Monday, January 16, 2017

Yucca no more

Every time I went outside I had that uncomfortable feeling things were getting out of whack - skywards mostly. Then branches began falling off and intense cracking without visible signs of from where...
...visions of myself pinned under a ton of Central American Yucca and not happy.
This plant was originally a potted version on the 7th floor of my Embarcadero office. It grew up in the last 30 years and now its day has come. ¡Adios yucca querido viejo!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Louis Glanzman - fascination with the Maya

Remembering these impressive murals that used to be a backdrop to our taco lunch when my son and stepson were young and we all chowed down at our local Mexican restaurant once a week in the Mission. finally after 20 years i stumble on the painter Louis Glanzman who has an incredible portfolio of work on his site and unfortunately died recently, 2013.
I doubt the murals were originals because I've seen framed prints of ball players.
So if that's true who did the excellent murals in Maya on16th which were probably ruinously eradicated over 20 years ago when the place changed hands?
I'd eat my burro to know!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

December - Ginko Gold reins down in front of the house again.

Woke up to this view from my window.after last night's long-awaited rain storm. Soon there'll be a steady stream of leaf admirers from toddlers and moms to mission tourists taking selfies.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Yucca blossoms for a late summer feast

So I have a garden which has seen very little water in months. No matter, the plant that thrives on parched soils to the rescue. The Yucca. Once it was a little sprout oddity potted in the corner of my San Francisco office on the 7th floor of Embarcadero 4. But they're prolific just about everywhere in California and down south to who knows where. Fast forward some 30 years and the towering beast in my small garden, with a trunk 10 feet in circumference now overwhelms everything in it's shadow. How was I to know it actually presents a drought year bonanza. What drew my attention to the culinary potential of these impressive-looking flowers was a very ethnic indian lady selling various wares on the street corner near my house.
Beside her, piles of these seasonal beauties. A quick search online and I find all sorts of recipe ideas from just about everywhere. Just the kind of challenge I like and What the Hell, I have a skyline full of em. Getting up the wonky ladder and then dangling precariously with a pole saw is one of the ridiculous Cavalier stunts I pull off regularly, sometimes catching the projectile in mid air. Today was another successful catch, but don't do this at home. Now to the kitchen. Recommended approach for Newbies is an omelette, chefs say it's like artichoke. Texturally it's true, although mine was softer and no surprise stringy bits. The flavor was less pronounced however. By dinner time I was feeling adventurous and went for the pasta concept, so I prepped the yucca by sautéing in butter and and onions and bounced in two cups of prepared Putanesca sauce from Trader Joes. Result? Really pleased.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Venice beach CA. buzzing through the Walk Streets.

Apart from the exotic locals, there's a wealth of pampered gardens and still one or two of the non-cherried out, original shanty beach homes from the 20's and earlier.