Category: Europe - AM Musings
 
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Mussels Provencal
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Chez Papa Window
I always thought mussels and french fries were a strange combination until I went to Brussels and saw that they seemed to be almost a national dish!  Now I see why - it's good.  Chez Papa Bistrot in San Francisco's Potrero Hill makes an excellent rendition. 

 
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SFMOMA
SFMOMA is planning a major expansion to the 15 year old building designed by Italian architect Mario Botta.  The main lobby of the building features an oculus skylight with an open stairwell ascending the oculus.  The idea of a round skylight was a major theme of Botta's work during the 1990's and several of his buildings featured a variation of this idea.  
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Church of San Giovanni Battista in Switerland
Botta's Church of San Giovanni Battista in Switerland shown in this drawing to t he left shows a how the same idea was applied to a church.

 
Is San Francisco is the most European looking city in the US?  Perhaps. 
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Left Belden Place, San Francisco Right Rue des Bouchers, Brussels
I was in downtown San Francisco taking an all day seminar.  At lunch break, I remembered we were close by Belden Place, a place described by some as the most European looking spot in San Francisco.  I wanted to check it out myself.  I admit it does look like Europe.  It  reminded me of the street in Brussels where we had dinner at Chez Leon 18 Rue des Bouchers .  A tourist area, but still fun and lively.  It was a  treat to pretend for a moment you are across the sea and thousands of miles away.  Back in San Francisco, I had lunch at Cafe Bastille at 22 Beldon Place.