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 …]

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 …]

The Art of Burning Man

Burning Man

Burning Man is an annual event, or should we say happening, that takes place in Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada. Burning Man is a gathering of a community in a temporary city, not to be confused as a festival. Each attendee is a participant in the event and is encourage to provide something to [Read more …]

Monterey California

Green Gables PAcific Grove

Monterey is a 2+ hour drive from San Francisco. We periodically travel to Monterey and nearby Pacific Grove to take in the beautiful scenery, and of course, to visit some wineries in Carmel Valley. Oh yes, and to eat at nice restaurants (not the San Francisco’s restaurants aren’t great!) Our summer 2019 trip was no [Read more …]

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]

Sierra Mountain Area

Murphys hotel

We were on the way from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. To get there, we took a break from the long drive from San Francisco with a few stops along the way to some beautiful mountain towns, Murphys California Murphys California is a pretty, historic, gold mining town. Many of its business district buildings [Read more …]

Mendocino and Fort Bragg California

Mendocino shore line

We recently spent a few nights in Mendocino California. We always enjoy the town’s 19th-century town’s character, its water towers, gardens and lovely residential streets. While we rarely visit most of the touristy stores, we never seem to tire of strolling through the headlands or the town’s streets. And as a bonus, during our stroll [Read more …]

Rethinking the Legacy of Andy Warhol

Brillo Boxes

What do you think of when you hear Andy Warhol? His Campbell’s Soup cans and Three Elvises? His prognostication of 15 minutes of fame, as the “creator” of the Pop Art movement? His early embrace of an openly gay lifestyle? Warhol certainly deserves recognition for all of these. A retrospective of Andy Warhol  “A to [Read more …]

The Jungle: Bringing Calais France to San Francisco

The Jungle

The Jungle Sometimes we forget history and it takes a good play to remind us.The Jungle is one such play. It reminds us of the horror that African and Middle Eastern refugees faced when they fled their countries in hopes of gaining amnesty in England. Twp. men who volunteered and created a theater at a [Read more …]