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North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach November 23rd 2023

For those of you who have never visited the famous Buena Vista Cafe in North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf, this story ought to entertain you. Maybe San Francisco didn’t invent Irish coffee, per se, but the city by the Bay sure popularized this cozy, whipped-creamy, whiskey-spiked coffee drink. The story goes: one November evening in 1952, Pulitzer-Prize-winning travel writer Stanton Delaplane was sitting at the bar of the Buena Vista Café on Hyde Street when the café’s owner, Jack Koeppler, challenged Delaplane to help duplicate the original, which the writer had tasted at Ireland’s Shannon Airport. They tried one concoction after the next, not quite getting it right. Finally, Koeppler returned to Shannon to ask the original inventor, Chef Joe Sheridan, for advice. Eventually, the recipe was perfected. Turns out there are two secrets: The cream needs to ... read more
The BV view and cable car
BV bartender

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach September 5th 2023

I remember the days when Fisherman's Wharf was perhaps the biggest attraction in San Francisco, along with the Golden Gate Bridge. As kids, we got to stop here for dinner, on the way home from a Giants game on a day trip from the Valley. As high school honor students, we enjoyed a three day weekend in San Francisco, with a Wharf visit always on the rather loose itinerary. But today, this is the story from the Chron: The view east from Al Scoma Way distills the allure and afflictions of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf into one vivid tableau. Directly in front of you is the wharf’s inner lagoon, where small fishing boats sway in the water. Behind them are stocky buildings that, for generations, housed such multilevel family-owned restaurants as Alioto’s and Tarantino’s — both ... read more
Time for a change?
Never the same!


You have often heard of an almost universal description of San Francisco as "The City." The Golden State Warriors even had a uniform emblazoned with "The City" rather than San Francisco or Bay Area, or even Golden State. But my City is dying due to many reasons. Yes, things were peachy during the heights of high tech and biotech growth in the downtown, and SOMA areas. But things are much different now, post pandemic. This AP article almost perfectly describes the demise of the great downtown area: After a three-year exile, the pandemic now fading from view, the expected crowds and electric ambience of downtown have not returned. Empty storefronts dot the streets. Large “going out of business” signs hang in windows. Uniqlo, Nordstrom Rack and Anthropologie are gone. Last month, the owner of Westfield San ... read more
Empty?
For lease


Bonne année! Il pleut aujourd'hui, je préfère rester à l'hôtel que d'aller aux feux, je les ai entendus par contre! Je me suis commandé une pizza, à un endroit au hasard sur google map. Ho boy. J'ai bravé la pluie, et la pizzéria n'était pas loins de mon hôtel, mais elle était dans les rues remplies d'étinérants et de bums égarés. Mais c'était ok, à part que, à cause de la forte pluie, je ne voyais pas où j'allais, et j'ai failli pilé sur quelques-uns. J'ai réussis à revenir avec ma pizza, pas mouillée et chaude... et entière lol. Mon voyage impulsif, sans planification et rempli de surprises a continué avec cette aventure : Chico's Pizza, la meilleure pizza que j'ai mangée DE MA VIE!!!!!! Déroutée encore et encore. ... read more


This might be one of the most famous bookstores in the world!!! I wrote this back in 2013. I am reposting (2020), in the hopes that you might donate to City Lights Bookstore, as they struggle through the quarantine in San Francisco. It is by far, the most historic, and unusual bookstore I have ever visited. They have been running a successful "Go Fund Me" page. ​From 2013: Today is a special day for someone very dear. This lady grew up in San Francisco, in the Mission to be exact. But she has never been to the famous City Lights Bookstore. Today is the day! We also had dim sum at City View in Chinatown, and topped it off with some Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building. This is from a previous email written a ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach February 15th 2023

February 14th must be more than cards, flowers, and candy. And who is St. Valentine, and what is the Valentine's Day massacre? Though it sounds a little like my pal Andy Rooney, it might be interesting to find out why this day is what it is. It is celebrated in a big way in Southeast Asia, as we found out firsthand. Most restaurants are decorated, stores are full of special gifts, and people seem to step a little lighter on this day. Valentine's Day was named after two early Christian martyrs, both named Valentine. It was Geoffrey Chaucer who began to associate it with love, romance, and courting. Since the 19th cent... read more
Don't send flowers!


How many of you have walked across the Golden Gate Bridge? Better yet, how many of you have bicycled across the bridge? I have done both, on numerous occasions. It is a great thrill every time, as the conditions are always different. The weather can range from typical San Francisco fog, or a pristine clear and sunny day (and everything in between). The bride opened in 1937. The cost was $35 million or $523 million in today's dollars. My first time, crossing the bridge by car, was in the 50s. Our bridge toll was 50 cents. Today, the cost is $9.05. Forty million cars cross the bridge each year. It translates to $145 million in revenue, to pay for employees, maintenance and paint. The bridge is not golden, but rather international orange, creating the illusion that ... read more
Jumper??
What a view!


How about some totally useless information to distract you from the pandemic, lack of sports on TV, and general societal malaise? According to Lexico: Over the years, the question of the most used letter in English has been analyzed repeatedly, by everyone from Samuel Morse to contestants on "Wheel of Fortune." The rankings vary from source to source, but one letter is consistently at the top: From the 19th century to modern analyses of Google Books, "E" is the most common. According to an analysis done by Lexico, the letter "E" makes up 11.1607% of the Concise Oxford Dictionary — a full 2% more than the next most common letter. This is reflected in the game of Scrabble, too: There are 12 "E" tiles, nine "A" and "I" tiles, eight "O" tiles, and six "R" and ... read more
the, of course!
Lucky seven


I wrote this back in 2013. I am reposting, in the hopes that you might donate to City Lights Bookstore, as they struggle through the quarantine in San Francisco. It is by far, the most historic, and unusual bookstore I have ever visited. They have been running a successful "Go Fund Me" page. ​From 2013: Today is a special day for someone very dear. This lady grew up in San Francisco, in the Mission to be exact. But she has never been to the famous City Lights Bookstore. Today is the day! We also had dim sum at City View in Chinatown, and topped it off with some Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building.This is from a previous email written a few years ago. I probably stepped into City ... read more
Seattle Public Library

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach September 10th 2019

Day 2 ~ We woke up at 11 so today’s blog for yesterday might be a bit short. As soon as we woke up and got dressed we walked down to Pier 39. I got a salted pretzel which took a while to get because all the America’s were pushing in line. Then we walked around the pier to see some seals. They were very noisy and they loved a good fight with each other. We then walked to the bus stop to get on the double decker bus. When we got on bus we plugged our headphones in and listened to the tour guide. After driving around for a bit we decided to get of at the Haight Ashbury District and got some lunch. We walked through the streets for a little bit and then ... read more
Golden Gate Bridge
Bella and I eating ice cream
Dad eating crab




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