Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Benkyodo has been making fresh manju and mochi for over one hundred years.  When in Japantown be sure to stop by their bakery which shares space with a '50s era coffeeshop.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Heading South

Jack Kerouac letter to Allen Ginsberg, May 18 '48

"... Anybody with any sense in California can ride between Frisco and LA endlessly on that road, once a week if they want to, and nobody will ever bother them.  When the train stops at a siding, you can jump off and help yourself to fruit if you're near a field..."


Monday, August 20, 2012


Yes, it's worth waiting half an hour in line for a fresh baked pain au chocolat at Tartine

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


The copper-clad deYoung Museum, which houses a large fine art and textile collection, opened in 2005 after the previous building was damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake.  Slowly the building will oxidize to a green hue and blend in with the surrounding trees of Golden Gate Park.

Just outside the elevator to the tower are these wonderful wire-crocheted sculptures by Ruth Asawa.

And here is the view from the top of the tower...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pink Trees

A fine mist in the evening air, walking back from the Larkin Street library after watching a slideshow presentation of film clips- from 1947 Bogart and Bacall in Dark Passage to 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes- celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge...