Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Little Brunch

Gentle Friends,  friends of ours whos Kitties we've watched in the past wanted have been trying to take us out to Brunch for the longest time.  We finally got it together last Sunday and headed to a New to Us place down on the Embarcadero called "Towns End."  It's actually on Townsend Street where it ends at King Street and The Embarcadero... It's owned and run by a lovely couple who are the chefs and overall good guys who do everything.......

... located in a newer complex of storefronts and apartments facing the Bay...

... every day they tweak the menu to reflect what's fresh or available...

.. there's Mary, head chef and running the open kitchen...David her husband was in the back and popping in and out I couldn't get my camera out fast enough to get a shot of him...

.. we had reservations, which are imperative for getting a table on the weekend, and within minutes of sitting down, the waitress landed this scrumptious basket of goodies on the table.  This place has restaurant seating and also a separate take-out bakery of all house-made baked treats!!   The basket held a selection of scones and different types of mini muffins... and then we ordered...

... Mindy had the "3 Chili Scramble"...

... Rico had Omelette with carrot/potato pancakes and apple compote...

... and Tom and I had the Eggs Benedict with housemade Turkey sausage and polenta...  
I didn't know before I went there but this is one of the signature dishes for Brunch they make and it was DE-Licious!!!!  

I know you saw on the menu all the different types of Mimosas they serve - so -  "why didn't edgar order a drink like he normally does at every meal??'...  and the answer is he doesn't like Mimosas....  now if there was a good ole Bloody Mary on the menu...... that's another story!!

... this is the view from the restaurant... looking at Pier 38 and the Bay...

... turning to the left and looking North you see the Bay Bridge...

... and as we walked back to the car this is another view looking out across the bay and the marina...
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I would HIGHLY recommend this place.  It's in a lovely area, with great SF views, easy parking, tasty food...BUT...  get a reservation to guarantee a table as the waits can be very long.

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, stitching away on Hannah and here's where I left off...


I wanted to get to the bottom of the piece to make sure it fit on the linen (always a worry for me no matter how many times or how much I measure) and the little upside down bird is the bottom of page 4.  I'm sorry that the picture makes the floss look so dark it really is a nice color mix of dark blue/green and purple...  I'll try and get a better snap later on...
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There you go sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, it's been quite a while since I posted any fun finds I've picked up running around the City.... the real reason is that there's' been a dearth of things to buy!!  I looked back at my Posts and it's been like over a month.... so here are the few fun things I found...


... so here ya go... I found the early Victorian mahogany letterbox in the baskets section at a Goodwill - and after I picked my jaw up off the ground - I thought about it, I really didn't need it or have much room for something like this but it was marked $2.99 so how could I not buy it!! After I got it home, polished it up... it turned out to be a lovely piece of wood and totally handmade!!  Who just gives stuff like this away, I ask myself!!


... and I have a really hard time passing on old pieces of porcelain... and most of the time I really restrain myself... but the mid 19th century scalloped plate with the hand-painted transferware is a super piece and really unusual... the great little gold lined Royal Worcester demitasse cup and saucer is a lovely shade of green and the pate sur pate dot decoration is superb!  The rimmed saucer with a pretty magenta transfer and silver luster was only .99 so I had to rescue this late 18th early 19th-century piece from oblivion!!  I found the great Russian laquered box last week and since I'm a real sucker for them, it came to my house to live!! 

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We Need ... A Little Christmas....!!

Gentle Friends, last week while we were out downtown we happened to go into the Swarovski store and they already had...


... the 2018 Christmas Snowflake!! So I had to get one to add to my "snowflake" ornament collection.  You may remember that I collect both these crystal snowflakes and the Gorham sterling snowflakes.  This year's snowflake is nice and simple and I think really pretty.   My mom started me and my siblings on these years ago and I've just kept up the yearly acquisition.  It's nice when Christmas rolls around and the tree goes up to put some of them on the tree and remember......
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There you go sports fans, a little sentimental Wednesday!! 
Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, April 9, 2018

A Little Stichin' Finish and a Stitchin' Start

Gentle Friends, I've finished up Little Sheep Virtues, with my own twist to the center square...
 here's a snaperoo... sorry about the snap the color is off towards the bottom of the piece...


