February 1, 2014


R.I.P. Paolo Saleri (21 June 1919 – 9 April 2013)

April 10, 2013

my soleri bell

Hidden Gardens In Pacific Heights

April 7, 2013

These four homes all have huge green spaces — you would never know by passing them on the street.  This is the corner of California and Franklin in Pacific Heights:

four houses in my 'hood

SF Real Estate Update: $/sg.ft for Last Half of 2012 in Prestige Northern Neighborhoods

February 16, 2013


San Francisco Giants: These are glory days (NYT)

February 11, 2013


Popular, homegrown stars,

stability in the front office and the dugout,

sold-out crowds at the game’s best ballpark.

These are glory days for the Giants.



San Francisco’s spring schedule will begin Saturday, February 23, 2013

December 26, 2012

that’s 58 days from today…



World Championship Parade!

October 30, 2012


October 24, 2012


August 19, 2012

SPOILER ALERT:  Another Great Night at Jacks

I was meeting a colleague for supper on our way over to Yoshi’s to see the Jazz Crusaders.  My very first thought was Jack’s on Fillmore.  My wife and I used to hang out there A LOT a few years back but things changed and we moved closer to Polk Street yadda yadda…

Anyway, I was on the #23 approaching Jack’s at about 8p last Saturday — there were perhaps 10 or 12 really stylish folks waiting to get in — a very good sign.  Getting off the bus I bumped into my bud and we threaded our way in the front door.

Jack was helping out table #1 — the big one in the window .  Now everyone knows that Jack is EXPERT on Italian and Spanish wines — I heard him doing his thing while we hung out.

A few minutes later he “created” a two-top and we sat down.  The place was buzzing with conversations, food, wine, and just a very nice atmosphere.  We could see the wait staff “sailing” around the room with steaming plates.

I ordered a Prosecco (naturally) and didn’t even look at the menu.  The bruschetta came out — Jack’s amouse bouche — such a nice touch but can be tricky, right?  The tomato/garlic melange is just perfect here — another good sign.

knew I wanted Jack’s famous Julienne  squash w/ almonds and peccorino — you know the dish from Jack’s youtube video.  It came out promptly and did not disappoint.  I ordered another Prosecco to go with my salmon.  Has anyone but me noticed the salmon this year is spectacular?  The dish came out perfectly executed:  salmon over greens — so simple but so good.

Finished off with some Escencia and then off to Yoshi’s.

NOTE TO SELF:  Need to get back to Jack’s more often — amazing kitchen, great atmosphere, easy on the wallet — and, of course, Jack in the house.

Lafayette Park Renovation Project

June 8, 2012

The fences went up yesterday so the park is now closed for about 10 months.  I love San Francisco’s commitment to open urban space — especially parkland.