The Huntington Library Tea House, and Santa Monica Pier are all nice. What kind of food do you like?
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    There's a fantastic Maxfield Parrish mural at San Francisco's Sheraton Palace Hotel (3rd & Market). It's "The Pied Piper", and they named the bar after it. I try to always stop in for a visit when I'm there.
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      CommentAuthorFredrik
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    Wow! Thank you so much for all the responses! It's very much appreciated! I'm going to compile all this into a list and start working out a schedule ;)

    stsparky: Food I like is pretty much everything. I don't eat red meats but as long as there's chicken, fish, or good vegetarian to be had I'm not picky. I love seafood and sushi but I also enjoy trying something new. Oh, and according to Americans I know living here in Sweden it's impossible to get good mexican over here so I'll want to try the real deal when I'm there.

    Cheers!

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