Sunday, June 29, 2014

Free Concert in the City - Smokey Robinson and Patti Smith at Stern Grove Festival

Stern Grove 2014 - Hand stampCan you believe that I saw Smokey Robinson and Patti Austin perform live and I didn't pay a single penny? This was possible thanks to the wonderful people and sponsors behind the Stern Grove Festival. 

I always look forward to this summer festival because it is good entertainment. Isn't summer in the city amazing? 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Museum in the City - The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum - SignThis is a late post but I felt like my creativity got energized when I visited the Disney Family Museum. This is like visiting a very modest but very smart and innovative neighbor or friend.

I definitely recommend this museum to learn more about one of the most innovative and creative Americans who touched lots of lives through his Disney brand.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Everyday Wine in the City - Josh Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Josh Cellars - BottleMijo bought two bottles of Josh Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon with the plan of serving it to his relatives when we invited them over for a small barbeque. Let's just say the two bottles were left unopened.

So for two weeks, we've been pairing this wine with our home dinners. This wine is actually good and it even went well with our modest dinners.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Home Cooking in the City - Eggplant and Chinese Sausage

Eggplant Chinese Sausage - Wine pairing bwI haven't made this dish in a while. I remember I used to make this dish once a month after I learned how to make it. It is a simple dish with only six main ingredients.

The good thing about this dish is that it is very tasty at the same time easy to make. The preparation is easy and cooking is straightforward.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Everyday Coffee in the City - Philippine Civet Coffee

Philippines Civet Coffee - Coffee beans bwOne of the goodies I brought back from my latest trip to the Philippines was a small box of Philippine Civet Coffee. I only bought one box for sampling because it is quite pricey.

We have started sampling this coffee this week.  This coffee is not as earthy and smoked flavored as the other Philippine coffee I've sampled before. It is not as bitter as the other coffee I usually drink.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pâtisserie in the City - Craftsman and Wolves

Craftsman and Wolves - BoxesIt was my good friend Dinah who first mentioned about Craftsman and Wolves. As always, she's the first among my friends to know the current dining trends in the city.

So one Saturday, Dinah, Karen and I went to the Mission District to sample what this new pâtisserie has to offer. Mijo and I went during the week. I totally enjoyed overloading on carbs!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cocktails in the Peninsula - Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar

Cocktails in the City - Puerto 27 pisco sour classicoWe've been having great weather lately. When I say great weather, I mean no fog. Summer in San Francisco is normally cold because of the fog or the thick marine layer.

I came home from work one Wednesday evening and there was no fog. Mijo suggested that we don't cook that evening and go somewhere close to the water. We drove south to a nearby town of Pacifica and to a restaurant called Puerto 27. Happy Hour came early that week!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Park in the City - Glen Park Recreational Center

Glen Park Recreational Center - SignThe past weekend, we had glorious sunshine in the city and the temperature hovered around mid-70s.  This is what I call a perfect tennis weather. So my friend Edward and I met up and played tennis for 2 hours.

An added bonus was that the tennis courts are newly renovated. A playground was also added for the neighborhood kids. I totally love the park's new look!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Farmers Market in the City - Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and shopping for Sunday brunch ingredients

At Home - Sunday Brunch sweetsWe cooked brunch on Sunday and it was very good because the ingredients were fresh. We bought most of them at the farmers market the day before. 

We totally enjoyed not just the brunch but also the process involved in shopping for the necessities for the brunch. We always love going to the Ferry Building Farmers Market. It is one of the hundred reasons we love living in San Francisco.