another 100

A few years ago I made it my goal to up the number of restaurants that I had visited on the San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 list. I was counting restaurants I’d visited in years prior to the current list and since there are 100 restaurants all over the Bay Area I had what seemed like a manageable goal to up my number to 50. And I did!

Though once that goal was complete, a new list came out and with new restaurants introduced and others removed from the list I was back in the situation I find myself at with each new list, less than 50 attended. So moving forward I’ve refrained from making it an official goal but do tend to take a look each year. This year not only did I up my number back up to 49 including some new faves The Cavalier, Oenotri, and surprisingly now dropped from the list Farmshop, I also attended a couple of old favorites that I hadn’t been to in a while, Delfina and Boulevard (yum).

So with the new list out this year my number is back down to 39:

http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2016/top-100-restaurants/ 

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/9-5/15

Last week I caught the uninspired Houdini & Doyle and have so far passed on the new Marseille after some not great buzz. Making some good progress on my backlog, TiVo is down to a respectable 17%.

  • First Impressions (USA) Tuesday, 10:30pm – A new half hour of impression competitors with up and comers being what looks like judged/coached by Dana Carvey and carious guests.
  • Chelsea (Net) Wednesday, 3am – Chelsea Handler’s latest talker, airs Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for a half hour.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/2-5/8

Trying to keep up with some of the dramas, The 100Americans, Orphan Black, Underground, and just wrapped the uneven but still kind of Sons of Anarchy/Justified-esque Outsiders and letting Fear/The Walking Dead sit there.

  • Houdini & Doyle (Fox) Monday, Series Premiere – An imagined characters as period buddy detective show that doesn’t seem likely to be a keeper.
  • Marseille (Net) Thursday, Series Premiere – French political drama is the latest offering from Netflix Originals, maybe.
  • Grace & Frankie (Net) Friday, Season Premiere – I didn’t rave about the first season of this but definitely enjoyable enough for me to crank through the first season.
  • The Good Wife (CBS) Sunday, Series Finale – It’s time for this show to wrap up but I’ll definitely miss the complicated and compelling characters and cases.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/25-5/1

So there’s not really anything new or noteworthy this week unless you’re particularly excited about the American Country Countdown Awards. And I barely made it through 15 minutes of last week’s Containment. Which at least should give me some downtime to keep whittling down my TiVo backlog and chipping away on my latest Netflix items Daredevil and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And perhaps make some progress on my book before the next book club.

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/18-4/24

So a hard pass last week on Hunters and Game of Silence with a soft pass on The Detour which just didn’t quite win me over to the family trip gone awry. I also renegotiated my cable package and refrained from upgrading one level which would have gotten me back into Spike and added Sundance. I’m not sure TV is the area where I need to budget but there’s just something about spending money when I already have too much tv to watch, though I am still holding out for next seasons of Rectify and Returned to be available.

  • Containment (CW) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – There’s some sort of outbreak in Atlanta, I’ll take a look though not overly optimistic about this off time CW release.
  • The Night Manager (AMC) Mini-series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – This looks like it might be worth a watch, based on a John le Carre Novel, anything with Hugh Laurie in it has potential.
  • Time Traveling Bong (Com) Mini-series Premiere, Wednesday, 10:30 – I’ll pass on this but if you’re an Ilana Glazer of Broad City fan might be worth a look.
  • Rebellion (Sund) Mini-series Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – Another pass for me on what looks like a lackluster historical drama about the Easter Rising in Ireland.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/11-4/17

Well I’ve finally wrapped X-Files and though I enjoyed some of the revisits, and feel accomplished to have caught up to the new eps, this isn’t the greatest example of a successful reboot (though apparently ratings and interest were high enough that we’re likely to see more). Glad to free up some queue space, I feel like I need to knock off the rest of Returned before I dig into the next season of Daredevil or House of Cards plus of course Orphan Black comes back this week.

