Saturday, December 06, 2008

Yummy Candybar Cupcake

I just tried a recipe from Elizabeth Falkner's cookbook - Demolition Desserts and it is wonderful! It's a Candybar Cupcake with brown sugar cupcakes filled caramel sauce and topped with peanut butter chocolate frosting. Very wonderful...

I'm also making a "Tribute" chocolate cake from Alice Medrich's cookbook - Bittersweet with chocolate ganache.

Happy baking...

Candybar Cupcake image (c) 2008 Jeffery Faris

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Best Cranberries Ever!

These are the most wonderful, delicate, beautiful, jewel-like cranberries ever! Enjoy...

Julie's Brandied Cranberries
(from Sunset Magazine "Your Favorite Recipes" Nov. 2008, Julie Wente of Wente Vineyards, Livermore, California)

1 bag (12 oz.) fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
1 and 1/2 cups sugar (I will use less next time - maybe 1 and 1/3 cup)
1/3 to 1/2 cup brandy (Christian Brothers or something inexpensive)
2 Tbsp finely grated orange zest

Mix above ingredients in baking dish (be sure to discard any soft cranberries). Bake uncovered at 325 F until most of the liquid has evaporated (1+ hour) - stir occasionally.

Make ahead and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Brandied Cranberry Image (c) 2008 Jeffery Faris - Brandied Cranberries on Mikasa Confluence

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The National AIDS Memorial Grove, San Francisco, CA

Tom and I visited the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA this weekend while my aunt and sister were visiting. These are some photos that I took and compiled using iMovie on the Apple iMac. [Best viewed on YouTube in High Quality - allow 30+ seconds for the entire video to load and then view for best audio and visual quality.]

~ Jeffery

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Big Ben, London, England

My favorite memory of my first visit to London, England.

Big Ben, London, England
(c) 1997 Jeffery A. Faris

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Montserrat Barcelona, Spain

Montserrat - Benedictine retreat near Barcelona, Spain
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Monday, October 06, 2008

Cancun Disco - New Years 2007

Cancun, Mexico
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Amazing Artist - Terrel Jones

A friend and artist has recently opened an art gallery, featuring much of her own artwork as well as other artist. Terrel has a wonderful sense of color, combining just the right shades to enhance and amaze. These are two examples of her artwork, but please visit her website - for more wonderful pieces.

(c) Terrel Jones -

(c) Terrel Jones -

Monday, July 21, 2008

Heavenly Reflections, Pere Lachaise, Paris - April 2007

Pere Lachaise - Paris, April 2007
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Pere Lachaise - Paris, April 2007
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Pere Lachaise - Paris, April 2007
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Friday, July 18, 2008

Reflections of Laurie

Reflections of Laurie, Bath England, Sept. 1998 Posted by Picasa

In September of 1998, my sister Laurie and I visited my partner, Thomas, in England. Tom was attending the Univeristy of Nottingham at the time. We took a road trip to Bath England and through the Cotswalds on our way to London after visiting the Midlands.

Reflections of Beauty - My Sister

Reflections of Beauty, Laurie (Seattle, WA) Posted by Picasa
(c) 2005 Jeffery A. Faris

My sister and I shared an apartment in Seattle, WA for 7 years. Parting was bittersweet, but necessary because I found a job in San Francisco closer to my partner, Thomas. Laurie has found her footing in the city and we have both grown as a result of our time apart.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Reflections of Tom

Reflections of Tom - Milnor Lake, Montana
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Reflections of Tom - Milnor Lake, Montana
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Green with Envy

Sandy's Garden, Troy, MT - July 2007
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Saturday, July 05, 2008

4th of July Fireworks, Troy, MT

4th of July Fireworks, Troy, MT
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

4th of July Fireworks, Troy, MT
(c) 2007 Jeffery A. Faris

Monday, June 30, 2008

Summertime Fun - Troy, MT

Summertime Fun - Troy, MT
(c) 2006 Jeffery A. Faris

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Raging River - Kootenai Falls, Montana

Kootenai Falls, Montana
(c) 2006 Jeffery A. Faris

Monday, February 25, 2008

Why did you torch our historic firehouse? You bastard...

SAN FRANCISCO / Landmark fire chief's residence is vandalized / Boyfriend of city's new planning director accused of arson, trashing historic home

Rahaim's boyfriend, Lance Farber, 47, fled the scene after setting a mattress on fire at about 8:50 p.m. and causing $10,000 worth of vandalism damage, police said.

He was arrested in San Mateo County about an hour later on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked in the San Francisco County Jail Friday night on one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling and one count of felony vandalism, police said.

"The scene was in disarray. It was very disturbing," Hayes-White said.

