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Black & White Whisky - a San Francisco treat?

I recently found myself with a little time on my hands in the North Beach section of San Francisco. I was actually excited to hit some stores and search out some unique scotch whisky. 431 more words


Skechcrawl—North Beach

My sketchcrawl would begin with a vanilla latte and a cornetto at Caffe Roma (1.) I then stopped for lunch at Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store (2.) After eating, I rounded the corner on Union and sketched a hat from Gorin Brothers Hat Shop (3.) Next I walked down to Grant Street and stopped at Cafe Trieste to paint the sign on the corner of Grant/Vallejo (4.) Finally, I headed back to Columbus and stopped for a second lunch at L’Osteria del forno, (5.) thus concluding my sketch/binge crawl. 27 more words

San Francisco Travel Diary: Part I

As a child my knowledge and understanding of the United States was shaped by a few particular television programs and young adult novels. Sesame Street first introduced me to New York and cookies – we call them biscuits in Australia. 187 more words


what kind of a to z would get you here

Back to San Francisco’s North Beach, on that Friday of sketching at the end of last month. After a quick check-in at my hotel, I walked back up Columbus to stand outside the famous City Lights bookstore and sketch… 185 more words


Little Italy in the Orto: The Italian Kitchen Garden Transplanted to America

We stayed out of Umberto’s way – i.e. his vegetable garden – and he stayed away from our toys and swing set.  It was a mutual understanding.  1,117 more words

Italian American


San Francisco, continued. I strolled down Columbus unto North Beach (well, I took the 30 bus, let’s be fair). I could sketch North Beach for ever, seriously. 175 more words