Category: Dining

Commercial Drive (Vancouver, BC)

Commercial Drive (Vancouver, BC)

The Drive, as it is known, is one delicious thoroughfare. Food-centric and loaded with food shops, it is best known for the eight-block stretch called “Little Italy,” where many Italian Immigrants originally opened food stores after coming to Vancouver in the 1970s.  Now extending for 22 blocks with about 300 storefronts, the shops on Commercial […]

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 […]

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 […]

SIGHTGLASS COFFEE in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco

SIGHTGLASS COFFEE in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco

Updated: 7/12/2019 Subsequent to the devastating earthquake that occurred in San Francisco in 1906, the neighborhood South of Market Street was an Industrial wasteland. Run-down warehouses, diverse industries and sweatshops had remained in derelict condition for almost 80 years. In the 1990’s, there was an awakening with the beginning of the dotcom era. The South of […]

COFFEE TOUR OF JARDIN, COLUMBIA

COFFEE TOUR OF JARDIN, COLUMBIA

MY FRIEND, LUCAS While I was a student at Centro Interactivo de Espanol, I stayed with a family in Envigado (suburb of Medellin). Lucas, who was the Commercial Director of the School, was responsible for my cultural immersion, and together we did some interesting side trips that gave me a better understanding of these wonderful people […]