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Chile Pies

314 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 431-9411

San Francisco is one of the greatest places in the world for specialty restaurants. We’ve got entire establishments dedicated to only french fries, chicken and waffle sandwiches, and now pies! The trending pie movement isn’t exactly a new thing, but named by many publications one of the best resides right here in the city. The newly open Chile Pies, a few steps from Church Station, is the newest addition to owner Trevor Logan’s mini-empire.

When we stepped inside I instantly fell in love with the entire set up. It’s simple and straight to the point. They’ve got their menu of the day split easily between savory goods and sweet goods. Their menu consists of pies, pot pies, mexican stews and even a frito pie! Their beverage drink is also quite extensive, they serve everything from wine to their amazing pie shakes. I was pretty mesmerized by all the choices and had a hard time choosing. But, I finally made up my mind and got a slice of Mexican chocolate pecan pie a la mode. You can’t go wrong with pie and ice cream, especially when it’s Three Twins organic ice cream! My boyfriend decided to tackle the delectable pie shake. A pie shake is basically what it sounds like, a slice of pie blended with your choice of ice cream. Sounds amazing right?

My slice of pie was pretty great! They warm it up right there which takes less than five minutes. And the Three Twins vanilla ice cream couldn’t have gone better with it. The Mexican chocolate pecan pie is perfect if you’re craving something sweet but nothing with too much chocolate. It’s not overly sweet and has tons of caramelized pecans! Oh and the crust? Flaky, buttery and crunchy. As for the pie shake, woah! My boyfriend had it made with vanilla ice cream and a slice of their apple pie. This shake surpasses all the other shakes you’ve had. It’s a perfect balance of rich ice cream and sweet chunks of pie. I definitely recommend this if you want a sweet snack, it’s even easy to take on the go!

Chile Pies should be your go to place for a snack or even a meal. They have personal vegetable and chicken pot pies baked fresh daily. They’re made with a cheddar crust and served with a side of Mexican green chile. I’ve also heard great things about their Frito pie. I’ve never had one but ground beef, beans, chile and cream on top of Frito chips almost sounds too good to be true. In the mood for something lighter? Go for one of their Mexican stews like a chile stew or chicken posole. One of the best things about this place is that everything on the menu is under ten bucks! It’s a perfect place for a date night or dessert for the kids.

Ramen Doraku

Ramen Doraku
1042 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 592-8801

The seasons are changing and it’s starting to get chilly! So what sounds better than piping hot ramen on a foggy Bay day for under 10 bucks? I had a serious craving for some comfort food and found my way to a relatively new ramen joint on Taraval Street. Ramen Doraku is the place to go for some quick, satisfying Japanese ramen. It’s hard to miss the the giant red torii, or gate with dozens of wooden pallets inscribed with Japanese characters that actually reads their menu!

When we arrived, as usual I begin reading the quick tips and reviews from Yelp on my phone. From the looks of it, the place wasn’t bad at all! And the best part? I was tipped off to check-in and show it to our server for a FREE appetizer. Now I was really excited. We were all starving and already knew what we wanted, so our friendly waiter took our orders immediately. Then we got out food immediately! We waited for a little more than five minutes and our food was already at the table!

First we got our yummy free appetizer. It was my favorite, Takoyaki! Takoyaki are like Japanese style bit-sized corndogs, but instead of a hot dog center, its a tender piece of tako, or octopus. It was served crunchy on the outside like it’s supposed to be, topped with tonkatsu sauce, mayo and bonito. For being free, definitely get it. I ordered the Chasu ramen since I love all things pork. It came with tons of tender pork slices, ton of veggies and tons of noodles! What I’m trying to say is that you get your moneys worth. The portions are great. And the ramen toppings are of great variety. There bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, green onions, roasted seaweed and an awesome tea soft-boiled egg. Besides the broth, I’d have to say the egg is what makes the dish, so don’t skip out on it. As for the pork broth I really liked it. You can really taste the pork, but at the same time it’s not too overwhelming. It’s done just right. My friends got the Doraku ramen and the Butter ramen. Both looked equally as tasty. However I did try the Butter ramen. It was amazing! But it definitely tastes like butter, so if buttery-ness isn’t your thing, I don’t recommend it.


If ramen isn’t your thing, they’ve got even more options! They’ve got some awesome appetizers, none of which are over four bucks. And they have a few donburi’s on the menu, rice bowls. I almost went for both ramen and a donburi because I didn’t want to choose. Ramen Doraku is open late until 9:30 p.m. during the week and 10:30 p.m. on weekends. They have great food, so the next time you’re in the area skip KFC down the street and get some real food in your tummy!

Marc Cohn at Yoshi’s San Francisco

On Tuesday evening, fans gathered at Yoshi’s in San Francisco to hear the soulful music of artist Marc Cohn. This was the first time I had attended a concert at this venue, and found Yoshi’s to be one of the best locations for a show that I had visited. Effortless parking, spacious seating, and excellent cuisine made Yoshi’s a memorable setting for a relaxing evening. Breaking away from the band, Cohn sang with only his guitarist Shane Fontayne for this very intimate performance.

The night began with some of Cohn’s classic numbers, like “Perfect Love,” a song about his brother and the innocence and thrill associated with young love. Other songs from the set included “29 Ways,” a rendition of Willie Dixon’s 1956 original. This is the only cover song Cohn produced prior to his most recent album, Listening Booth: 1970 which came out this past year. The concert soon transitioned to songs from this album, including Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Only Living Boy in New York.” Although not usually a fan of cover songs, Cohn produced the album choosing only songs from 1970, a year that played a pivotal role in music, as well an in Cohn’s development as an artist.

A special shout out to a fan in the audience, Cohn treated a young lady to a rendition of his most well-known song, “Walking in Memphis” by adding lyrics with her name. I am sure it is not a moment she will soon forget. One of the highlights of attending a concert is hearing the story behind the lyrics. As Cohn admitted during the concert, while not every song is based off a true story, those that are consist of matters close to the heart, like Cohn’s father. Amongst Cohn’s most famous songs, “Silver Thunderbird” tells the story of memories Cohn recalls about his father, who was 60 years of age at the time of his birth.

One of the most memorable moments of the night came at the end when Cohn closed the show by merging the music of “Paper Walls” with the lyrics of “True Companion.” A unique take on the songs, the result was a surprisingly refreshing combination of two favorites. Naturally, when attending a concert, you never expect to hear the artist perform nearly as good as recorded on the album. But with Cohn, this is not the case at all. The same harmonious vocals are combined with a soulful execution, in a performance that captures the raw emotion of the lyrics. It is as though Cohn is reliving the same experience that inspired that song long ago.

If you have yet to hear Cohn live, he is the one artist that I see every time he visits the Bay Area, and a performance of his is not one that should be missed. Visit here for a list of upcoming tour dates. In the meantime, you can purchase Cohn’s recent album Listening Booth: 1970 online.


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