Hagia Sophia

Hagis Sophia

Hagia Sophia has been in the news as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reconverted this magnificent Byzantine structure into a place for Muslim worshipers for the first time in nearly nine decades. The Hagia Sophia has undergone several changes in its history. A Byzantine emperor, Justinian I, originally built it in the 6th century as the [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

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May you live in interesting times. Such is the Chinese blessing and curse. And the times certainly are interesting. Since we are unable or unwilling to travel right now due to COVID-19, we are focusing on our home town of San Francisco and its immediate surrounding area. This week we took a trip to Golden [Read more …]

A Tasting Tour of Oregon Wine Country

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Oregon graciously brought parts of its Wine Country to San Francisco on a recent day in March 2020. The event showcased wines from some of the state’s primary wine regions. Over 50 wineries participated in pouring their wines to an appreciative very audience. Samples of Oregon cheeses and charcuterie complemented the large, walk-around wine tasting. [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 …]

Tre Bicchieri and the Top Wines of Italy

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Every year, the Italian food and wine magazine Gambero Rosso sponsors a tasting tour of Italian wines that win the organization’s prestigious Tre Bicchieri (“three glass”) designation. Gamberao Rosso’s panel of experts award this rating to only about one percent of the 45,000 wines tasted. Producers who win these designations are permitted to showcase these [Read more …]

Slow Wine Tour 2020

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What the heck is slow wine? A song? A dance? Both are true. But it is also a way to evaluate wine Slow Wine Editiore, based in Italy, decided to develop a hitherto new set of criteria for evaluating wine. Rather than assigning wines scores based solely on a critic’s review of “quality”, Slow Wine [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 …]

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2017 Wine

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Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux is a group of 134 top wine-producing Châteaux from a number of Bordeaux’s most prized appellations. The group sponsors a number of wine tastings that provide an opportunity to sample wines from the region’s newly released vintages. The January 2020 San Francisco Event focused on 2017 and 2018 wines [Read more …]

Benevento Brunello

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Montalcino is a pretty medieval town in Italy’s Sienna providence. This area is the warmest and driest of Tuscan wine-growing regions. It is mostly known for Brunello wines, and is normally associated with high-quality Brunello di Montalcino wines. Montalcino winemaking started with Moscadello white Muscat wine production. In the early 14th century, Brunello red wines [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 …]