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Like Jazzfest in the fog

August 27, 2011

Delayed post here about our recent attendance at SF’s now annual Outsidelands music festival.  Or really, music/art/food/wine festival.  If you love music festivals and hate sun and sweat, this is the place for you.  We enjoyed Homeroom Mac’n’cheese, Ritual Roaster coffee, Candybar delights and several bands on a lovely cool, foggy and eventually freezing day.  I learned that Wheezer still has a strong pull over the young people today.  We were literally hiking thru the masses on the way from Foster the People to catch some MGMT, and the distant sounds of Foster playing an encore cover of “Say It Ain’t So” was enough to evoke spontaneous chanting/singing of the chorus among the hikers … “Your druuuug is a heartbreakaaaah!!!”

Big Audio Dynamite among the Cypress

you know it's a SF music festival when...

... not to mention the wine tent

new this year-- chocolate forest

It’s a very green festival, with paid workers to monitor the trash receptacles and assist you in choosing the correct can (Trash? Recycling? Compost?) for all your trash:

are flip-flops compostable? hmm.. no.

awaiting Foster the People with all the kids

Unlike a certain NOLA music festival, after a fun day instead of wanting to beeline it for the closest shower, we were able to enjoy a late night stroll home thru the park.


Happy Pride 2011!

June 27, 2011

We capped off the end of a fun Pride Week by marching in the big parade this year. If you caught Donna Sachet’s coverage on Channel 5 (CBS), you might have wondered about a particularly adorable dancer on the SF LGBT Community Center’s float.

looking fierce!

As one of the Center’s Volunteers of the Month, Dan was invited to ride on their float. I got to walk behind in a matching t-shirt while we all danced to the techno-samba beats being laid down by the DJ in the back of the pickup truck. Dan appreciated the help of the nieces in selecting some accessories to wear in line with the float’s Mardi Gras theme.

We were excited to pick out some people we knew in the crowd of thousands –the girls at their first Pride Parade with parents in tow. After dancing for over a mile, we wandered over to the Civic Center with Kuma for some bubbly, people-watching and sun. I will not share a pic of the awful sunburn that I have today …

Troy, Dan and Kuma

Week in review

April 7, 2011

Is it still snowing in Salt Lake? Really?

We had a great time there, especially since we haven’t seen that kind of precipitation since … we don’t know when.

“It’s nice to have a good uncle and a silly uncle.” Thank you Silas Andrew! Dan now has a new nickname.

Dan says: Goals of the week (tie) = Simon Dawkins and Khari Stephenson. We could have used that kind of quality in Madrid. And by “we” I mean: COYS! Not that I’m too upset, mind you. As the gent in front of me at the pub said, “I expect we’ll lose, but I’m really excited about this.” He said that before Peter Crouch lost his frackin’ mind, mind you.

Maverick has the BEST fried chicken in San Francisco. Mind my words.

Site of the week.

Island of the week:

Rapa Iti

Scenes from a staycation

January 11, 2011

a new urban hike

Troy's annual attempt at cooking dinner

snack before Kurosawa film at Viz

eating out Fri night

Cocktailian update

January 10, 2011

Behold the long awaited drink with CELERY bitters:

Who's reaching for it ?

Thank you Bocanova, in Oakland, for adding up the gin, dry vermouth, Cynar, and aforementioned bitters. They call it an “Aristocrat.” We know a Guinea Pig who doesn’t drink, who will nevertheless be intrigued.

Also, 00 (aka Zero Zero) made us a drink, the week before Christmas, that I initially mistook for a Ward 8. Of course, it’s not, and they called theirs a Ninth Ward. You can see why I confused the two. Anyway, it was divine. Their recipe (with my alterations in parentheses, as the one I made at home to their specifications was “too sweet” for me):

  • 1.5 oz (2 oz) Bulleit Bourbon
  • .5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • .75 oz (.5 oz) Velvet Falernum
  • .75 oz (.5 oz) lime juice

Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass. Add drops of Peychaud bitters (which will give it a rosy glow on top). Velvet Falernum (or “Falernum”) is the by-product of rum production, and bottled at 11% alcohol by volume. Who knew?

Fear the Tartare, or Playoff Currency

October 29, 2010

So much going on.. and I’m struggling to find a theme that ties it all together and makes some sense out of it.

What a great week it’s been.  We got to see the San Francisco premiere of “Zero Currency” at the San Francisco Doc Fest at the Roxie theater.  We got to host the director while he was in town and provide him with limo service around town to festival duties, vintage clothes store hopping and hot chocolate tastings.

the youthful director does QandA


We got to celebrate the Giants winning the NL pennant for the first time since we were a new young couple in 2002.  Sadly, we missed watching the moment live due to a previous engagement with East Bay friends trying out the raw chicken/raw egg dish at a new Japanese joint in Berkeley- Ippuku.  Shortly before the check arrived for this (it must be said– amazing) meal, word spread thru the izakaya that we were heading back to the World Series!  Lucky Brad got to celebrate in style in the heart of the Mission with the hipsters and firefighters.

chicken tartare

chicken tartare


We got to celebrate our guinea pig-loving friend’s birthday by attending Madama Butterfly at the SF Opera.  It seemed appropriate to see a Japanese/Italian fusion show for our first night out at the opera togehter.   The night was all class and our (big time opera geek) friend was there to guide us through the opera-going rituals.  It was a fun night out— heightened by the fact that across the street, City Hall was all lit up orange in honor of the Vols.   But that’s another post….


Coit Tower, Alcatraz, the ferry building and 1/2 the skyscrapers in town are also this color tonight


September Matching

October 2, 2010

A quick summary of the last month.  Can you match the photos below to the following September events?

a. Matt Davis trail hike

b. 2010 J-pop Summit

c. the dessert “donuts, coffee and cigarettes” (that includes a tobacco-laced white chocolate “cigarette”) which was taken off the menu at Thermidor by the pastry chef because it was too popular and he was tired of everyone only ordering it and not his other creative desserts.  The dessert which was basically the whole reason I made the reservation at Thermidor in the first place (before seeing a “Killing My Lobster” play)

d. San Francisco Sunday Streets (afternoon free of cars) comes to our hood

e. fall reading

f. Killing My Lobster sketch comedy “Hold the Mayo” including the Ken Burnsesque doc short “SF Coffee Wars”