Archive for the ‘San Francisco’ Category

Rainbow Birthday Cake
By March 30, 2015
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For my son’s first birthday, I wanted to bake something special. This was the result – a rainbow cake that somehow turned out looking like one of my paintings. This photo was taken from the top of the cake, when it was fresh out of the oven and not yet frosted. To make it I mixed 6 bowls of batter with dyes and drizzled each bowl of batter in splatter layers à la Jackson Pollock. Yeah it took 2 hours, but it was totally worth it! The result was pure rainbow goodness, very San Franciscan!

Napa Weekend Getaway
By January 8, 2014
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Sequoia Grove Winery.

Napa wines are famous the wold over—and for good reason. Having recently moved to San Francisco, I was dying to head over and check out what all the hype is about.

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Napa valley consists of a string of tiny towns located along Hwy 29, with Napa, California at the southern end and Calistoga towards the northern end. This glamorous stretch of farmland just an hour from San Francisco is famous for cabernet sauvignon, star chefs, and volcanic mud baths. Compared to California’s other wine regions, Napa Valley embraces an almost disneyland-like commercialism, catering to tourism on a grand scale. This means more wineries and more fantastic eateries, but it also means more people. Most wineries also require reservations (due to strict zoning laws that prohibit drop-in visitors), so the best way to go about wine tasting is to book one wine tasting and plan your entire day around it, keeping your winery count to 3 or less per day. Those seeking a quieter experience will also want to check out neighboring Sonoma Valley, or Southern California’s wine jewels: Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley wine country.

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San Francisco Ballet: The Nutcracker
By December 23, 2013
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Attending a performance of the Nutcracker is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. The San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker is extra special since this is one of the best dance troupes in the country and the show takes place at the War Memorial Opera House, a gorgeous beaux-arts historical theater featuring plenty of gold embellishments and old-world charm. The American premier of Nutcracker first took place here on Christmas Eve in 1944, and has continued to be a San Francisco holiday tradition ever since.

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The rat king.
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Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna
By December 6, 2013
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I recently had the chance to catch Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show, “Amaluna” under the blue and gold striped big top next to San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Unlike the big Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions held in huge, glossy theaters, this traveling show embodied the casual atmosphere of a circus while providing a magical theatrical gathering. The scent of freshly-popped popcorn wafted through the air, and the theater was intimate, with stadium seating radiating outwards from a central stage. Best of all, due to the small scale, there really wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

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Creatures of the NightLife Halloween Bash
By November 1, 2013
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Monster drag show.

Looking for something fun and freaky to do on Halloween in San Francisco? Get your science geek on at the California Academy of Science’s annual Halloween bash “Creatures of the NightLife.” You can wander among the reptiles in the rainforest, watch butterflies flap all around you under the glass domes, and stroll through the deep blue waters of the aquarium among costumed revelers as DJs spin tunes. Enjoy monster cocktails or take in a show in the planetarium.

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Aquarium underwater tunnel.
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Rainforest critter.

Richard Diebenkorn at the De Young Museum of Art in San Francisco
By September 18, 2013
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Berkeley #3, 1953.

Richard Diebenkorn is one of my absolute favorite artists. His large scale canvases are flooded with bold colors that combine to form a uniquely beautiful whole. Seeming to glisten with light, his paintings often hover between the realms of complete abstraction and mildly figurative compositions. Yet all of Diebenkorn’s colorful canvases are tied together by the same energetically-charged quality of raw emotion that continuously plays out alongside an ever-present in-depth exploration of color and light.

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Figure on a Porch, 1959.
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Interior with Doorway, 1962.

Bay Area Weekend Retreat: Luxury in the Country at the Farmhouse Inn
By September 16, 2013
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Barn-house guest room.

With so many great wineries surrounding the Bay Area, travelers to San Francisco will definitely want to find their way out to wine country. But where to start? Napa? Sonoma? Calistoga? We discovered the perfect weekend retreat in northern Sonoma County: The Farmhouse Inn.

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Pool entrance.

Instagramming San Francisco, Part 2
By June 19, 2013
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Chinatown mural art.

Our photo love affair with San Francisco continues this week. We’ve been hitting the streets to capture some iconic San Francisco sights—enjoy!

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Cupcake at Miette pastry shop.

Hello San Francisco! (An Instagram Tour)
By June 3, 2013
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Chinatown.

It’s official—we’ve moved to San Francisco! It’s been quite a change going from traveling non-stop across 5 continents, roughly 30 countries and over 200 cities in the last 12 months, to living in one city again. It almost feels like time is standing still.

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Why San Francisco? Why not? This city has always captured my heart with its hippie ideals, pure California spirit, artistic energy, and culinary devotion. I’ve been a visitor here many times, but living here has come with some unexpected surprises.

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