~of vittles & vistas~

May 29th, 2011

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The kids have been rather nose-to-the-grindstone of late, but a couple out-of-town guests and need to look up from the screen from time to time have provided a few moments of frivolity. Above is the Cliff House–burned and rebuilt twice–where we saw two whales over french toast. Blowing water!

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Below is the Camera Obscura view of Seal Rock.

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Often when I get in the thick of writing there develops a notable need for baking bread and cooking–especially cooking new things such as ginger cilantro roasted Tilapia, Spring Rolls with peanut sauce, and Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad).

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The honey-lit view from the kitchen soothes me, as do the meditative tasks, creative but (unlike a novel) fleeting.

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We took a friend from Berlin to the Ferry Building, to The Slanted Door for Vietnamese dinner. The food is still solid in this new (to me) location, but the hectic atmosphere will keep me away. After years of dining in Europe where you sometimes must beg to pay, having a tense, over-worked waiter pick up an ignored check and firmly slap it in the middle of the table is, well, just no. Nice view though.

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Mission Chinese Food was also good, but not quite it either. In my estimation, the restaurants live on two ends of the same spectrum: self-consciously high or low brow.

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Mission Dolores is the oldest intact building in San Francisco. Our friend Maestro Urs rocked its basilica (built later, in 1918) with his Sinfonietta. Kindly note: Mary + drum kit.

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The light and air of San Francisco is something I relish. This is our living room view after a rain, plus sunset, moonrise from the roof. {click to expand}

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