Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Papel picado- colourful designs cut from tissue paper and strung into banners- are a traditional sight during Mexican holidays.  I picked up this one in the Mission and hung it in the kitchen...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Flying Burrito Brothers

On April 4 & 6, 1969 Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers opened for the Grateful Dead at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom.  Years later these shows were discovered in the vaults and released by Amoeba Records.  Here are two songs from the set...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

ridin the f line

some glimpses of market street from one of the historic f line streetcars...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

olive & chocolate

It doesn't really sound like a very tasty combination until you try the paper-thin chocolate wafer studded with cocoa nibs and oil-cured olives from the StarStream Cafe tucked away in a quiet corner of the Mission.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Growing Home Community Garden

While walking along Page Street one morning on the way to the market I noticed these burlap bags hanging from a fence...

... so I crossed the street to get a better look.  It appeared to be some kind of community garden but it was all locked up because it was still early in the morning.  I wandered around a bit and peeked through the fence...

... and eventually found a sign:  Growing Home Community Garden.  And then I read what it was all about.

Project Homeless Connect was started in 2004 and provides valuable outreach services to San Francisco's homeless population, and has been so successful that it has been copied in many other cities.  This cool little garden in the heart of Hayes Valley is just one of their projects.