Monday, August 23, 2010

Academy of Science

The Academy is my favorite place on a cold day. The aquarium rivals Monterey Bay and the steamy rain forest makes you feel like you're in Hawaii. I will miss living a few blocks away. There's nothing like it and my daughter loves the playroom. Love to the people who put it together.

Under water ballerina...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bucket List#1 Napa Valley

We recently took advantage of Napa Valley being only an hour away. It seems hundreds of miles away when you are in wine country. It was sunny, calming and the food delicious. The day was a gorgeous summer one and perfect for a picnic and wine tasting on the lush grounds of some special wineries. Napa and Sonoma are on our bucket list and will not be scratched off until we leave. There is so much to explore up there.

Monday, August 9, 2010

View of the Moma

This is the lovely view from the Metreon in Yerba Buena Gardens of the Museum of Modern Art (Moma). Not bad for a movie theater view. The building is gorgeous from afar and even better inside.

I love how even this touristy movie theater has compost bins. It inspires me to compost again. I gave up after a battle with gnats, but will try again.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Clarion Alley Murals

There is great deal of art in the city, and not always in the museums. This colorful alley off Valencia Street caught my eye. It was a drab alley and the artists brought some light to this part of the city. It is a unique creative outlet for some local artists and I believe the building owners had the right idea of how to deal with graffiti.

Mission Dolores

This is the church door of the Mission Dolores. We were sitting below this and I almost missed the beauty of the details, until our heads turned up.

San Francisco- love to you

It is time to embark on a new kind of blog. This is the first post in a new series of love for San Francisco. It is a reminder that I should be thankful for where I am in life and to try to live more in the moment. I hope you love where you are right now.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gruyer or Sheep's Milk Brie

After tasting some local cheeses last week in Napa, I looked into pictures from a Paris trip. I found the most incredible shop (pictured). It was a pungent heaven. So many classes I've never heard of and wanted to try. Locally, I like to keep my eye out for the same. Sonoma Cheese makes some wonderful California cheese as well as the Cowgirl Creamery (located in the Ferry Building).

We were sitting outside a cafe in Paris and noticed a dog waiting patiently on a motorcycle. The white haired pooch was comfortable wearing glasses. I thought that was strange. I guess you can say that French dogs are chic and bike ride, maybe they sip wine and eat a little fromage also, who knows.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cameron Diaz Ad

Originally uploaded by hudson_jeans

I kind of like this ad I found on Flickr. How Madonna of Cameron Diaz. The Madonna I saw as my first concert experience at Dodger Stadium, many moons ago for the Who's That girl Tour. Go Cam.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Napa in the Fall

I went to Napa (and started in Sonoma) in a limo full of girlfriends last weekend. We sipped some well crafted wines at a handful of vineyards, ate wonderful cheese with sparkling wine at Domaine Carneros and brunched at Boont Fly in Carneros.

Domaine Carneros (above)

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit wine country. The leaves are changing and the weather is still relatively warm. I can't wait to go back again soon and discover more gems in Napa like Goose Crossing. Lucky me, the most stunning wine region is only an hour north of San Francisco!

Vines at Goose Crossing

Kara's Cupcakes in the Marina district, San Francisco

Mmmm Kara's Cupcakes

Kara's Cupcakes in the Marina district, San Francisco
Originally uploaded by beastandbean

If you're ever visiting San Francisco, Kara's are the best cupcakes in the city. I have been on a cupcake kick and they have the most delicious coconut cupcakes in my opinion. They have mini ones that keep me guilt free.