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As Tourism and Advertising Slide, a Zeppelin Company Tries to Stay Aloft
January 1, 2010
At high noon on Oct. 25, 2008, the zeppelin Eureka glided over the Golden Gate Bridge, around San Francisco’s waterfront, and then south to land lightly at Moffett Field in Mountain View — the first dirigible to grace the region’s skies since the days when Silicon Valley was more famous for its peaches than for its personal computers.
Alexandra Hall, the co-founder and chief executive of Airship Ventures, had hoped to make rigid-bodied dirigibles a regular presence in the Bay Area skies once again, ferrying well-heeled tourists on $495 rides above San Francisco Bay, conducting atmospheric experiments and serving as a flying billboard.
Teahouses’ Unique Blends Are Not Just in the Cup
January 1, 2010
At Om Shan Tea, the air is filled with the clatter of small earthenware teapots, the sound of ethereal gongs and flutes and quiet animated conversation. Tea drinkers cluster on reed stools around low tables surrounded by antiques from tea-drinking lands.
Oshan Anand, the owner of this year-old teahouse in the Mission district of San Francisco, sits at an antique tea table of dark wood and stone and pours tiny cups of pu-erh, the aged Chinese tea that, like wine, is often known by region and vintage.
Food of the Andes by the Golden Gate
August 23, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO has a well-deserved reputation for restaurant fare that is freshly inventive, but with studiously authentic roots. GastÃ³n Acurio, a celebrity chef in Lima, Peru, known for his novo-Andino cuisine, which adds modern sensibilities about freshness, presentation and technique to the culinary traditions of Peru, took note of this when considering where to open his beachhead restaurant in the United States.
“In San Francisco, people love to eat, and are open to new cultures and flavors,” Mr. Acurio said. “It’s the best place for us to start our dream of bringing our food to America.”