April 18, 2019

Santa Rosa: Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena


Snoopy's Home Ice/Redwood Empire Ice Arena  1667 W. Steele Ln., (707) 546-7147.  Opened in 1969 by the late cartoonist Charles Schulz, this ice-skating rink with an Alpine decor has been called "the most beautiful ice arena in the world."  And indeed it is lovely, and it is also one of the “coolest” places in town.  The Zamboni resurfacing machine--made familiar to many through Schulz’s “Peanuts” cartoon strip—is painted with a “Peanuts” winter skating theme.

exterior of Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California
exterior of Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California


interior of Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California
interior of Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California


The Warm Puppy Cafe sports a few stained-glass windows depicting Snoopy and is where Schulz once ate every day (an English muffin with grape jelly for breakfast, a tuna salad sandwich for lunch).  It also features big windows looking out to the rink and free Wi-Fi.

interior of the Warm Puppy Cafe at Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California
interior of the Warm Puppy Cafe at Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California


Located adjacent, Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop purveys the largest selection of “Peanuts” merchandise in the world.  Cuddly stuffed Snoopys are available in many sizes.

stuffed characters at Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop in Santa Rosa, California
stuffed characters at Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop in Santa Rosa, California


And across the street, the spacious Charles M. Schulz Museum is dedicated to exhibiting thousands of original Schulz sketches.  A highlight is an 8- by 12-foot wall extracted from the cartoonist’s Colorado home, which he himself decorated in 1951.  Take time to relax and watch some animated cartoons or documentaries.

Peanuts characters crossing the street outside Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California
Peanuts characters crossing the street outside Snoopy's Home Ice/ Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California


The whole complex is served by a free parking lot providing shade from solar collection roofs.



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April 16, 2019

Berkeley: Caffe Chiave


Caffe Chiave  2500 San Pablo Ave./Dwight Way, Poet’s Corner.

Located on a retail strip known as the Left Bank in a neighborhood known as the Poet’s Corner (because the streets named for poets include Bonar, Browning, Byron, Chaucer, Cowper, Edwards, and Poe), this coffeehouse was once a branch of San Francisco’s famous North Beach Caffe Trieste.  A family feud brought on the name change.

interior of Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California
interior of Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California


cafe au lait and cherry pastry at Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California
cafe au lait and cherry pastry at Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California

Frou frou coffees are the drink of choice, and the cappuccino is top rated, but beer and wine are also available.  Though it doesn’t have a restaurant kitchen, a microwave can heat up the delicious pastries (the cherry one is sooo good), pizzettas, and panini.  Breakfast is available all day and  includes an assortment of bagel sandwiches and avocado toast.  Lunch brings on sandwiches and pastas.  Live music is sometimes scheduled.

Caffe Trieste Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



After, stroll the block of shops that include Good Vibrations (sex paraphernalia) and Lhasa Karnak Herb Company (an atmospheric old-style spice and herb shop).
exterior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California
exterior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California


interior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California
interior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California


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