In the [X]Press Magazine, a fellow writer (Jasmine Pacis) wrote two mini reviews on a few San Francisco attractions: the Pez museum and the Caffeinated Comics (a place I recommended Jasmine to review on). I love the novelty of these attractions, so I knew I had to accompany Ms. Pacis to these places and hopefully add some insights into them. Pez was an “interesting” place to go. I just added a few pop culture references but Caffeinated Comics was where I added more of my barista skills, comic book knowledge, and sexual wit to the less-than friendly comic store. All I have to say is that I added “Thanks a latte” and “a comic aficionado’s wet dream.” Genius!
REVIEW: CAFFEINATED COMICS
by Jasmine Pacis, staff writer
April 17, 2009 10:30 AM
If you are looking to indulge in reasonably priced caffeinated beverages, free wi-fi, and purchasing comic books, Caffeinated Comics is the place to be.
The smell of fresh paint and coffee lingers in the air right as you step into this petite café. It opened in March, and the service is a reflection of how new this business is. Not a single hello or how are you doing. However, the coffee’s taste is up to par. They use San Francisco’s very own Four Barrel Coffee. The cappuccinos are not what you might expect, with less foam and more like lattes.
Also, make sure you pay attention when your drink is ready, because unlike Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee, they do not call them out for you to pick them up. No call, no smile. Thanks a latte.
There is ample space, chairs, and tables to go around. You can indulge in the free Wi-Fi connection while sipping on your drink or read back issues of your favorite comic books. Well, only if you brought your own or purchased them beforehand for only $2. Sorry, there are no free readings.
Their comic books are alphabetically organized and the place is clean. The plastic bindings that the comics are embodied in are high quality, which is thick and stiff to ensure the preservation–a comic aficionado’s wet dream. The upkeep of the bathroom is spotless with the scent of bleach; hopefully it stays this way as the years progress.
They close at six on weeknights, except for FANBOY Wednesdays, when they are open until eight p.m. for the week’s release of new comics. On the weekends they are open until five.
On May 5, they will be participating in Free Comic Book Day, when participating comic book stores give away selected books for free. So don’t forget to mark your calendars.
If you are in Bernal Heights and looking for a hero and dying for a coffee fix, strut your posterior down to Mission Street and Valencia. Caffeinated Comics is a promising new café that will hopefully work out its kinks.
Visit Caffeinated Comics at 3188 Mission Street (at Valencia) San Francisco, CA 94110 or online at caffcom.com.
REVIEW: PEZ MUSEUM
by Jasmine Pacis, staff writer
April 17, 2009 10:33 AM
If you are looking for a psychedelic eyeball or cartoon character candy dispenser, you may want to mosey on down to the Museum of Pez Memorabilia in Burlingame. First walking up to this haven of Pez, you may get the impression that it is no longer in business. Although, it is empty of customers and Pez aficionados–besides the employee–they are still open for business.
General admission for the museum is $3. You are able to step inside and do a full 360-degree turn and see everything and anything that is Pez, including original artwork and cases filled with vintage Pez dispensers that date all the way back to the late 1920s. There is the Pez gun that shoots up to five feet, the full body Santa, and a psychedelic dispenser of a hand holding an eyeball, all there surrounded by others just the same.
You can also take a gander at a corner that is devoted to vintage toys like Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets, which was placed there to contrast the plethora of dispensers.
Celebrities like Carrie Fisher (and in case you don’t know, THE Princess Leia), George Lucas, and Jack from Jack in the Box fast food franchise autographed special dispensers, still seen in their original packaging.
In the store, you are able to purchase any of the Pez dispensers that your heart may desire. They range from Hello Kitty to sports teams trademarks. It is a candy phenomenon if you are still able to find in any of your local grocery stores.
• The name Pez derived from the German word pfefferminz, which means peppermint.
• An Austrian named Eduard Haas invented the Pez in 1927. The candy was intended to be a peppermint breath mint for those who smoked cigarettes.
Visit the Pez Museum at 214 California Drive, Burlingame, CA, 94010 or online at http://www.burlingamepezmuseum.com.