adventures in the City

A post in photos about my past two weeks as a city girl.

Last Friday, some friends and I checked out the Youth Speaks Living Word Festival (free) at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Goapele.  Her voice is just as amazing live, especially when she sings out “Obama 08.”

Kev Choice Ensemble setting up for a rockin’ performance.

Public art displayed in a parking lot – Mission / 24th St.

Asian Art Musuem.  An expansive collection of statues, scrolls, artifacts, paintings, and more spanning South, Southeast, and Eastern Asia.

The Roots concert.  Questlove drumming his solo on the left.  This was at San Jose State’s Event Center where Estelle and Gym Class Heroes also rocked the stage.  Mos Def made a special appearance to do a number with Black Thought.  I almost died.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is now one of my new favorite things to do in the City.  More on my review is posted on Yelp, but here are some snapshots:

Start the day off right with a drip coffee from the Blue Bottle Coffee stand.

Deliciously sweet strawberries.

Floral bouqets.  Fresh flowers make me happy.

3 choices available: Recycle It, Compost It, or Waste It.

Happily grinding fresh flour.

Take your pick of these bright red tomatoes.

Obama supporters hang at the Farmers Market.  Me and Katy here showing Obama love – Yes We Can.

Coit Tower.  I learned that Lillie Hitchcock-Coit loved three things: cigars, gambling, and firefighters.

At the 75th Anniversary celebration for the Coit Tower, we spotted SF Mayor Gavin Newsom.  Now we’re buddies.  And yes, he’s even better-looking in real life.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was also there, but didn’t care to stick around for photo opps.

Free elevator ride to the top of Coit Tower.  Save your $5 – the free view from Pioneer Park is just as beautiful.

Winding down at the end of a long day at a dive bar.

Between my Cal Train commute to work and getting lost in the neighborhoods, I’ve managed to pack my evenings and weekends with unexpected discoveries in the simple, delicious, and awe-inspiring world of San Francisco.  From shopping at the boutique-lined Union, Fillmore, and Chestnut Street, to enjoying the vibrant murals splashed along the largely Latino populated Mission District, entering the boys only “Norwegian Club” in the Haight, dining at a winebar in SOMA, and checking out art gallery receptions in alleyways – it’s been an addicting adventure.

What are some spots in the City that you’ve discovered?



Filed under city travels, photography, simple things

3 responses to “adventures in the City

  1. looks fun! woo! go obama shirt!

  2. how is it that I grew up there and yet I feel so jealous right now?

  3. Wow the Mayor is TALL.
    Exciting things… seeing the many heated protests at around Civic Center. Sometimes it gets a little scary and I worry for safety.

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