Sonora – Stop for a Great Burger at Yosemite’s Gateway

En route to Yosemite from San Francisco Airport almost two years ago, my husband and I opted to stopover in Sonora, which had promised to be a quaint gold rush era town with good food. This seemed the sane thing to do after a long flight but it's probably also because we wanted to save the cost of a night's stay at the pricey Ahwahnee. And we were intrigued by getting a good cheeseburger at the Diamondback Grill in Sonora.

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Pic of the Day – Yosemite Deer

By the road in Yosemite

I took this photo just around sunrise in Yosemite. There was a herd of deer by the road as we were driving by so we stopped and I got out of the car. They were quite oblivious of my presence (along with the other cars driving by) so I had to make a slight noise before the stag looked up. Shot on a Nikon D800 at 200mm zoom, manual setting of ISO2500, F4, 1/100.

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Yosemite – Tips for First Time Visitors

Yosemite National Park is one of those places where I wish I had accomplished more on my visit. There is so much I want to do and I leave thinking I could have organized myself a bit better. If you’re like me and can only allocate a short visit for your first trip, here are some tips that I think may help you make more of a limited time there.


  • Come here for more than a day trip. It’s a long ride, so with all the effort, stay longer.
  • Stay in the...
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San Francisco’s Benu – Modernizing Asian Cuisine Elegantly

As I prepared to write this note on Benu, I recall thinking after our meal that the restaurant was certainly worthy of its Michelin stars (two) at the time. Since I was there in October 2014, the restaurant has been awarded its third star. I think this is obviously great recognition for Chef Corey Lee’s efforts to lift and modernize fine Asian food without losing aspects of the dish that people love. While Benu may be classified as fusion (it’s described as ‘new American fare’ on...

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