Rahaim, 52, and Farber recently moved into the home after moving from Seattle, where Rahaim ran that city's planning department, city officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said.The inside of the home looked "like there was a huge frat party," said sources familiar with the investigation, who asked to be unnamed because of the sensitive nature of the case.

Tables were overturned, antique furniture that was part of the historic residence was broken, pictures were knocked off the wall, and crushed tomatoes were smeared on the rugs and walls, sources said. - Seattle Chiropractor

Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Conservatory Theatre Center Earns Kudos in SF Bay Times Best Theatre of 2007

Congratulations to Ed Decker and the crew at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco for earning kudos in the San Francisco Bay Times Best Theatre of 2007!

Take Me Out was listed as the numero uno play of 2007 in San Francisco Theatre and the current running Based on a Totally True Story is number 3. Several other NCTC shows received honorable mention, including The Big Voice, Jim Brochu’s one-man Zero Hour, Farm Boys, The Dying Gaul, and Wilde Boys.

You can read the SF Bay Times theatre listing here.

My discussion of Based on a Totally True Story is here. You still have a few days to check out it out! For tickets, visit now.

NCTC has a great line up in store for early 2008 as well, including In Gabriel's Kitchen, the debut play of Salvatore Antonio, centering on an Italian-Canadian family's reaction to their son's homosexuality. For Gabriel, the youngest son, falling in love leads to decisions which cannot be reversed. For Gabriel's family, the subsequent loss of their favorite child means a silence of denial and the slow crumbling of a family built on Old World morals.

Other upcoming plays include I Am My Own Wife, and Mormon American Princess. Based upon the success of NCTC's lineup in 2007, these are sure to be theatre worth seeing in 2008!


Bid Adieu to 2007 with Good Riddance Day

Have you had enough of 2007 already? With only a few more days remaining in the year, it's time to assess the successes, failures, trials and tribulations of 2007!

This year was filled with highs and lows for me - I was let go from one employer after months of lay off speculation and found a new opportunity with a really great company that has potential. That was a win in my book. I had time between jobs to spend a week with my dad in Montana - that was another win. My employer paid for me to attend a meeting in Barcelona where I was able to spend additional time with friends before going to Paris to connect with Tom and friends - another win. This year was a roller coaster, but in the end, with the benefit of hindsight, it wasn't all that bad.

What's important is to bid good riddance to the trials of 2007 and focus on making 2008 an even better year!

Here's to a great 2008, devoid of Britney Spears' BS, Lindsay "LiLo" Lohan, and Paris "Poor Me" Hilton headlines. Also, resolution of the mortgage crisis, presidential candidates who focus on their own capability to broker real solutions and lead the country, and peace in the Middle East with the terrorists realizing that intimidation and violence are not the only means of achieving their political aims would be nice accomplishments for the year.

Peace and Happy New Year!


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Based On A Totally True Story at New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco

Based On A Totally True Story is a FUN new comedy playing at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.

Benjamin Pither (center) plays Ethan, a neurotic, insecure comic book writer/playwright in the midst of making it big in Hollywood. His handsome writer boyfriend, played by Brandon Finch (left), is caught in the whirlwind as Ethan struggles to maintain his comic book writing career, manage his father's mid-life crisis and deal with a burgeoning screen writing career.

Micheala Greeley (right) provides comic relief in the intense, high strung, anxiety-fraught life of Ethan Keene, playing the role of Ethan's zany and demanding agent and producer, Mary Ellen.

Enigmatic British pop sensation MIKA provides a lighthearted soundtrack throughout the show, including a special closing performance by the cast. You can watch MIKA's debut video "Grace Kelly" from Life in Cartoon Motion below.

And...the Best Bubble Butt On Stage Award goes to....Benjamin Pither! Don't worry, Benjamin, I have a boyfriend and I'm not a stalker. In addition to being a VERY talented actor and an all around NICE guy, I think you have a great A$$ on stage. Oops...did I say that outloud?

Go see Based On A Totally True Story!
For tickets, visit

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Limited Engagement - Zero Hour with Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco

This is a really wonderful, dramatic, enlightening performance. You will regret it the rest of your life if you miss this opportunity to see Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel in Zero Hour. (Yes, that is a threat!)

I had the pleasure of seeing Jim's performance during a special benefit at NCTC a few months ago.  Admittedly, I was not very familiar with Zero Mostel prior to seeing Zero Hour.  However, afterward, I felt like I had been entertained and enlightened all in one evening.  

The performance was a thought provoking biopic covering the life of Zero Mostel from his early years through blacklisting during the McCarthy era to the height of his career in shows such as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "The Producers."

Here is an interview with Jan Wahl and Jim Brochu discussing Zero Hour and the life of Zero Mostel.

Visit the New Conservatory Theatre Center at for tickets and more great shows!