Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf | Crazy4Me
Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf | Crazy4Me

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco may be one of the most iconic places to visit when in California. The wharf is full of amazing eateries and shops, but Cioppino’s Restaurant in particular will leave you completely satisfied with their delicious Italian food. This restaurant has a warm atmosphere that is perfect for families or couples looking for an enjoyable meal. The restaurant has been featured on TV shows such as Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Today, Gary and I were at Cioppino’s to try their pizza.

Approaching Cioppino’s you can smell the delicious garlic and tomato sauce. We decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and breeze though indoor is available with proof of Covid vaccination card.

Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf | Crazy4Me
Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf | Crazy4Me

The waitstaff are super friendly and efficient and took really good care of us. At one point the sunshine was rather bright and hot, and they moved umbrellas around for us, so we’d be more comfortable sitting outside. The Cesar salad came out first and we ordered a small, but it was easily enough for two people to share. Nice tangy dressing and crispy lettuce. The people watching outside is fantastic as there are tourists from all over the world walking by.

Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf | Crazy4Me
Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf | Crazy4Me

I had a direct view of the pizza ovens, and it didn’t take long at all for our hot and fresh pizza to be ready. This is one good-looking pizza, and it was now time to taste it. Pizza time!! The first thing we notice is the golden crust and how crispy it is. By far, Cioppino’s pizza crust is one of our favorites we’ve had thus far on the great San Francisco Pizza Tour. If you like a solid and crispy crust then this pizza is for you. The pepperoni and Italian sausage toppings were high-quality but had a subtle flavor so not too overpowering like you can get with some Italian sausage. The cheese was light but full-flavored and tasted like a mozzarella Parmesan combo and the sauce was not garlicky at all also very subtle. There was a good amount of toppings on this pizza, and it was very delicious. And this was certainly not a greasy pizza at all and a very high-quality pie.

Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf | Crazy4Me
Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf | Crazy4Me

The location of Cioppino’s being on Fisherman’s Wharf right in downtown San Francisco just steps away from the Bay with views of Alcatraz and proximity to all the attractions of the wharf simply can’t be beat and, you add delicious high-quality food onto that (not cheap touristy food) it is a wonderful experience and should not be missed.

Let’s rate Cioppino’s Restaurant on a scale of 1 (being lowest) to 5 (being highest): 

Style/Crust : Oven baked pizza – 4.8

Sauce: Basic red sauce –  3.8

Toppings: 4

Taste: 4.5

Presentation: 4.5

Experience: Location/Staff: 4.8

The location of Cioppino’s being on Fisherman’s Wharf right in downtown San Francisco just steps away from the Bay with views of Alcatraz and proximity to all the attractions of the wharf simply can’t be beat. You add delicious high-quality food onto that (not cheap touristy food) it makes for a wonderful experience and should not be missed. Their menu has something for everyone – from pizza to cioppino (their signature dish)! If you are looking for an amazing restaurant in San Francisco for a delicious and enjoyable meal, then you’ll want to visit Cioppino’s.

Was it that good? Or am I just that full? Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf | Crazy4Me
Was it that good? Or am I just that full? Pizza Review Cioppino’s in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf | Crazy4Me

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All pics by my sweet hubby Gary Greco

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Santa’s Sippin’ Secrets: The Joy of Collecting Santa Mugs

Collecting Santa Mugs
Collecting Santa Mugs

Ever been sippin’ on some holiday hot cocoa and thought to yourself, “Gee, I wish I had a mug that truly captures the festive spirit of this drink”? Well, hold onto your mistletoes, because the world of Santa mugs is about to give your Christmas a caffeine kick!

1. The Nostalgic Nirvana:

Hand-Painted Stoneware Santa Mug

Vintage Santa mugs whisk us away on a retro reindeer ride back to a simpler time. Maybe it’s memories of Grandma’s house, the smell of cookies baking, or perhaps the pure kitsch appeal. These iconic crimson-cheeked, twinkly-eyed Santa’s are the perfect homage to Christmases past. Each mug carries a story, an era, and oodles of charm.

