It’s easy to walk past Clarion Alley without even noticing it. Despite that, this hidden alley in San Francisco has become one of the most photographed spots in the city due to its colorful murals. I almost missed it myself on my way to brunch in the Mission neighborhood but I made sure to go back afterwards and take a photo walk down this alley whose vibrant colors stood out on an otherwise gloomy day.
Mile Rock Beach is just another beautiful spot in San Francisco to get you away from the urban hustle and closer to nature and fresh air. After taking an iPhone photography class a while ago, I’ve drawn up a list of places in the Bay Area that are ideal for photo walks and when I have a free day or afternoon, I try to cross a place off my list like Mile Rock Beach. It is indeed a great photo opportunity as there aren’t a ton of people around so it’s as if you have the Pacific Ocean, the sand, and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge all to yourself.
Early last year I was reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a hugely popular book to help readers unlock their creativity. Readers are encouraged to go on an artist’s date every week which means you are supposed to go do something fun by yourself for an hour or a whole day if you so choose. You can go for a walk, go to a movie or a museum, or go on a road trip to a nearby town you’ve never been to. The goal of this artist’s date is to take time for yourself and to get your imagination flowing.
Ever since my nephews arrived on the scene in the last few years, my family has decided to buy Christmas presents just for the little ones. We don’t have to stress about getting more stuff for each other and can enjoy the kids’ reactions when they open their gifts. It’s the best part of Christmas anyway. My friends and I have adopted the same kind of thinking too and for the holidays we find a fun experience to do together instead of exchanging presents. Which is especially nice when you have been friends for decades and have no idea what to get each other anymore. This past weekend my best friends, Dee and Sasha, and I went to a holiday tea at Crown & Crumpet in San Francisco.
A lot has changed since I first went to Outside Lands many years ago. Now in it’s 8th year, it’s bigger and better. The three-day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has become a must for tons of locals and out-of-towners.
I went to my first blog party here in San Francisco a couple weeks ago. Founded by Jamie Wong, Blog Party is a meet up for bloggers of all types. Parties are held once a month in San Francisco, but a party has been held in L.A. and I’ve heard the parties may expand to other cities in the future. It’s a great way for bloggers to connect, network, and build a community. Each party is held in a great space and there are lots of great bites and drinks to be had and you can score some great swag as well!
Trying new foods is without a doubt my favorite thing to do when I travel. But I know I don’t have to get on a plane to enjoy eating out because there are so many great places to eat right here in San Francisco. So I thought it would be fun to share the restaurants and cafes, with enticing photos to boot, I visit with my friends or family on a monthly basis so here is what I ate in May!
One of my best friends Sasha moved back home to San Francisco from Australia a couple months ago. She was gone for over two years and while we made sure to see each other a few times during that period, my friends and I are more than happy that she is back in the Bay Area for good! Now we can hang out whenever we want and one of our favorite things to do is eat. So one Saturday afternoon we all met at Chef Michael Chiarello’s Spanish restaurant Coqueta to celebrate Sasha’s homecoming.
I love a good cup of tea and a scone. Since I miss sitting down for this treat at The Orangery in London, I like having a tea room here at home where I can go whenever a craving comes on. Lovejoy’s Tea Room is cozy and traditional and my favorite place to go for tea in the city. I recently went there with my cousins for a leisurely afternoon.