donuts and sunny weather here, but foggy weather there

August 27, 2011 |  Category:   life travels

I’m not even a big donut person, but these donuts from Dynamo Donuts were absolutely deeelicious. We had 8 different kinds. Yeah, that’s right, 8 donuts for the 4 of us. We also had a nice chat with Sara Spearin, the owner and chef of Dynamo who Mark worked under as Assistant Pastry Chef in New York. It was his first pastry position job when we first moved out there and I remember Sara saying at the time that she called him for an interview because he went to college in Olympia and had just moved from Portland (Sara is from Oregon). If you’re out in San Francisco, you really ought to make a trip to Dynamo but you need to come early because there’s usually a line (again with the lines in this city!).

Our last day in San Francisco ended up being super nice. It was warm for the first time so we took the girls to China Beach to run around in the Pacific Ocean. Couldn’t really see the Golden Gate Bridge because the smoke monster (I mean The Fog) was hovering around the bridge and East Bay. Can you see it off in the horizon? We drove a few miles towards Golden Gate Bridge and it was completely foggy and quite cool there. Literally a different climate and landscape. So fascinating that it can be sunny and warm in one location, but foggy and cool a few blocks away.

ok…so I’m kinda freaked out about the Hurricane happening in the East Coast and obviously New York. It’s weird to be all the way over here and not be able to do anything about it except watch it unfold live like some disaster movie. Thanks to our cat sitter Mark and our neighbors for bringing in all our plants and furniture off our balcony. Be safe East Coast! I’ll be glued online to see how it unfolds.

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  • Gaby August 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for posting these SF photos and links to places to eat :) I’m heading over there in 2 weeks time (all the way from Australia) and am enjoying learning about new places to visit! I’m not much of a sugar-coated-donut eater but Dynamo Donuts look tempting.

  • kristin August 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Fantastic set of pictures.

    Makes me miss San Francisco and want to take my little California-born girl back there. (I’m from NC).

  • Susan August 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Who scary fog monster, yikes! I’ve heard about those donuts, how lucky you are to have behind the scenes access, YUM. I hope your kitty will be ok…I can understand it would be weird watching all this from out there.

  • Clara August 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Oh I love that picture of Claudine! Hope you guys are having a fabulous trip.

  • Linn Maria August 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wow, those fog shots are absolutely amazing. Coming from an island up north in Norway, I definitely know what it’s like to be surrounded by thick ocean fog. Great pictures as always :)

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag August 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Such great pictures! Were those the FLAVORS that were listed of the doughnuts? Strawberry Earl Grey? Apricot Cardamom? Oh my! Sounds heavenly!

  • kate August 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

    those fog pictures are amazing! I remember when I lived in Oregon and it would be raining + sunny at the same time. so cool to see the same w. fog.
    and, I agree…that picture of C. is amazing!! she really is a beauty!

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs August 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Those fog photos are amazing. Its crazy. Also, I’m glad you and your family will be safe from the storm. I hope all is well on the homestead. Try not to worry too much. Enjoy your vacation. What will be, will be.

  • Nicole Franzen August 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

    LOVE these shots. When I was there last week I was so amazed by the way the fog rolls over the hills like the smoke monster from LOST. Its awesome that the temperatures vary so much throughout the valleys. Totally magical, but not a fan of the cold parts 😛 Hurricane here, enjoy it. You missed both the earthquake and hurricane lucky you.

  • jodi August 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    gorgeous photos! and those doughnuts look seriously amazing.

  • Jennifer August 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Your pictures are fantastic! I would love to know what type of camera you are using and if you have been using the same one for a long time. Have you found you are becoming a much better photographer just through practice or have you received instruction? Thanks – your girls are precious!

  • Aya August 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The photo of Claudine is so sweet. Those eyelashes!

  • Ula August 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I had once the spiced chocolate donut at Dynamo Donuts and it was very good indeed!

  • Kersey August 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Those first photos are incredible! We were actually evacuated, I just hope everyone is smart and stays safe!

  • CHICKYTHING August 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    After hearing about Hurricane Irene, you are the first one that came to mind. I’m glad to see that you guys are in the west coast, safe and sound.

  • CHICKYTHING August 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    By the way that view is so beautiful. I’ve never seen pictures from this side of the golden gate before.

  • Sara August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Oh Jenna. Have I told you lately how beautiful your pictures are? Well, they are. Never stop taking them! They inspire me.

  • Katherines Corner August 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Happy memories being made!! thank you for sharing. Hugs

  • Seema August 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I have been meaning to comment here for a few days now – that picture of… I think claudine is STUNNING. Soooo cute and pretty, she looks like she’s enjoyin’ that donut alright!

  • Seema August 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    The fog cloud makes the pictures looks almost surreal – I have never seen fog at a distance like that I don’t think – I’m normally right IN IT so I can’t see further than my own nose lol. Absolutely breath-taking photography as always xx