Before you read this, ask yourself, "How much do I want the Tonga Room to change?" If the answer is "A lot," you're going to be disappointed. You're also a joyless buzzkill. The tiki palace that looks like David Lynch's afterlife destination buried in the Fairmont Hotel has been an international tr ... More >>
Turns out President Obama isn't just after our money. From what we've read, the president is already up and prepping for his morning policy talk in San Jose where he's expected to explain how Obamacare will give all of you some medical coverage, for a change. According to ABC News, Obama's speech ... More >>
This Christmas, instead of slaving away in your kitchen for hours making a delicious meal to feed relatives you might not like that much anyway, consider eating out and letting some of the best chefs in the city cook for you instead. On Christmas Eve, Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys will be serving a f ... More >>
Please don't leave your heart in San Francisco The fact that GOP House Speaker John Boehner is being hosted in the South Bay by high-powered tech executives this week begged the question: Does the pro-life pol truly define Silicon Valley -- home of the limousine liberals?What question never cross ... More >>
Where: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason (at California), 772-5000 When: Sat., Mar. 12, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $15 (discounted from $50) Next Saturday, SF Weekly is hosting Drink, a two-hour glass-drainer devoted to cocktails, beer, and wine. Normal admission price is $50, but for today only ― like jewe ... More >>
DRINK: SF Weekly's Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Tasting Where: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason (at California), 772-5000 When: Sat., Mar. 12, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50 general admission, $75 VIP early admission; see below for a $20 SFoodie discount The rundown: We're not saying that SF Weekly's first-eve ... More >>
I heart Texas Rangers.Is Dubya coming to the World Series? Today's Examiner said it's "rumored" that George W. Bush is headed to either Games 1 or 2 in San Francisco to root for the Texas Rangers, the team which he used to partly own. (There's a good little bit of trivia to get you sports-apathet ... More >>
Like smoking at work, camel hair coats and a budget surplus, tiki bars are relics of a bygone era, of when Cesar Chavez Street was called Army, when nobody in San Francisco knew what a bike lane was, and organ meat was nothing more than fodder for the cows that we turned into delicious 15-cent ha ... More >>
Zemistor/FlickrTake another hit, dude: You've got plenty of time.How long did it take to lash the ships' ropes and assemble the thatch for the Tonga Room back in 1945? We bet it was considerably less than the long years it'll take to decide its fate. At our sister blog The Snitch, Chris Rober ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.In the "It's about time" category of restaurant openings (cf: Bar Agricole), Urban Daddy SF announces the arrival of Grub (758 Valencia, at 18th St., 431-4782) on Friday. The pitch: Upscale din ... More >>
Zemistor/FlickrLava bowl for four ― the bar's fairly extensive happy hour spread offers its share of deep-fried, sweet-and-sour landmines.The place: Tonga Room, 950 Mason (at California, in the Fairmont Hotel), 772-5278 The hours: Wed.-Fri., 5-7 p.m. The deals: All-you-can-eat $10 buffet ... More >>
www.indybay.orgOne or the otherSan Francisco's City Hall is rarely a serene place. It's even less so when partisans of the Middle East's sectarian violence shout, sloganeer and wave their respective flags at each other before they head inside and shout, sloganeer (but hopefully leave their flags ... More >>
Andrew SimmonsThe Fairmont's Gold Room was packed tight as a factory feedlot.It was around the time we snared our first assortment of plates ― small, compostable tan ones decked out with roasted smoked pork loin and dark, blood-red bologna tucked between orange mostarda-smeared bread slice ... More >>
Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos slated to appear at 'informational pickets' Opponents of the Arizona "papers, please" law SB1070 will be boycotting the Giants game against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight and tomorrow by ... showing up at the game. Of course, you could make the case that ... More >>
You and I are passing through history. But the Tonga Room? It is history.The term "only in San Francisco" is overused. That's a given. But, honestly, in how many cities would one open the paper to read about a brewing preservation battle between developers and tiki bar enthusiasts -- with the cit ... More >>
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It wasn't this suit...Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson -- whose garment bag was snatched and, improbably, recovered recently in San Francisco -- received San Francisco's sincerest apologies from Mayor Gavin Newsom's office. Newsom's "friends" (that's what it said on the press release) hand-delivere ... More >>
Justin PageStay classy, San FranciscoWitness intimidation! Religious and sexual harassment! Bacteria-infested sandwiches! If that's the week it was, we're extra glad it's Friday. Also, time for a quiz: 1. Which of the following epithets did Assemblyman Tom Ammiano shout when Gov. Arnold Schwarzen ... More >>
eenwall/FlickrMai tais at the Tonga Room: Evanescent as summer itself?Summer arrives this weekend, and with it a crying need for all those tropical cocktails that deceive San Franciscans into believing that balmy evenings are on the horizon. The mai tai, a signature example of the genre, has a speci ... More >>
Dr. SeussEighteen bucks for green eggs and ham? You're ripping me off, Sam I Am!San Francisco has become the country's most expensive place for business travelers to eat, according to the New Jersey-based Institute of Management and Administration. "San Francisco has unseated New York City as t ... More >>
It's home "crowds" like these, in a stadium with all the charm of botulism that spurred Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff to seek greener pasturesDo you know the way to San Jose? It's a good bet that more Americans know that snippet of the old song (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwi ... More >>
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