 "Little Sheep Virtues" by Little House Needleworks and 
"Sheep in the Meadow" by Country Cottage Needleworks - 2/11/2018 - 4/7/2018 
36ct Lakeside Lines Vintage Sand Dune - using my overdyed floss conversion

... you can see I've changed up the center square quite a bit.  The house is now blue ( GAST "Barn Grey" and GAST "Freedom") and the grass I stitched lighter (CC "Weeping Willow)  The major change I made was to do away with all the oversized "daisy " type flowers and make the meadow more "sheepy" with the addition of three extra sheep.  Overall I'm pretty happy with the results...
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I already had another project ready to go when LSV wrapped up... "Hannah Beeby 1816" a reproduction Quaker sampler by Timeless Designs... and here's where I am at the moment...


...I switched out the recommended Splendor silk for Gloriana silks "Seaweed" and "Antique Gold Dark" I am stitching this on a piece of 36ct "vintage" linen that was in my stash and is nameless...
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, April 6, 2018

"Once Upon a Springtime" - Macy's Flower Show 2018

Gentle Friends, again this year we made a visit downtown to Union Square Macy's store to see their Annual Flower Show - you can click on any of these years - 2013, 2014 or 2015 to see past Flower Show Posts.  This year the theme was "Once Upon a Springtime" or "Autumn" or "Winter" - and although really lovely it seemed to be a very loose theme ......

 .... the windows outside...



 ... I really like this shot  - it shows how the "Flower Show" is even on the outside ... and butterflies were everywhere in pictures and displays.... one of the few recurring themes...

 ... along the First-floor perfume and makeup counters ... they were just loaded with really beautiful flowers and plants...


 ... the focal point was a cloud "Dragon"...

 ... that when looking straight on was a dragon... 
but from the side, you can see the individual pieces....

  a better shot of all the flowers and the dragon...  and on the floor were these large sticker signs...









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 ... above the watch counter were these enormous mushrooms...
 going towards the Post Street Entrance through the Jewelry Departments ....

 ... there was this Gothic styled paper Folly... 
which opens up and leads to a flower covered wall and throne.....

 ... and here's Rico siting on the throne!! 

above all the different jewelry and handbag areas are raised displays ... 
all very pretty but very similar...
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After walking around the store we headed to the roof for lunch.  
On top of Macy's and overlooking Union Square sits The Cheesecake Factory...

... looking west towards the Westin St Francis Hotel... 

... here's a better shot of the flowering cherry trees ... 
these are in bloom all over town and really lend a Springtime look to the City...

...after finally be sat for lunch we started off with a round of cocktails...of course...I had a really delicious "Bourbon and Honey" concoction made with Four Roses Bourbon, Orange Blossom Honey fresh lemon and a spring of Thyme...although delicious we are still trying to figure out why the thyme??  It added no additional flavor, whatever...the pink drink is just a vodka and cranberry...

... appetizers were an order of avocado egg rolls...

... Mike had a Caesar Salad with chicken...

... I had "Cheeseburger Wraps"... I really enjoyed these and will try and make at home...

... Rico and John both had BLT's with fries...
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It was a beautiful afternoon and we sat around in the sunshine yakking away... 
so another round of drinks...

...so we had Long Island Iced teas.... these treats rounded out the lunch!!

We had a guest for lunch that sort of perched by us during the whole meal...could it have been the fries we were sneaking to him through the opening in the glass windbreak that kept him hanging about... 
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After lunch, we walked around quite a bit and I took this photo of the huge line of folks waiting to take the Cable Car at California and Market Streets. It's a long line and I would always suggest getting on this Cable Car line at Van Ness and ride it back downtown, less crowded and I think more interesting!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I'm back from my mini sta-cation and as usual, it flew by far too fast!!  The weekend was very low key... went to lunch with friends downtown... had lots of coffee, did some laundry, vacuumed up some dog hair...  and went to early Easter Mass which was really lovely!!  

I also got some stitching done... here's a snaperoo...


