Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cesar Chavez

Happy Cesar Chavez Day!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Good Crepes

Just tried the breakfast crepes at West End Crepe in Alameda.  Good stuff!  Nice back patio area, too.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

John Muir House National Park, Martinez, CA- Amazing place to see!

The John Muir House in Martinez, CA is one of my favorite house tours in the east bay!  My favorite part of the house is the scribble room, where Muir did his amazing writings that changed the course of history for the lands of our beautiful national parks!

John Muir House
Martinez, CA

Louie Strentzel Muir through the eyes of her daughter, Helen

Stickeen by John Muir
(This story was written by John Muir and is my son's favorite, it is about Muir's adventures with a dog named Stickeen in Alaska.  Later, when he was a family man and farmer, he named his pet family dog, Stickeen.)
This book was dedicated to Helen, and was written in 1909.
Online version of the book, Stickeen

Image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Muir_Home_(Martinez,_CA).JPG

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Westbrae Biergarten

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from the Westbrae Biergarten on Gilman in Berkeley!  Very family friendly (complete with a big sandbox).  And dog friendly.  Bagpipes.  Good times.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day at Buena Vista Cafe, San Francisco - Irish Coffee

I first went to the Buena Vista Cafe while visiting my aunt in San Francisco, CA.  This place is always busy!  Though it is in the Fisherman's wharf area, this place is frequented by locals as well as tourists.

The story about the Irish Coffee at Buena Vista I was told was this a travel writer from the San Francisco Chronicle brought the Irish Coffee to the United States after drinking it at the Shannon Airport in Ireland.  He worked with Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco to start serving it on November 10, 1952.  He worked with bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg to recreate the Irish method for floating the cream on top of the coffee, sampling the drink one night until he nearly passed out.


Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 474-5044

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dog and Family friendly and safe farmers Market every Sunday at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA

I can't imagine a more beautiful farmer's market then the one on Sundays at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.  Every Sunday, from 9AM to 2PM (rain or shine), the farmers, bakers, craftspeople, and street performers come out on the Jack London waterfront.

Jack London Square
Broadway and Embarcadero
Oakland, CA  94607
(510) 645-9292

Every Sunday, 9AM-2PM, rain or shine
(Closed on Easter Sunday)
Celebrate Earth Day on April 27th!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Upcoming lecture in Berkeley, CA: America's Two best Ideas - Public Education and Public Lands- 3/26/15

The Horace M. Allbright Lecture in Conservation presents, "America's Two Best Ideas- Public Education and Public Lands."  The Lecture will be at the Wheeler Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus and tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of a conference held in Berkeley, hosted by UC Berkeley alumni, Stephen Mather and Horace Albright, that led to the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.

This lecture is held in conjunction with the summit, Science for Parks, Parks for Science- The Next Century.

Place:  Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley
Time:  7PM
Date:  Thursday, March 26, 2015
See http://nature.berkeley.edu/albright for details.