Goodbye, Golden Gate

19
Jan
2012

I am all packed and ready, we leave in a few minutes for the SFO airport. The last few days have been a great catching up period with my friends here in San Francisco (and I have no doubt gained a few pounds from all the over-eating). I will be glad to get back to the familiar surroundings of New York and my apartment, however. I have a ton of work to do, and haven’t been all that productive while here, although I wouldn’t trade the time with friends for it. At the end of our lives, no one regrets working less and spending more time with loved ones. These are the things that really matter. Outside of the friendship and reunions, the things that have impressed me about San Francisco this trip are how much the architecture and makeup of various parts of the city has changed; having my memory jogged about how amazing a place this always is with regard to food; and how very, very much colder 50 degrees can feel in San Francisco compared to any place else.

Food blessings

17
Jan
2012

I am blessed to have friends here in San Francisco (+Bay Area) that appreciate good food, and San Francisco (+Bay Area) is blessed to have an amazing array of it.  The only negative is that one’s first choices are often completely booked. So, for example, we were unable to get a table at Beretta the other night, nor Flour + Water last night (we went close-by  to some still very yummy German place called Schmidts). And don’t even try to get into Frances, they are booked for months unless you are willing to go with only one other person at 5pm on a Tuesday. Still, tonight it is off to still more wonderful places no doubt. And I should mention that this past Sunday night Keith and Marites took me to a fantastic place called Ippuku (where they serve delicious chicken tartare believe it or not). There is absolutely amazing food in New York of course, but there is also a lot of crap. Whenever I am in San Francisco, I feel that the lowest bar is still set quite high compared to most other places. People are really conscious of what they eat, and the competition and creativity here are fierce. Now if they would just turn on the heat once in a while…

Plum Yum Yum

14
Jan
2012

Bidding farewell to my friends in LA, I boarded a plane yesterday for part two of my California Dreamin’ tour: San Francisco. After some chat and catching up with my friends Keith and Marites (and their wonderful girls, Anika and Teah), we met up with Kevin for dinner at a great restaurant in Oakland called “Plum“.  We pretty much ordered everything on the menu and shared it all, and it was one of the most inventive and delicious meals I have had in a long time. One of the things that is so awesome about San Francisco is its food culture. On quality they easily compete with (and often surpass) any place in the world. And it doesn’t hurt that my friends are intense foodies, always on the lookout for great dining.

Easy Sunday

23
Mar
2009

Today was one of those easy breezy San Francisco Sundays, where everything falls into place so naturally. Brunch with Pete and Kevin at 2223 (although the quality has gone downhill alas), followed by some beautiful walking around The Castro, coffee, a nap, and drinks at The Pilsner with friends and my cousin Ben. It turned out that my friend Olaf was in town and invited me to a German dinner at a place called Walzwerk with some friends of his, and in true SF fashion I knew several of them. It was a great meal of catching up and silly conversation. It was just one of those days that makes one want to move back to this place.

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

13
Mar
2009

So, I am headed to San Francisco next Wednesday, and will be there for a week. I was debating whether or not to go out just to set up some computer stuff for my friend Marites, because it just didn’t seem like enough work to justify it. But then Marites sent out a lovely mass email talking up my skills and pointing people to my cv, and voila — I now have 3 solid gigs while I am there and another possible 2. It is always the way that word of mouth works so much better than just about anything else. People are much more likely to hire someone if they are recommended by someone they trust. So, thanks again Marites!

So, what are the rest of you waiting for? Send an email out to all of your friends. You know I would do the same for you…