Random Late Summer Happenings

Yes, summer in SF is a little cool/foggy...so I treated myself to candles from the grocery store and put them on the mantel.

The people at the Williams Sonoma test kitchen (right down the hill) were thinking the same thing and this "Summer In San Francisco Comfort Food" was on their Instagram.
This is the view from my friend's place.  We started our walk here near Union Square and went over to Coit Tower.   See the tower in the center way in the distance?  That's it.

Lots of stairs...

This was our view from Coit Tower.

Below is where we then headed up…  to Russian Hill, back where I live.  But first we stopped in North Beach (the Italian section) for coffee (and water).  
San Francisco is a fun place to walk!

My friend, JoAnn gave us lots of ripe cherry tomatoes from her garden.  So, I made this easy Bruschetta Appetizer.
  • Toss tomatoes with coarsely chopped garlic, salt and pepper and olive oil.
  • Roast in preheated 325 degree oven for about an hour 
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with more salt to taste
  • Serve on toasted baguette slices, garnished with basil, parsley or mint
The mixture would also be good on chicken or fish.

Have you seen The One Hundred Foot Journey movie, yet?  We really loved it.  Makes me want to cook Indian food.
The trailer is here.

Dana's family room just got a 
refurbished chair in this durable fabric.

Luciane, from Homebunch features our SF apartment here.
I love following her on Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!!!


  1. We love SF it the must beautiful and Romanty City we been 4time and we loved we been all the places there

  2. Hi Mary Ann! I used to walk those stairs to Coit Tower and boy are they a work out!! Those views tug at my heart...what a gorgeous place! Great fabric on the chair

    1. My rear end is a little sore today…that's a good thing. :)

  3. I love your, what I call Happy Posts. I love how you share shots of San Francisco, some decor and some food. Could this get any better? I don't think so! Thank you for sharing and those tomatoes look yummy!

  4. My husband and I did the same walk to Coit Tower when we were in SF last year. Had lunch at Tony's Pizza in North Beach, but the main restaurant wasn't open yet so we ate at the smaller space a couple doors down) We walked everywhere from our hotel at Union Square...it's surprising how much territory you can cover in the city in a short amount of time.

    I just made roasted grape tomatoes for a margherita pizza this week. Except this was a new recipe that added the balsamic vinegar before cooking them. I think that was not a good idea because I have some baked on residue on my pan that I'm still trying to get off! I'm ready to go grab the paint scraper! Ugh.

    Linda in S.D.

    1. Linda: Tony's Pizza is the best. My son could eat there every day. There are so many good places in North Beach.

  5. I'm so happy you post all these beautiful pics from you adventures in SF. Just confirms that we need to make a journey up there very soon! You are so lucky to have this wonderful SF experience to add to all the other fabulous places you've gotten to live. And did you have to tempt me so early this morning with those delicious recipes, Mac and Cheese....mega comfort food and Bruschetta, so delicious and pretty!

    Yes, we saw Hundred Foot Journey and that along with Chef are my 2 favorite movies of the summer!

    Have a great weekend....xo Gail

  6. I really need to visit San Francisco again - it's been 10+ years since my last visit and every time you show pictures of it I remember how much I loved it there. Enjoy your weekend Mary Anne!

  7. I love SF so much....haven't been in years but sure would love to go back:) That Bruschetta looks so yummy....I have been cutting back on carbs but that could make me throw caution to the wind....!
    Love that fabric on the chair....looks very durable and of course blue....

  8. MC and I had the wonderful opportunity to "walk" San Fransisco years ago. It was one of our favorite days! We even did the crooked street up and down!!

  9. You can come down here next weekend to warm up!! Although Carmel is much like the city!! Love bruschetta!!

  10. The recipes both sound so yummy and the feature on Homebunch is outstanding! Your home looks amazing...

    ciao! xo

  11. Always fun walking with you vicariously in the city!! Chair is MUCH improved!!
    Happy weekend,

  12. any time you want to trade in cool and foggy come visit me in Houston...its hot, humid, and well, hot. :) love your pics of San Fran...such a good looking city.

  13. When my daughter/blog partner lived in San Francisco, she said you could always tell the tourists because they were the only ones wearing shorts in the summer. We spent many cool summer days enjoying the city.

  14. The 'City' as we call it here in the valley is one of the most beautiful in the country. I make it a point to visit at least twice a year.

  15. Your post is making me really excited for our trip! Love the new fabric on the chair too.

  16. Saw Hundred-Foot Journey, loved it. (saw When The Game Stands Tall last night...loved it too)

    Your new city has some amazing views....such a great place to walk. Beautiful photos.

  17. Over here in central PA I was pulling out the the candles too. Will try the cherry tomato recipe tomorrow. We still have lots in the garden. Know it will be delicious! Thanks.

  18. Mary Ann, I just heard about this morning's earthquake in San Francisco and I wanted to express my concerns and hope that you and your family are safe and your home hasn't sustained any damage. It sounds like it was quite a strong quake! Again, I hope all is well with you. Sending prayers for everyone affected in that area. Best,

    1. Thank you, Claudia!!! It was loud…this old building creaked so much and it swayed and then it was over

  19. I think I need to visit San Fran...I haven't been there in years!

  20. Mary Ann,

    I sent you an email hours ago... I am also concerned about you and yours regarding the earthquake.

    I am praying that everything is okay with you, my friend.

    Big Hug!

    Luciane from HomeBunch.com

    1. We are just fine. Not so lucky in Napa though. Thanks Luciane.

  21. Love seeing one of my favorite cities through your photos. My niece lives there, works at Google. We were there in June and it is such a wonderful respite from the Texas heat! Hope you all okay with the earthquake that happened.

  22. My niece works at Google, too. We are fine… no damage from the earthquake…just a bit scary.

  23. I love the red candles! Super scary I bet with the earthquake. My daughter is on the east coast so she wasn't there and I called my sister to see if it had frightened her and she said, "Oh... I thought I felt the bed moving." :) She thought it was her dog jumping on the bed.
    Good job on the walk!!!

  24. I always get hungry when I visit your post, and oh the view!
    So happy you are safe.

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