Category: Food


“The Pits”

“The Pits” is a sweet three-minute story about an avocado searching for its other half. Most recently, the film was featured in the NY Times, was selected for over 30 film festivals worldwide, and premiered in the Oscar-qualifying New York International Children’s Film Festival and was selected for their Best of Fest world tour.


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Fruit Stand Smash in Slo-Mo

The Slow Mo Guys commit more atrocities against perfectly innocent fruit.

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Fruit vs. Fruit

The Slow Mo Guys commit total fruit annihilation as they capture some sweet 4K footage of fruit colliding.

One Second Salad in 4K

Veggies will fly as The Slow Mo Guys put on their chef hats and attempt to make themselves a super fast salad.

Day 4: Saturday, April 28, 2018 (continued)

Tim & I arrived at Fisherman’s Wharf and the place was slammed. This guy was playing “statue” for tips. We have a guy in San Diego who does this same thing, only with a silver suit.

When he *does* move, little kids and adults alike are startled.

We had a blast exploring the Musee Mecanique. It’s an interactive museum in an old warehouse full of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts. Admission is free, and most of the games cost only one or two quarters.

A steam-powered motorcycle!

Love Tester:

I got “frigid.” LOL

We took turns sitting in the “Magic Chair.”

Check out the STINK EYE that little girl is giving me!

There were several Player Pianos and Wurlitzer Automatic Bands:

Fortune Tellers:

My fortune!

There are plenty of these really old flip-card viewers:

Some showed 3-D pictures of the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fires.

Some were “X Rated” – basically girls posing in their negligees. Pretty tame by today’s standards.

A number of these enormous tableau:

Wooden dancing men in the “Thimble Theater”:

Some were quite dark, like this English Execution:

Or this French Execution:

I’d heard there was also an Opium Den, but we didn’t see it. Bummer.

There’s “Laughing Sal,” a creepy life-size laughing doll near the entrance:

They had plenty of Penny Press machines, but all with SF images like the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Wharf on them. When I saw a Laughing Sal penny press, I had to get one:

All sorts of fun stuff. Bell-Tolling Monks:

The Drunkard’s Dream:

A Mechanical Carnival (too bad the roller coaster wasn’t working):

Sleepless Father with Crying Baby:

“Last Stand”:

Lots and lots of fun.

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From Fisherman’s Wharf, it was a short walk to the bottom of the curvy part of Lombard Street. On the way, I spotted this cable car bus full of Furries, having a grand time:

Getting to Lombard involved some SERIOUS hill-climbing. You can hear me on this video still catching my breath. I was surprised to see cars snaking down Lombard – I’d thought they closed it to non-resident vehicles on the weekends, but apparently not. ALso got some nice shots of Coit Tower and a lovely hillside garden.

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Took an Uber home. Spotted this cool house on the way:

I loved the copper onion domes.

Rested for a while before heading over to a dinner party at Tim & Alex’s neighbors Jonetta and Bill’s lovely home. Next door was another of Tim’s HOPIs:

Ooh, PURPLE.

We had a marvelous time. Jonetta is an educator and Bill is a defense attorney who does work for the Innocence Project. First we had martinis and appetizers upstairs in their sunroom while watching the sunset. We had spicy shrimp skewers, brie cheese with cranberries and crackers, and chips with some delicious poke. Johnny Cash crooned on the stereo, covering “Desperado” and “Oh Danny Boy.” Xena and their two dogs dozed at our feet.

Early in the evening, Jonetta had my name as “Samantha” for some reason. We cleared up the confusion when Bill came in, but for the rest of the night, “Samantha” became my alter ego. Bill asked if I wanted my martini strong (because Tim’s wasn’t, the lightweight) and Tim said, “Oh, Sammy likes her drinks REAL STRONG!” and I’d chime in with, “But not Kim, she’s not like that BITCH Samantha.” Like that. It was funny.

Then we got down to dinner. Some of it was Munchery food. We had stuffed artichokes with homemade aioli sauce, a salad made from those lovely greens from the farmer’s market, Kobe steak, roasted Brussels sprouts, marinated salmon, plus a Gewürztraminer and two different red wines to wash it all down.

