1. Tom's SOMA review #14  

    1.  Corner of 9th and Folsom 
    2.  Entrez-Vous? 
    3.  Sweet Potato Tots 
    4.  Strawberry Soda 
    5.  Fried Chicken 
    6.  Pork Ribs 
    7.  Hella Bail Bonds 
    8.  Saggy pants 
    9.  Brisket and Hot Link Platter w/Candied Yams and Collard Greens 
    10.  Pork Shoulder Sandwich on White Bread 
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    Corner of 9th and Folsom

    August 9th, 2011

    Daddy O's Vs. T Dub's on Fridays

    Posted by: Tom Galbraith under Culture, Our Neighborhood

    In the last couple of years SOMA’s food scene has exploded. Every month there are more pop-up restaurants, food trucks, eateries and cafes opening up in alleys and behind roll-up doors. It has been great witnessing this gastro-explosion, umm, wait that sounds wrong. Anyway, to add to this glory SOMA has had the recent luck of gaining two soul food/BBQ restaurants. Before the addition of Daddy O’s Soul Food on 9th street and T Dub’s on Fridays opening up across from City Hall the only options were to go to the mediocre-at-best Big Nate’s, or leave the neighborhood entirely to hit the wonderful Memphis Minnie’s BBQ in the Haight.

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    In the last couple of years SOMA’s food scene has exploded. Every month there are more pop-up restaurants, food trucks, eateries and cafes opening up in alleys and behind roll-up doors. It has been great witnessing this gastro-explosion, umm, wait that sounds wrong. Anyway, to add to this glory SOMA has had the recent luck of gaining two soul food/BBQ restaurants. Before the addition of Daddy O’s Soul Food on 9th street and T Dub’s on Fridays opening up across from City Hall the only options were to go to the mediocre-at-best Big Nate’s, or leave the neighborhood entirely to hit the wonderful Memphis Minnie’s BBQ in the Haight.

    I was set to pit these two new establishment’s against each other to compare and contrast them, but they are actually very different from each other and both are very good.

    We first ate at Daddy O’s, a slightly upscale soul food joint. You sit down and get waited on by friendly staff that have no problem guiding you towards the better menu selections. We were rolling 4 deep and had a roaming fork policy, so everyone got to taste everything and everything was really delicious: okra, mac and cheese, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, sweet potato tater tots, strawberry soda, smothered pork chops, fried chicken, collard greens, ribs and mashed potatoes. All of these items were tasty, and it was obvious that they take their food pretty seriously as Daddy O’s. In fine soul food tradition things move a bit slower at Daddy O’s, so you need to check your “I need it all right now” attitude at the door and just relax a bit. Housed in the old German food joint that slid so quickly downhill it’s nice to see a good restaurant pop up in this space. This building could have easily stayed vacant for years haunted by the ghost of terrible Schnitzels’ past.

    After taking a good 2 week respite from the uncomfortable feeling you get when you eat too much comfort food, we visited T Dub’s on Fridays. I instantly felt at home. Maybe BBQ tastes better when you are surrounded by Bail Bonds joints and city hall lurkers, or more likely, this food is just really good. The décor is crazy and fun to look at, but pretty dark and hard to photograph so just go check it out. I had the brisket and hot link plate with collard greens and candied yams. The brisket was fatty and delicious, and the links were tasty as well. The secret bomb were the candied yams, a favorite of my childhood. The collard greens were pork-laden and fabulous. Andres went a bit simpler with his choice, he opted for the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and fries. The sandwich was huge, and well worth the price. T Dub’s is quick and fairly inexpensive. I really like T Dub’s.

    So next time you are at “Leather Etc.” buying chaps, check out Daddy O’s, or if you just secured your bail at “Hella Bail Bonds”, try T Dub’s. Either way, you won’t be sorry.

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  2. Bike Build 02  

    1.  Gutted Side View 
    2.  Gutted Top View 
    3.  Many hands make light work 
    4.  Goodies 
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    Gutted Side View

    August 5th, 2011

    Prepped for Surgery

    Posted by: Dana under Culture, Free Time

    Sometimes you must step backwards to move forwards, and the many hands of the Astro grease monkeys have stripped our Yamaha xs650 about as far back as it can go. Damage surveyed and strategies formulated, we are now moving at full speed towards the day when this xs is an XL serving of SWEET!

