Saturday in Pictures

Final touch-ups on the house sale: painting the common area, washing the graffiti off the garage door, sweeping and cleaning all common areas.


Our microwave broke so we found this one on Craiglist and picked it up in North Beach for $40.


Tacos at Don Pisto’s. OMG so good. A newly-discovered favorite restaurant.



Strolled around North Beach. Loved this vintage Philippine Airlines poster that we saw at a map boutique for $275. Went online, found it on eBay, and bought it for $19.


Mani-pedis for me and Dean at Sugarcoat in our ‘hood.





Dinner at the Westfield food court, then Silver Linings Playbook at the Century Cinema.


Wine and cheese at First Crush.

Christmas Festivities

I love Christmas time. Does it get any more festive than this time of year? This year seems to have zoomed by along with December so I feel like I didn’t get a chance to do everything I love doing like having holiday tea at one of the big hotels, ice-skating in Union Square, or watching the Symphony.

But I did manage to catch my nephew sing as part of the Golden Gate Boys Choir. The choir is comprised of elementary and high school kids from all over the Bay Area.¬†They had a concert at St. Francis in North Beach, singing all the classics: O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, the Little Drummer Boy, O Come All Ye Faithful…

In addition to singing, they had bellringers who were the bomb. Older kids who played Carol of the Bells and the Coventry Carol. So amazing. I’ve never heard the bells played before. Click on the link below to a video.

Golden Gate Bellringers

I also got front row Orchestra seats to the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker which is supposed to be one of the best Nutcrackers in the world. We read that the first full-length Nutcracker in the U.S. premiered at the SF Ballet. Plus I adore ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan who played the older Clara. You won’t see anyone like her. The day she announces her impending retirement (she’s getting up there), I plan on watching every ballet that she’s in. It was a Tuesday night and it seems like all the SF dwellers made it to that show (I saw a bunch of people), including one of my exes who texted me.

Heaven and Hell II

My friend Darin threw a raging party at his house in North Beach on Saturday with a DJ, stripper pole, bongo drums. We even did some shots for good measure. Wow, haven’t done one of those since…NYC a few weeks ago. Hello? How old am I?

Darin threw the first Heaven and Hell party several years ago…and I still remember that too. C-R-A-Z-Y!

A smorgasbord of pics.

Love the guy dressed as a Burner!

The Progressive Girl

That’s Darin

Ran into the Black Swan on the street

Quagmire with the ladies