Hard to believe that restaurant has been around for 41 years. Founder Alice Waters (below) is credited, with Wolfgang Puck, to have invented California Cuisine. In 2001 Gourmet magazine named Chez Panisse the Best Restaurant in America. Actually, I'm to dine in their cafe, which serves their lunch. It now looks different because there was a serious fire two years ago.
Mercer Quality of Life 2015 Survey has San Francisco as the highest rated American city, at #27, with Honolulu the second, at #36. Chicago is #43 while Seattle and New York City are #44. #1 is Vienna
Honolulu was settled by Polynesians in the 11th century. The first foreigner sailed into Honolulu Harbor in 1794. King Kamehameha III made Honolulu the permanent capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1845.
1906 earthquake and fire. Here, again is Jeanette MacDonald. Towards the end of My Ultimate Global Adventure two years ago, I stayed in the home of David Kyle at Sea Ranch north of San Francisco, where the San Andreas Fault crosses into the Pacific Ocean, as shown in the photo to the left, which is his backyard.
I bring this topic up because at the end of May a film called San Andreas will premiere. Rotten Tomatoes shows a 97% audience wanting to see this film rating.
Iris, a documentary, just opened nationwide, except Hawaii. Rotten Tomatoes gives it two 100% ratings. I don't remember any movie getting this combined perfection. Who is Iris? Let me just say this is all about the nine decades of Iris Apfel.
Tomorrow, return for my lunch at Chez Panisse, then, on to Napa for Kenji's Golf Safari.
Tropical Cyclone Quang is at 120 MPH, but should weaken and strike mostly desolate northwest Australia.
The search continues for Malaysian Air 370 in this general area of the Indian Ocean: