Thursday, July 31, 2014


the fog lingered through the morning and farmers market where vibrant radishes seemed even more colorful on a gray day

foggy mornings

When the building tops disappear in the fog I think of a favorite German saying, "Luftschlösser bauen", building castles in the air.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I scream, you scream, we all scream for.... lychee

Lychee fruit are in season so they're lining the sidewalks, piled up at the Chinese food markets. They look like dragon eggs or something from a sci-fi book. This summer treat is really floral and delicious.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

it's always pizza time

margherita pizza at Tony's Pizza Napoletana with dough mixed by hand using san felice flour then 
proofed in napoletana wood boxes, san marzano tomatoes D.O.P., sea salt, mozzarella fior di latte, 
fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil

Sunday, July 20, 2014

a weekend of fog & farmers markets

Shishito peppers are in season now and I'm thrilled. I blister them in a skillet with a little oil and then a sprinkle of salt at the end. Here's a full recipe via Food52. They're delicious and addictive mostly mild, but the odd hot one or two always sneaks into a batch. The prettiest speckled heirloom beans are popping up from Lonely Mountain Farm at the Ferry Building Farmers Market. I walked over to the Fort Mason Farmers Market earlier today before stopping in at Renegade Craft Fair. A stop at the Happy Boy Farms stand is always a must with beautiful organic produce at a great buy. They have a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes (above) and melons along with a heap of summer gems. The fog has been lingering until noon before the sun comes out so I've saved a little coconut milk to the side from a curried soup and picked up a can of condensed milk for the weeks morning coffee. I'm still thinking about the cafe rico (espresso and condensed milk) from last weekend. I met lovely makers at Renegade Craft Fair today. My favorites were Red Onion Woodworks with the loveliest boards and spirit, Porcelain & Stone bands and bracelets, and these little California state pendants.

Monday, July 14, 2014

home again

 headed back home over the Golden Gate bridge 

Sunday drive and oysters at Point Reyes

A stop in San Rafael for a Cafe Rico (espresso and condensed milk) at Sol Food and then some thrift store shopping. Next stop was Point Reyes for a slower pace and a little shop lined street with the best bookstore and then a drive along the water before reaching the Marshall Store for oysters with a view. We chowed on raw, BBQ, and even a little bacon topped oyster thanks to our generous table neighbor.

Monday, July 7, 2014


The weekend was full of sunsets, frozen yogurt and a lot of walking to outdoor events. This weekend the San Francisco Opera presented a live simulcast of La Traviata at the Giants ballpark.

B is for me

This apricot pie was made for me by friends that picked apricots up north and then made this little pie from scratch. Best surprise ever.

fog magic

 the fog has been frequenting the city a little more now that "summer" has arrived. Conditions were perfect for this magical light show as the sunlight bounced off the building above and turned the fog into geometric shapes that slid into the sky. Below are my favorite city color schemes passed after enjoying a food cart picnic at the Presidio and then Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

delicate beauty


The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum was an incredibly inspiring experience. Museum visitors were welcome to participate in the art process. I dyed fabric with indigo (blue) and loquat leaves (peachy pink), made a smock dress, and soaked up so much creative energy.