Blogs from San Francisco, California, United States, North America


How could I forget? May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. This year's theme, selected by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, is "Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration," which builds on a leadership advancement theme series that began last year. The legislation to annually designate May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month referenced two key dates: May 7 and May 10. May 7, 1843, marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States. And May 10, 1869, or Golden Spike Day, recognizes the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which had significant contributions fr... read more
My Grandfather's family

I read an interesting article this morning about tourist trap restaurants. I think we have all had some experience with such a place. Anytime the chef is more famous than his food, I begin to worry and will not eat there. Places like Wolfgang Puck, Moritmoto, Bobby Flay, Paul Prudhomme, Alain Ducasse. I prefer the Mom-and-Pop places, the authentic recipes. old fashioned style cooking. So, what should the wary diner look for to avoid the rip offs, and disappointment? If the menu is written in more than two languages, I would run to the nearest exit. The hours of operation are important. In many countries, locals do not eat at the same hour as Americans. The menu looks like it is from a different region or agricultural area. For example, sushi in Omaha! A hawker or ... read more
Space Needle, a tall trap!
Firestone Walker brew pub, you decide!

CNN reported: It was already world-famous thanks to its striking red-hued bridge, drool-worthy restaurant scene and booming tech industry -- and now San Francisco has been crowned the "world's best" city, according to Time Out.The international media brand deployed its network of editors from across the world -- as well as surveying some 27,000 global city dwellers -- to narrow down itsurl= read more
Ravinia Fest, Chicago
Lone Cypress, 17 Mile Drive

From Slate: If you want to be in business for a long time, you should choose an industry that’s going to last. Since Kongo Gumi is in the business of building Buddhist temples, it has managed to sustain operations in Japan since 578 CE. Headquartered in Osaka, the company was founded by a Korean immigrant commissioned to build a temple in Japan by Prince Shotoku. That engineer went on to found his own company, Kongo Gumi, which spent the next several centuries constructing countless temples.In 2006, Kongo Gumi was acquired by construction conglomerate Takamatsu following a downturn in the overall Japanese economy, so there are some doubts about whether it can still truly be considered the oldest continuous business. However, it can still boast a pretty incredible corporate resume — the Takamatsu website ... read more
Buddhist temple in Nagoya

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 10th 2021

Today we had planned to drive to San Francisco and do touristy things. Instead, Plan B, as they call it on planet BoJo, requires an extra Covid test, which has been introduced since our arrival. The first struggle was to find a suitable, reasonably priced test – the first test I Googled was $449! We finally find somewhere near the airport we think meets the criteria and only costs $69 so set off for our '5 minute' drive-through appointment. After we have paid, we have to scan a QR code. Daughter no 1 has a Huawei phone – it doesn’t do QR codes, so I pass her mine. This will only scan if connected to wifi, so the man goes to his hut and returns with his wifi code. Next, we must enter an email address. ... read more
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park - Dutch Windmill
Golden Gate Park

North America » United States » California » San Francisco November 21st 2021

Day 5: Sunday, November 21st, 2021 With our bags packed, we ordered an Uber to take us from our hotel to the airport. Renata and I got an interesting ride in our first Tesla. The Uber driver called his car a “toy”. At the airport there was time for breakfast. I had some Avocado Toast which was delicious before our flight back to Toronto. So, with that, a well-deserved and great trip had ended. Hopefully, the pandemic ends soon so that Renata and I can go to other destinations without following all these Covid precautions and protocols. Until then!... read more
Avocado Toast

North America » United States » California » San Francisco November 20th 2021

Day 4: Saturday, November 20th, 2021 For Breakfast this morning we headed to Sweet Maple, one of the go-to-brunch spots in San Francisco. I had their French toast and millionaires’ bacon. It was probably my favourite meal in San Francisco. The millionaire’s bacon was delicious. Millionaire’s bacon is thicker bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red and black pepper. After breakfast we headed to the Japan Center. Unfortunately, not many stores were open yet so instead we headed to Chinatown to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. We bought some fortune cookies for home. They even had green tea and chocolate flavoured fortune cookies. We then headed downhill towards the Ferry Building. At the Ferry Building Renata and I bought some chocolate at Dandelion Chocolate. Outside the Ferry Building there was also a Farmers m... read more
Umbrella Alley
Sweet Maple
Sweet Maple

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz November 18th 2021

Day 2: Thursday, November 18th, 2021 We woke up early in the morning to head out for breakfast before heading over to the Alcatraz ferry dock scheduled to leave at 10:00. We had breakfast at the nearby IHOP. With time to spare, we headed over to Pier 39 to see the sea lions before taking the ferry to Alcatraz. Some interesting facts about Alcatraz include it housed famous prisoners with the likes of Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and the Birdman. There were also various escape attempts; none are known to be successful. The prison closed on March 21st, 1963. After Alcatraz, we had a quick lunch at Pier 39 before heading on out Painted Ladies Tour of San Francisco. Some of the famous sites of San Francisco witnessed on the tour include: Lombard Street- famous ... read more
Pier 39
Pier 39

North America » United States » California » San Francisco November 17th 2021

Day 1 Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 Renata and I finally booked a trip after 2 years. The past two years have been crazy. With the stress of work and boredom due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Renata and I needed a few days to get away and enjoy life in another city. We decided with our good friend Andrea to travel to San Francisco. I have never been to San Francisco or California in general, so it was all new and exciting to me. San Francisco is known for Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and nearby Napa Valley, three places on my travel bucket list. Furthermore, San Francisco is relatively close to home and fairly safe that if anything happened due to Covid-19, we were close enough to medical assistance and a flight back home. In order ... read more
Haight Ashbury
Haight Ashbury

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission November 7th 2021

Chase Center is the new home of our Golden State Warriors, and this will be my first visit. The pandemic has delayed several previous attempts to attend a Warriors game here. They broke ground here on January 17, 2017. The architect was Manica Architecture. The $1.8 billion arena was privately financed by the Warriors. The area is known for being the home of UCSF Medical Center and Kaiser-Permanente. Starting in 1964, I have seen the Warriors play in several different venues: old Civic Auditorium (Chamberlain vs Russell) in downtown San Francisco, the old Cow Palace (Championship in 1975) in South San Francisco, the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, SAP Center in San Jose, and finally, the new Chase Center in Dog Patch, aka Mission Bay. The team has $2 billion under contract from a cluster of founding ... read more
Steph Curry

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