2. Spotting the Real (Santa) Deal:

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My Life with a 1956 Nash Metropolitan: The Cutest Micro Car

There’s a certain charm about owning a classic car that defies description. But when it comes to my 1956 Nash Metropolitan, words like “cute” and “fun” are probably the most appropriate. As the proud owner of this timeless beauty, I feel a sense of joy that goes beyond mere transportation.

A Glimpse of History

The Nash Metropolitan has always been more than just a car. With its compact design and cheerful disposition, it represents a pivotal era in automotive history. In the post-war optimism of the 1950s, American families were searching for affordable, economic, and practical automobiles. The Nash Metropolitan answered the call with a unique blend of style and substance.

Unmistakable Charm

What truly sets the Metropolitan apart is its aesthetic. Its rounded curves and smiling front grille could make even the most stoic car enthusiast crack a grin. The two-tone paint scheme in Berkshire Green of my model, a vibrant turquoise blue paired with a classic white, turns heads wherever I go.

But don’t let its small size fool you; the Metropolitan is packed with personality. The snug interior and vintage detailing provide a retro experience that transports you back to a simpler time.

Driving the Dream

The driving experience of the Nash Metropolitan is something every classic car lover should experience. The 1.5-liter engine won’t win any races, but it’s zippy and responsive, providing a ride that’s both engaging and exciting.

Taking this micro car for a spin on winding country roads or along the scenic coast is a pure delight. But it’s not about speed with this classic; it’s about the joy of the drive. The wind rushing through the windows and the large, sturdy steering wheel in your hands offer a unique, thrilling sensation that’s unlike any other for a car this size. Though not a speed demon by any means, this super cute and fun vehicle captures the essence of a time when driving was about pleasure, not just getting from point A to point B.

A Conversation Starter

Everywhere I go with my Nash, it becomes an instant ice-breaker. People of all ages are drawn to it, and its cuteness is an undeniable conversation starter. I’ve had countless interactions with strangers who wanted to know more about the car, share their memories, or simply compliment its appearance. Event when doing photoshoots it attracts attention and I don’t mind at all and enjoy talking with folks about my Nash.

Maintaining a Legend

Of course, owning a classic car like the Nash Metropolitan isn’t without its challenges. Parts can be hard to find, and regular maintenance is essential to keep it running smoothly. But every wrench turned and every hour spent in the garage is a labor of love, a tribute to an era gone by. I am fortunate to have a great mechanic who keeps my Nash running.


Owning a 1956 Nash Metropolitan is not just about having a vehicle; it’s about preserving a piece of history, a cultural icon that embodies the fun-loving spirit of the ’50s. It’s about the joy of driving something that’s not merely a machine but a companion, a cute and quirky friend that brings smiles wherever it goes.

Every time I slide behind the wheel, I’m reminded of why I fell in love with this micro car. It’s more than transportation; it’s an experience, a piece of art, and a beloved member of my family. If you ever have the chance to see one or drive one, don’t miss it. The charm of the Nash Metropolitan is something truly special.

Grab this delightful Nash Metropolitan t-shirt, available in sizes small-4XL in our Etsy shop, along with a lovely Nash Metropolitan enamel pin. Enjoy the fun and charm of the Nash Metropolitan in your everyday style!


Collecting Vintage Barbie Dolls: The Best Tips, Tricks

Vintage Striped Bathing Suit Barbie Dolls

Collecting vintage Barbie dolls is not only a delightful hobby but also a journey into the history of American pop culture. These iconic figurines, first introduced in 1959, have evolved over the years to reflect changing styles, attitudes, and interests. This guide will provide you with invaluable tips and tricks for building your collection, as well as insight into some of the most desirable Barbie dolls and what makes them so sought after. So, let’s dive in and start your journey into the enchanting world of vintage Barbie dolls!

Most Desirable Vintage Barbie Dolls

Vintage Original Ponytail Barbie 1959
Vintage Original Ponytail Barbie (1959)

#1 Ponytail Barbie (1959): As the first-ever Barbie doll, this one is understandably on many collectors’ wish lists. With her black-and-white striped bathing suit, sunglasses, and high ponytail, the #1 Ponytail Barbie is a symbol of the late 1950s fashion.

