Archive | August, 2011

Scars on 45

31 Aug

I forgot to share another lunch lounge from my side in the music industry.  Recently, we had the artist Scars on 45 come in and serenade us while we ate the most amazing pizza in the world, Patxi’s.  I know it sounds like I was more excited about the pizza and to be honest I kind of was.  I had never heard of Scars on 45 before and it’s not really my music that I gravitate towards but the group was very talented.

A lot of people in the building hardly ever go to these lunch showcases (maybe because of disinterest?) but this is exactly why I got into this industry, to work in media and music.  I’ve gone to every single lunch lounge since I’ve been in my job.  It’s so extraordinary that we get these LIVE sneak peaks at upcoming albums.  We are always offered the chance to chat with the musicians and ask any questions, take photos, etc.  Also, at this stage in their careers they are always so grateful that someone is interested in hearing them play.  We have also had some AMAZING lunch serenades (only I call them this 🙂 ) that I geek out over (the Kooks, Grace Potter, Fitz and the Tantrums).  Since I work for four major radio stations in San Francisco we also get bigger stars that come through as well but they never show case their music, although I would NOT oppose that!  The bigger stars usually just do an interview and some photos.

Scars on 45 were the last performance we had but we do have some upcoming events that I can’t reveal just yet but stay tuned and I’ll keep everyone posted on upcoming reviews of albums.  Scars on 45 will have songs on Grey’s Anatomy this next season and that’s where listeners will start to hear them so keep your ears open if you like soft, sweet music.

  Guitars laying around and Scars on 45 playing.

Here’s me and some co-workers taking a photo with the very humble band.

Here’s there single if you’d like to get a taste for the sounds of their upcoming record.  The girl in the band didn’t sing too much but when she did, her voice was beautiful.

Summers in Lake Tahoe, California

29 Aug

There is no better place to spend a summer than in Lake Tahoe, California.  There are many reasons for this but I do believe pictures do way more justice.  Here is a photographic catalog of why I believe summers are so incredible by the lake.

Visit Emerald Cove (on the west shore of Lake Tahoe) where you can hike, swim, bike, boat and anything else outdoorsy.

Here’s a part of Emerald Cove where you can climb around a waterfall that leads all the way down the mountain face from the top as melted snow run off.

You can get a crazy lean going on if you go sailing!  The colors are just so unreal.  You can see all the way down to the bottom in the more shallow parts of the lake.

Hike one of the many ridges around the lake.  This is Eagle Ridge near the West Shore.

Enjoy hanging outside at night with friends and making s’mores 🙂

Relax on the beach.

Watch a sunset from one the many public piers.

Catch some interesting photos of the sometimes unpredictable weather that may roll over the lake.

Grab dinner or a drink with family/friends down by the Lake.  You can also enjoy ice cream down at some of the piers.

Watch the sun go down.

Float the river!  The Truckee River is one of the most fun rivers to float.  Yes, I know this picture is ridiculous but it’s my brother and me and that’s what you get when you put us together. Ridiculous-ness : )  You can rent a large raft like this one or you can bring your own which I’ve also done plenty of times.  This is a MUST in the summer time, don’t miss out on this fun.

On the river.

Paddle board, kayak, swim, whatever your aquatic needs desire.

Go tubing on the Lake!

I’m just so in love with this lake, I could go on and on but it’s a destination made for explorers.

I’ll be going back to my heaven on earth in less than two weeks for my brothers wedding and I’m counting down the days.  I can’t wait to be on the water and relaxing with all of my family.  I will most definitely have plenty more summer on the lake photos!

Interesting Visitors

29 Aug

Today I woke up to the most interesting visitors outside my front door.  I see them all around my neighborhood but never this close to my front door 🙂  Very, very cute!

Vancouver, Canada eh?

26 Aug

Last summer at this time I was in Vancouver, Canada and loving every minute of it.  It’s such a fabulous vacation destination for so many reasons. It’s such a clean, wonderful city.  Here are some photos to show why Vancouver is in my top 5 most beautiful cities that I’ve ever seen.

There are cruise ships, freighters, sea planes, and so much more passing by on the water way with the mountains in the background.

