Paso Robles California

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Paso Robles is located in California’s Central Coast Wine Region in the San Luis Obispo county. The Paso Robles AVA is mostly known for Zinfandel grapes. However, it also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone blends such as Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne. Since last year’s plans were so unceremoniously disrupted by Covid, this is our first [Read more …]

Calder and Picasso

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Calder and Picasso The deYoung Museum in San Francisco currently has an interesting special exhibit that traces the parallels between Calder and Picasso. Calder and Picasso were among the most innovative and influential artists of the first three decades of the 21st century. Pablo Picasso was 18 years older than his contemporary, Alexander Calder. The [Read more …]

A Taste of the Andes Wine Dinner

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It has been too long since we have been able to enjoy an in-person dinner that paired food with wine. But they are starting to reappear in the San Francisco area. San Francisco’s Vault Garden teamed up with the Vine Connections (an importer that specializes in Chilean and Argentinian wines) that paired a five-course dinner [Read more …]

Exploring San Diego Neighborhoods

San Diego Petco Park

San Diego California in on the Pacific Ocean coast and is next to the United States–Mexico border. Since it was the first site where Europeans settled on the west coast, it is called the Birthplace of California. San Diego has lots of interesting neighborhoods to keep a visitor occupied. Gaslight Quarter The Gaslight District is [Read more …]

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 …]

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 …]

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 …]

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 …]