I have worked with Nate James on a number of legal matters ranging from employment to divorce. I have ALWAYS found him to be a fantastic lawyer, but more importantly a really good human being. Many lawyers will try to take advantage of you in troubling circumstances, not Nate. He is compansionate as he is skilled and will do whatever it takes and whatever is in the truely best intererests of his clients.
Given all this you would think that he charges downtown rates, but he doesnt. His billing practices are as fair and ethical as he is.
When you need someone really on your side, turn to Nate.
PROS: Level headed and aggressive when necessary, but doesnt have to go there
CONS: not an expert at every aspect of the law, but will tell you when he isnt
They have a pretty good variety of non-east coast ingredients and some nice unique combinations, but I am a traditionalist when it comes to pizza and not totally crazy about it. Good pizza if you want California style, pretty good if you used to NY.
This place was a hidden jewel until SF Chronicle wrote it up. Still is great, but harder to get into. I've traveled exstensivley in China and I can say they serve the most authentic chinese food I have had in the US. Very uncommon dishes, the chef changes the menu almost every day dependin on what is fresh. You tell them how much money you want to spend what preferences you have and they adjust the courses accordingly. It's a very unique experience. Go with 6-8 people so you can experience more dishes.
PROS: Unusual and very creative food
CONS: a bit out of the way in China town, and some definite language barriers
David has been doing my taxes for a number of years even though I dont live in the bay area or California for that matter. He is very knowlegable about the tax code and has a lot of experience handling high tech clients with complicated portfolio's and stock options. Has a number of well know tech executives, but you would never know it from his easy going personality. He tends to be conservative which I generally like, but will do most anything (legal) you ask him. As an added benefit he is fairly priced as well.
PROS: Well informed, good advice and reasonable fees
CONS: His office is in Freemont, get your passport updated before you go :)
I tired many of the trendy salons in San Francisco not only were they expensive, but the haircuts were generally medicore. Glenn runs a nice little shop, is a talented hairdresser and charges a fair price.
John is a very honest hard working estimate, almost always lower than anyone else in the Tahoe area. And thats not all, he shows up on time and finishes on or before he says he is giong to.
Scott Anderson is a saint. We had a dog that had multiple health problems. Most other vets had given up on her, but Scott stuck with it and gave our sweet dog (and us0 many more happy years. He is also a really nice man.
I used Dan for a remodel in a 100 year old Victorian. It had some challenging issues associated with the rehab that required a few "tricks of the trade". Dan and his assistant handled the job without a hitch. He always showed up on time and while not inexpensive is fairly priced.
And as an added bonus Dan is a very interesting guy. A woodblock artist of some talent. Make sure to have him add you to his mailing list. He has interesting shows from time to time.
PROS: Reliable, nice, effective
Aryan has done several jobs for me including a couple of emergencies. He always shows up on time, get the work done quickly and charges me LESS than I think is fair. A super nice guy too.
PROS: Honest, fast, dependable
CONS: Busy, sometimes is not available
I can't say enough about Dr. Daphne. Not only is she a fantastic doctor, but a really great human being. She take whatever time is necessary with all her patients. She cares, she is smart and she is conservative about prescribing drugs. Not only am I her patient , but so is my 85 year old mother, who adores her. If you are sick and tired of the way healthcare has become, go see Daphne she will be like a breathe of fresh air.
PROS: Personal, informed and highly effective health care
CONS: She will spoil you so you wont be albe to tolerate other health care profs.