Happy 4th!

I spent July 4th weekend with friends up in Tahoe.  I love Tahoe: winter and summer.  And it feels like two very different places.  For the 4th, Tahoe city puts on fireworks for the occasion. We ended up making our way to the lake and finding a spot right on …

From Tam to Stinson

On a warm day like yesterday, the thing to do is go for a hike!  There’s no shortage of breathtaking hikes in northern California.  We decided to go to Mount Tam and hike down to Stinson Beach.  This way we also get a bit of beach time! This hike is …

…And Then There Was ‘Bay to Breakers’

So, I spent all of last week getting inspired at ‘Singularity University’ at the NASA center in the South Bay.  It was spectacular and eye-opening, and reminded me how amazing it is to be in Silicone Valley and the Bay Area.  Everybody who attended either wanted to move to the …

Bay Area from Above

Every time I travel on a plane, I’m bummed to not have my camera with me.  I always end up missing out on the most spectacular shots.  This time around, I actually had my camera with me.  If you’ve lived in the bay area, or have visited, more often than …

Cheeky’s for Brunch

No trip is complete without a visit to a special restaurant.  This time in Palm Springs, CA, Cheeky’s was it! Brunch outside for two with misters to cool down the 92 degree weather at 8.30am.  Started out with freshly squeezed blood orange juice. YUM! I am in love with this …

The Gentle Wind Giants

Since my first visit to Palm Spring in California, the wind farm on the side of highway 10 completely mesmerized me.  I had promised to get back there to take photos and this past weekend I did. The farm, called San Gorgonia Pass Wind farm, spans a few miles with 3200+ wind turbines. …

The Most Vain of Fowl

For a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out a way for me to get some time with the peacocks at the Los Angeles Arboretum.  I’ve managed to do exactly that!   I spent a few hours there only mere feet away from those absolutely stunning and vain birds. …

Walking Tour: 2.5 Blocks in Hayes Valley

I love Hayes Valley.  It’s my favorite neighborhood second to the Mission of course.  In the last two years, the neighborhood has exploded with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, parks and parklets, and so much more.  And since the original Blue Bottle Coffee is located in an alleyway in the heart of Hayes, …

A Hike at Cataract Falls

We took advantage of the rare occasion that we’re in town and that it’s 70-degree weather and went for a hike to Cataract Falls in Marin.  We started out the day with a quick stop by Vista Point to see the Golden Gate Bridge sans fog.   aaaah SF is …

An R+R Weekend in Sonoma (and some Napa)

My girl Sabrina and I planned this wonderful and much needed weekend in Sonoma.  Last week, we desperately counted down the days until the minute we could go away for a weekend of food, wine, sun, and relaxation.  And that, precisely, is what we got! We left on Saturday AM …

The Cranes

I love Cranes!  And I don’t mean the ones that fly but the ones that are usually at big ports that move big shipments from ships to the shore and vice versa.  Anyone who’s spent time in the Bay Area knows that this is one of the defining features of …

From SF to Tahoe: A Car Ride

This last trip to Tahoe everything came together to make for a beautiful car ride up to the mountains. We had left early on Saturday as we usually do — around quarter to 7 or so and managed to see the tail end of the sunrise which was stunning.  The …

Walking Tour: 2.5 blocks in the Mission

Sometimes on Fridays, I work from home.  This past Friday, I had an intense day that started at 6.30am and before I knew it, it was 3.30pm.  I decided to take a short break from work and take a walk around the block (and of course get myself a coffee). …

Sonoma on Thanksgiving Weekend

Having 70 degree weather on Thanksgiving weekend means you take advantage of it, and we did.  Decided to go for some wine tasting in Sonoma so we visited Ravenswood and Viansa wineries.  Having wine country be so close is definitely another perk of living in SF.  Only an hour away and you’re transported …