Buongiorno. Lo and behold: one grove of cherry trees waited to bloom until my return from Italy! I discovered them today on my run through Golden Gate Park, and decided that it's not too late for our Hanami picnic after all - San Francisco weather permitting.
While living in Japan I became really fond of Hanami, the spring custom of enjoying cherry blossoms over a picnic with family and friends. To celebrate Hanami San Francisco-style, I'll bake a batch of my matcha green tea muffins with chopped raw California almonds. All sweet and savory home-cooked food featuring seasonal and sustainable ingredients is welcome - and someone please bring some tea or coffee!
Where: Grove of blooming cherry trees where Stow Lake Drive meets JFK Drive, behind Stow Lake in San Francisco, Golden Gate park. Here's the exact GPS reading I took with my iPhone.
When: Saturday, May 8, from noon until 2pm.
What to bring: It's a seasonal picnic, Cook Here and Now style. Please bring something you made (not store-bought, please) to share and/or a beverage of your choice. Do bring a blanket to lay on the ground.
This is an informal event: there's no sign-up. Just come over, weather permitting. I'd appreciate it if you could post a comment here letting me know if you'll make it, so I'll have a way of contacting people in case of cancellation due to weather or any other update.