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Greg Ogarrio
San Francisco
Born and raised San Franciscan whose second (figurative) home is London.
Interests: Running, guitar, London, Marketing, Sales, eCommerce.
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Overwhelming to stand in Charles Dickens's study, 84 Doughty St., Bloomsbury, where he lived from 1837 to 1839 and wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. It's now the Charles Dickens Museum, preserved floor to ceiling as it was in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Lovely meeting again with friends originally met through Facebook (FOMTFB), Richard Lamb and his wife, Erika. Thank you for the warm welcome to Liverpool! Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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From LHR to SFO: 10 hours, 20 minutes. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Did you miss us, England? Because of multiple heartbreaks, one year away turned into two. Then three. Four. Five. Then we went back. And we remembered. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Fortunately, our SFO-LHR British Airways flight didn't divert to Amsterdam at the last minute due to wicked cross currents near Heathrow, as our steward feared. So, we met our hired greentomatocars (yes, it's all lowercase and run together) driver on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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In an uncertain world, let's hope we'll always have the original Patisserie Valerie, 44 Old Compton St., and its cool '50s Soho vibe. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Ever in search of the Lost Curry, I ventured via Tube to London's East End for fiery Pakistani lunch fare at Tayyabs (touted for years in Time Out), 83-89 Fieldgate St., neighbor to a local mosque and synagogue, side by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Walking in the footsteps (12 Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury) of the great Richard E. Grant (as Gordon Comstock) and Helena Bonham-Carter (as Rosemary Waterlow) from the film adaptation of George Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997) about a frustrated advertising copywriter-poet... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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At Dorset House, Gloucester Place, near Baker Street in Marylebone, I managed to witness the unveiling—by no less a personage than filmmaker Martin Scorsese—of an English Heritage Blue Plaque honoring extraordinary British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, aka "P&P"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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The vaunted Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens, 2500+ years old. Saved by the British from desecration, war, neglect, pollution. Or stolen. You decide. In the matter, the British Museum posts this short justification: The Parthenon sculptures in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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A grand gathering of friends at the Covent Garden branch of Masala Zone: Jim and Laura Nugent, Barry and Julia Gillam, Rob and Di Bradford. This kindly lot treated us to lunch. Keen conversation, judging by everyone's body language. For... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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"Besiege the box office!... check your pulse..." Perfect nonsense indeed about a silver cow creamer lost on St. Martin's Lane in the West End. Surely the funniest play we've ever seen in London. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Michelin-starred Amaya in Halkin Arcade, Belgravia, London is simply my fave Indian restaurant anywhere, tipped to us by Andrea's dad years ago after he read about it and sent me a clipping. This night, we toasted Paul Ullman and my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Wall to wall farm cheeses and produce from the British Isles. That's what you'll find (and inhale) at Neal's Yard Dairy, 17 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Here's their cheese list. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Top of Primrose Hill, looking south toward the City, BT Tower in center of the view. Looking north across the Thames from Southbank toward the Savoy, Hungerford Bridge sparkling at left. "Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Our usual selves are very unusual selves at the opening night of A Taste of Honey at the National Theatre, South Bank, London. View from Dress Circle, seats A24-25. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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I stood inside 304. Had I a hit list of recording studios to visit, 304 Holloway Road, Islington, North London, would rank above Sun Studios and Abbey Road. For there above a handbag shop, maverick UK recording producer Joe Meek... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Farewell, old friend! The great HMV megastore on Oxford Street between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus—where I spent a small musical fortune in 1988, the 1990s and early 2000s—is shuttered, its HMV logo a sad skeleton. What a merry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Hakkasan is my No. 1 dim sum experience. Period. From food (exquisite, delicate dumplings and puffs), bespoke tea (Jasmine, Oolong), service (black-clad Italians) and atmosphere (English Oak latticing, purples and blacks evoking "traditional Chinoiserie decadence") to mystical surroundings (subterranean). Literary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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What are the odds our first visit to a Mary Quant boutique (King's Road, Chelsea, naturally) would coincide with the birthday of the fashion icon who dressed Swinging London in the 1960s? Andrea came away with a wee Quant purse.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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At the fictional TV home of Avenger John Steed, 17 Duchess Mews of Portland Place, aka 3 Stable Mews and 5 Westminster Mews in the series. BBC HQ in Portland Place. BT Tower looming over Fitzrovia and scene of an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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The Carnabetian Army marches on at Sherry's, recently relocated from its original hole-in-the-wall on Ganton Street to 63 Broadwick St., both addresses just off Carnaby Street. For what it's worth, the first time I ever heard the name Broadwick was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Anticipating Early Music performance by Vox Luminus at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. Enjoying tea and cake at Morpho, 39 Lamb's Conduit St., the perfect repast after shopping at Persephone Books. Watching Oxford Street pass by on a rainy day from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Sausages of the month, mash and onion gravy plus fish pie—"Oh, and let's have a side of chips, just to be safe!"—at spanking clean and sparkly branch of Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank. His 'n' Her fish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at San Francisco Boy
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Ah, the joys of Sticky Toffee Pudding and other dreamy English desserts, floating in golden custard pools in Marylebone (Landmark Hotel), Soho (Mother Mash), South Bank (Canteen) Fitzrovia (Fitzrovia Belle) and Belgravia (Baker and Spice). Caution: May be seriously habit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at San Francisco Boy