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Hipster Cat

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We have another cat named Cafe Con Leche. And to all the new readers, she is the sister of Jhumpa (littermates from Berkeley Humane). Cafe is the more extroverted and gregarious feline and will party like a regular San Francisco hipster. She dons a bandana in this video and proceeds to prance around, follow the camera, shimmy, and give some major ‘tude!

We love both cats…this one happens to act more like a dog at times (comes to us when called, seeks attention) and is very talkative when she wants something.

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December 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Images We Remember

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We were located just under 40 miles south of Lake Tahoe for the weekend. The weather was extremely nice in the shade of the pine trees and waking up next to Indian Creek Reservoir wasn’t bad either. Sunsets and sunrises were spectacular.

There was absolutely too much sunshine during our drive around Monitor Pass and through some of the other canyons so I used my polarize filter on the Zeiss 35mm lens…always comes in handy during these times of the day.

Some would argue that Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) had a better set up when he was rumored to have been holed up in a cabin to write “For Emma, Forever Ago”. It would seem that this lake revealed something mystic as the 8 year old with us said this is were fairies come to rest and cool off (I’m not arguing with a child).

Incredible to view sunsets like this away from the city lights. The temperature that night was around 80 degrees and the lake was chirping with beetles, birds, and ducks.

It’s always fun to shoot at night…and especially fun with long exposures and some flash lights…everyone got involved and had their own ideas. The one above is from the artistically gifted 8 year old. It is a turkey, right? Below is something I concocted to show support of the city I live in…not the baseball team I disdain with cheerful boos.

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Northern Style Pho

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I am happy to provide a doorway into this amazing bowl of pho that one of San Francisco’s restaurants provides. At Turtle Tower, in the Tenderloin neighborhood (TL), you can find a wonderful bowl of Northern style pho that is rich with flavor and extreme tasty goodness (last bit is an euphemism for “EFFING TRY THIS…IT’S SO GOOD”).

Where many of us find great pho with a heaping serving of noodles and meat with bean sprouts and mint to boot, Turtle Tower brings out a different assemble of boldness in a bowl of minimalism: flat noodles, meat, cilantro, green onions with a touch of ginger. And on the side, you get slices of peppers. Not too hard to imagine right? Review picture above for salivation and heartache.

What’s the difference between Northern and Southern style of pho? The differences are noticeable, while the fragrance of each style will surprise your senses (always in a positive manner)…your palette leaps with tremendous joy for each. Which bowl of pho you prefer is as dynamic and robust as the variations to each of the region. Northern style also has a very hearty stew-like pho that incorporates celery and carrots. Flavors are brought out even further by the use of cilantro and scallions.

The debate and description of each style was discussed in Chowhound forum.

Turtle Tower is located at 631 Larkin St. (between Ellis and Eddy). Street parking only.

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Beating the Heat (SF Style)

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How nice to be living in San Francisco where the weather is almost in the 60’s year round? When the temperature jumps higher to the 80’s and 90’s, we are prepared to do whatever it takes to cool off. However, instead of going to the extremes, there’s an energetic coolness in Golden Gate Park that relieves the worst kinds of heat waves…and, IMHO, prett’ay too!

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Written by F&W

October 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm