Labor Day Weekend Book Haul


While friends left their apartment to get out of the city, we moved in.

On Sunday we took a long walk up Valencia. Shopping and people watching. We ended up at Mission Comics and I snagged myself a copy of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz with artwork by Skottie Young.


I probably should have started with the first one, but in this story Baum uses the San Francisco 1906 earthquake as its jumping off point.


On that theme, walking back, we stopped at Dog-Eared Books and meandered a bit. After admiring it multiple times, in multiple bookstores over the years, I made the jump and purchased Paul Madonna’s All Over Coffee.


The pen and ink washes of the San Francisco neighborhoods and skyline are sparsely captioned. Each piece invites pause, reflection, and contemplation.


While at Dog-Eared, I spied
San Francisco Noir (Akashic Noir), a collection of mysteries set in the city.


San Francisco Noir 2: v. 2 (Akashic Noir) contains works from Mark Twain, Jack London and other well known  authors. Those two are going on the “to read” list for sure.






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Summer Walk through North Beach in San Francisco


Beautiful day in San Francisco on Saturday – Sunny and warm proving Mark Twain wrong. I walked through the Financial District to North Beach. A quick stop at City Lights Books for browsing. Brunch that included a “Bloody Hammer” and Brioche French Toast at 15 Romolo. More wandering, and another stop at Vesuvio. I don’t think I’ve been in the neighborhood for about 10 years. I love that not much has changed.

San Francisco weekend pt. 2 : Sugar high Sunday

Orange blossom donut from dynamo And damn this coffee is good!

My Sunday morning walk led me up Valencia again. This time I stopped in at Four Barrel Coffee. A place the fabulous @HizKnits frequents and Erica raved about on her recent visit. The bonus – Dynamo Donuts in Orange Blosssom And I had to have a second cup of their coffee though I knew it would lead to a major caffeine buzz on top of the sugar high.

Walking back, a number of stores were open that I was too early for on my way and I stopped in here and there. The best find was the hat shop.

Thinking of @kzooerica Zomg @kzooerica you would die in here! Must visit in nov.

The really bad thing was that I ate the donut knowing full well that my afternoon would be filled with pie.

Pie or die

The person who I was kitty sitting for had to take a trip at the last minute and left me the tickets for the SF Food Wars “Pie or Die” event.

Only a portion of the pies to taste

Look at all those pie pieces! People did an amazing job making pies their own way. Even though there were three peach pies, each had an original twist. And there were a number of berry pies as well. My favorite name was the “Gleek Team” who had the “Rachel Berry” pie. In the end we had to just vote for our #1pick.

Then we had to judge

I was very happy when my favorite turned out to be both the professional judges favorite and the choice of the majority. Irving Lin’s blackberry lemon chess pie with honey jumbleberry sauce was a standout. Irving is the blogger behind Eat the Love and everyone should go over to read his charming account of the day.

Here’s a slide show from SF Food Wars:

Up next for SF Food Wars: the Great Salsa ChampionChip, at the Ferry Building on September 12.

After that I had to detox for the next couple of days. After all, I’m in training for NY Food and BlogHer.

Lest anyone think I neglected my duty…

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