All posts by Donna Riley


Ketchikan – Week 5

Ketchikan – Week 5

You may recall that we got to meet the Columbia’s 3rd Mate, Kyle Estes, when we visited the Longview/Kelso Elks Lodge over Cinco de Mayo weekend.  He told us that he was working on the ship, and offered a bridge tour.  We finally got to take advantage of that tour..
Week 4 – Juneau, Alaska

Week 4 – Juneau, Alaska

The ferry to Juneau was beautiful with great food. We had a wonderful stay in Juneau, the best campground so far – Glacier Nalu.  It was woody and private and far enough off the road to think that we were actually camping and not stopping on the side of the..
eightables
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eightables

We had the good fortune to be the first two customers at eightables, an exclusive, high-end, aritsan Chinese restaurant within the China Live complex on Broadway in Chinatown.  The whole project is an ambitious one by the one and only George Chen, a fixture in the San Francisco restaurant scene...
Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Don’t think you’re going to read this article about the Panama Canal and not have to go and see it.  Many consider it the 8th wonder of the world.  Consider this your primer if you do go, so you won’t have to listen so hard or that you’ll have notes..
Smokestack in Magnolia Brewery
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Smokestack in Magnolia Brewery

We went to the SF BBQ Festival last year, and it is fabulous.  It’s in AT&T Park’s parking lot, so the crowds were spread out.  Great beer, great bbq, but Smokestack BBQ won the blue ribbon/gold medal with the beef brisket. We went with our friends to Avocado Con, SF’s..
The Wolf
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The Wolf

The San Francisco Chronicle heralded the new coming of The Wolf, open just a few weeks after its August 2016 shuttering.  Rich and Rebekah Wood took over the space from the 40-year owner, Michael Wild.  The Woods, of famed Wood Tavern, were looking for another restaurant opportunity.  It turns out..
Skates on the Bay
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Skates on the Bay

I tell you what, with the amazing views at Skates on the Bay in Berkeley, they could get away with mediocre food and service.  But, fortunately, the food and service are almost as good as the view at Skates. We went to a retirement party at Skates just before Christmas. ..