Meet the New and Improved Chianti Classico Wines

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Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico (the Chianti Classico Consortium in English) has been busy over the last few years, having sponsored a comprehensive 16-year study (1987 through 2003) of the entire Chianti Classico process. They examined everything from the various grapes and clones from which the wines are made, the root stocks which are planted, [Read more …]

A Night to Remember at North Beach’s Sotto Mare

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The Northern California Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (or AWIF), hosted its inaugural New American Monday Dinner at North Beach’s Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood restaurant on May 11, 2015. The wonderful sold-out event was a good time had by all. What made the event so special? A combination of three [Read more …]

Bouquets to Art 2015

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Gardens aren’t the only place to see beautiful spring flowers. Now, during the DeYoung Museum’s 31st annual Bouquets to the Arts festival, some of the most beautiful blooms are indoors-complementing some of the museum’s most beautiful pieces of art. This year, more than 100 of the Bay Area’s most talented floral designers have [Read more …]

Alcatraz: Ai Wei Wei and More

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Been to Alcatraz lately? It has been more than ten years since we visited and toured the island even through it is almost right outside of our back door and we see it daily from our windows. Although we certainly enjoyed our initial tour, we didn’t really feel a need to return. That was [Read more …]

A Weekend of Sex, Bondage and Other Assorted Debauchery

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Folsom Street Festival weekend is always an interesting time in San Francisco. This weekend, we doubled our sexual voyeuristic fun by coupling a visit to the festival with a tour of the San Francisco Armory, which is now the headquarters for San Francisco’s X-rated entertainment business. The Folsom Street Fair, for those who don’t know [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Museums – Summer 2014

One of the few downsides of regular travel is that it often forces you to miss or at least postpone taking advantage of things in your home city. And since so much is always happening in San Francisco, there is a lot to miss. Fortunately, our summer trips were outside of theater season, which meant [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Museums – Summer 2014

One of the few downsides of regular travel is that it often forces you to miss or at least postpone taking advantage of things in your home city. And since so much is always happening in San Francisco, there is a lot to miss. Fortunately, our summer trips were outside of theater season, which meant [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Theater

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Restaurants

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Wine Tastings

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]