- I saw more panhandlers in San Francisco than all of Europe. There is a homeless problem here, and, nationally, with 13% the total population, 57% of homeless are Black/African American.
- SFO is home to 3,500 restaurants, the highest per capita in the nation, and 1.5 times more than the number two city, which is Fairfield, Connecticut. However, only #8 in bars/capita (New Orleans is #1). In 2014 San Francisco had zero Michelin 3-Star restaurants. Now, two, and add three more for the Bay Area. Thus the five rivals New York City's six.
- Something Chaine members might want to place on their travel schedule: Napa has a Truffle Festival from January 15-18. Truffles:
- are a version of mushrooms, which are fungi
- depend on animals eating them to distribute their spores
- normal size varies from marble to golf ball
- no variety is known to be poisonous
- if you're searching for them, they are always at the root of trees, with the best being younger (15-40 year old) Douglas fir
- not all truffles are of expensive gourmet quality
- white truffles can be found in Oregon (from northern California into British Columbia), but add Texas to the list
- immature truffles do not have that special pungency sought by chefs (which is why Oregon varieties are unpopular because they are many times not ready for consumption)
- are best used raw as shavings
- refrigerate (although if you have the real stuff, the aroma transfers to other foods) and store in a paper bag, never plastic, although freezing can work
- you can grow truffles
- you can train your dog (pig too) to search for truffles
- join the North American Mycological Association to get educated (there is no chapter in Hawaii)
Typhoon In-fa is up to 115 MPH, but should be easing by Guam sufficiently south, bringing some rain and high waves:
However, there will still be some strengthening, with a current projected path safely turning north before approaching Japan.