DeYoung Museum

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San Francisco’s DeYoung museum is always a treat to visit. We recently checked out two lovely and illuminating special exhibits. Contemporary Muslim Fashions   We are used to seeing the traditional, loose-fitting black abayas and hijabs that Muslim women wear. But this exhibit shows eye-opening fashion that is unlike what we expected. The exhibition showed [Read more …]

The Unreal Garden

A Virtual Stroll through San Francisco’s Unreal Garden What happens when technology and creativity cross paths? Lots of interesting things. And one right in San Francisco. The Unreal Garden is an immersive, 3D Augmented Reality extravaganza that brings art to life. At first glance, you only see a rather pallid-looking physical representation [Read more …]

Family Winemakers Tasting in San Francisco on August 26, 2018

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It is no surprise that we like tasting wine. We also love learning about new wines and to see how our favorites are evolving throughout the years. That is why the annual California Family Winemakers tasting in San Francisco is one of our favorites. We try to get to the Family Winemakers event every year [Read more …]

San Francisco's Italian Wine Week

The San Francisco Bay area is at the center of the nation’s premier winegrowing regions and has far more than its share of tastings. Wine-centric Web sites typically list dozens of relatively small, focused tastings and wine pairing dinners weekly. The city is also home to more large-scale (often more than 100, and occasionally several [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Winter Fancy Food Show

Every January, San Francisco wakes up from its post-holiday sluggishness and hosts the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show. This is an industry-only affair in which more than one thousand purveyors of packaged foods display more than 80,000 specialty foods and beverages. That’s right; more than 80,000; everything from chips and dips to olives [Read more …]

2017 Pinot Noir Tasting in San Francisco: 33% Discount with PROMOCODE AIWF17

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We sure do love wine…especially pinot noir. So what better way to spend a Saturday than tasting pinot noirs? What’s not to like? Each year, San Francisco hosts Pinot Days. This year’s event will take place on November 11, 2017. We loved the event in 2016. And we look forward to the 2017 event [Read more …]

Downtown Los Angeles

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Our brief, three-day LA visit ended with a visit to the rapidly reinvigorated downtown LA. Although we planned to visit the increasingly hip Koreatown section, these plans were scotched when we discovered that “Here’s Looking and You”, the hot, new restaurant that we planned to visit, was closed the one evening that we were able [Read more …]

West Hollywood, California

Chagal Costumes

As part of our time in the Los Angeles California area, we made an overnight stop in West Hollywood. Yep, we saw the famous Hollywood sign from our hotel window. But we also visited another great museum. LACMA aka Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA is the city’s largest and premier art museum. Its [Read more …]

Pasadena California

Audubon birds of america

Whenever someone says Pasadena to me, I can only think of the song “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena”. We were last in Pasadena California for the Rose Bowl Parade many years ago. If you haven’t experienced this, you should. But this time we were just there as part of a trip to the Las [Read more …]

Monet’s Early Years

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No, we didn’t have a time machine to go back to Monet’s early career. Instead we went to San Francisco Legion of Honor, which was hosting an exhibit of more than 50 of Monet’s earliest oil paintings The exhibit begins withView Near Roulles. Painted in 1858 when he was only 17, this was the first [Read more …]