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Oct 19, 2013

Glasstress 2013

No visit to Venice is complete without a sail over to Murano Island.  Even if you’re not particularly into glass, art, or glass art, it’s still one for the bucket list.  To make the most of our only full day in Venice, we had first sailed to the Cemetery on Isola di San Michele before sailing over to Murano.  Murano’s like a miniature Venice, except pretty much every single store is a glass trinket or art shop.

The first few stores that I walked into left me fairly unimpressed.  Yes, there were some really amazing works of art here and there, but the rest were just glass beads, vases, miniature animals, etc, that I could’ve sworn I’ve seen in bulk at wholesale factories in China and Thailand.

Luckily by the time we got to the other end of the tiny island, Murano redeemed itself by having a really cool gallery called Glasstress.  Unlike the other galleries, we actually had to pay for this one, and as you’ll see, it was worth every penny.  So glad that we randomly stumbled upon it.  It was pretty much empty when we were there, so we stayed for a couple hours just snapping away at the pieces.  Here are some of my favorites:



Oct 10, 2013

Afternoon at the Cemetery on Isola di San Michele

Let me start off by saying that despite being someone who’s curious and intrigued by the subject matter of death, I’ve never really been much of a cemetery person. It’s not that they scare me or anything (unless maybe I’d just watched an episode of Walking Dead), but I’ve just never really had the urge to visit them.

That said, this is absolutely one of the most fascinating and beautiful cemeteries I’ve ever been to.

My buddies and I woke up that Saturday morning and decided to play that day by ear.  We had a very loose plan that day to grab some espresso, trek across Venice, board a ferry over to the island of San Michele where this cemetery is, and then go from there.



Sep 4, 2013

The Streets of Venice

Prior to visiting Venice, a friend had told me that I would love it, but also warned me that it would be “very touristy”. I wasn’t exactly sure what she meant by that, but as soon as I arrived, I knew. The touristy-ness of Venice is like Fisherman’s Wharfs’ on steroids. It turns out that not many people actually live there and there were even less so locals among us during our time there because of the holidays, and that there are lots and lots of visitors.

My thoughts on Venice is that architecturally and culturally, it’s such a beautiful, beautiful, charming and rustic city. I’m not a fan of heat, crowds, or mosquitoes, though, and those were abundant in Venice. Nonetheless, I woke up very very early both mornings (like 5-6 AM early) that I was there to experience Venice without those three things and I found them to be some my most enjoyable moments in the city.  Here are some of my favorite shots from those walks.


Aug 18, 2013

Ciao from Venezia!

I made it here in one piece! My first day in Venice was a little lackluster because I was so jet lag and stressed out from a bad Airbnb experience (Italian cleaning ladies having a screaming war, anyone? Or maybe that’s just how they talk ;), but on my second day, after I had settled in a bit, the exploring was on! Here are some of the highlights…

I woke up super early and went out to explore on my own at 6 AM while the gang slept. And of course, I had to take a couple obligatory canal shots :)


Jul 16, 2013

Marica Restaurant: One of Oakland’s Best Kept Secrets

Disclaimer: A good friend of a good friend’s family owns this restaurant.  BUT — I didn’t know that until I finally got to eat here.  I knew his family had a restaurant with an exotic-sounding name around there.  I just never put two and two together!

I had this place bookmarked on Yelp for a while, but I finally made it here this past weekend.  And — it turns out said friend happened to be at the restaurant that day!  Third time’s the charm :)

A friend texted me on Sunday evening and being starvin’ Marvin, I asked her if she wanted to have dinner.  She threw out a ton of suggestions, one of which being Marica.  Having just worked out, Marica sounded like the best choice because the 3-course prix fixe menu that I had read about on their website included a light appetizer choice, a protein-filled entree, and a light dessert option.

However, that idea went immediately out the door, before I even got the chance to open up the menu, when our friend offered us the off-menu chef’s tasting menu so that we could taste a few more dishes.  Getting a taste of their menu omakase-style… who could we pass that up?!

To start, we got this lovely trio of apps:

On the top left is their chopped salad, which consists of avocado, romaine, red bell pepper, cannellini beans, egg, parmesan and white wine vinaigrette.  In the adorable miniature mug is a corn chowder’esque concoction made with clam juice with a big prawn hidden in there.  Up front is a savory cornmeal pancake with prawn and even more corn.  I loved going from one little pod of food to the next.

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