    Even a budget build needs some tactical purchases and our first delivery brought much needed parts and a fresh dose of anticipation for our next wrench session.

  3. Margaret Kilgallen @Ratio 3 Gallery  

    1.  Back room. 
    2.  Awesome 
    3.  All in the details. 
    4.  Crazy space. 
    5.  Our bikes where still there when we came out! 
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    Back room.

    August 3rd, 2011

    Mission School

    Posted by: Woo under Culture

    I slept on this all month, but finally made it to Ratio3 today. Brandon and I biked over to check out the super awesome work by one of San Francisco's most influential artists whose passing came way too early. If you don't know about Margaret Killgallen, better ask somebody. The show is unfortunately nearing it's end but you still have a couple of days left to catch it.

    Margaret Kilgallen: Summer / Selections
    June 23 August 5, 2011
    Ratio 3

  4. August Events Calendar  

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    August 1st, 2011

    The Cure For Summer Doldrums

    Posted by: Tom Galbraith under Culture

    Summer is peaking! Get out and check the following entertainment events. You’ll probably see an ASTRO employee or two at one of these here happenings. Please check venues for accurate times and pricing.

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    Summer is peaking! Get out and check the following entertainment events. You’ll probably see an ASTRO employee or two at one of these here happenings. Please check venues for accurate times and pricing.

    Aug. 1st - Surface Tension - de Young Museum

    Aug. 1st - Exploratorium - The Science of Baseball

    Aug. 2nd - Earthly Venture: Bonnie Cunningham - Market Street Gallery

    Aug. 2nd-5th - Margeret Kilgallen: Summer Selections - Ratio 3 Gallery

    Aug 3rd-6th - Keiko Matsui - Yoshi’s San Francisco

    Aug. 4th - The GetBack: Featuring A-1 and TeamBackPack - Brick and Mortar Music Hall

    Aug. 4th - The Wailers perform Exodus - The Independent

    Aug. 6th - All Shook Down Music Festival - Regency Ballroom

    Aug. 11th - The Book Of Liz by David & Amy Sedaris - Custom Made Theater Co.

    Aug. 12th - 14th - Outside Lands - Golden Gate Park

    Aug. 13th - Images in Dialogue-Paul Klee/Andrew Schoutz - SFMOMA

    Aug. 13th - Back to the 90’s - 111 Minna Gallery

    Aug 17th - Reggie Watts - The Independent

    Aug. 19th - Public Enemy - Regency Ballroom

    Aug. 27th - Less and More: the Design Ethos of Dieter Rams - SFMOMA

    Aug. 27th - 28th - Roy Ayers - Yoshi’s San Francsico

    Aug 28th - ColorFair - Exploratorium

    We forgot to mention this in July-and almost forgot again--Andy Goldsworthy has added to his Wood Line in the Park Presidio. Wood Line is nestled within the stand of eucalyptus between Lover's Lane and Presidio Boulevard. While your there check out Andy's Spire. Spire is located on the Bay Area Ridge Trail near the Arguello Gate, west of Inspiration Point Overlook and north of the Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse.

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  5. San Diego Comic-Con 2011  

    1.  Nerd Herd 
    2.   
    3.  Cos Players Gonna Play 
    4.  Zombie parade 
    5.  Chef Vader 
    6.  Photo frenzy 
    7.  Suckers Punching Hobbits 
    8.  Dead Head 
    9.  Yeah you know what's up. 
    10.  Astro A40's / Resistance 3 
    11.  What time is it? 
    12.  I find your lack of faith disturbing 
    13.  Boba Phat 
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    Nerd Herd

    July 28th, 2011

    Nerd Herd

    Posted by: Woo under Culture

    Comic-Con is immense. There's so much going on and so many events, premieres and parties that there is no way to take it all in, especially in the two days that we where there. In-fact you might go crazy trying to score the cast from Twilight's autographs or lining up for hours to get into a Star Trek discussion panel. Actually we did manage to meet Gil Gerard but he wanted 20 bucks (pun intended) for a photo with him, we were disappointed. Man's gotta eat I guess.

    Fellow Astro associate Norio and I were there reppin our side project Yotoy. In-between meeting up with friends new and old, I managed to take a few photos of what we saw inside and on the streets around the convention. Here's a small selection.

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