French pizza on a stone

I got a new kitchen toy this weekend: a pizza stone. This is because every time I’m in Trader Joe’s, I’m tempted by their bags of fresh pizza dough. During the week I finally caved and picked one up, along…

The setting sun was an orange orb

A cameraphone shot, taken from my car around 8pm on the 101, just after chatting with my brother in Texas, where it was already dark

In the Trader Joe’s deadzone

It turns out that our new apartment (denoted by the green arrow in the map above) is roughly equidistant from all three Trader Joe’s in the city. Each pink circle represents an area one mile from a Trader Joe’s. Of…

A look inside the apartment, finally!

This is our apartment door. On the outside. Not bad, eh? Voici notre porte d’entree depius l’exterieur (couloir). Pas mal, non? Update: the hallway looks much better now with new hallway carpet! Walking into the foyer, the bathroom with clawfoot…

Bloc Party at the Greek Theatre

Awesomest concert cameraphone picture ever? I think so. Bloc Party rocking the skene at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley I also got to see one of my other favorite bands for the first time, Two Gallants. I have no hesitation…

Lord I got to keep on moving

After a late night, we woke leisurely on Saturday in preparation for a weekend of packing and moving. Around noon we drove down to U-Haul, first stopping at a diner for breakfast, then picking up a van. We got the…

Paella in a pan

New kitchen toy! A paella pan. Procured from The Spanish Table in Mill Valley, a neat store with a location in Santa Fe which I strolled through last summer—before I had any clue what these large shallow pans were for.…

Cars that cost a lot of money

I’m not much of a car person, but given that I’ve been spending about 2 hours every weekday on the road, I’ve had a lot of time to look at nothing but cars. And I saw one this afternoon that…

It’s moving day!

Hooray for bitmap cursors pasted into the real world. How iconic!

Last transmission from apartment 10

Stephanie and I are sitting on my old desk. Haven’t sold it yet. Don’t know when. Cable modem still plugged in. Not sure when Comcast will be turning on our service in the city. Friday maybe. Jesus, 5 days off…

Our moving to San Francisco saga comes to a close

Saturday morning we had a number of time-sensitive appointments. That meant being up at 7:30, but first I made us some open-face egg sandwiches with Neiman Ranch bacon and St. George’s raw milk cheese. Then we got down to business.…

International Orange

I really love the minimalist Golden Gate Transit logo you see on the buses and bus stop signs around here. It’s the simplest possible way to evoke the region: blue sea, green hills (at least in the winter and spring),…

Grace Cathedral at night

About two blocks from the new apartment:

Curb climber

I just placed an order for a bonafide, practically all-terrain, city cart. They show up all over the city, used equally by hipsters and the homeless, for groceries and laundry. But I haven’t really found any in stores. You’d think…

Totally went to IKEA and didn’t buy a damn thing

Not a stick. Oh well, except for a small plate of swedish meatballs and a chicken caesar salad. Yum. It was the first time I’d been since first visiting IKEA in DC with my dad three years ago. Tonight we…

Something strange outside Palm Springs, CA

I happened to notice this curious checkerboard pattern in Google Maps southwest of Palm Springs, CA. It’d make more sense if it was in a valley, but that’s right over some mountains. Any ideas?

Seeking: French bistro table

I’m in search of a French bistro table (aka a guéridon) with a cast iron base and a simple black marble top, about 28 inches in diameter. Stephanie and I have seen several at cafes in the city, but have…

Gumbo

Going through some of my files tonight, I came across this New Orleans Times-Picayune Dining Guide from April 4, 2004 which I’ve held onto for two years. I thought the food photography for their gumbo article was gorgeous, and I’ve…

Laundry!

On Monday we celebrated living in the city for two weeks by… …visiting the laundromat. Thankfully there’s one on our block, as our cart has yet to arrive. Two dollars in quarters to wash (per load), about a dollar to…

Pine Street at night

Yes, we now live in a city. This is a fact about which I seem to be constantly amazed. Here’s a visualization that I think might help explain my state of wonderment more concretely. Each bar represents a zip code…