SFO to PDX first time traveler

I’m proud to call San Francisco my home. After 25 years of walking around the streets, mingling with the people, and eating the food, I’d like to think that I’m pretty well-versed in San Franciscan culture, although I’m not entirely sure if San Francisco culture is something you inherit or just pick up. Maybe it oozes off on you after you’ve been here a few years.

…but some days I wake up and I don’t recognize my own city

This isn’t to say that I know what’s going on in my own city though, especially in these current times. Just because I remember and know it in my way as a San Francisco native who has seen his fair share of change doesn’t mean I can describe the huge shift in things right now as they unfold. I’m not even sure what to call it, but some days I wake up and I don’t recognize my own city. Call it what you want – gentrification, entitlement, tech empires rising, the millennial invasionSan Francisco just doesn’t feel the same and it’s pretty confused as to what it wants to become.

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Film and updates http://1ft.in

I love you and I miss you. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here and right now, this feels right. I refuse to bore you all with the details and developments of my life. If you must know, just reach out to me. Otherwise, I’ll just pick up and continue as if nothing ever happened. Previously, I’ve posted a lot of my photography on this site because it’s something that I’m extremely passionate about. However, I’m cutting back on that a little bit because of my hectic schedule. I can’t even find time to post anymore!

I’ve also recently started http://1ft.in which I humbly urge you to check out. It’s dedicated to my newfound love for analog photography. Let me give you a little brief: my uncle on my father’s side of the family is a professional photographer who specializes in taking pictures of tourists and printing them off at a little kiosk in Hong Kong. My father is an interesting man and loved photography as well. In addition to being a harsh critic of my work, he was the one who gave me the tools necessary to fall in love with taking photos. He gave me his old Minolta and from then on, I was always dreaming about using film, whether it be the 35mm format or something larger.

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stem bocce

I had the day off in the afternoon yesterday and wandered over to Stem, which just opened. I was particularly interested in the garden and wondered what kind of things they had planted. Now I know. The space is incredible and I had a great time with a pastry and a cup of coffee. After taking a look at the incredible greens they were growing, I was invited to play bocceball by a group nearby. GOOD STUFF! I’ll be back.

i had a weekend (sortof) amazing!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a full weekend to gather my thoughts and explore. A few weeks ago, I picked up a new mirrorless camera – the Sony a6000. I decided to take the plunge into mirrorless because it’s so compact, but still offers the quality and versatility that I want. I took my full camerabag on a hike in Oakland on Saturday, but ended up only using the Sony. The shots from my hike are all from the Sony. I shot in RAW and did a little bit of editing in Lightroom, but the results speak for themselves. It’s a great camera, although I’m still getting used to it’s quirks. Look for a full post on my impressions in the near future.

On Sunday, I stopped by Oakland Supply Co. before I got called into work. I picked up a Moss + Twig mini-planter for my airplant as well as a canvas lunch bag. I used to love bagged lunches (I know, it’s a thing) and now I can have a reusable one and relive my childhood!

a coffee weekend fourbarrel

I went to work in the restaurant this weekend and my shift started at 4:15 on both days so I had a little time to walk around. I didn’t want to lug my camera around both days, so I decided to take it out with me on Saturday and wound up taking these three pictures at Fourbarrel, one of my favorite places for coffee in San Francisco (especially early in the morning before the crowd has had a chance to awaken from their slumber). Something just drew me to the way people were using the coffeeshop so early in the morning and I had to take a snapshot of this. I’m still working on taking pictures of people and I think this is a good start.

Sunday was nice, hot, and mellow. I ended up going to Gracias Madres, back to Fourbarrel, and then finally to Bi-rite Creamery. I’m waiting to try Minako, which we put off for Cha-ya last time, but I think that’ll be next on the list. Can’t wait to try it out and please, look for that weekend’s gallery!

a weekend of memories alleyways and new worlds

I pretty much had a one day weekend, or at least in my mind I believe I only had one day. I worked nights on Saturday, but during the day I managed to make it out to the Mission and had some Mexican food as well as some coffee from Linnea Cafe, one of my favorite coffee spots in the city. They have chairs and tables now! Woohoo! If you want to explore some more of my favorite haunts, feel free to take a look at the foursquare list of places to get caffeinated in the Bay Area.

But the day I really want to talk about was Sunday. The title of this post is no accident (things rarely are with me – I’m a very deliberate kind of fellow). We started off at our favorite coffee roaster in San Francisco. Did you say Fourbarrel? That’s right. There was a repurposed, wooden, ironing board out topped with sugar, creamer, and lids. The alleyway was amazing to say the least and made for a great backdrop. I could write blog post after blog post about her, so I’ll make this one short and sweet. My model for the day runs A Cup Of Joan. She’s a talented writer, storyteller, wordsmith, photographer, baker, accomplished cook, in-the-shower singer, dancer, actress, face-stuffer, creative artist, interior designer, event coordinator, and coffee connoisseur. That’s just the beginning. Oftentimes you’ll find her in a cafe or coffeeshop writing about her passions in life, her own life, and delving into the complex nature of human beings. Her writing is as complex as her mind and her soul.

I took it upon myself to snap a ton of pictures because I haven’t had time to do that in a while and practice is vital if you want to stay in touch with your creative side. I was struck by and in love with what she was wearing and how she looked, so I documented it. Shoes – check. Reflection – check. OOTD on a milk create – check. Then there’s my all-time favorite: the one with her in all her glory. She’s a darling and beautiful as they come.

We stopped by Samovar Tea Lounge for a rosie palmer, then hit up Arizmendi Bakery before heading over to Bi-rite Creamery for some vegan ice cream. It was delicious, especially because it was so hot in San Francisco over the weekend. I opted for the addition of walnuts – I was craving some nutty flavor in my ice cream – wish granted. Our last stop was Gracias Madre – tacos, pico de gallo, and guacamole: everything was fresh as can be. As my friend described it – once we stepped inside the gates at Gracias Madre, it was like we were transported to a different world. And like most things with her, I humbly agree.

I almost forgot: props to the baker for the pear walnut muffin with figs on top. Delicious.

I made great memories this weekend.

weekend of eats aesthetics

I had a heck of a weekend this time around. Let’s start with Friday night. I went over to Jack London Square for the Eat Real Festival. It was my second go, after having went a few years before. The last time I went, it was during the day and the sun was blazing. It was super crowded and the lines were way too long for my liking. This time around, we arrived during the later hours of the day, pretty much during golden hour and it was epic. It made for some great pictures of food. I only wish I had taken a few more pictures, but I’m sorry – I was too busy stuffing my face.

We tried a couple of places and even went back on Sunday! Among the places we tried: Hella Vegan Eats, NoNo Burger, Baia Pasta, Bicycle Banh Mi, and Fat Face Popsicles. We were pretty bummed out on Sunday because we didn’t get to try Hodosoy, but we will return!

We also visited a few places: Shangri-La Vegan, Curbside Creamery, and Arbor Cafe. All in all, a beautiful weekend. The last weekend of the summer and I spent it eating great food with beautiful company.

Oh and side note, I’ve also included a few pictures of Ampersand SF! An amazing shop. I’ll definitely be back for something and to just hang out there.