Orens Hummus Shop and Boba with Annie and Julia


Pulled beef served inside hummus.

After watching the sunset near Pacifica, we went to Orens Hummus Shop.

Oren Dobronsky, a technologist with 4 successful start-ups under his belt was drawn to the Silicon Valley, the epicenter of today’s technology innovations. Life in the valley was good, but one thing was missing: a big plate of creamy Hummus like back home in Tel Aviv, with fresh Pita & Mediterranean salads. A true entrepreneur, Oren decided to take matters into his own hands. With the help of his wife Nancy, an experienced restaurateur, the couple opened Oren’s Hummus, an authentic Israeli restaurant.


Julia and Annie waiting outside and enjoying the evening weather.


Seasoned fries with a lovely spicy mayo sauce.


Chicken kabob dish with rice and falafels.

I thought the chicken kabob was pretty good. However, the rice was advertised as “basmati rice”… which felt a little unauthentic compared to some other basmati rice I’ve had.


Annie and Julia posing in front of the chandelier in the restaurant.


Boba at Teaspoon after dinner.


Fresh mango smoothie.


Annie getting her tea with tapioca.

iPhone 7 Plus Photo of Ellie and Carrie


Photo of Ellie and Carrie using the iPhone 7 Plus.

So for starters, Ellie is super cute. She’s such a sweet cat—she’ll come up to me an say hello every day.

Now lets talk about the photo. There’s nothing special about the picture itself except that it was shot with the iPhone 7 Plus with no color correction or retouching. This is just an average photo, shot with average lighting.

I’m kind of amazed by the level of quality by these new smart phones. I’ll do photo shootout later this week. I’m really curious to see how it performs compared to my full frame DSLR.

Ellie getting her massage from Annie.

By the way, the video shot from the iPhone 7 Plus is pretty amazing too. I’m hoping to experiment with this a little more too.

Sunset Near Pacifica


Photo of the Sunset near Pacifica, next to Lands End Apartments.

After our lunch at Tartine, we went back to my apartment for a quick nap. We then went down to a spot near Pacifica to watch the sunset. I found this place when I was apartment hunting earlier this year.


Light reflecting off the waves along the coastline.

There’s still a part of me that wants to move out to this part of town. The view is just incredible—could you imagine watching this every evening? Even better, doing astrophotography once the stars come out? 😗


Annie watching the sun as it touches down.

Then again, I think we just got lucky with the weather. I heard it gets kind of foggy out here.

iPhone 6 Plus vs 7 Plus Camera in Low Light


iPhone 6 plus versus iPhone 7 plus low light comparison.

So I just picked up the new iPhone 7 last week, and I can say that the new camera is a huge improvement in low light. Typically, DSLR lenses cost a ton more for each stop of light you gain from faster apertures.

The combination of image stabilization, noise reduction, and a faster lens has improved the low light performance (as you can clearly see in the photo above). The iPhone 6 Plus uses a f2.2 lens and the iPhone 7 Plus uses a f1.8 lens. Pretty amazing what these little gadgets can do now-a-days.

I won’t be shooting astrophotography with the iPhone 7 Plus, but at the rate things are improving, it could actually be a possibility in a future generation.

Ps. Thanks to Rudy for being a guinea pig for my photo experiments. 😎

Tartine Bakery & Cafe


Fresh pastries at Tartine.

After Coit Tower, we grabbed some lunch at Tartine Bakery & Cafe.

Pastry chef ELISABETH PRUEITT and her husband, renowned baker CHAD ROBERTSON, are the co-owners of Tartine Bakery and Bar Tartine in San Francisco. They both trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Elisabeth and Chad traveled, trained, and cooked in France and upon their return, opened Bay Village Bakery in Point Reyes Station, California. Using a wood fired brick oven, they baked bread and created rustic, elegant pastries using many of the techniques they had learned abroad. Chad’s bread garnered the attention of Alain Ducasse, who wrote about the couple in his book, Harvesting Excellence.

I’d say that their pastries are pretty good. Their sandwiches are hella expensive. Be prepared to pay $17 for a sandwich. Annie said their breakfast bun was off the hook, so put your $$ towards their pastries.


More deliciousness.


Expensive cookies. $10.50 per bag.

I would say that the food was good, but probably overpriced for my liking. Other than that, their pastries are fantastic.


More pastries.


Julia walking into Tartine.

Monday Music: “Let It Go”, James Bay

“Let It Go”, James Bay

Okay, technically it’s not monday anymore, but I wanted to post a little music to get your week going.

“The Woods”, Hollow Coves.

Great song. Reminds me of The Present”, by Zealand, featured in the short animation “The Present”.

“Promise”, Ben Howard.

So I posted more than one song for this Monday. I figure I need to catch up on my blogging… so there you have it, a little extra for you this week. 😎