Carlos Melia LIVE from Hollywood | Los Angeles, United States | Reporting live from Hollywood in Los Angeles. Our local friend and colleague took us for an out of the beaten path tour of Hollywood, to areas most tourist do not access, and those that guarantee the best looks of the iconic Hollywood Sign. Continue reading Carlos Melia LIVE from Hollywood
Carlos Melia by Nicolas Smith | San Francisco, US | Check out my last photo shoot which took place at Castro in San Francisco. Photos by Nicolas Smith local photographer. Photos will be used on an upcoming spread for DNA Magazine. Stay tuned. View the all photos @ Flickr Carlos Melia. Hope you like them. Continue reading Carlos Melia by Nicolas Smith
Pizzeria Delfina best Pizza in San Francisco | San Francisco, California | If you are a big foodie like I am, and love pizza as much as I do, then you MUST pay a visit to Pizzeria Delfina. Been there multiple times for lunch and dinner, and both were just fantastic. But be ready to wait in line, they are very popular. Come on over, put your name on the chalkboard and wait outside patiently while sipping a great glass of Rosato. Continue reading Pizzeria Delfina best Pizza in San Francisco
Lombard Street the crookedest street in the world | San Francisco, California | Not Quite, but yes the most famous. It is renown for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight sharp turns, a one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. Lombard Street starts again at Winthrop Street and finally terminates at The Embarcadero as a collector road. Continue reading Lombard Street the crookedest street in the world
Cable Cars in San Francisco a true landmark | Union Square, San Francisco | If there is a landmark of this city other than the Golden Gate Bridge, I would risk to say that Cable Cars rank second. I spent the full morning in the area of Union Square, Chinatown, California Street., taking pictures of the world’s last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, in the US. Continue reading Cable Cars in San Francisco a true landmark
Chow Food and Drink Organic | San Francisco | Searching for a Brunch / Breakfast place in San Francisco? Do not look any longer, with four locations in the city, Chow is a perfect option for you morning craves. Indoor and Patio seating areas. A local gathering place of friends and neighbors in the Castro district. Continue reading Chow Food and Drink Organic
Gay Napa & Sonoma Gateways | Napa Valley, California | by Charles Kimball I want to personally thank Charles – Gay Napa & Sonoma Gateways and Linda Viviani – Viviani Touring Destination Management. for creating such an amazing experience and visit to both Napa and Sonoma. Not only both fantastic host with deep knowledge and experience in the area, but from now on CM by Carlos Melia destination experts and friends.
Linda Viviani with long proven success and experience servicing not only the areas of Napa and Sonoma, but also San Francisco among other wine regions of the United States. She is the inside contact to access to all that Napa has to offer and not many can be part of. The synergy with Charles Kimball, meets the best of both worlds offering excellent moments with the gay flavor that we all enjoy.
Linda Viviani + Charles Kimball + Carlos Melia your dream team when planning your next trip to Napa and Sonoma. Picture taken during our tour and lunch at SABINA Vineyard.
Linda Viviani + Carlos Melia at Lancaster Vineyard in Alexander Valley, Sonoma. Wine and Cheese Tasting and Pairing class at the VIP Room of the vineyard. Linda Viviani’s Touring Destination Management is a member of the VIRTUOSO Network same as I am. She embraces my concept of …” My native language is Gay, but I am fluent in Straight…” welcoming all type of clients to enjoy and learn about the region and the culture of fine wine.
Charles Kimball + Carlos Melia. During our visit to Chalk Hill Vineyards in Alexander Valley, Sonoma. Both active members of the IGLTA – International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.
Tacolicious SF | San Francisco, California | Craving for some excellent Mexican cuisine? Yes I said cuisine, because at Tacolicious San Francisco, they go over the TOP to redefine prejudice and create Gourmet Mexican Food. Not only you will find alternative tacos and enchiladas, but also a fantastic selection of Beer Drinks. Located over Chesnut Street, allows you to enjoy a lunch Al Fresco and later a nice stroll around this commercial hip area.
Tacolicious was born for the love of tacos. The slightly longer one: Tacolicious was born for the love of so much of Mexican food. If they had a battle cry, it would be “Fingers not forks!” Tacolicious isn’t a taqueria by any standards, but they encourage eating in the spirit of one. Their menu incorporates six different tacos, as well as seasonal salads, a Tombo tuna tostada and more. And while they’re very serious about supporting local farmers and natural meat purveyors, they’re not above a crock of warm and gooey, delicious chile con queso made with a dubiously shelf-stable cheese that starts with the letter V. Our choice for lunch was: Made-to-order Guacamole (USD 7.50), Enchiladas de pollo salsa ranchera, oaxaca and cotija cheese, cumin crema, avocado, cilantro (USD 7.95), Four Tacos platter (USD 12).
