Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Orleans 2011

Our official summer vacation was a week spent in New Orleans, Louisiana in the middle of July. It was hot and humid but that was quite alright. The food was delicious, the sights were unique and I look forward to another visit, hopefully sooner than later. 
From top left to bottom right:
1. Inside the Central Grocery, 2. Inside NOMA, 3. Prah-leenz, 4. Armstrong Park entrance arch, 5. Love the pickled beans, 6. A sliver of a window, 7. Laffite's Blacksmith Shop, 8. Mother's, 9. The oak alley, 10. Thelma & Louise, 11. Saturday morning calm, 12. Breaux Bridge Benedict, 13. Crescent City water meter cover, 14. The bread man was here, 15. Visitor stickers, 16. Weathered
As usual, mosaic app courtesy of

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Two very good questions

“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions.  Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not.  ‘Have you found joy in your life?’  'Has your life brought joy to others?’” - Carter Chambers (played by Morgan Freeman) from the 2007 film, The Bucket List.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Back to the beach

Catching up with my backlog of vacation / travel photos.
Pismo Beach, you're pretty darn cute and friendly. I'll be back someday, hopefully soon.
Our accommodations at the SeaCrest Resort were great. I spent a lot of time sitting, reading, and napping in the bay window/nook. I felt like a cat, basking in a sunny window, watching the world go by.

When in town, definitely eat at Shell Cafe, Old West Cinnamon Rolls, and The Cracked Crab. We missed out on the Splash Cafe, but hey, it's something to check out for our next trip. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Winter in June

What's with this weather?! It's June 4 and raining as if winter was just beginning. Mother Nature and Father Time need to coordinate better. Maybe my sister jinxed things a few days ago when she exclaimed on facebook that Christmas is only 6 months away.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

April and May food adventures

There were plenty of other wonderful dishes not on this mosaic because we didn't have the camera handy or I just didn't feel like shooting anything. These include my lunch with some of my favorite former co-workers at Palomino (crab cakes with arugula salad), the limoncello sorbet from Humphry Slocombe on May Day (Eric's first time at the shop!), a Salvadorean sampler plate of veggie pupusa, chicharron & steamed yuca, and chicken pastele at Balompie, Easter feasts with our families (smoked pork chop for brunch, prime rib for dinner), my brother's and father's birthday meals with desserts from Schubert's Bakery (love their mousse cakes), salted caramel cake from DeLessio for the Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight, the awesome Mother's Day dim sum selections at King Wah in Daly City (congee, roast suckling pig) for my mom, and some Goood Frikin Chicken for my birthday lunch. 
All this incredible food aside, I really have enjoyed the time I've been spending with my family and friends. I'm so blessed to have so much to celebrate!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Recent food adventures

The new-to-me restaurants I've recently visited and mostly enjoyed follows. Did I take any photos? No. I haven't been toting a camera around as much as I would like. So you'll just have to go and see for yourself sometime.
Arizmendi Panaderia & Pizzeria on Valencia, just off 24th Street. A couple of slices of their pizza of the day is best piping hot. 
Suriya Thai Restaurant on Howard near 10th Street. I like pork so went for the Suriya Moo Yang. Pretty good-sized lunch plate, nice grilled pieces of pork and the bed of cabbage/veggies it was sitting on soaked up some of the juices. But the rice was really close to turning bad. It had been in the rice cooker too long.
Citizens Band on Folsom near 8th Street. I went outside of my pork zone and tried the chicken sandwich with french fries. If you want some greens, you could choose a salad instead. I really liked the roasted sweet potato smoosh and the mayo spread along with the freshly fried and moist chicken tender. And the bun? Cute as a button and tasty to boot. Baked right next door at Pinkie's Bakery. Perfect proportions for lunch. 
Pinkie's Bakery is conveniently connected to Citizens Band. Cute display counter and case filled with a variety of dessert options. For an afternoon snack, I took back a light and lemony blueberry poundcake. 
Bliss Bar on 24th Street near Noe. Friday Night Date Night was supposed to begin here. But I left my cell phone at work and missed the message to meet at the Valley Tavern instead. I enjoyed a yummy (gin!) martini with some local bar flies. I left toward dinner, looking into all the bar fronts in hopes of finding Eric. He was seated at a window seat at the Valley Tavern, enjoying the last sips of his Duvel Green. Off we went to Contigo for dinner.
Contigo on Castro near 24th St. Tapas in Noe Valley. Nice servers and waitstaff. Loved the recycled wine bottles cut and finished as water glasses. The Basque cider was an acquired taste. No sangria. Tasty, fresh food all around. I especially liked the bacalao, warm brussels sprouts salad, and the flatbread with nettles.
King Wah Seafood on Southgate Avenue, Daly City. I've seen this restaurant evolve over the past 30 years and I think its current design is great. We've eaten here for dinner before (one of my favorites since the remodel = the sizzling plate of seafood and tofu) but this was our first dim sum visit. The food was fresh, hot, and fast.
Patxi's Chicago Pizza on Hayes Street near Octavia. We haven't had deep dish in the City since Uno's down on Lombard. And that restaurant went the way of the dodo years ago. I'll be back here too. Great crust, tasty sauce. We tried the "Favorite" and I can see why it is called that. For our next visit, we'll try a thin crust creation. 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Flowers in February

Shooting some flower photos in and around home today.
The last of the narcissus to celebrate Eric's birthday in December. The water/alcohol water mix worked, when I remembered to use it. It did stunt the growth of the stems.
A few of the Dendrobium kingianum spikes are coming along just fine. This pot could also do with some thinning and repotting. I don't think there's anymore sphagnum moss in the pot. 
Another spike of the burgundy/brown cymbidiums harvested from our deck today. I really need to repot this year. Too many back bulbs are crowding the pots.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Late fall, early winter 2010 mosaic

I can't believe 2011 is already here and that January is going by so quickly. I tried to prolong the holiday season by hanging on to our Christmas tree for another week but it really didn't help. I took it down today.

I started forcing Eric's narcissus late so they're just beginning to bloom. Good thing I did and though they're supposed to be blooming in time for Eric's birthday, I like that they will fill in the gap after the Christmas tree's disposal and more of my cymbidium spikes opening up. This is the first year I'm watering them with alcohol solution and not just water and so far it seems to be working. Photos to come. In the mean time, enjoy some of my favorite shots from the last quarter of 2010.

From top left to bottom right:
1. Pretties!, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. Sineann White Table Wine, 6. Camel and Pyramids spotting, 7. Looking up Market Street, 8. A not-so-giant Giants clock, 9. Introduction, 10. Maiden Lane, 11. A day in the life, 12. Souvenir, 13. Untitled, 14. Layers & lights, 15. Our first caviar, 16. Resolutions