Sunday, May 19, 2024

Mythical Beasts (Inner Sunset)(Filtered)

 I exaggerated the contrast just because I can. 

Return trip

Verdant is the word that comes to mind.  How many years has it been since I've seen this much green in the state? 

Napa Blooms


Napa Scenes 4

I have friends who are not just up for adventure, but MAKE IT HAPPEN.  (But we are private people, so I'm not posting photos.)


I have an album from Wire with a similar cover... 

Napa Lunch (Los Agaves)

Delicious veggie taco plates, delicious and pretty beverages, and very good guacamole. 

Napa Scenes 3

Artichokes are beyond cool. 

Napa Scene(s) 2

Lovely places to sit and wander. 

Napa Scene 1

Nice terra cotta work. 


Glass window medallions were once made somewhat similarly... 

Memorial Metal

Surface of the metal from the NYC World Trade Center in the WTC Memorial of Napa. 

Into the Wine Country

I know I am a child of the drought, because all greenery in the landscape here in California surprises me.

Orchid weekend

My orchids are blooming or have new bloom stalks...  I guess they like the light they are getting in their new home! 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Succulent blossoms

Digital sensors are starting to represent this color properly...  it used to be too vivid for the sensor to handle. 

California summer gold

It is California poppy time! 


I had a wonderful trip with a less-than-wonderful end, so I'm trying to think of it selectively.  It was my first vacation of the year, and I really needed to REST and have a chance of scene, by which I mean 'go to a place where I have no chores or obligations.'

As a gluten-intolerant vegetarian, I've struggled while traveling to eat well, but my past visits here plus research for this location paid off!  I ate very well, even at a hotel without a hot-breakfast option for me.

My reference list for others like me and/or next time, in alphabetical order:

  • Appetito (gluten free, cauliflower crust pizzas!)
  • Furusato Sushi (there's a page of veggie sushi!)
  • Island Vintage Coffee (coffee drinks only)
  • Leo's Taverna (hard to find Greek stand with falafel and huge, fresh, crunchy Greek salads)
  • Lulu's Waikiki (omelettes, veggie nachos, gluten free pancakes, bar food, delicious mocktails)
  • Noi Thai Cuisine (amazing Thai food (with two pages of vegetarian options) in a glittering location on the top floor of the Royal Hawaiian Mall)
  • Tanaka Ramen (legit ramen, including a delicious vegan option with gluten-free kale noodles!)