July 17, 2024

Alameda: USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum; things to do

880 South

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum 

707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda. Thur-M 10-5.  $25, 65+ $15, 7-17 $10.  Tours +$12.  

exterior of USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum in Alameda, California
exterior of USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum in Alameda, California



Stretching the length of three football fields and reaching 11 stories high, this immense vessel served as an aircraft carrier from 1943 to 1970. She is now a National Historic Landmark and known as the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum. The oil-fired Hornet was known as the “Grey Ghost” during World War II and could outrun anything. She holds an unequaled combat record for destroying enemy aircraft and sinking enemy ships. She survived 59 air attacks without getting hit, and she was the primary recovery vessel for the Apollo 11 and 12 moon missions in 1969. Nowadays, vets lead fascinating tours, and a dynamite view of San Francisco is enjoyed from the flight deck. Great photo ops abound.

On Living Ship Day (the third Saturday of the month) the radar tower turns, the loud-speakers spit out messages, and the extraordinarily fast airplane elevator carries fighter planes up and down from the hold to the deck. You can sign-up for an overnight, but be aware that the vessel is reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of still restless airmen. Big Band Dance programs are sometimes scheduled

July 14, 2024

Berkeley: Agrodolce; restaurant review

80 North

Agrodolce 

1730 Shattuck Ave./Delaware St., Berkeley.

exterior of Agrodolce in Berkeley, California
exterior of Agrodolce in Berkeley, California



An offshoot of the family’s now-closed La Siciliana restaurant in Elmwood, this cozy trattoria serves a classic Italian menu. 

dining room at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California
dining room at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California



 Focusing on Sicilian specialties found in Palermo, Italy, Agrodolce features Southern Italian dishes such as bucatini with fresh sardines and fennel, rughetta with wild arugula and goat cheese, and my personal favorite--rag├╣ di maiale, pappardelle tossed with a tasty sauce of slowly braised pork. Mushroom ravioli, giulietta rigatoni, and ravioli are also popular menu staples. 

Ragu di Malale at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California
Ragu di Malale at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California



Meals include bread with a divine garlic-olive oil dip. 

garlic dipping oil at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California
garlic dipping oil at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California



Shelves along the restaurant entry display a goodly collection of wines, and a full bar is available. Seating is also available outside in front on a patio and in a parklet. Live jazz is scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights.

shelves of wine bottles at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California
shelves of wine bottles at Agrodolce in Berkeley, California



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