Christmas Shopping Through a Newcomer's Eyes

I came to this country in the winter of 1964, at the age of eight. And on that very first American winter, my adopted American grandfather took me and my younger brother to The Emporium, on Market Street, in San Francisco. We saw our very fist American Christmas display, met Santa Claus for the first time and sat on his lap. And then we saw our very first American Christmas Carnival, of all places, on the rooftop of The Emporium. We rode a Ferris wheel, tasted yummy corn dog on-a-stick, and fell in-love with cotton candy—a cloud of pink, sugary delight....more
Have fun on Saturday, mi Amiga! Hey, wanna think about doing coffee next week, like for sure?! ...more

HOME IS - Where Your Heart BEATS

Sitting on the beach by the Golden Gate bridge is amazing, the view is great, it makes you feel that you are part of history, that you are a dot in the map you can google earth it and if you look real close it might be able to spot you....more

San Francisco Recipe: Parmesan, Cauliflower and Parsley Salad

Gourmet Live and BlogHer have joined forces to take you on a culinary road trip. We're making monthly stops across the country to bring you insider tips from local bloggers about the can't-miss restaurants and the local food scene. Explore the destinations that define each city's cuisine with Gourmet Live and BlogHer as your guides -- and get a San Francisco recipe from Gourmet.com now. ...more

They're for you.

One thing we have a TON of around Union Square is flower stands, there are about 5 in a 5 block radius on either side of you at any time. It's freaking fantastic! Yesterday a colleague of mine and I ventured out for a walk and I just had to look like a loony for few minutes to kneel down and snap some quick photos of the flowers.I had to use my iPhone and they are blurry as a result, but I still think they look semi cute enough!...more

North Beach via Chinatown

Last Thursday a couple of very wonderful friends (waving at Roman & Laura) invited my cute husband and I to a comedy club/show in the city. It was set to start around 7:30pm and because I was off work at 530 that day I looked up how far away from Union Square the club was and decided to walk to meet the 3 of them there....more

Grace of Spring

The grace of Spring has almost arrived in San Francisco. For now, the sun appears to only pop out on Monday's and while that's not quite enough for me. I'll take what I can get.My adoring husband found a park for us to trek all over yesterday afternoon and it was lovely. We have lived in the bay area practically our entire lives and we had never even heard of this place!...more

Take a hike, please.

We randomly decided to take a hike yesterday and I can say for sure that a year ago, although I would have happily agreed to go, I also would have huffed and puffed the whole entire time. Today I honestly didn't even think twice about the fact that there were two hills included in our hike, I even kept pace with Ryman the entire time....more

Leaving for America

I could never have imagined it without a little help. In my child’s mind, I pictured a mound of sand, a palm tree (with coconuts!) and my grandparents clinging to it to survive. I spent weeks fretting about how we would swim there and alternatively about how we would all fit! ...more

I remember this post so, so well. Because of the beauty and longing. All of it.

So thrilled ...more

San Francisco and Napa Valley: (some of) The Food!

I had a wonderful trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley!  I joined my husband in San Francisco mid-week (he was there for a conference) and on Friday we drove to Napa Valley to meet our friends, Lisa and Vince, who flew up from San Diego....more

Introducing Miss Representation

I'm still in shock over the recent November election. What was supposed to be another 'year of the woman' ended in a step backwards for women and for the U.S....more

This brings together so much of what I've been researching and writing about over the years. ...more