Category: USA

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 […]

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 […]

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery is a Re-Purposed Warehouse Hotel in the Heart of New Orleans. Chandlery | Definition of Chandlery by Merriam-Webster: Chandlery is an old-fashioned word derived from the stores that sold candles for ships lighting way back. Now it sometimes refers to a marine supply store but is seldom used […]

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 […]

LETTER FROM PORTLAND OREGON — BARISTA

LETTER FROM PORTLAND OREGON — BARISTA

If it’s historic old warehouses, great street life and a funky, cool atmosphere that attracts you, look no further than the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon.  Centrally located and adjacent to downtown, what was once a decaying area of derelict warehouses, light industry and railroad yards has been transformed into the most hip urban area […]