San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts—Opens, then Closes

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San Francisco was one of the first cities to shut down during the pandemic. For those of us who love museums, gathering with friends, going out to dinner, it was hard. But it was also an important thing to do to stop COVID. Then finally, a glimmer of hope after a very long wait. San [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Oregon

Goodfellows wines

COVID canceled the 2020 International Pinot Noir Celebration. While we don’t go every year, we had tickets for the 2020 festival. We had planned to spent time in the Willamette Valley to taste wines and restock our cellars of some of our favorites. Oh well, now we hope to attend the 2021 event. However, even [Read more …]

Oregon’s Rogue River Wines Region

cowhorn Wines

When we go to Oregon for wine tasting, we usually go to the Willamette Valley. But after an early 2020 Oregon Wine tasting that took place in San Francisco, we wanted to branch out in our knowledge of Oregon wines. Craving a limited (and safe) car trip from San Francisco during COVID, we headed to [Read more …]

San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts—Opens, then Closes

Park - Nudes

San Francisco was one of the first cities to shut down during the pandemic. For those of us who love museums, gathering with friends, going out to dinner, it was hard. But it was also an important thing to do to stop COVID. Then finally, a glimmer of hope after a very long wait. San [Read more …]

Levi Strauss as America’s Fashion Arbiter

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You probably have owned a pair of levi jeans at some point in your life. You may even have them on or in your closet right now. But do you know the history behind the jeans? And do you know how the Levi Strauss company has a pattern of identifying, shaping and positioning its humble [Read more …]

A Sparkling Vietnamese Treat: Lily Restaurant with Henriot Champagne

Lily Avocado, Dungeness crab and Kauai shrimp rolls with strawberry fish sauce

Lily is a not-yet opened Cal-Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco’s Richmond District. We hope that it will survive San Francisco’s restaurant shut-down and will open once the Coronavirus allows us to go out to restaurants again.If it does, it is definitely a place to go if the food is even 50% as good as the [Read more …]

Amsterdam Restaurants

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Amsterdam has many good restaurants. During our 5 night stay, we checked out many of them thanks to the recommendations of our concierge at the W Hotel. But as restaurants may come and go, we suggest that you check with your hotel concierge for the places that best suit your tastes. Restaurant Daalder Restaurant Daalder [Read more …]

Premier Napa Valley Release Week Tastings: 2020

Premier Napa Valley (PNV) is Napa valley’s primary showcase for futures auction of barrels of its most recent vintage wines. The event attracts wine professionals, and those from the wine trade and media from around the world. It also attracts us. It gives us a chance to taste and report on vintages that we will [Read more …]

Amsterdam Museums

Amsterdam Rijks Museum

Amsterdam has literally hundreds of museums. We had time to visit only five. You can find another perspective of Amsterdam museums on some previous blogs written by a guest contributor who spent a month in Amsterdam. Rijks Museum The Rijks Museum is Amsterdam and The Netherlands’s most important museum. It has a huge collection that [Read more …]

Amsterdam Dam Square Area

Amsterdam National Monument

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands. It restored much of its city’s historic district after the war and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can explore the city in many ways including cars/taxis, public transportation, bikes, or the old fashion way….walking. There is so much to see in the city. This blog talks [Read more …]