For dessert, we had a selection of brownies, cheesecakes, carrot cake, and more of those macarons, plus more brie with crackers and fig jam.

OMG OMG OMG

By the time we left, it was well after 1:00 a.m. After I’d gotten ready for bed, it was 2:00 a.m. I haven’t stayed up that late in forever. Great time.

**Next post: Day 5 – Fund Raiser, Palace Hotel, Zam Zam

 

Day 4: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Started out the morning with a walk to Gus’s Market for coffee, then we took the dogs to Golden Gate Park’s panhandle to do their business. Tim pointed out HOPI’s (homes of particular interest) like this one. There are so many details and gewgaws on this house it’s like a painted lady. Needs a powerwash, though, to get all the dust and soot off:

And this one, all done up in my favorite colors:

I spotted this tai chi class underway, and noted that, just like in all the best real-world YouTube videos, the badass kung fu master is wearing a dress shirt, dress pants with a belt, and street shoes. Like, office attire. Well, here it is!

Hit the post office on the way back to mail my postcards. Back at home I found Moby like this, poor thing helplessly trapped under some extremely heavy pillows: 

Then we took an Uber to the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. It took FOREVER because we got caught up in baseball game traffic. We wanted to hit their epic farmer’s market and get something to bring to the dinner party that evening at Tim & Alex’s friends’ house.

BTW, Sinbad’s is GONE. Only some pilings and an earth-mover are where it used to be.

The Ferry Building was so crowded you could hardly turn around. First priority, getting some coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee, which Tim insists is the best. He got a pound of decaf to bring home, too.

Then we wandered about as we sipped our strong Gibraltars. The idea had been floated about getting some oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co., but the line to get in was RIDICULOUS. Forget that noise. More wandering. Farmer’s market stuff, all incredible. Found this guy selling crates full of the widest variety of greens – there must have been at least a couple of dozen. We got a bag full of all sorts of stuff – mustard greens, a new sort of cress, arugula, and more – even a few bunches of edible flowers thrown in for free.

Nice guy.

Next we caught the F-line streetcar going along the Embarcadero. It was one of those old-timey 50s style electric-cable buses:

Destination: the stop for the Alcatraz Landing, directly across the street from which is Hillstone restaurant. I’d been wanting to treat Tim to this place ever since Bon Appetit wrote a glowing article (love letter) about the chain. Apparently, the food is so good and so consistent, and the service so impeccable, that the chain has gotten the magazine’s unending admiration.

First thing I noticed was this gorgeous tabletop sculpture of an otter.

First thing Tim noticed was the dress code, which, while lenient toward the weekend tourist crowd’s typical attire, did mention “No Hats.” Luckily, he whipped off his sun visor before having to be asked to do so. #EmbarrassmentAverted

The second thing I noticed was half a dozen of Louis Poulsen’s iconic “Artichoke” lampshades. I worked in an architecture firm for 10 years and managed the reference library, and I used to drool over the Louis Poulsen catalog. These things are EXPENSIVE, folks. Like $7,000 to $12,000 apiece. Hillstone features a famous roasted artichoke dish, so they figured it’d be a clever match.

Tim ordered their ubiquitous cheeseburger with fries, and I got a (small) glass of champagne and the smoked salmon appetizer. One of the many nice touches at Hillstone: the napkins come with a buttonhole so one can pin it to one’s shirt:

Tim’s cheeseburger looked amazing:

So tall it’s like a Dagwood.

And my smoked fish was to DIE for. Came with some creamy herb dressing and grilled buttered garlic toast points which our charming British waiter Alec assured me could be replenished if needed, since I’d mentioned that that would be my meal.

OMG OMG OMG

It was a HUGE piece of fish for an appetizer, and it’s smoked in-house in small batches. You could smell the smoke before it was even in your mouth. So tender it was like butter. Shared with Tim but we still brought some home.

Outside, we stopped to take pictures of this unusual sculpture of a cowboy riding a bucking… fish.

Picked up the F-line again to Fisherman’s Wharf. Destination: the Musee Mecanique, a big warehouse filled with hundreds of old-timey arcade games, many of which are over a hundred years old.

**Next post: Day 4 (Part 2) – Musee Mecanique, Lombard Street, Dinner party

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