Monday, December 28, 2015

Sunday in the City

Sunday we headed back to the city to see Star Wars The Force Awakens (in IMAX) with SeanYoda's mom. I managed a few photos from our day before my phone battery died again..
St. Patrick's
St Patrick's across the street from the Metreon.

After lunch at the nearby Mel's, we took a sightseeing tour of the city from the Zipcar... I was awake for the Great Highway/ Ocean Beach portion:

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach

Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park with Windmill..

Mt Sutro  & Sutro Tower
Sutro Tower as seen from the Great Highway.

We hit up the Public Library for a bit where I was able to pick up my hold books before we ran out of time, as well check out the installations on the PPIE and the WWII in the Philippines.

The sun was setting as we headed back to the EastBay..
pretty pink and rose sky..

Finally.. the Bay Bridge set against the fading light..

and the old span..
old span..

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Lafayette Park

Christmas Day in the City..

Lafayette Park 2
Lafayette Park renovation all finished since we last visited.. photo courtesy ©SeanYoda Rouse

view from across the park..
Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge viewed from South of Lafayette Park.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Baking

something from scratch, something from a mix!

Coffee Cookies take 2
Coffee Cookies made from scratch..

This is my 2nd attempt at making these.. the first didn't come out near as good (more like brownie brittle.) Recipe calls for 1 cup flour & 1 cup sugar, a cube of butter, 1 egg, and 1/4 tsp of baking soda.. and finally 2 tblsp. of instant coffee.

Cookies still came out flat (despite putting batter in the fridge for a few hours) but at least they taste alright.

Pumpkin Spice Bread (mix)
Pumpkin Spice Bread..

Usually I use a Krusteaz mix from Costco, but SeanYoda brought home a different mix*.. This one doesn't seem to have nuts.. It didn't rise as much as I expected, and I haven't tried it yet.. (don't plan to until my second loaf is finished baking..) You can make a cream cheese frosting for it but I usually serve it without anything. People can put butter or maybe a fruit spread on it if they want, I suppose.

I'll bring these to Christmas Dinner at Sean's older brother's place in the city..

*"Wild Roots" Organic Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix

Merry Christmas (Eve)

Happy Holidays!

Just in case I forget to update.. hoping everyone has a lovely Christmas, however you do or don't celebrate..

"This is as posed as I get people!"

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Walking in SoMa

some mural/graf Art seen on Howard St. today while walking to Costco..

1137 Howard.. Mural

raccoon in a boat
the above were outside 1137 Howard Street next to a print shop..

SoMa art
further up the street.. a different building that had several pieces on it..

There was lots to take images of regarding street or mural style art but my phone was dying by the afternoon.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Shiba Ramen

Shiba Ramen
Shiba Ramen was still soft opening its location in the Emeryville Public Market as we stopped in on a rainy Friday night.

By the time we showed up they were down to only a couple servings of ramen and sides. We were able to get an order of Miso Ramen and an order of gyoza and their Shiba Wings..

Miso Ramen 2

the gyoza was gyoza.. very lightly fried and tasty but you know, it's gyoza.. serving was perfect for sharing.

now for the most amazing thing we had.. the Shiba Wings:
Shiba Wings
What you can't tell from the photo is the light honey sprinkled goodness.. and when you bite into the wings, OMGz the juiciness! So good.. I was suggesting we get a couple order of these whenever possible just to take home.

As it was they closed while we were eating as they had sold out of EVERYTHING! (not surprising!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

California Theatre

Something's coming soon..
Star Wars The force Awakens
As seen on my way home from school.. The neon beckoned to me, as it does.. and of course once you stop, you'll notice that SW: The Force Awakens can be seen in downtown Berkeley,(just in case you needed to know another place it was showing.) ;)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Heyday on University

Today was the annual Heyday Books holiday sale.. I think this might be a regular thing for me (what with attending 2 years in a row now!) and since they publish some really great books, whatever you get will be a good choice. SeanYoda went with me, thinking that he'd keep me from over-shopping, but he found some titles he wanted too.. Suffice to say I walked home with a nice haul of books to read in the new year..

Heyday Holiday Sale 2015

I went specifically to pick up a copy of LAtitudes and So Far From Home: Russians in Early California but as you can tell, I ended up with a lot more to add to my little home library of California interests! I'm especially happy to finally have my own copy of All of Us or None as I have really enjoyed reading all of Lincoln Cushing's poster art books previously, including this one.)

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Berkeley Tree

Branches reaching up to the sky..
just a little bit of Fall color.. seen on my walk.
Random Tree

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Happy Hanukkah

to friends & family that celebrate.. wishing you a Happy Hanukkah..
Hanukkah Cookies at Saul's!
Hanukkah Cookies from Saul's Saturday night..

Friday, December 04, 2015

Cats of Berkeley


South Berkeley Kitty
Helios (aka Potsticker) who I hear does not live at this address.. (and neither do I.) He does have good taste in porches, IMHO.

Fog on the Hills

Fall Colors and morning fog in the Berkeley Hills as seen from Ashby Ave.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Holiday Lights in South Berkeley

Three homes on a corner in South Berkeley all lit up for the holidays..
Derby St.  holiday lights
Fulton & Derby.. as seen on my walk this evening,(not my corner,btw..)