This time last year, Dennis and I were getting ready to move back to the city. After ten utterly uninspiring months of being away, we were packing our bags (once again) and were getting ready to return to San Francisco.  With red corgi in tow, we moved to a Dogpatch loft after the July 4th holiday.  Shortly after we settled in, I started chronicling our city adventures in Jun-Blog, a personal collection of stories and photographs that pays homage to the great city that we had missed so much.  Despite the absurdly ridiculous rent, I have never felt more at home anywhere else than San Francisco.

Nearly a year and over a hundred posts after, Jun-Blog has morphed into a collection of all things delicious, a collection of recipes and essays inspired mostly by the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant and diverse food offerings.  In the next few weeks, I’m going to look back to Jun-Blog’s first year and feature the people, events and places that have inspired me and have made me love this glorious city even more.

First stop is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.   Last Fall, I raved about MoMa’s amazing retrospective on Richard Avedon.  The MoMa is my place of refuge when I feel drained and uninspired.  I spend quiet afternoons alone with Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Sultan, Robbert Flick, and Nicholas Nixon. Or with Gerhard Richter and his calming Seascape. Or with a cup of Blue Bottle and an occasional slice of Mondrian — velvet cake with chocolate ganache composed in red, blue and yellow, which tastes as good as it looks, by the way.

MoMa is my urban oasis, where getting a dose of much-needed inspiration is always guaranteed.

San Francisco MoMa Mondrian Cake

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  • http://gtkhoury.blogpspot.com/ Mary Grace

    That cake is amazing. Wow, just wow. =)

  • http://crumpetsandcakes.blogspot.com/ M.

    I love MOMA and the fact that I can feed my three addictions there….art, blue bottle coffee and sweets….their beautiful cakes corresponding with current exhibitions!!!

  • http://www.youarewhatyoueatorreheat.com katie o.

    i’m at a loss for words. that cake is insane.
    so excited to see the recap. congratulations on your first year!

  • Glenn M.

    Congratulaions, Jun, and great to see you again after 4 years! Thanks for taking us to the farmers market at the Embarcadero. See you next time!

  • http://www.junbelen.com Jun Belen

    I almost didn’t watch to touch it. Thank you, Katie!

  • http://www.junbelen.com Jun Belen

    Thanks, Glenn. It was great seeing you, too and meeting your new beau! :-) Come back and we’ll hang out more. Keep in touch!

  • http://invitadoinviernoeng.blogspot.com/ Miriam/The Winter Guest

    Amazing cake! Though it must be somewhat difficult to make. I’ve always loved Mondrian!

  • http://www.tomaytotomaaahto.com ruby

    Stunning photos – very inspiring.

  • http://lickmyspoon.com/ Lick My Spoon

    A wonderful way to start your recaps – a stunningly beautiful cake in time of need for inspiration and sweets!

  • http://www.koreanamericanmommy.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    Love the cake! Modern and beautiful.

  • http://www.youtube.com/linnlar Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking

    OH, I went to that exhibit also, both in San Francisco and later in Paris. I spotted the Mondrian cake in their cafe in SF. Great job! Super inspiring.

  • http://cannellette.tumblr.com Cannellette

    That cake is the most wonderful thing I’ve seen in a long time!

  • http://sweetebakes.blogspot.com Evan @swEEts

    Your photographs are awesome and that cake looks fantastic!

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