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Category: Adventures

New England

by Avant C

We just got back from New England, where we weathered several days of wind and rain, but it didn’t hinder us from recognizing and appreciating its beauty. Lobster, lighthouses, golden foliage, the ocean, and sailing were just some of New England’s treasures. Some of the highlights were Shelburne Farms in Vermont, the WaterFire festival in Providence, and the Breakers in Newport. We love New England and will definitely be back to explore more.

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Just a Minor Detail

by Avant C

IMG_3329It was one of those spur of the moment days when Jerianne and I got into our car and drove without a destination in mind. As we drove along Pacific Coast Highway 1/Hwy 92, a row of nurseries caught our eye. One of them was Highway 92 Succulents, which you guessed it, sells a variety of succulents. We couldn’t leave without buying a Graptoveria, which I will later replant into a bigger pot. Right next door is the interesting Worlds Rare Plants Store, which sells carnivorous plants. After we left the nursery, we continued to drive aimlessly through the redwoods and enjoyed the fresh sight and smell of nature. The few hours of freedom of not having to worry about work or the chaos of life was well worth it. We hope you discover a bit of freedom, no matter how profound or trivial, as you explore and experience the details of life’s capacity to inspire.IMG_3330IMG_3331The Graptoveria sitting alone, waiting to be replanted.

Palm Springs

by Avant C

   

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I can’t believe how time flies. It’s already the middle of the year, and we have been working non-stop and needed to take a break. We decided to head down South to Palm Springs, where we experienced the amazing art by Leonard Knight, known as Salvation Mountain. We were not only visually bombarded with all these shapes and colors, but we were also able to touch and even climb to the top of this art installation of love.

When in Palm Springs, it’s inevitable not to head over to Joshua Tree. I was expecting a few desert foliage and rocks, but the formation of the boulders and the character of the Joshua tree really blew my mind. Nature’s art never ceases to amaze me, but it also made us hungry, so we headed over to Elmer’s for some German pancakes, yum! Then the desert heat inspired us to head over to Koffi, where we indulged ourselves with some frozen lattes and mochas. We had to walk that off in downtown, where we enjoyed the crowd and did some window shopping.

The next morning, we made our way up in the Aerial Tramway. The ride up was a bit nerve wracking, for me anyway, but I soon forgot all about that and the fact that I would have to do it all over again back down, when I saw the breathtaking view. The dual view of the stillness of the valley below and the mountainous range above was unforgettable.

This trip would not have been complete without the outdoor dining underneath the stars at Birba, where pizza with homemade sausage, mushroom, and onion by the fire pit did not disappoint.

And now, on to more food; that is brunch at Cheeky’s, where the wait was long but their bacon bar was worth the wait. Yes, bacon bar, where they serve five different flavors of bacon to you on one plate.

This getaway was well worth it, both mentally and physically, so whether you are doing a culinary tour, an adventurous trek through the rain forest, or just some R&R on the beach, remember to soak in your surroundings and enjoy the moment because we do live in a beautiful world.

@Large: Ai WeiWei

by Avant C

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We are fans of artist Ai WeiWei, so we were excited to see his exhibition on Alcatraz. The weather that day was sunny, bright, and warm which was a contrast to the island that was famously a prison. There are seven works thoughtfully exhibited throughout different areas of the penitentiary, ranging from sculpture, sound, and mixed media, including legos. He is a “rebel” in China for his views and was even imprisoned for them, so it was only fitting that the exhibition explores human rights and freedom of expression. He is forbidden to travel outside of China, so he has never seat foot onto Alcatraz, which makes his message all the more poignant that freedom of expression can’t be imprisoned.

Hawaii

by Avant C

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We just got back from beautiful Oahu, Hawaii. We loved swimming, snorkeling, and surfing the crystal clear warm waters of the ocean, exploring and sampling macadamia nuts on one of the numerous farms, including Tropical Farms. Hiking up Diamond Head, with the reward of one of the most breathtaking views to behold, and trying Hawaiian classics like the malasadas at Leonard’s Bakery, the BBQ steak plate at Rainbow Drive-In, and shave ice at Matsumoto Shave Ice.  The majestic land of Hawaii has so much to offer, from the contrast of the ocean front to the grand mountainous foliage, it is truly paradise on earth.

