Carnaval: San Francisco Style

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May 28, 2017 marked the date of San Francisco’s 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco celebration. The celebration, which is held in San Francisco’s atmospheric and traditionally (at least before highly-paid tech employees boosted real estate prices to the point that previous residents were forced to leave) Mission District. It began with a huge, multi-hour morning [Read more …]

SFMOMA, Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn: What’s Not to Like?

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San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been opened for almost a year now and we have been enjoying our membership there (at least, when we are in town). Currently, it has a special exhibit that we visited. SFMOMA Matisse and Diebenkorn Exhibit SFMOMA’s Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition traces the extension of Henri Matisse’s innovative treatment [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum Han Dynasty Tomb Treasures

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San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum’s March 2017’s exhibit provides 160 highlights of one of China’s most recently excavated royal tombs; that of the Han Dynasty’s Emperor Liu Fei who ruled from 183 to 127 BC. Divided among three rooms, the exhibit examines and provides examples of the broad range of items that were placed in [Read more …]

Live from San Francisco, It’s China Live!

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It was years in the planning and the execution seemed to take even longer, but the long anticipated China Live marketplace has finally opened in San Francisco. From our initial, very limited experience, it appears to be on the road to meeting or exceeding expectations. And that is before we have had a chance to [Read more …]

Oakland California Autumn Lights Festival

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One hears a lot in the news about Oakland California, which is right outside of San Francisco. Murders, protests, etc. But Oakland sometimes get too much of a bad rap. It also has some delightful areas to visit, including around Lake Merritt. And it also has a great museum. When we found out about it [Read more …]

San Francisco Fleet Week


Fleet Week which is held on the first weekend in October, is a big deal in San Francisco. Held every year for the last 35 years, it now attracts more than 1 million people to a celebration that honors the contributions of the United States Armed Forces while simultaneously spurring interchange and understanding between civilians [Read more …]

Home Land Security: Art at the Presidio


San Francisco’s Presidio was built and had a long life as a fortress and army base that was intended to protect the region from attacks. Now, as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it houses a number of trails, museums and historic sites. These sites include Fort Winfield Scott, which once housed the [Read more …]

2016 Family Winemakers Tasting and Wines of Danger

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Family Winemakers of California is always a great event. We always look forward to it when it comes to San Francisco. It provides opportunities to taste hundreds of wines from more than 125 vintners: virtually every varietal and from virtually all of California’s 111 different appellations. Although a few of these participating wineries, such Chateau [Read more …]

Visiting the Taipei Treasures of Emperors in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum for the Emperor’s Treasures exhibit was in town so we had to go explore it. This is a collection of masterpieces that were commissioned, owned by, and in some cases, even created by Chinese emperors and the royal families from the Song through the Qinq Dynasties. These treasures, which are [Read more …]

Pinot Days San Francisco--2016

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Pinot Noir is one of our favorite wine varietals. We always look forward to the annual arrival of the San Francisco Pinot Days which celebrates of all things Pinot. And we especially look forward to the pre-event dinner that The American institute of Wine and Food ( organizes as a fund-raiser. We began this special [Read more …]