San Francisco Pride, Part II

I went to the Pride parade briefly on Sunday, but somehow managed to get out of BART just in time to see Pitbull!

© Sarah Milstein 2015

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Public Glass, San Francisco

I took the Introduction to Hot Glass class at Public Glass today, and will never look at another glass the same again.  I made an ugly paperweight, a deformed glass, and one glass that I’m actually proud of, and may actually use for drinking one day.  I had no idea how hot glass needs to be to work with.  When it’s malleable, it has the consistency of honey, and demands that you rotate it constantly or else it turns into a lopsided blob.  Below are some photos, and oversimplified directions.  I would not try this at home, but definitely recommend trying it.

Step 1.  Dip the metal rod into the pot furnace filled with molten glass, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 2.  Place the rod in water to cool the handle, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 3.  Carry the rod to the next station (either the bench or marver to begin shaping, or to the glory hole to reheat).

Step 4.  To create an opening, you blow through the rod and a small air bubble forms.

Step 5.  Finally, you transfer the glass to another rod called the punty, and then create a new opening from the side where the air bubble formed.  Continue reheating, rotating and shaping, and then release.  Voila!

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Clau in San Fran

My friend Clau visited me from Buenos Aires last week.  Even though she uses a Nikon, and we can’t share lenses, we share a love of photography, cheese, and dancing, and somehow have the same ridiculous sense of humor.  Saturday, we started our day with delicious Gouda Tarts at the Mill, and then headed past Chrissy Field to take photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, and then to the Sutro Baths.  Pretty much, it was a perfect day!

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Hopscotch, Oakland

Marissa and I had “brunch” (at 2 p.m.) at Hopscotch in Oakland.  Hello, deliciousness!  Normally, I’m not too impressed with brunch because the food ends up tasting like something I could make at home.  Granted, I should stop ordering things I do make at home.  But this place is different.  We shared the Mushroom Benedict with jidori eggs, miso-hollandaise, and potatoes, the Avocado & Mushroom Salad with smoked salmon and a miso dressing, and the Donuts and Butterscotch Cream, each of which I would definitely get again.  It was really the perfect start before checking out the Oakland Museum.

Hopscotch is located at 1915 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, California.  To see what else they have, check out their menus here!

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Andrew Bird @ Stern Grove Festival

On Sunday, I went with a group of friends to see Andrew Bird And The Hands Of Glory at the 77th annual Stern Grove Festival.  It was my first time there; the venue is truly magical.  The stage is nestled in a field amidst giant redwood, fir, and eucalyptus trees.  As you can see below, if you arrive late, you can end up one of the tree people.  Luckily, some of our group arrived really early and scored a spot right in front, below the stage.  I hadn’t heard Andrew Bird’s music before (clearly my loss), but I fell in love.  He’s an amazingly talented musician–he sings, plays violin and guitar, loops the music live, and whistles like a bird.  Perhaps that’s where he got his name.  (Click here and scroll down to listen to Pulaski at Night.)

P.S. Despite being on top of the stage, there was no photography allowed of the performers, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

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Flora Grubb Gardens

Someone recently told me about Flora Grubb Gardens.  While I love all things floral and leafy, and thus, immediately fell in love with this spot (and the Ritual Coffee shop inside), I did not inherit my mom’s green thumb.  Nevertheless, I bought my first ever large plant (a ficus lyrata) and was forewarned that upon bringing it home, that up to 3 leaves would likely fall off and was assured that “it wouldn’t be [my] fault.”  Who knew plants got depressed?  Despite my photos below of succulents, they have all types of plants, large and small!

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Sutro Baths & Lands End Trail, Part II

I know I’ve posted about the Sutro Baths and the Lands End Trail before, but I’m posting about them again because well, they’re beautiful.  We grabbed brunch at Louis’, and I was pleasantly surprised (okay, shocked) that there was no line for brunch on a Sunday, the food was decent, and it had an amazing view of the Sutro Baths.  I took the first two photos from our table.

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San Francisco Flower Mart

Sunflowers, hydrangeas, orchids, dahlias, tulips, tuberose, lilies, succulents, and mystery plants galore.  I recently discovered that San Francisco has the “best flower market in the country” according to their website and Martha Stewart Living, and have been wanting to check it out ever since.  Street parking was fairly easy (although it is a Tuesday), and they also have a parking lot.  For a list of over 50 vendors, click here.

The San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart is located at 640 Brannon Street, San Francisco, California 94107, and is open to the general public Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Wholesale hours for badge holders begin at 2:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Lafayette Park, San Francisco

My mom drove to San Francisco this morning for brunch and to explore the city with me.  After hitting up Park Tavern (1652 Stockton Street), we set off to walk around Lafayette Park, my favorite park in the city.  Perhaps I shouldn’t blow the secret, but Lafayette has some of the best tennis courts I’ve found.  They’re even, freshly painted, surrounded by beautiful trees, near clean public restrooms, and free (of charge that is, sometimes you have to wait). The rest of the park is gorgeous and has amazing views of the water and of Spreckels Mansion (aka home of Danielle Steel).  Definitely one of my favorite spots to bring a picnic.

After walking around Lafayette, we headed to Presidio Heights to see some beautiful homes, and wandered into some shops and into the Presidio.  This city never ceases to amaze with its beauty.  I’m loving that everyone seems to be away for the weekend–there’s abundant parking everywhere!

Lafayette Park is located in Pacific Heights on the corner of Gough & Washington Streets.

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The Mission, San Francisco

Valencia is one of my favorite streets in San Francisco (or at least one that is cool and close enough that I frequent it).  There are tons of great restaurants, lots of interesting stores, and good people watching.  Find hilarious cards for any occasion and any relationship (even bizarre and x-rated ones) at Serendipity.  If you’re hungry, there are plenty of great places to choose from, I can vouch for Loló, Tacolicious, and Range.  Or grab a tasty alcoholic drink at Locanda, or a latte at Fourbarrel.  (Better to go to Fourbarrel for good coffee and people watching than to do work because there is (gasp), no wifi.)

I’m a fan of the short rib tacos at Tacolicious.  Order some and settle in for one of the U.S.A. or Mexico World Cup games. For more information, click here!

* Serendipity is located at 803 Valencia Street (at 19th Street).

*Tacolicious is located at 741 Valencia Street (at 18th Street) and open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.  Tacolicious has multiple locations.

*Fourbarrel is located at 375 Valencia Street (at 15th Street), also open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

© Sarah Milstein 2014