Author: phylonthego

Hog Island Oyster Company

Hog Island Oyster Company

Serving the freshest, most delicious sustainable seafood in San Francisco The Ferry Building Hog Island Oyster Company is housed in the historic landmark Ferry Building on The Embarcadero, a heavily trafficked street in San Francisco. Originally designed by A. Page Brown in the Beaux Arts Style, the impressive arched arcade is reminiscent of European architecture […]

DIANA ROSS at the RYMAN in Nashville

DIANA ROSS at the RYMAN in Nashville

Can she really be seventy years young? 70 is the new 35. Or so it seemed, watching Diana Ross perform recently at the Ryman Auditorium.  She still has the glitz and the glamour and moves effortlessly, in her sexy, colorful, sparkly, flamboyant outfits. The Show opened dramatically with flashing disco style lighting and a view […]

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

History Cuenca is the third largest City in Ecuador, and the second to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other WHS site is the capitol city,  Quito. There is much rivalry as to which is the more beautiful. I will not take sides, except to say that Cuenca is known as the “Athens […]

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Note: This Blog Post was first written on September 24th, 2013.  The website Phylonthego.com was hacked and destroyed.  Fortunately one of my friends had saved the original blogs written at that time and the article was recently re-constructed. The momentum of the economy in Panama has slowed very little and the country continues to advance. […]

Degas in New Orleans

Degas in New Orleans

Edgar Degas, Impressionist Painter, Lived and Painted in New Orleans Part 1. This story is legend in New Orleans, told over and over again, but not much known outside of the Crescent City. How is this possible?  Young Degas & the New Orleans Connection Degas came from a large family: the Mussons. The French Creole […]

Music Row, Nashville, TN

Music Row, Nashville, TN

Nashville is “Music City USA.” It is also known as the “Songwriting Capital of the World.” This is where music is written, recorded and performed, every single day. Music Row is where it all begins, with a composition, a songwriter and a recording studio. “Be at the Farmers’ Market by 1.45 PM, and look for […]

The Miracle of Nature as Fall comes to Marin County

The Miracle of Nature as Fall comes to Marin County

What a year for dramatic fall colors in Marin County!! Was it only my friend Mila and I who noticed the leaves changing color this fall? We saw spectacular colored leaf displays as the aspens, cypress and especially the maple trees growing on  the sidewalks.The neighborhood gardens demanded our attention with brilliant displays of color. […]

Cioppino, San Francisco’s Inimitable Fish Stew at the Iconic Tadich Grill

Cioppino, San Francisco’s Inimitable Fish Stew at the Iconic Tadich Grill

CIOPPINO. What is Cioppino?  It is a rustic, tomato based, intensely flavorful fish stew synonymous with San Francisco, where it is said to have originated in the mid 1800’s at the time of the California Gold Rush. The North Beach immigrant community of Italian Fishermen, on returning from their fishing expeditions, would use whatever was […]

A perfect holiday destination – THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL.

A perfect holiday destination – THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL.

The Algrave The Algarve is the  Southwestern tip of Europe surrounded on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and separated from Europe by the Spanish Border.  It has 100 miles of coastline,  soaring cliffs, golden beaches with pounding surf or gentle waves and endless sunshine.  It is a mix of whitewashed villages, Medieval Castle Towns, […]

CHEMAINUS, CANADA – Back to Life!

CHEMAINUS, Vancouver Island, Canada, was a dying Canadian Town. Then it was resuscitated through its art program. Ruth asked if I would like to visit Chemainus – like I knew what Chemainus was!!  So I said: “Let’s go!” The Ferry Next morning, we were in line for the ferry that would take us and the […]