An Afternoon with Butterflies

Yesterday, I went to see the butterfly exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers.  I had tried to go last weekend but the Golden Gate Park was flooded by the masses from ‘Bay to Breakers‘.  The park seemed so much quieter yesterday and much more suited for a visit to see …

…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 …

Springtime at Commonwealth

This week, I visited the same restaurant TWICE. Commonwealth had just added their Spring menu and it’s really wonderful. Went with Cashmere Mafia on Wednesday and went again last night with Khaled but this time I brought my camera. The food is surprisingly light. It also feels super fresh and …

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 …

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, …

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). …

One Photo: Dutch Windmill

If you’ve been to where the Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach, you’ll be surprised by a couple of windmills.  They took me by surprise one rainy day.  Luckily the skies opened up for a few short seconds to reveal a bit of light right over the windmill.  I usually …

A (Rainy) Day at the Legion of Honor

Yesterday turned out to be a super rainy day (and I hate rain!) We decided to spend it indoors at the Legion of Honor, a lovely museum in SF. I usually love hanging around there on a sunny day as it overlooks the Golden Gate bridge. But on a rainy …

A Union Square Tango in Sepia

If you’ve spent anytime in SF, you’d know that there’s always something happening in Union Square, that big open space in downtown SF in the middle of all the shops.  In the summer it may be a live music or dance show and in the winter there’s an ice skating …

Exploration: a Day in the Park

Hung out at Dolores Park recently — the weather has been marvelous in SF with warm days extending late into November this year. Not complaining.  Dolores is amazing on a warm day.  There are people sprawled everywhere, and cute dogs frolicking.  Snapped a few photos and got to play around …

One Fall Day at Baker Beach

This past weekend, I hung out at Baker Beach.  Though it was supposed to be rainy, it cleared up just enough for me to snap a few photos.  I was amazed there was no fog either — and the sun showed its beautiful colors at the end of the day. …

Nothing Wrong with a Little Abstract

I spent a good chunk of yesterday at the de Young museum. I think it’s probably my favorite museum in SF. I love the building itself with its copper facade — and the light indoors is nice and controlled that you can get optimal lighting any time of the day. …

A Perfect Cup of Cappuccino, Every AM

Simply put, coffee is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  I’m in love with every part of it: the ritual, the smell, the habit and, of course, the taste.  I seek out coffee and identify a go-to-coffee shop wherever I go — the Arab world is a given, of course.  But there’s Colombia, Brazil, Spain, …

All About Saturday Mornings

When I’m in town and in a relaxed mood, I like to start a Saturday morning with a farmers market and end the morning with a spectacular brunch — most of the time at my favorite brunch place, Slow Club.  This past saturday was our first farmers market visit in …

Carnivorous Vegetarians

Yesterday was a beautiful day in San Francisco — we’re talking 77F on a November day.  Decided to check out the Conservatory of Flowers located in the Golden Gate Park.  It turns out the Conservatory was given the ‘Best First Date’ Award by SF Weekly!  Who knew?! Well, I went there for …