Tag Archives: San Francisco

Jack’s commute

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Jack has a super long commute. It’s a little over two hours one way. He takes the ferry into San Francisco, rides his bike to the train station and then takes the train down the peninsula to the South Bay, then rides his bike to work. It’s heinous.

But he’s a much happier person (trust me!) taking public transportation than when he was sitting in traffic day after day.

Why do we live so far away? Well, that’s a long story, suffice it to say that we have good reason and are just making lemonade at this point.

Here’s a lil’ peek at some shots he took last week on his commute.

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A day away

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It’s been my mission this year to get us out and about regularly and on the cheap, of course. It’s so easy for us to get caught up working on the house, school, normal life crap … I have to consciously plan days away just for fun.

Jack’s been up in Alaska for the last couple of weeks. When he’s up there he works pretty much non-stop so I knew he was going to be tired when he got home. I also knew that he wanted to start working on the backyard as soon as possible, which knowing him the way I do was simply going to prolong the exhaustion. To eliminate temptation I decided to remove him from the premises entirely. I whisked us off to San Francisco to spend the day in Golden Gate Park visiting exhibitions. It was going to be a no stress, no work, lazy, lazy day. Plus, I knew it was going to be my last chance this summer to get us out doing something fun before he takes off for Alaska again.

Our first stop …

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Surfing Fort Point, San Francisco

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Last week my dear friend Annemieke (waving hello at her!) was visiting from the Netherlands. She’s a busy mom of two. As many of you busy moms know sometimes you just need a break. So she came to visit us in California for a little relaxation, sight seeing and girl talk. And what a great break! We had a wonderful time visiting together after ten years apart chatting only occasionally by email or Skype.

Anyhow, I met up with Annemieke in San Francisco one evening and we went out to the Presidio, which has some wonderful lookouts for taking photos. We timed it perfectly so that we’d be there at sunset. Cool.

Unfortunately the fog was so heavy that we couldn’t see a thing. Seriously. Nuttin’. Nada. Just a big white wall of fog.

So we headed down to Fort Point, which is at the base of Golden Gate Bridge, to see if there was even a remote view to be had.

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Entertainment: Beach Blanket Babylon

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This weekend I’m headed into San Francisco for two fun-filled girlfriend-getaway days in North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods to hang in the city, it’s full of eateries, quaint boutiques, galleries and near some of the city’s most popular attractions: Coit Tower, Washington Square, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf.

It also happens to be home to Beach Blanket Babylon, a satirical musical show that is one of the city’s longest running and most beloved revues. My favorite is their winter holiday show. Nothing says Merry Christmas like dancing, singing Christmas trees. If you haven’t been, make a point to go … you’ll enjoy it. I guarantee it.

Day in the life: Rowing Alcatraz

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Yesterday morning I got up at o’ dark hundred to go jump in a row boat and race from Alcatraz Island to Hyde Street Pier, which is right in front of Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. It’s the last race of the season and probably the most fun because of the location, the views and the turbulence of the San Francisco Bay’s open water. You never know what kind of water conditions you’re gonna get and who’s going to be out on the water with you: big sail boats, kayakers, big huge ocean liner tankers.

It was a beautiful morning and, well, an interesting race.

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The perfect lazy Sunday … and the best cappuccino ever!

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Recently I headed into San Francisco to spend a lazy Sunday in North Beach, the city’s Little Italy district. Sun was out and the weather balmy. It was blissful.

North Beach is generally a wonderful place to spend the weekend. It’s centrally located to much of what’s interesting in the city: tons of great eateries, little jazz clubs, art galleries, eclectic shops, Chinatown, the wharf and Telegraph Hill, which is home to hidden gardens, rare wild parrots and the iconic Coit Tower. You’ve got everything within a ten-block square including the nudie district if you’re into that kind of thing. I think it just adds a little color to the already eclectic neighborhood.

For the literary minded, North Beach is the absolute best place to hang in the city bar none. Nothing makes me happier than to spend hours on Sunday reading a bunch of newspapers, the New York Times Review of Books and browsing through a stack of books and magazines for whatever catches my interest.

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Food: Nduja—what is it?

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Recently I went into San Francisco to attend a Pisco-tasting at La Mar, which is at Pier 1.5, the next building over from the Ferry Building on Embarcadero. Whenever I’m down there I run over to the Ferry Building for two reasons: 1) to get my parking validated (it’s only $5—yay!) and 2) to pick up salami at Boccalone, which also has some phenomenal charcuterie sandwiches.

When I was there Boccalone was promoting a new arrival: Nduja. I wasn’t familiar with it so, of course, I bought some. Whoo, what a treat!

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Entertainment: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

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cherry blossomEvery year San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates spring with a cherry blossom festival. This year marks the festival’s 42nd year and it takes place over two weekends in April: the 11 and 12th (which just passed) and the 18 and 19th (the big finale). I’m headed into San Francisco on the 19th to visit with my cousin Ly, go for sushi and then to see the festival’s big parade.

I can’t wait.

If you don’t get a chance to go yourself, stay tuned … I’m sure I’ll have plenty of pictures to post right afterwards and it’ll be like you were there, too.