San Francisco Architecture – Crocker Galleria

Crocker Galleria in the Financial District.

I love the spectacular glass dome at the Crocker Galleria in the Financial District.

The galleria is a three-story shopping center with more with more than 40 shops, designer boutiques and little cafes and restaurants. Check out the roof garden…good place to sit and eat.

On Thursdays, visit the farmers market from 11am to 3pm, with 12 farmers and vendors, lots of fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits.

Location: Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Crocker Galleria in the Financial District.

Visiting The Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco

The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is a must-see while you are exploring Chinatown. It will take you less than 5 minutes to tour it but this is an experience you will enjoy. The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is located in the historic Ross Alley between Jackson and Washington Streets. Even thought it is a hidden tiny place you wont miss it…the smell of the fresh and sweet vanilla fortune cookies will draw you in 😉

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When we arrived it was full of tourists and we waited in a long line. It is a small narrow shop which holds about 10 people at a time, but while we were waiting we had free samples of warm flat cookies. Few minutes later we were able to see the workers making fresh cookies! It was very interesting to see how the three machines operates and how fast these ladies work… they only have a few seconds to stuff the fortune message and twist them around a metal rod before it hardens.

I learned that fortune cookies are actually an American invention and not Chinese. According to oral tradition, Makoto Hagiwara first served the crisp cookies at San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden in the late 19th century.

Although it is free to enter the factory, they ask that guests pay 50 cents if they want to photograph the workers.

We bought bag of the flat fortune cookie that we ate on the car ride back home.They also have chocolate fortune cookies, adult fortune cookies and you can also customize your own message fortune cookies.

Love this San Francisco hidden gem!

Visiting The Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco

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The Tom and Jerry Christmas House in San Francisco

The Tom and Jerry Christmas House in San Francisco

We finally visited the famous Tom & Jerry Christmas House yesterday (last year we passed by too early and they were still setting it up… they had a crane and an army of helping elves) :-) This is definitely one of the most delightful Christmas display in San Francisco.

A live 65-foot Norfolk Island pine, a 12 foot Tom and Jerry stockings, 5000 lights and giant stuffed animals and presents have been decorating the holidays for 28 years.  Next Christmas I will visit this house at night time to see all the lights display…and I hear Santa is there every night through Christmas Eve giving out candy canes :-)  The displays will be there until January 2nd if you have the opportunity to pass by.

The Tom and Jerry Christmas House in San Francisco

Location:
3650 21st St.
Noe Valley, San Francisco

Definitively a place to visit to get into the holiday spirit!!!

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria :-)

Painting Pumpkins

Painting pumpkins has became a fun tradition for my family, specially for my teenage daughter. A couple of months ago we started to discuss which character we were going to do this October.
My daughter wanted to do Cheshire Cat and the characters from the “Inside Out” movie. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but once I watched “the Book of Life” movie with all the explosion of colors and a great life’s message, I instantly knew I was going to do one of the characters of this gorgeously animated film. Yeah, I loved it!

Painting Pumpkins The Book of Life

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Visiting the San Francisco Flower Mart

San Francisco Flower Mart

Imagine the smell of a thousand flowers all in one place. Don’t imagine it…experience it at the Flower Mart in San Francisco…

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Hollow Café

Had coffee and the best empanadas in the cutest little café in San Francisco, Hollow Café.

The cutest little café in San Francisco, Hollow Café.
Hollow Cafe
1435 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Inner sunset neighborhood
www.hollowsf.com

 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival

Last year we attended the Berkeley Kite Festival held at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, one of the country’s largest kite festivals. It was very nice to see hundreds of kites in different shapes, colors and sizes decorating the beautiful blue sky.

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The lavender gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery

The lavender gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery

Today, We spent a very relaxing Sunday afternoon at Matanzas Creek Winery located at the beautiful hills of Bennett Valley, Santa Rosa.

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San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Summer is here and school’s out…Let’s go explore and take advantage of the many local adventures that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. If you’re looking for some family fun activities to do close to home, here is our “Bay Area Bucket List” with some ideas before the season ends that will allow you to create great memories with friends and family.

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Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

October is here and this means it is the season for pumpkins!!!! There is something about autumn that it is very easy to get into the fall spirit. Bring on the pumpkins, the apple picking, the baking, the pumpkin spice latte, the scarecrow decorations, crafts and Halloween celebrations!

Every year we carve pumpkins but pumpkins don’t last as long as we’d like and they always end up moldy after two or three days. Last year we started a new tradition to enjoy the pumpkins a little big longer …. Pumpkin Painting!!!

This is a great activity for the whole family. Our teen got a little creative, suggesting building Olaf from the movie Frozen (we all have to help with this) and the little one of the family did free style and made his own festive and unique design :-)

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