Archives for February 2015
It’s around 400-500 steps and once you get past this first part, it rises straight up through gardens and neighborhoods and literally right to people’s front doors. The steps are lined with quirky homes with amazing views of the bay. The steps were originally built for fishermen to be able to walk from their jobs on the docks to their homes in North Beach.
The steps are a workout, but worth doing for the views and you can make a day of it if you circle back through North Beach to the Embarcadero again. Or you could always call Uber to get back.
There are steps in the sidewalk in case you need them. An elementary school was right here and my boys were wondering how kids biked up this hill!
Once you hit North Beach you will find a park, and so many restaurants, shops and little cappuccino stops. We decided to make like locals and grab a slice of famous Tony’s Pizza Napletano, complete with crooked table on a very sloped street. Seriously was the best pizza I’ve had maybe ever. I still want to go back. The crust and the sauce were amazing. You can wait for an inside table at the restaurant, but we opted to grab a slice at the kiosk next to it and keep on truckin’.
One iconic spot is City Lights Bookstore, famous hangout of the Beat generation.
Its’ still perfectly crumbly and grungy and filled with a fabulous collection of books.
It’s a great stroll down this very long street. Kids will especially enjoy all the tiny stores filled with candy from Japan, small tokens, and toys. Beautiful silks are all over as well.
I didn’t ever want to write this post, but somehow today seemed like the right time to share about my dear mom. My mom passed away unexpectedly last week. It’s something I never, ever thought I could live through. As horrible as it is, I am trying my best to remember all the special that was in my mom and all the precious things she passed on to me. One of them was a love of Valentine’s Day. Mom was a rare Leap Year baby, born February 29, and February was one of her favorite months. Valentine’s Day was always something special at our house. It wasn’t just for mom and dad. We kids always got a special little package at the breakfast table. Some years it was pretty pink socks and $5, other times a tiny box of See’s candies and a small book, always with a beautiful Valentine card. Mom made us feel special and loved and I guess that was the greatest gift from my mom. It’s a joy to do the same traditions for my family and I hadn’t thought about it much until now.
|Mom’s favorite photo on my wedding day.|
It’s the same with my dear friend Wendy who died the day after my mom. Wendy isn’t here, but she will never be gone. Her generous and loving way with her friends and everyone she knew stays with me, reminds me to welcoming, inviting and enjoy life as she did.
|Wendy and I. She still tried to have fun at a Halloween.|
The best things we get from those who love us are the ones we can’t see, but will always be there. The things they did, and how they made us feel. Those will live inside of us and can never be gone and I am so grateful for it. My mom made life sweet for us and because of her, I can do the same and always feel loved even in this very sad time.
Writing a blog you get offers to do collaborations all the time. Mostly I decline because anything here I have to truly believe in and it has to be the right fit. Once in a while though, something really ticks all the boxes for myself and for the blog. California Blooms is one of those companies. Not only am I glad to share about them, but I’m excited too!
California Blooms is a grower of boutique roses on the Central Coast of California. The roses are grown in an eco-friendly environment using hydroponics and methods passed down a family for seven generations. By growing in small amounts, this family has developed some of the finest roses available and also the longest lasting.
Most roses in the market today come from South America. I love that California Blooms are grown in California and by green growing methods; two things that I like to promote on this blog. They offered to send me roses to see for myself how long they last and their quality.
Roses ordered are hand cut, watered overnight, and actually delivered within 24 hours to your door!
Monday morning last week I found these on my doorstep..
The peach roses have the most delicate shade and smell like honeysuckle to me. These look very much like an heirloom rose with their shape and romantic vibe. They are full and lush.
Today, a week later, they look even more beautiful. They opened up, are tall with no drooping at all or murky water. In fact I haven’t even changed the water! I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed roses so long. Some customers have said their bouquets last 3 weeks.
White roses are a favorite of many women and California Blooms is making a donation for every bouquet they sell of 18 white roses to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, a cause dear to their family as well as mine.
My roses were provided by California Blooms, but all opinions are my own as usual on this blog!