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Weekend with Cousin Jennifer

Jennifer and Rosa
Jennifer and Rosa at the De Young
My cousin Jennifer visited over the weekend from Seattle. What a great time! I’m completely exhausted, though. Visitors = little sleep for me. Not because of the guest, but just because of the way I am. I picked her up from SFO early on Saturday morning and we started our whirlwind tour after a quick breakfast at home from Tartine Bakery supported by some much needed coffee.

Despite the rainy, windy weather we started by going to Golden Gate Park to visit the De Young Museum. The copper siding has a little more patina since I was there last. We wandered around looking at old landscape photos, modern art, and giant stone heads from the Olmec culture in southern Mexico. Al Farrow Cathedral
Al Farrow’s Cathedral
One of the more impressive pieces on display (for me) was Al Farrow’s Cathedral. Made almost entirely of gun parts, bullets and bones, it made quite an impression. Down the naive was a human spine; I’m rather curious where that came from since I can kind of imagine someone not minding their spine being in an art exhibit, I can’t imagine who that person would be (since Santo Guerro wasn’t a “real” person). I’m rather surprised there isn’t anything in Wikipedia about it yet.

Of course while at the De Young it’s almost mandatory to go visit the tower and take in the view. If you’re in the area I was assured that visiting the tower is still free. The view, even on a rainy day like we had, was spectacular. The Tower of the De Young Museum
Tower of the De Young Museum
What was funny to me was listening to the tourist pointing at landmarks and calling them by the completely wrong names/locations. Someone was pointing at the church up at the University of San Francisco and claiming it was the original Mission of San Francisco (which is completely obscured from view in that part of the City). Oh well. I’m sure I’ve done worse.

Next up, the California Academy of Sciences. This is probably my favorite museum in the city. We got there a little late but we managed to snag tickets to the Morrison Planetarium to see Life: A Cosmic Story. Narrated by Jodie Foster, it was quite an amazing show. Not a bad thing to see on our first planetarium show at the CalAcademy. Unfortunately for us this was the last show of the day, and the Academy was closing right afterwards. California Academy of Sciences T-Rex
T-Rex at the CalAcademy
I guess we’ll just have to check out the rest the next time Jenn visits.

Later we had caffeine at Borderlands Cafe but that couldn’t stop the food coma after eating at Osha which has great Thai food.

“Bright” and “early” on Sunday we picked up Jon E and headed north to Sonoma for wine tasting. We’d had heavy wind and rain overnight and some of the roads were flooded but that didn’t deter us. We hit Gundlach Bundschu, Ravenswood and Bartholomew Park wineries. All were good and none of us got too buzzed (the portions are getting smaller and smaller every year; good and bad). Later that night we ate at Ti Couz and called it a night.

Now it’s Monday and I feel tired enough for an all day siesta. Too bad I’d get in trouble for that… It was a great weekend, though, and wonderful to get to know Jennifer better! Rosa and I will have to get up to Seattle to visit her sometime.

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Spain Wedding Pictures – Sevilla and Barcelona

Our final days in Spain were spent wandering around Sevilla and spending time with the family there, and two days in Barcelona before we flew home to San Francisco. Though there aren’t as many pictures some of them are quite good. Here they are. You can view other photos from our adventures in Castelló d’Empúries, Sevilla and Granada in the photo galleries.

I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I loved taking them and experiencing these places. Thanks!

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Spain Wedding Pictures – Granada

The third set of photos from our Spanish wedding/honeymoon are up. These are all from our trip to Granada. Granada was an amazing place, if only for Alhambra. Alhambra is the kind of place I’d heard often, “It’s amazing, you’re gonna love it.” Enough people said it that I thought, Well, it’s probably pretty good but I’ve seen a lot of the world in my lifetime so we’ll see. I have to say the Alhambra was a stunning experience for me. Almost every surface is a work of art, and to think that it was a place where people lived, worked, loved and died, living their lives.

If Granada was just the Alhambra it would be worth the visit, but the whole city was amazing, from the steep hill and narrow streets of whitewashed Albaicín to visiting the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferran (Fernando to you Spanish only folks), to the food and the simultaneously modern and medieval feel. There were a lot of tourists but once you ignored them (and it didn’t take me too long) Granada is a wonderful place to visit.

You can view the previous pictures from Sevilla and Castelló d’Empúries.

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Spain Wedding Pictures – Sevilla

After the wedding in Castelló d’Empúries we traveled south to Sevilla to visit Rosa’s family there and experience the city. Here is the second set of pictures from our trip to Spain. You can view the first set here.

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Spain Wedding Pictures, Part One

I’m going to start posting pictures from the trip to Spain. These are a mix of pictures from the camera and the iPhone. I’m dividing the pictures into sets. This first one is all in Castelló d’Empúries, which is where the wedding took place. After that will be pictures from the honeymoon in three sets, Sevilla, Granada, and then a few days in Sevilla and Barcelona.

The first set, from Castelló d’Empúries, is here. There aren’t as many pictures of family and friends as I would like, but we were hyper busy and distracted most of the time. I admit, I’m surprised I remembered to take any pictures at all…

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Pan Con Tomate

Pan con tomate, also known as pa amb tomàquet, is a delicious Catalan food… Simple, distinct and brilliant. Basically, toast some thick country bread, scrape garlic on it, rub tomato over the surface, sprinkle a good amount of olive oil over the top and a bit of salt (and maybe pepper if you’re into that). Like I said, simple, distinct and brilliant. This was Rosa’s recent batch when we had friends over.

Pan con Tomate

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Here We Go

I’m just minutes away from a super exciting and very mysterious weekend. Early bachelor’s party. No idea what my best man has cooked up. Wish me luck!

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Norton’s Vault

Many of you that know me also know that I have a fond appreciation of all things Norton. Emperor Norton, that is. Last week when Banana Flash and I were wandering downtown looking for a place to eat and stumbled upon Norton’s Vault well, we just had to eat there. In the end the food wasn’t awesome and the improvised Irish coffee was… less than awesome. But the place is wonderful and I am going there again. I wonder if they can get me into one of the building’s real vaults?

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Halloween Pictures

I wanted to thank everyone for coming to this year’s Halloween Party! It was great fun and I can’t wait to do it again next year. In the meantime I’ve put up some pictures. Here they are!

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Jolt Cola Blasphemy!

I started drinking Jolt Cola when it first came out. Back then the motto was, “All the sugar and twice the caffeine.” So what is this BLASPHEMY?!? Diet Jolt Cola is wrong. Powers that be, make this nightmare go away and restore my faith in you.

Blasphemous Diet Jolt Cola

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