... I've finished up all the outside "virtues" and am now stitching on the center section.  The picture is a bit odd because of the light and wrinkles but you get the idea.
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That's about it for today sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Happy Little Easter

Gentle Friends, just stopping by to wish everyone.....


... a very Happy Easter!!!
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See ya in a couple of days!!
Take care,
edgar

Monday, March 26, 2018

A Little Stitchin

Gentle Friends, we're all a bit damp from the rain last week, and the Bay area is still in the "grips" of what passes for winter out here... mid 40's.  But yesterday was breezy, cold and sunny so what do I have to bitch about...chilly weather and sunshine...I should be more grateful!!  Palm Sunday started off with a lovely early morning Mass.... then for the rest of the day I sat around and stitched, ate a piece of cake and wrapped up my day with a massage...seriously, 
I've really nothing to bitch about!!!!!  

Now, today starts off a short week for me as I've taken off Maundy Thursday, we get Good Friday off and then just for good measure I took off Easter Monday for a really sweet Looooong weekend!!!!  Let's get back on track... I'm still working on LVS and here's a snap...


... I've finished up the next two "Virtues" and the border.  The biggest change I made was in "Kindness."  The pumpkins were supposed to be a golden color but I wanted them to be a more pumpkin color so I' stitched them in GAST "Pumpkin Pie" and also changed the leaves which are GAST "Otter Creek."  I had quite a few inquiries about what I'm stitching in the center...

... a few years ago I saw a completed version of the Sheep Virtues stitched all together and knew then I wanted to stitch them this way as a single sampler.  Following that original stitcher, I've lost the name,  I will be filling in the middle with Country Cottage's "Sheep in the Meadow."  I will be replacing the color palette of "SitM" with my floss choices from "Virtues" so that they will blend together better.

I've also sort of decided that my next "stitch" will be a Quaker piece. I've got a ton of Quaker charts in my stash and haven't done one in a really long time so I think that's the way I'm leaning!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Little Vernal Equinox

Gentle Friends, as we head into Spring on this day of equal light and dark ...here's a little Vivaldi to do it with...


... just the first movement.... violin concerto in E Major, Op. 8 No 1 "Spring": 1 Allegro - played by Ashot Tigranyan and the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra.

 ... this first part is only about 3 minutes but so lovely!!!  Enjoy!!

Take care,
edgar 

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Little Stitching and a Winner!!

Gentle Friends, still stitching away on LSV, but I've not gotten as far along as I had planned.... 
here's a snap...


... I am a bit further along than the snap, as I have a bit more of the border done, 
but you get the idea....
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On Saturday Rico pulled a name from the Bowl of destiny, but I've got no shot of that event... my camera's battery was dead, but I still wanted it to happen .... here's the name he pulled...


... I shot off an email to Denise to let her know she won.  I wanted to thank everyone for entering and to keep an eye out for other drawings coming up over the Summer!!
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There you go sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Little Floating Dinner

Gentle Friends, this weekend Rico headed south to the Valley to visit with his family... so of course, I went out to with some friends... we headed to the Castro and a fun Sushi Boat restaurant called "Warakubune" located at 307 Church Street...

... we settled into seats and the floating boats...

... and you know I ordered a beer, Sapporo - one of the really good Japanese beers out there... 
and not a little one but one of the big ones!!

 The way "sushi boats" works is that the sushi floats by and you just take what you want from and this goes on until you're done...


... each sushi is charged by the plate it's one and you just stack up the little pleats and the bill comes from tius tally... we also order some special thing snot on the lfaoting boats...

the one on the right is a "House Special" shrimp one that comes with a dab of crab on top...


... and some Kapi Maki (cucumber) really tasty a refreshing...

... this was a really tasty one with asparagus tempura...

... it was so good we had to order a plate of vegetable tempura....

 ... this boat floated by with some seaweed salad, tamago (sweet egg custard) nigiri
 and some Kapi maki...

... we also got these tasty little treats... these are like shumai with little-fried shrimps on them, crunchy and smooth and just really delicious!!!
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We wrapped up the meal with chocolate and mango Mochi balls!!  
It was lots of fun and a really good meal!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar