New Korean Barbeque

I had the best Labor Day imaginable. My sweetheart and I went hiking at Muir Woods early in the day (which, for us is noon). Muir Woods is so great because it accommodates people of all fitness levels. There is a wooden boardwalk for strollers and wheelchairs, but there’s also dirt trails for the more adventurous. He and I chose the hillside trail that took us up into the redwood canopy with the view of the babbling brook below. It was so nice. Plus it wasn’t terribly crowded (not like I feared anyway). We spent money in the gift shop and then headed home over our beloved bridge.

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That evening, we ate dinner at a new restaurant in the Castro called K*Pop. It’s named after a popular style of Korean music, and all the food is, of course, Korean too. He and I chowed down on Bimbimbap and Bulgogi with lots of Kimchi and pickled vegetables on the side. Oh, and rice. The food is so excellent and I ate way too much of it. The sauce on the Bulgogi is sweet and spicy and compliments the bbq beef really well!

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The restaurant is very modern and clean with stainless steel tables and kitchen. But the one thing that stands out most at this place is the giant tv playing nonstop K*Pop music videos, complete with barely-dressed, barely-legal Korean girls. I live in America, so I’m not sure I can judge other countries’ music videos (we have Miley, afterall). I was just a little bit shocked that there was so much eye-candy during my dinner. And I was shocked that no one else seemed to notice.

My hubs and I finished out our day at our second home, the Castro Theater, with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. This movie has a special place in my heart because (a) it’s filmed in SF, and (b) I love Hitchcock! It was especially fun this time because there is a scene that was filmed at Muir Woods. James Stewart walks right past that giant cross section of a Redwood, and we were like “OMG we were just there!!”

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Muir Woods
1 Muir Woods Road
Mill Valley, CA 94941
http://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm

K*Pop
18th and Castro
http://www.kpopsf.com

Castro Theatre
Market and Castro
http://www.castrotheatre.com

 

How to Host Thanksgiving in SF (part 2)

My family was in town for four days, and we crammed a lot of activity in those four days. So, I decided to spread it out to two posts.

They all arrived on Wednesday evening, and I wanted to take them somewhere unusual for dinner. My husband suggested an authentic Japanese ramen place called Katana-Ya (www.yelp.com/katana-ya at geary and mason). Well… um… we certainly achieved unusual. First of all, this place is TINY. You know, one of those places that seats 20, but there are 50 people in there somehow. Second, the whole menu was in Japanese, and the waitress was very pushy. I was so afraid that my family was gonna walk out.

But we finally figured out the menu, and we were able to order some ramen noodle soup, a calamari appetizer, and a few sushi rolls. The sushi was good, and the calamari was recognizable, and I was beginning to hope that things might be ok. And then, our soup came. And it was the most amazing soup in the world! We each ordered a different variation and they were all delicious! Goal of the evening: take my family to a weird restaurant and have them enjoy it. I’ll call that a success!

On Friday, we enjoyed the holiday hustle and bustle around Union Square. We saw the tree, the ice skaters, the pets in the windows, and we even drank peppermint lattes. I recognize that I have told you about Union Square many times now, so I’ll skip ahead to Friday evening’s festivities.

This whole week, the Castro Theatre is showing The Sing-Along Sound of Music. This movie is a family favorite, so I knew we had to go! They show the movie, but also put the words on the screen so you can sing along. Oh, and there are props!! This was truly a highlight of the whole holiday weekend. We had a great time singing at the top of our lungs and dressing up in costume. If you like the Sound of Music, you should definitely go see the sing-along version. Playing at the Castro until Dec 2. $15.

 

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