Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giants World Series Parade

I've always wanted to go to a ticker tape parade and I <3 the SF Giants so this was a dream! In true CA style the ticker tape was biodegradable and my true style I put a little in my pockets to share with friends that couldn't make it. Camera photos are above, but I just uploaded photos from my camera onto Flickr and thought I'd share this shot(above) of Sergio Romo. Sergio is turned towards me, wearing a T-shirt that says "I Just Look Illegal" with the media are chasing after him as he was the only player that jumped out of the parade car and opted to walk most of the route. The Giants are an amazing team full of incredible players. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

split pea soup and sf sourdough

I made a big pot of split pea soup since we're expecting rain midweek and I felt like cooking something cozy. Soup and San Francisco sourdough made by the bay. 


perfect portable snack that keeps on giving as the color lifts spirits and scent brightens the mood

sunflower petals

I carried a bunch of small sunflowers home from the farmers market a few weeks back. The petals dropped slowly and they're so pretty that I just couldn't sweep them off without taking a few pictures first. I snapped a few pictures early this morning when the sun was still in the east and as the sun moved across the sky the petals cast thin shadows across my desk and the leaves went dark.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Day of the Dead celebration in Oakland, a few more

I posted a few photos from the Day of the Dead celebration earlier, but here is a link to my Flickr account with more photos (mostly with my camera)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

churros, churros, churros!

I've been looking forward to picking up a cajeta (caramel) filled churro for a while and I've held out until I could make it back to Churros Mexicanos. They make the churros to order and are super friendly and at $2 bucks a piece I highly recommend supporting this family business if your in East Oakland.  

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that gathers friends and family to remember those who have passed away. I've been coming to this celebration at Oakland's Fruitvale village for the past few years. Nearly everyone is beaming with pride as they share tradition and heritage with the community through music, dancing, alters for loved ones, and craft where marigolds are strung on string and paper flowers are made. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

field trip to the new SF Heath ceramic store

(top) wood slab bench with a woven pillowcase. cement slab couch back, wood base, and linen cushions make the bright ceramics pop. (middle) stunning ceramic pendant lights and loft light (bottom) stripes, tiles, and pattern charm. Garza furniture at Heath SF for another month.

adorable kid costumes in Noe Valley

A tiny gnome, Parisian painter, a French man(?), and a robot named Jude were just a few of the adorable kids costume contestants at the Noe Valley Harvest Festival. Noe Valley is full of cute kids, but this time of year they manage to be even cuter. I missed the pet costume contest this year, maybe next year.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall light filtering through

one of my favorite green walls downtown with red fire accents. late afternoon light and a mango sticky rice popsicle at the closing Off the Grid food cart roundup

Thursday, October 25, 2012


This is one of my favorite signs in Chinatown and I decided to snap and share a pic of this gem with my new gem, my new iPhone. I've been using an iPhone 3G until today which means I just went from 3 megapixels to 8! I have a suspicion this new gem will bring clarity on many levels.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

rare rainy day

beloved signs in the Mission, I like you tag on the step, space mural on the school play yard. Pause in Chinatown and a love. your. self tag up high.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall baking party

a few of us ladies decided to get together for a baked goods swap and most of us brought pumpkin treats. I made pumpkin cinnamon rolls, but I won't make the same recipe again or I'd share. We had pumpkin baked donuts (above before the oven), pumpkin walnut cookies, and a raspberry custard pie. After indulging in baked goods and sharing stories we decided to head out for a late movie on a Sunday night, living on the wild side. ;)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chinatown glow

there's a little traditional Chinese band that plays in front of the Wok Shop. The neighborhood has a warm red glow from the lanterns and yellow store lights and awnings.

SOMA open studios

It's time for the Fall open art studios in SOMA (south of market street). I'm not in SOMA that often so I decided to take advantage of the quieter Saturday streets and walk around. The pay parking lots were mostly empty and there's a sense of calm that settles in. After trekking around on foot I hopped on the Mexican Bus.

fixated on the black radish

so smitten with the colors at the market today, yellows and black. A friend that works at a farm stand chased after me as I was walking away from the market and handed me this little bundle of purslane, that she said I needed. oh, I really love the farmers market it's community, hard work, caring and sharing. <3

tamales for breakfast

Primavera has me waking up early most Saturday mornings to walk to the Ferry Building farmers market before they sell out of their delicious food. I usually get a half order of chilaquiles, but after sleeping in a little they were sold out of everything except tamales. They had pork in chile verde and pumpkin with cheddar. After trying to decide between the two the always sweet woman at taking orders at the booth proposed I order one of each and I'm so glad she did. Yum! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

art and inspiration

So happy I saved this little blueberry and strawberry scone from Arizmendi for breakfast. I brought my scone and thermos of earl grey with soy milk for a bit of coziness. I had a little extra time before class so I settled in and watched the fog swirl around Sutro tower. I taught the kids how to draw emotions, there was a page with small frames to draw little faces and then a whole blank sheet for a big face as big as the paper. This little fella drew a tiny person in the middle of the paper and when I asked him to use the whole page for a big face, he did and left the original drawing. I love it.

I was lucky enough to be my friend Mikayla's plus one for the Anthology magazine 2nd anniversary celebration at Zinc. This was a night of walking up hill in flip flops with fancy shoes in tow.

Wilder winner

Well I've been sharing my photos a lot more lately and while it's taking a little extra courage it's so worth it. I entered an Instagram photo contest for Wilder Quarterly with a submission that feels like Fall. I chose a picture of poppies taken at the Ferry Building Farmers Market and it came in second place. Wahoo!