Purists can check out their extensive Mexican beer list and a selection of over50 tequilas (including a few mezcals). The party doesn’t get started until you’ve had a chupito, though. For these, inquire within. My choice was a Beer House Cocktail of Preperada tecate, tomato, chilies, lime, salt & pepper (USD 9). CM
(*) For more information visit their official website www.tacolicioussf.com or come and see them at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market every Thursday.
San Francisco Underground Market by ForageSF | San Francisco, California | Guest photos and idea by Craig Karpel – What is one of the things that come to your mind when someone mentions San Francisco? For sure FOOD, WINE and renown international CHEFS are a few of them. Well San Francisco Night Market by ForageSF is the true expression of that. Eat your way through San Francisco.
The SF Underground Market is a venue where you can taste and purchase the food that is being produced in backyards and home kitchens in the Bay Area. Every vendor at the market is someone who is trying to make their passion their profession, and a market like this shows that it’s definitely possible. To sell at a farmers market, you need to produce your wares in a commercial kitchen. This is an impossible expense for many of them, so the underground farmers market is about helping to get some exposure for all of their fellow producers without the cash for a commercial kitchen.
Now you might ask yourself, WHY they promote themselves as a Night Market and all photos are during the day. Well due to their incredible success and attendance, they have decided to extend their hours, and now you can enjoy both versions of SF Underground Market. A market, and a live show, all rolled into one. Think a farmers market, but at day or night, with music and drinks. To attend the market, you need to be a (free) member of the SF Underground Market, please sign up here
This time the market took place at Public Works on 161 Erie Street, San Francisco. Day Market from 11am – 4pm and the Night Market about to happen from now till 2am. So if you are in the area and still riding this, loose your belt and get ready for it…. Admission: $5, $10 after 11pm.
ForageSF is a wild food community in San Francisco. They organize underground dinners and the SF Underground Market. Their goal is to push people out of the supermarket, to get them trying new foods harvested sustainably and fairly by their neighbors. As part of our community focused philosophy, 50% of the profit from the sale of any product we purchase from a forager goes straight to that individual . That is, to the person who collected it.
(*) To lear more about SF Underground Market follow them on ForageSF Facebook Page or at ForageSF.com. Check their next location and date. You do not want to miss it next time.
Venice Beach | Los Angeles, California | Venice Beach…under the warmth of sun and along the breaking waves of the Southern California coastline. Discover the mystique that lured Jim Morrison to find ‘The Doors,’ and a Culture that gave birth to modern skateboarding. Venice Beach, California, is a unique destination unto itself, where shopping, dining, sports, recreation, and entertainment abound.
Venice Beach is a district on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune-tellers, artists, and vendors. Throughout the summer months, the boardwalk is actively entertaining, and this tradition continues on weekends in the winter. It is an important tourist attraction in Southern California, and has retained its popularity in part because it is an attractive location for walking and bicycling.
Sunsets best time of the year to watch a sunset in Venice: Everyday, however make it a point to watch a sunset during the winter months. This is when the sunsets are the most amazing. That is exactly when I visited and here are the results.
Venice Beach Boardwalk is not to be missed. If you are visiting the Los Angeles area, you owe it to yourself to come to Southern California’s number one visitor attraction. Stretching about one a half miles along the manicured sands of the Pacific Ocean, the boardwalk is a large part of what makes Venice unique. Hundreds of street vendors and performers. You can see everything from break-dancing to broken glass walking. Mimes to musicians, jugglers to jesters and everything in between make up the human landscape. You can have your fortune read, get a temporary tattoo or have your name written on a grain of rice. If souvenirs is what you are after then the boardwalk is the place to go. The Westside offers unique arts and crafts, odds and ends and one of kinds only obtainable here.
Great food and great weather are signatures of Venice. With everything your taste buds could ask for from casual family eateries, to walk-up beachside snacks to elegant world-class seafood, you’ll never run out new places to enjoy food in Venice. Some to recommend are mostly located over Abbott Kinney Road, mix atmosphere where SOHO New York meets beach style Los Angeles: GJELINA (www.gjelina.com) everyone I met raves about this place specially the pizza. Intelligentsia Coffee (www.intelligentsiacoffee.com) fantastic coffee, but be prepared to wait in line since they are VERY popular. Shima (exclusive brown rice sushi).
The Roosterfish, is a gay bar located at 1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice Beach. ( 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM 7 Days a Week). Tiff drinks, a Happy Hour (actually 2 hours), hot bartenders, a pool table, pinball, electronic darts, video games, an outdoor patio, no attitude and there’s never a cover charge.
(*) Check out now my full Flickr Photo Album of Venice Beach