By Jamis MacNiven I never thought I would get to China. I always imagined it to be insanely crowded, overwhelming and just too complicated. I pictured the Chinese airline agents looking at me blankly and informing me that all the flights were full—for the next two years. Of course I knew that everyone strangled on… Read more »

Ten Remarkable Trees and California From 500 Feet

TEN REMARKABLE TREES The 10 Remarkable Redwoods of the Great State of California are now on permanent display at Buck’s. You will find them near the back of the restaurant in their terrestrial aquarium. This is in the space that was once the home of the submarine from the movie Das Boot which sailed away a… Read more »

Washington DC

By Jamis H. MacNiven So there I was—sitting at the table next to Louie Gohmert, congressman from Texas, wondering how a fool like this ends up as an elected representative. Among his positions is his insistence that the United States Federal government as directed by the Muslim Brotherhood is preparing to invade Texas this summer,… Read more »

Friend For 41 Years – Other tall tales

One summer day (July 19th, 1961 to be exact, I’ve seen the receipt) Hal Fick was walking down Sendlinger Strode in Munich when he saw a bewitching blue Cinelli Speciale Corsa 10 speed bicycle fitted with glittering Campagnolo gear in the window of a Munich bike shop. He still recalls the event with great clarity…. Read more »

Beau Perry’s Premium Oceanic

20 years ago Woodside’s Noel Perry made an appearance on this menu discussing his venture fund based on financing socially beneficial businesses. He and his wife Claire were proactive in a variety of local and global causes; for example helping to found Conservation International, an organization promoting biodiversity. They were also known as the folks… Read more »

The Cote d’Azur and Fencing in Bulgaria

Travel time once again. The ultimate destination this time was one of the corners of the earth – Varna Bulgaria, but first I had to kick a little of the jetlag by cooling my jets on the Cote d’Azur, or the French Riviera with my great friend Peter Friess who is a durable and frequent… Read more »

Ungrounded – SolarImpulse – Draper University

So I was sitting innocently at Buck’s one morning and these stylish folks from British Airways came in and invited me to come with them to England for a brainstorming session in the sky around the subject of STEM. Science Technology Engineering Mathematics. This is the touchstone today. 130 Important Silicon Valley Innovators, and me,… Read more »

TED 2013

TED 2013 – Pope Benedict Moves to San Francisco – Viper Stormchasers -Vesta Restaurant Review – The Secrets of Silicon Valley a new book – Jamis’s classifieds When I first wrote about TED 10 years ago the conference was like an energetic teenager full of bright ideas. Today it reminds me of a seasoned 30-something… Read more »

Dinner in Denmark

For some years those in the food community have been talking about the magical cooking at el Bulli in Spain and as a result this restaurant had been called the best restaurant in the world. Maybe yes, maybe no, but this much is clear – it was the hardest reservation to land for sure. Easier… Read more »