Northern California

Pain au Chocolat, Chocolatine, Chocolate Croissant: Whatever You Call It, I’ll Eat It

Pain au Chocolat, Chocolatine, Chocolate Croissant: Whatever You Call It, I’ll Eat It

I have many food weaknesses, but pain au chocolat is probably in the Top 10. A delicious, flaky pastry surrounding a rich strip of chocolate. Who can refuse? Not me. My addiction began while studying abroad in Paris. Although I’ve always been a fan of cakes, […]

Foggy San Francisco

Foggy San Francisco

I feel like whenever people find out I’m from California, they assume blue skies, warm beaches and sunshine all the time. I hate to disappoint, but I’m from NorCal and San Francisco, in particular, often looks like this: foggy, grey and windy. A few weeks […]

The Nightly Sketch: Cafe Zoetrope

The Nightly Sketch: Cafe Zoetrope

A more recent addition to the Nightly Sketch series. I love the Sentinel Building (early 20th century) – it’s close to the North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco. While drawing this, I realized I don’t love drawing architecture because of the very many small repetitions. […]

To The Lighthouse: Point Reyes Edition

To The Lighthouse: Point Reyes Edition

In an effort to write about places in a relatively acceptable time frame after visiting, I’m sharing some pictures from my hiking excursion to Point Reyes National Seashore with my parents. I went in May after months of wanting to photograph the lighthouse. I’ve also […]

Musée Mécanique: a magical place

Musée Mécanique: a magical place

The Musée Mécanique, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, is home to a magical collection of games and coin-operated machines from years past. You can find everything from old music players and player pianos to vintage Pac Man, whack-a-moles and the Arm […]

A Day for Hiking: Sibley Park

A Day for Hiking: Sibley Park

Some days are meant for hiking. With the long days of summer, blue skies and a general wish for frolicking, maybe you’ve been thinking about hiking too? Earlier this year, Kenji took me hiking/walking at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. It’s such a pretty place to […]