  • The Detour (TBS) Series Premiere, Monday, 9pm – Always willing to check out a new comedy though this road trip from hell might not be up my ally.
  • Hunters (Syfy) Series Premiere, Monday, 10pm – The latest terrorist/aliens plot might not bring much fresh.
  • Game of Silence (NBC) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – Secrets from 25 years ago and secrets from today feels like a retread of something else but might offer some intrigue.
  • The Last Panthers (Sund) Series Premiere, Wednesday 10pm – I’ll always check out a heist drama though I don’t get this channel.
  • Orphan Black (BBCA) Season Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – The clone clubs activities may sometimes get muddled but the myriad of sisters are always a win.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Net) Season Premiere, Friday, 3am – This had a cute and entertaining first season and I’m looking forward to what Kimmy gets into next.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/4-4/10

I’ll only tune into the finale of Idol if they promise to bring back Dunkleman.

  • American Idol (Fox) Series Finale, Thursday, 8pm – I’ve been off this for some time but it really was quite the era of musical searching.
  • The Odd Couple (CBS) Season Premiere, Thursday 8:30pm – In case those of you forgot about this like I did.
  • Catastrophe (Am) Season Premiere, Friday – This show gets some good buzz though still holding out on paying for Amazon.
  • The Girlfriend Experience (Starz) Series Premiere, Sunday 8pm – A new spin from the Soderbergh movie, this is supposed to be intriguing.
  • Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) Season Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – I didn’t love the first season of this and already being behind on Walking Dead proper I’m tempted to skip it.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 3/28-4/3

I’m still in denial about shows on ‘networks’ like Hulu though this one could be worth a look. Otherwise a few more options that could kill some time but probably won’t.

  • The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke (CBS) Tuesday, 10pm – James Corden celebrates a year of his show.
  • The Path (Hulu) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 3am – Bringing Aaron Paul back to television for a dramatic look at cult life.
  • Lopez (TVL) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – George Lopez returns to comedy playing what looks like a version of himself.
  • Rush Hour (CBS) Series Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – Remember this movie with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker… well it’s being made into a tv show with some other guys.
  • The Ranch (Net) Series Premiere, Friday, 3am – Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson are together again in this latest comedy where Kutcher apparently returns home to the family ranch.
  • Wynonna Earp (Syfy) Series Premiere, Friday, 10pm – Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter fights the supernatural based on the comic.
  • Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS) Sunday, 8pm – Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley host, and if those names mean something to you, you might enjoy this.
  • Miami Open (ESPN2) Wed-Sun, 10am – Hard court season continues.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 3/21-3/27

I’ve been taking this lull to try to polish off my X-Files viewing but of course there is more left than I thought.

  • Everything is Copy (HBO) Monday, 9pm – A look a Nora Ephron that’s rumored to be well done.
  • Heartbeat (NBC) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – This heart surgeon medical drama with Melissa George just looks bad and I haven’t heard anything critical to dissuade me of that.
  • You, Me, Her (Dir) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – A married couple adds an escort to their romantic life, ok.
  • The Catch (ABC) Series Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – Willing to have some hopes for this Peter Krause/Mireille Enos Con Man/PI show.
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new and noteworthy tv: 3/14-3/20

The shows are starting to back up on me again but I’ll find room for a couple returns. Though I’ll take a look at the new ones as well.

  • Crowded (NBC) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – I am always willing to tune into Patrick Warburton in a new half hour comedy even if I’m not sure this adult kids return home version is supposed to be any good.
  • Happy Valley (Net) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 3am – I have yet to catch this series but hear good things about it, anyone in on this?
  • The Americans (Fx) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – As I’m sure folks are aware, this really is a great show, I’m tense already.
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – I haven’t read anything about this new spin off but assuming it’ll be a comparable psycho of the week but outside of the USA
  • Daredevil (Net) Season Premiere, Friday, 3am – Let the Marvel universe continue its reign, I grew to enjoy this toward the end of the season and curious to see where they go from there.
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