Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Musical in the City - Matilda

Matilda - Orpheum Theatre bw by roland luistro, on FlickrMatilda the musical is in town through August 15, 2015.  We didn't have plans to see it at all but we saw it from the orchestra seats for less than half the price.

Matilda is a funny, touching, imaginative and...very funny. The songs and music are also appealing and memorable. For us, this musical is five stars. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Day trip from the City - Beach time in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz - Boardwalk bw by roland luistro, on FlickrA week ago, the weather was beautiful. It was beach weather. That kind of weather makes it perfect to drive south of the City. The place we had in mind was none other than Santa Cruz. 

We relaxed by the beach with a cold beverage and then we went to Santa Cruz downtown in the afternoon for a nice stroll on Pacific Ave. It was a perfect Santa Cruz beach day.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Jazz in the City - The Music of Paco De Lucia at the San Francisco Jazz Center

SF Jazz - Programme by roland luistro, on FlickrA week ago, Mijo and I decided to get tickets to a jazz appreciation event held at the SF Jazz Center in the city's Hayes valley neighborhood. 

We learned at lot about Paco De Lucia and the art of flamenco through artists Jason McGuire trio and the members of Caminos Flamencos.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Everyday Wine in the City - Rodney Strong Reserve 2010 Pinot Noir

Everyday Wine - Rodney Strong Pinto Noir 2010 RRV by roland luistro, on FlickrThis week, we opened a bottle of Rodney Strong 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir. We got this bottle from our visit to their tasting cellars in Sonoma two years ago.

Mijo and I love this wine. The weather was warmer than usual for a San Francisco summer and this wine proved to be a tasty treat for us.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Filipino food in the City - Pampalasa, Rustic Filipino Cuisine

Pampalasa - Sign by roland luistro, on FlickrFinally, a new Filipino restaurant in the city!  I first heard about it being mentioned by my friends Dinah and Jean Paul, though, I think they've not been there yet.

Mijo and I dropped by and had a late Sunday brunch at Pampalasa. We enjoyed what we ordered and we will definitely be back  for more.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

4th of July in North Bay - Fireworks in Vacaville

4th of July Vacavile - Fireworks bw by roland luistro, on FlickrWe were in town for 4th of July. Since the weather in the city looked like it was going to be fogged in, we went north of San Francisco to celebrate USA's independence day with Mijo's family.

The weather was clear, the crowd was well behaved and the fireworks impressive. Thank you, Vacaville for a great fireworks show!

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Parade in Oakland - The Golden State Warriors Victory Parade

Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Dubbed by roland luistro, on FlickrAfter 40 years of waiting, the San Francisco Bay Area basketball fans have finally been granted what they've been wishing, the Golden States Warriors are NBA champions once again!

After weeks and weeks of close games and pressure cooker moments, it is time to celebrate the local champions with a big parade in Oakland.