Category Archives: NORTH AMERICA

California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, Ca

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California Academy of Sciences

(1) 415.379.8000
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
USA

www.calacademy.org

OPEN HOURS:
9:30 –   17:00   Monday – Saturday
11:30 –   17:00   Sunday

Directly across from the De Young Museum by the Golden Park is the LEED certified  California Academy of Scenes.  This is one fantastic science museum – an edifice of light !  Iconically supporting a 2.5 acre green roof, with solar panels bordering its numerous Skylights.  Designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano (he of the impressively new 2015  Whitney Museum in NYC).

This magnificent structure houses the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart aquarium, the Morrison planetarium AND a tropical forest habitat!

The reptile collection is worth coming alone – even if just for Claude the albino alligator!

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Ca Academy of Science 012  Ca Academy of Science 022Saharan spiny tailed lizard
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Big Sur – California

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The Big Sur Coast

Big Sur is a beautiful, rugged 100-mile stretch on California’s central coast, running between Carmel and San Simeon.

The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south”,  and invokes images full of winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty ocean.

Well – you’re mental images deserve to visit the stunning vistas!  Big Sur is just one of the many pleasures that California has to offer;  one of the things I can recommend easily to to drive US Route 1 between San francisco and Los Angles.

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Pullman – Montreal, Canada

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Pullman

Wine Bar and Tapas Bar
(1) 514 288-7779
424 Avenue du Parc,
Montréal (QC)  H2X 2H5 Canada

www.pullman-mtl.com

OPEN HOURS:
4:30 pm – 1:00am  Daily

The first thing that catches the eye at Montreal’s Pullman is the large centerpiece – a wine grass chandelier.  Quite a remarkable and clever design for wine bar.

While on first glance Pullman seems small and unassuming, it is largely due to the clever design of the space by Cabinet Braun-Braën.  The  restaurant is divided into small vignettes over its multilevel retro-futuristic expanse; Pullman is large enough to host 150 guests.  All of whom are enjoying their lovely meals in tranquility!

The tapas menu is a simple check-box card to be filled in with the provided pencils; very practical and fun.  The wine menu, however,  is a bit overwhelming with more then 340 choices!

Pullman delights in all respects.  I would say that the photos of the food do them justice.  The dishes are as tasty as they are attractive!

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Reggiano Parmesan croquettes with a smoked piperade
Pullman-001Wild  scallops carpaccio with olive oil, daisy buttons and spring greens
Pullman-014Front: crispy green beans with truffle oil and roasted almonds; Back: port-steeped cheddar grilled cheese.
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warm plate of winter vegetables on a bed of saffron mayo and a crown pretzel
Pullman-005Mixed Fried Mushrooms, Crostini and Watercress
Pullman-009Ricotta Gnocchi, Roasted Tomato Fondue and Basil
Pullman-012   Russian style gravlax, curated in sea salt, accompanied by hard boiled quail eggs (cooked to perfection, no sulfur stain aground the yolk), cream, salmon roe, condiments and blinis

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