Mission Spring Garden

Posted: May 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Garden | Comments Off on Mission Spring Garden

Our friends and prior tenants gave us a great start with healthy soil, hardy plants, and a great layout. We added several seeds and a handful of starts. Some plants are on fire, some are slow, and some are growing out of style. There’s a few photos from Jan, but this is the current state. Fingers crossed, our Mission garden will yield a healthy crop this year.


Two Harbors – Ripper’s Cove 7/22/2010

Posted: January 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Pacific Ocean | Comments Off on Two Harbors – Ripper’s Cove 7/22/2010


Packed Up at Two Harbors


Entering cave


Exiting cave


Lunch break


Photo from kayak.


First look at Ripper’s Cove


Ripper’s Cove


Snorkeling Ripper’s Cove


Snorkeling Ripper’s Cove with Giribaldi


Snorkeling Ripper’s Cove with Bat Rays!


Table view


Clothes line


Campsite site B


31 dates

Posted: April 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Living | Tags: | Comments Off on 31 dates

To mark my 31 years, Sean and I have set on having 31 dates before my 32nd birthday. We spend a good amount of time going on dates, so it’s not a goal set unattainably. And yet, a week before my 31st birthday, we’re still practicing.

Last night we went to a lovely last hurrah party for a coworker of mine that is moving, then we set to Pizzeria Delfina for Pizza Night (every Friday), where we enjoyed freshly stretched mozzarella, fresh fava beans (Sean says if you see it on a menu you must order), pecorino & peas (was there mint on that? yum), and the Panna pizza. I walked away feeling like I ate an exploded cheese course–in a good way.

Today we did brunch at Foreign Cinema, a rare neighborhood treat. We enjoyed rhubarb “pop tarts,” roasted greens with fromage d’affinois & roasted garlic and toast (yum–like a fonduta), and I had scrambled eggs with asparagus, spring onions, and reggiano, while Sean enjoyed a dungeness crab frittata. Top that off with a triple fist of sparkling water, cappuccino, and champagne cocktails. Can’t lose.

We followed up our two-times in a row date with the opening of the Benny Gold shop on 21st (at Capp St) where temporary skate board ramps, railings, and benches had been set up, and a visit to the recently opened Mission Comic & Arts on 20th (at San Carlos) where I got Ochre Ellispe #2 by pal Jonas, and Sean caught up on Kick Ass before we see the film. (Another date, perhaps?)

After stopping at home, we went to the western-facing Potrero del Sol skate park to soak in some vitamin D and check out the local talent.

And that doesn’t even touch our date day we have planned for Sunday: annual spring brunch with friends, Sunday Streets (+ Sunday Streets volunteer party to kick-off National Volunteer Week), followed with a home-brewed hefeweizen & hand-picked oyster party.

Looking forward to our 31 dates.

Note: I am building a map of all the spots we mention on Urban Delicious. Check them out here.


Mission Black Crowned Night-Herons

Posted: January 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Birding, Nature in the Mission | Tags: , | Comments Off on Mission Black Crowned Night-Herons


Skyler Mendoza

Black Crowned Night-Herons perching in the Mission. How crazy is that? Mission lake is long gone, but these water birds instinctively fly back here to roost.


Black Crowned Night-Heron poop

First heard about these Mission Night Herons from Candy on the SF bird yahoo group. I didn’t believe it. But, sure enough, when I walked up Dolores St. on the East Side b/w 16th and 17th I couldn’t miss the poop. Herons are a rather large bird so their poop is pretty big too. With this much rain poop will wash away quickly, but if you see it, that means Skyler is still here chillin’.


Notre Dame Plaza

The plaza is right across the street from Mission Dolores. Skyler is in that tree there.


Skyler Mendoza chillin’.

You might not even notice Skyler if you weren’t looking.


Skyler Mendoza

Skyler, don’t know how long you will stay, but we’re glad you’re here. You’re welcome anytime. Please come again.


Mission mushrooms ♥ the rain

Posted: January 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Mushrooming, Nature in the Mission | Tags: | Comments Off on Mission mushrooms ♥ the rain

I walked to McKinley Square behind SF General this afternoon. I was looking up for perchies that I’d seen on previous excursions (future UD bird post), but it was slim pickens.  There was however, an abundance of fun fungi when I looked down. Apparently, these guys just ♥ this wet weather.

After poking around McKinley for a bit, I descended into Dolores park.


Dolores Park Mushroom

I’m new to mushroom hunting, so I’m unable to identify these positively. My partner “kate at yr own risk” will have more insightful mushroom posts. The only thing I can tell you is that all of the mushrooms in San Francisco are “Magic”.