If you know me, you know my obsession with interesting modern art and architecture.  This was an area for cruise ships.

The Olympic torch from the previous games here!

City-scape

Pixelated free willy, pretty awesome.

You can take a short drive to Shannon Falls which is gorgeous.

The wall to the parking garage at the airport was all plants!  This was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

My family and I had such a great time on this trip.  We’ve been twice now and my brother has decided to have his honeymoon in Vancouver and Whistler in 3 weeks!  Pictures don’t do this place justice.

North Beach, San Francisco

25 Aug

Lucky me, North Beach is also very close to my work so today I grabbed Rani and Chelsea and we headed to North Beach for our lunch time shenanigans!  This city has gems around every corner and when you are in good company, there’s nothing better.  We cruised around North Beach for a while and then ate at House of Thai.  It’s incredibly delicious Thai food and everything (food wise) on the menu is $5.  I’m starting to realize that not everywhere in the city is out to rob your pocket book 🙂  Here are some photos I took today.

The bookstore on the corner of Broadway and Columbus is very unique.  Outside on the corner they have all these floating light books in the sky.  At night they flash on and off and are so amazing to see.

There’s also a really neat hand painted mural in the background that covers the entire exposures of the corner building marking the beginning of North Beach.

Another part of the mural.

It’s amazing the things you find when you just look up above the tree tops.  A large cathedral here.

Columbus St (from Broadway on) is lined with adorable eateries and cafes.  Stroll along this strip and you are sure to find a stomach pleasing, heart happy experience.

Did I mention it’s also considered “Little Italy”??  Maybe that’s why I like the selection of food so much!

We did the extraordinary today in “Little Italy” though… we ate Thai!  I have to say it was absolutely delicious.

This is Vesuvio in the half yellow building.  It’s a bar that we just so happened to try out last Saturday night and it was a great time.  The drinks were, for the most part, $5 and the environment was cozy.  There were tables throughout two stories so it was intimate enough where you could still talk with the people you were there to spend time with.  A great, inexpensive place to go before perusing the rest of North Beach,

North Beach is a touristy area though so if you aren’t a fan of being around a ton of people, this might not be the place for you.

If you were to head the opposite direction on Columbus, you’d be headed towards Market St. and the Trans America Building.  Crazy how you can look two ways on a San Francisco street and see two different worlds.

Full of lots of little alley ways.

My partners in crime, love them tons.  We have so much fun together!  After we were done in North Beach of course we wanted to go to Chinatown and buy random things…

The things sold in these stores is beyond me what the real purpose is but boy do I love trying to think of who I could buy some of it for as a silly gift!

More stuff.

Chelsea had the genius idea of buying the snappers you throw and they pop when they hit the ground.  That was probably the most fun we’ve had in a while finding interesting ways to snap the little contraptions.  Here’s Chelsea trying to throw one at me and I find it to be a classic photo haha

  Great times 🙂  I hope to have more good places and times soon!

By Florence! She’s done it again…

24 Aug

The new single from Florence + the Machine is out… and it’s simply beautiful.  The classically trained Florence blows every one out of the water with her iron lungs.  No matter what genre of music you like, you will enjoy and appreciate this.

Chinatown, San Francisco

23 Aug

Today for lunch Lindsay and I decided to head up to Chinatown and explore the overwhelming stores.  The shops in Chinatown will shock you because they appear to be small little shops with one door openings but once you step in, it’s like your Alice in Wonderland transporting from the street to a huge indoor market full of trinkets.   OK, some may say junk but it’s really impressive what’s hidden in all the Chinatown crevices.  Here are a few things we found today at lunch.

All of the windows above the Chinatown shops have tons of clothing and/or artifacts hanging outside on display.

I thought this beaded rooster was quite interesting!

One of the neatest shops we found was a huge pet store!  It was about 3 or 4 stories tucked away with all sorts of interesting animals for sale.  This fish was twice as big as my head!

Chinatown is a pretty unique place to peruse.  If you decide to encounter it on your own, make a point to duck into a few stores because you will be very surprised at what you will find!