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Passing through…

Reframed too

It has been awhile since I have written anything here. Work has been busy. Photography has been busy. Music has been busy. Fall is here and soon it will be time to start holiday baking!!!! Where did this year go? Anyway, hope you are doing well. I will soon be trying the peach cobbler recipe that pastry chef David Benton gave me soon. Stay tuned.

Oh yeah, I got new eyeglasses. I was way overdue. The frames are made by ProDesign Denmark. I really like their frames.

The Making of a Peach Cobbler

The Making of Peach Cobbler

Baking is one of my passions. I can make some desserts really well but my peach cobbler has never quite been to my liking. My dad made a much better cobbler. I think I first tried to make a peach cobbler when I was about 13 years old and try again every few years but have not mastered it yet.

I contacted my friend, pastry chef David Benton, to teach me how to make a really good peach cobbler. It turned out amazing and it was much less difficult than I expected. Everyone has a take on how to make peach cobbler but David made it look simple. I look forward to making a peach cobbler on my own very soon. I will definitely take photos when I do.

Please check out David’s baking at www.sugarsweetsf.com. Your taste buds will thank you!

The Making of Half Hearted Valentine Cookies

Half Hearted Valentine Cookies

The Half Hearted Valentine Cookies have become my most popular cookie outside of the Christmas holiday season. It has been a few year since I have made them and I learn something new each time. For this batch, I made cookies a little thicker. The thinner cookies brown on top too quickly. Enjoy!
Half Hearted Valentine Cookies

Fox Theatre Oakland Grand Opening

Fox Theatre Oakland Grand Opening Gala 08

After 10 years of work and millions of dollars in renovations, the Fox Theatre in downtown Oakland reopened on 2/5. In addition to being a music venue, the Fox Theatre is home to the Oakland School for the Arts.
I did not attend the opening gala last week, but you can click here to see photos from opening night.
For more information:
http://www.foxoakland.org/
http://www.thefoxoakland.com/

Cozy

Cozy

I got a shot of my favorite Samoyeds relaxing at Walden Pond Book’s on Grand Avenue in Oakland. I usually stop at the bookstore on Sundays to see them after morning walk. They are adorable and very friendly.

Petersen Ice Cream

Petersen Ice Cream

Long before Fenton’s Ice Creamery in Oakland ruled my world, there was Petersen Ice Cream on Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois. I took this photo recently on an early morning drive from the airport through Oak Park. I lived here for nine years before I moved to California in 1998. I remember I became fascinated with Oak Park when I took the “el” train to see the movie “Reds” in early 80′s with friends at the Lake Theater. I knew then that I wanted to live there. Five or six years later, I made my move and I loved it. Oak Park will always hold a special place in my heart.

Haight Street Photo Stroll



james1, originally uploaded by sfopanda.

A great, cloudy, misty Sunday afternoon with my photography friend, Dave (sfopanda), on Haight Street in San Francisco. The sights are truly endless. I must go back there again on a bright, sunny day.

You can see my Haight Street Photo Stroll photoset, here and Dave’s photoset, here. It is was interesting to see the differences and similarities in our photo perspectives.