I haven’t actually eaten at this restaurant yet but its cheeky sign makes me want to.
Recently I went on a Fire Truck Wine Tour with some friends. It had been offered as a discount through Groupon or some other similar site and sometimes it’s fun to play tourist in our own city so we had decided to go for it.
We had to go down to North Beach near Cannery Row to catch the truck. I used to live blocks from there but hadn’t been in the area in awhile so it was kind of nostalgic to look around. I didn’t learn a lot on the tour that I didn’t already know as a local but I always pick up one or two new things from these types of tours and this time was no exception. I learned that the statue in Washington Square Park is a time capsule and it’s 100 years will be up in another couple of years so it will be opened soon. Fun.
The tour itself wasn’t very extensive. It basically went up Columbus through North Beach towards Market Street and then just went over the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island where we got to stop at a Winery and do a wine tasting of about four wines.
I had only ever been to Treasure Island once. Without a car it’s not easy to get to and honestly there’s not a lot of reason to go there. But it was nice to go, cross the bridge in the fire truck, and see the beautiful view of the city skyline from there.
The winery was nice and spacious and the wine was good.
I wouldn’t say that it would be worth trekking over there just for that but as an overall experience it was fun.
Earlier this year I saw this infographic:
It ranks San Francisco as the 7th happiest city in the world, although the way it ranks it is really odd to me. We get high marks here for shopping centers, middle marks for outdoor and culture locations and lower marks for performances and amusements. We do have ample shopping here, I suppose, but I really think of us as a place with lots of performances and culture locations. Interesting. In the end I guess what matters most is that I’m happy here!
Some new, some old, all taken by me during walks in San Francisco’s Japantown:
Earlier this month I shared the photos I had of the Seward Johnson life-sized bronze sculptures that popped up in Fillmore neighborhood starting this summer. What’s really interesting about them, though, is their detail, so I thought that today I’d share some of the more detailed photos I’ve taken.
The Hot Dog Guy
This sculpture is the only one of the 12 in the group that debuted here in San Francisco; the others have toured other cities first.
I especially love the details on their clothing.
One day I went to my local post office just like normal and there was a new sculpture outside. The plaque on the base said that the artist was Seward Johnson. I quickly started seeing these very realistic-looking life-sized bronze sculptures all over my neighborhood and got curious. I wanted to see how many of them I could find!
Yesterday I shared the ceramics painting I did recently at Terra Mia. I also did another painting thing that was also from a Groupon … it was a 3 hour painting class with wine and snacks.
We all got to Citizen Space, a co-working and public meeting place where the class was being held. We put primary colors onto our palettes along with black and white paint. Then we were given instructions to create specific colors (a light grey, a dark green) and apply them in specific places and shapes on the canvas.
Terra Mia is one of those places that you can go to and pick out a piece of pottery to paint. Groupon in hand, I went and did some painting. I picked out a really cute teapot for my sister and spent most of my time painting that.
However, since I had money leftover on the coupon I also decided to paint myself a coffee cup with matching spoon.
I really like the ceramics painting places. I’ve done this a couple of times before, although never here in San Francisco. It’s just a fun time to go with some friends and pick out some pieces and play around with paint.
I recently went to a bar in downtown San Francisco that I’d never been to before. It’s called John Colins.
It’s on Minna Street, which is always a cute place to be. It has a surprisingly large amount of space inside for a San Francisco bar with multiple seating areas in the front, the bar in the center and more seating in the back.
There is a lot of different artwork in the various spaces on the wall. It’s not stunning or anything but it’s interesting.
The drinks were good. I got the basil gin gimlet first and then I got their manhattan. Both yummy.
Definitely worth stopping in if you’re looking for a drink in the Financial District.