{sf} the infinite mirror maze

December 17, 2017

Pier 30 is a super touristy place I don’t often like to go there because it’s just so ridiculous. The Aquarium is of course nice and I love taking my students there on field trips. There’s other nice establishments there, too. Recently, I found out that they have a mirror maze there and for just $5, I thought it would be a great adventure. Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze is on the second level at Pier 39 and turned out to be well worth the $5 because they let you go though the maze as many times as you want. All the darkness and neon lights really make the mirror maze a challenge and even the second time through I got just (if not more) lost than the first! Your senses really do get all messed up because you have no idea which direction anything is coming from anymore. Plus, it’s a great place to get mirror pictures … mine weren’t that great … even if still fun to take!


Look at those lights!

All those mirrors

It’s so confusing in here!


{sf} el porteño empanadas

December 16, 2017

When I traveled around Argentina almost decade ago now (right after college), I remember eating cheap meals off on the side of the street. Many of these meals included traditional Argentinean empanadas made by local vendors. I remember these empanadas because not only were they quite delicious, they were the absolute cheapest meals and I could try all kinds of local flavors.

Now back to San Francisco. I’ve walked around the Ferry Building many times, but I recently noticed a newer establishment called El Porteño. I’m not entirely sure how new this place it, but I can’t imagine I’ve just never noticed it before … but maybe?!? I hope I’m not that oblivious. Anyway,  I just had to give this place a try and was quite impressed with all the different kinds of stuffing they had for their empanadas. Since I was only looking for a snack, I bought one eggplant one (on the specials menu that day) but will definitely be back for more. Yum! This place is my new Ferry Building favorite!


Argentinian empanadas

Eggplant special

{stanford} rodin @ the cantor

December 12, 2017

Located right next door to the Anderson Collection at Stanford is Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. This dramatic building is curated more like a traditional museum. While the Cantor is quite large, I really hadn’t planned on staying in this museum that long because my entire plan was just to see the Rodin exhibit. I just love Rodin and remember going to the Rodin museum in Philadelphia as well as in Paris. This exhibit at the Cantor was just stuffed with Rodin creations as well as other pieces that contrasted it or were of a similar nature.

Oddly enough, even though I’ve been to so many Rodin exhibits and museums, this was the first time that I actually saw his most famous Thinker! That’s because the one in Paris was being fixed up and therefore covered when I was there! Being such a big Rodin fan, I was glad I finally got to see his most famous piece!

A Rodin photo adventure:

I had been hearing that the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is quite a nice place to visit to see some great art. Essentially the private collection of single family, it’s just incredible how much art these people had acquired, but even more incredible that we all get to see it for free! From what I understand, most of the collection stays in storage and they switch out what’s on display regularly. Of course, there are also some periodic special exhibits as well. This type of collection is always interesting to see because it’s not always based on a single artist or themed as strictly as at a museum. It’s also a place where art history students at Stanford get to have their write-ups about certain pieces be on display. Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces there. My favorite was of the old man face in the water because it reminded me of another amazing piece on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

A Standford photo adventure: