The Making of a Peach Cobbler

August 27th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

The Making of Peach Cobbler

Baking is one of my passions. I can make some desserts really well but my peach cobbler has never quite been to my liking. My dad made a much better cobbler. I think I first tried to make a peach cobbler when I was about 13 years old and try again every few years but have not mastered it yet.

I contacted my friend, pastry chef David Benton, to teach me how to make a really good peach cobbler. It turned out amazing and it was much less difficult than I expected. Everyone has a take on how to make peach cobbler but David made it look simple. I look forward to making a peach cobbler on my own very soon. I will definitely take photos when I do.

Please check out David’s baking at Your taste buds will thank you!

The Making of Half Hearted Valentine Cookies

February 21st, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Half Hearted Valentine Cookies

The Half Hearted Valentine Cookies have become my most popular cookie outside of the Christmas holiday season. It has been a few year since I have made them and I learn something new each time. For this batch, I made cookies a little thicker. The thinner cookies brown on top too quickly. Enjoy!
Half Hearted Valentine Cookies

Fox Theatre Oakland Grand Opening

February 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Fox Theatre Oakland Grand Opening Gala 08

After 10 years of work and millions of dollars in renovations, the Fox Theatre in downtown Oakland reopened on 2/5. In addition to being a music venue, the Fox Theatre is home to the Oakland School for the Arts.
I did not attend the opening gala last week, but you can click here to see photos from opening night.
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Sunday afternoon @ Lake Merritt

January 27th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

Lake Merritt

I got a very late start on my weekly walk around Lake Merritt which is about 3.1 miles. If I am without my camera, I can get around the lake in about 45 minutes. I remember seeing Lake Merritt for my first time in 1998 and knew that I wanted to live in Oakland.


January 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


I got a shot of my favorite Samoyeds relaxing at Walden Pond Book’s on Grand Avenue in Oakland. I usually stop at the bookstore on Sundays to see them after morning walk. They are adorable and very friendly.

Freshly shaved…

April 22nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Freshly shaved...

I had just shaved and was inspired to take this photo by one of my flickr friends. I used a 50mm f/1.8 lens and my head is almost touching the keyboard.

My Bakesale Betty Photo in The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition

January 15th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

My Bakesale Betty Photo in The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition

I am very honored to have my photo of Bakesale Betty Bakery selected for the article “A New Gourmet Ghetto” in The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition for December 29, 2007.

Petersen Ice Cream

November 28th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Petersen Ice Cream

Long before Fenton’s Ice Creamery in Oakland ruled my world, there was Petersen Ice Cream on Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois. I took this photo recently on an early morning drive from the airport through Oak Park. I lived here for nine years before I moved to California in 1998. I remember I became fascinated with Oak Park when I took the “el” train to see the movie “Reds” in early 80′s with friends at the Lake Theater. I knew then that I wanted to live there. Five or six years later, I made my move and I loved it. Oak Park will always hold a special place in my heart.

Haight Street Photo Stroll

March 30th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

james1, originally uploaded by sfopanda.

A great, cloudy, misty Sunday afternoon with my photography friend, Dave (sfopanda), on Haight Street in San Francisco. The sights are truly endless. I must go back there again on a bright, sunny day.

You can see my Haight Street Photo Stroll photoset, here and Dave’s photoset, here. It is was interesting to see the differences and similarities in our photo perspectives.

Spring is here…

March 20th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Calalily, originally uploaded by in2jazz.

Just a few calalilies to celebrate the coming of Spring. You are probably saying WOW because I posted two entries in the same month and even in the same week. Just trying to blow dust bunnies away and do a little spring cleaning….lol!
Between both sites, this is my 500th blog entry. Woo hoo!

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