Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Back to Reality, but First...

Oh my, longest blogging hiatus ever!  The SF trip was wonderful.  
May I please move into the apartment with this view?  Since then it's been pretty hectic, so here's a little recap.  
Just wish I had pics of hanging out with Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: Shauna, Danny and their extremely adorable daughter, and with Diane and Todd, a.k.a. White on Rice Couple.  Good food and chatting about how they collaborate on their blogs as couples: they made this video featuring their new cookbook both of which brought happy tears to my eyes.  So inspiring that I may actually try cooking! and I'm very lucky to have spent time with them.  
Justin already covered some of the yummy things we ate, but there were some crafty things I liked too.  After working hard on Fashion Week NYC it was a luxury to be able to do as this window suggested:
This awesome building is The Contemporary Jewish Museum and the colorful Mexican banner from The Museum of Craft and Folk Art.  
Right next door is the Indian restaurant Amber where I had butter chicken and met Marisa from Food in Jars, a canning blog: I totally want to try it this winter!
I spent quite a while in this exhibit of glass blown sculptures by Loretta Hui-Shan Yang: they were substantial, yet delicate.  After the vessel and flower are created separately they need to be joined at just the right temperature, or both pieces will shatter.
I couldn't believe this luscious fountain could be found in the middle of the city!
And yea, it's touristy down at Fisherman's Wharf, but I love the water and the sweet faces of the sea lions.  The lobster bisque and dungeness crab I had for lunch were pretty good too.

The Blue Angels were in town for Fleet Week and they roared overhead much to the shock of everyone within miles.
I adored this turtle bread from Boudin Bakery so much that I wouldn't let anyone eat him.
Britex Fabrics has 4 floors of beautiful bolts, patterns, supplies, notions and a very helpful staff and I bought some vintage lace.
At The Ferry Building Marketplace I wanted to fry up these pimientos de Padron right there.  
Instead, I got some lemon shortbread from Miette, and later, a very flat, portable umbrella from Kinokuniya in Japantown.
Snapped a cool window display of sewing spools and this crocheted dress at Louis Vuitton
but forget which store created this very large display of paper butterflies and sequins that spanned 3 windows.
At ImagiKnit I bought some soft pink Heather Prime Alpaca.  More on that soon...but I wish I could make it to the book signing on November 21st with Twinkie Chan for her new book of Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies, cool.
How was the coffee at Little Bird Coffeehouse so good and how did the baristress create this lovely swirl?
Everyone told us it was unusual for it to be so warm (in the 70's!) and in our walks up and down the hills we spied this doggy Halloween costume
and a display of angel cats!  
Oh, to be on vacation again...


Savoir Affaire said...

The images from this post are so beautiful and have such a wordless story. I love it!

San Jose Love said...

welcome back to the blogging world. We've missed you. Wow it seems like you got to spend alot of time in SF and had a great time. I might visit some of these places you've mentioned some time.

Craftiness NOW said...

hi Savoir Affaire, thanks for the visit and the comment, welcome!

hey again, San Jose Love, thanks for coming back! i'm so jealous that you can go to SF much more easily than i can.

Vicky said...

We missed you, glad to have you back. So the turtle bread never got eaten? He's too cute though. Beautiful pictures.

Hearthandmade said...

this looks like an amazing trip! Really!! Im so jealous.. I love the shape of the museum and im glad youre back!! Thanks for the sweet comment :) Your photos of the trip are fab

Craftiness NOW said...

hi Vicky, the turtle bread is being preserved in the freezer for now. my friend offered to hollow him out, bake him at a low temperature and then shellack him, but that's going a bit far i think ;-)

thanks so much, Hearthandmade, it's good to be blogging again!

Kasia W. said...

nice photos;)

Creative Coquette said...

O my! You have made me severely miss my hometown!! I think Y and I will need to sneak at least a wee weekend trip to SF sooner than later. I just realized I haven't been back in over 2 years! Looks like you had a fab time. Dang, I miss it so.


Craftiness NOW said...

thanks Kasia, and thanks for stopping by!

hi Creative Coquette, yes, i am missing it SOOO much right now, especially since it's under 30 degrees in nyc right now.

Creative Coquette said...

OMG! I thought I was missing SF but I just had time to check out the link to Justin's blog (awesome BTW) and I am drooling.

When people used to visit me and go on and on about how wonderful the food was in SF I never knew what all the fuss was about. Growing up there I just assumed most big cities had their fair share of yum. It wasn't until I moved away 3 years ago that I finally realized what all the fuss was about. Our year in LA was dismal food-wise. They don't really eat there.

Moving to Seattle has been an improvement. The seafood is beyond yummy up here. Better than anywhere I have been around the globe. Everything else is hit or miss and not all that wonderful. Each time we do go back to SF all we do is plan out all our meals, LOL. Sometimes we don't even tell all our family or friends we are there if it's a short trip because of all the food intake we need to get in, we are soooooo naughty.

We so miss the Ferry Building farmer's market. We used to walk down the hill to it almost every weekend. Spoiled [tisked] I know.

We've gone to a few farmer's markets up here and have walked out in dismay. Nothing even comes close. Again, I know, spoiled.

I am definitely going to make Y read these blog posts of yours and Justin's. Then booking a trip will be easy-peasy [crosses fingers].

Craftiness NOW said...

hi Creative Coquette, i am LOVING your comment! i've also been guilty of choosing food over social interactions, hehe..you're so lucky to have lived there for a while, maybe someday i will too. ferry building farmer's market wins, hands down. hope you get a visit in soon!

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