 

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Motherland

by Avant C

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I just got back from a trip to my Motherland, Taiwan. It was absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t been back since I was two, and thought I was going to have complete culture shock, but everything somehow felt familiar, from the scenic coast side town of Jiufen to the bustling noise of the night markets in Taipei. I miss it already and desperately want to go back to explore more.

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Land, Sea and Air

by The Perpetualist

America’s Cup Goodies

The America’s Cup World Series – October 2012


America’s Cup World Series was back again in San Francisco and this time, better than ever! Some local shops such as “Susie Cakes” even celebrated the Cup by making special sailing goodies- cupcakes and cookies.

Not only was this AC World Series a hit but it was a jam packed weekend as San Francisco also celebrated the Blue Angels and Fleet Week. We had the chance to enjoy the celebrations as we witness the Blue Angels fly and Team Oracle USA win the Fleet Race!

With the SF Giants, The Oakland A’s, and The 49ers big season, Japanese Clothing Store Uniqlo opening in Union Square, and The America’s Cup….San Francisco in October is looking wonderful!

We can’t wait for America’s Cup Louis Vuitton Regatta in Summer 2013! Hope to see you there! -J.B.

SFMOMA

by Avant C

top left clockwise: 50/50 Floor-Tauba Auerbach, California Artist-Robert Arneson, Untitled 2008-Cindy Sherman, Exploded Views-Jim Campbell,The Right Way-Fischl and Weiss

We enjoyed the last few days of Indian Summer by strolling to SFMOMA to view the Cindy Sherman exhibition. She is one of our favorite artists, so we were excited to see her Film Still and Renaissance series, which are some of our favorite images by Sherman. Some of the other exhibitions that caught our eye were Tauba Auerbach’s 50/50 Floor exhibit of rotating fluorescent lights and black and white tiled flooring, which provided a wide open space for many a photo op.  Jim Campbell’s Exploded Views featuring a cluster of lights hung over the atrium. When viewed at eye level on one of the balconies, you can see shadowy figures revolving in the chandelier sculpture of lights. It was a wonderful way to end our summer. -c.c.

Napa Valley

by The Perpetualist

Napa Valley has always been a favorite mini-getaway for us! Living in San Francisco, the drive to Napa via 101N is not only scenic but romantic. We decided to spend a full day in Napa once again and just sample the eats and shops that catches our eye. We started early morning to hit up Oxbow Public Market and discovered the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Poorhouse is a small home goods store with a unique collection of cute house gifts and furniture.

As we continue our day we stopped by Bouchon Bakery in Yountville. Although there was a line, we didn’t mind the wait because there was just so many yummy goodies to choose from. Cherilyn loved the “Epi Baguette” which we couldn’t wait to try with our Smoked Olive Oil.

It’s not a Napa trip unless you stop for some wine tasting. We usually hit up our favorites such as Prager Port Works and  V. Sattui.  The deli is always fresh and the tasting is always packed but so worth it especially for an afternoon lunch picnic.

Our day was packed with more shopping in St. Helena’s Main Street and visiting the Culinary Institute of America where we enjoyed dinner on their patio.

Here are our favorite finds from Napa we’d thought we’d share with you.

(L-R) Fruit from Oxbow Farmer’s Market, Sattui Cabernet, Prager Port (Jerianne’s a Port girl!), Smoked Olive Oil, Asiago Black Pepper Shortbread from Olivier Napa Valley , and pastries from Bouchon Bakery.

America’s Cup World Series

by The Perpetualist

Jerianne loves sailing! And we are so proud that the 34th America’s Cup will be held here in our hometown of San Francisco in 2013. We had the chance to enjoy the first A.C. event, the America’s Cup World Series – August, 2012. Of course, Oracle Team U.S.A. was the top favorite and we were cheering for Jimmy Spithill, Russell Coutts and the crew of USA and what an extraordinary day at the regatta! Here are some photos and a quick video Jerianne took on her iPhone. It truly was an amazing day at the races on the Marina Green on a sunny, perfect day!

Our little video made from Jerianne’s iPhone with Vampire Weekend’s “California English” as our background music.