Exploring SF By Night: NightLife at the Academy


It’s becoming much more convenient to go out in the city now that Matt works and is getting ready to move up there.

As such, we went back to the California Academy of Sciences to see the new exhibits and nightlife. They have this great program called NightLife at the Academy every Thursday night at 10. The museum opens up for more grown-up entertainment with cocktails, DJ’s, and ephemeral, one-night exhibits sprinkled throughout the museum by local groups.

I was especially curious when I found an email in my  inbox explaining that this week’s theme was sustainable fishing and that there would be a cooking demo complete with  samples =D

Cured salmon, avocado and salmon roe atop puffed nori

Cured salmon, avocado and salmon roe atop puffed nori

The cooking demo turned out to not be too much of a demo (we only saw the cook cut the fish apart a little) but the owner of Fish. restaurant and his head chef put on a great talk about local and manageable (not the right word — it escapes me right now, but it’s about making it better than just something good enough for now, something that’s good for our environment long-term) fishing. I’ve got a few smarty pants facts for you from their talk and from exhibits around the Cal Academy.

Sophie’s Factoids:

  • There is a season for salmon (just like for strawberries!) and it runs from May to October. Salmon you eat outside of the season simply isn’t as good, and was farmed in fisheries which, according to the owner and head chef of Fish., simply can’t ever be as good.
  • Commercial fishers take breaks during salmon season in order to allow the salmon to recover. The salmon use this time to become accustomed to their new surroundings (they’re on their way to SF when local fishers catch them.)
  • Tap water is more closely monitored than bottled water (then why does San Jose’s water taste so… well, just nowhere near as good as bottled water!)
  • Each 1 liter bottle of water takes 3 liters of water to make (!)

* If you want to buy fish from Fish. (they started running their own fishing operations since discovering they were lied to by several of their providers regarding fishing practices and ecofriendliness of aforementioned fishing practices), there is a website you can go to. And yes, I did forget the name of the website. (Can I blame the Sauvignon Blanc? One glass is plenty on an empty stomach….) Will update O=]

Nerdiness aside, we also strolled around the Tropical Rain Forest (it was closed last time we were there =/)

The bottom level of the tropical rain forest (each level has its own unique ecosystem with different species of animals.)

The bottom level of the tropical rain forest (each level has its own unique ecosystem with different species of animals.)

These butterflies had a beautiful, deep blue color on the other side of their wings and kept chasing each other around! Mating season perhaps?

These butterflies had a beautiful, deep blue color on the other side of their wings and kept chasing each other around! Mating season perhaps?

Last but not least, we couldn’t wait to get dinner. The Moroccan lemon chicken I had last time was amaaazing, but I was a little underwhelmed by the battered cod & chips I ate. Likewise, Matt liked what he ate last time better too. Guess we know what to get next time! Plus, the bakery is full of absolutely drool-worthy concoctions. Will have to make sure not to eat too much next time so I can try one!

Nom-ness.

Nom-ness.

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4 thoughts on “Exploring SF By Night: NightLife at the Academy

    • Thanks for stopping by Danny!
      And which typo and link are you referring to? Sustainable is only spelled once in the article (used the trusty Ctrl F.) I just double checked it but didn’t find a typo… I also didn’t post any links to videos in this specific post… Mind helping me find what you referring to?

      Thanks!
      Sophie

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