Bubblecut Barbie (1961-1967)

Bubblecut Barbie (1961-1967): The Bubblecut Barbie sports a chic, short hairstyle that was popular during the early 1960s. This doll is particularly desirable because of its various hair colors, which ranged from blonde to red and brunette, and even included shades of titian and platinum.

American Girl Barbie (1965-1966)

American Girl Barbie (1965-1966): This doll marked a turning point in Barbie’s history, as she transitioned from a high-fashion model to a more casual and relatable girl-next-door. The bendable legs and variety of hair colors make the American Girl Barbie a must-have for collectors.

Mod Era Twist ‘n Turn Barbie (1967):

Mod Era Twist ‘n Turn Barbie (1967): With her new twist-and-turn waist, this Barbie was designed to be more poseable than her predecessors. The Mod Era Barbie also has a wide range of outfits that reflect the vibrant and colorful fashion of the late 1960s.

Vintage Barbie Dolls
Ponytail Barbie (1960)
Ponytail Barbie (1960)
Ponytail Barbie (1960)

#3 #4 Ponytail Barbie (1960): These dolls are highly sought after for their unique facial features, such as blue eyes with a hint of brown and a more “sideways” glance.

Where and How to Find Vintage Barbie Dolls

  1. Estate Sales and Garage Sales: Often, you can find hidden treasures at estate sales and garage sales. Keep an eye out for announcements in your local paper or online community boards.
  2. Online Auction Sites: Websites like eBay, Etsy, and Ruby Lane offer a vast selection of vintage Barbie dolls. Make sure to read the descriptions carefully and ask for additional photos if necessary. Also doll auction sites like Theriault’s have an amazing portfolio of rare Barbies.
  3. Antique Stores and Flea Markets: Many antique stores and flea markets have a dedicated section for vintage toys, including Barbie dolls. Take your time browsing and don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price.
  4. Collector’s Forums and Social Media: Join collector’s forums and social media groups to connect with other collectors who might be selling or trading dolls.
  5. Doll Shows and Conventions: These events are excellent opportunities to find vintage Barbie dolls, as well as to meet other collectors and learn more about the hobby.
  6. Social Media Online Communities and Groups: Today, social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram serve as invaluable resources for collectors. These platforms host numerous online groups and communities dedicated to Barbie collectors, where one can not only interact and form relationships with fellow enthusiasts but also broaden their knowledge about the particular Barbie dolls they are collecting.
  7. What’s more, these communities often facilitate the buying and selling of dolls, providing opportunities for collectors to acquire rare Barbie dolls directly from their peers. Social media has truly revolutionized the hobby, serving as a place for not just social interaction, but also education and commerce.

What to Look Out for When Collecting Vintage Barbie Dolls

  1. Condition: One of the most significant aspects to consider is the doll’s condition. Ideally, you would want to find dolls in excellent or near-mint condition. These are dolls that have retained their original coloring, with no signs of discoloration or stains, and have all their limbs intact. Be sure to also check the condition of the hair.
  2. Dolls with their original hairstyle undisturbed may have additional value. The condition of any included clothing or accessories should also be assessed, with the most valuable dolls having original clothing in excellent condition.
  3. Authenticity: Counterfeit vintage Barbies are common, so it’s crucial to be able to distinguish a genuine vintage Barbie from a reproduction or fake. Each Barbie doll should have a marking on the lower back or buttocks, which indicates the year it was manufactured and the manufacturer. Research these markings to familiarize yourself with the different authentic signs and be able to spot any inconsistencies that could indicate a counterfeit.
  4. Rarity: The value of a Barbie doll is significantly influenced by its rarity. Some dolls were produced in limited quantities, or are from lines that were quickly discontinued, making them highly sought after.
  5. There are also dolls that were only available in specific countries or regions, adding to their rarity. In addition to doing online research, consider joining collector groups or attending auctions and fairs to gain insight into the rarity of different dolls.
  6. Original Packaging: Dolls that are still in their original packaging, or NRFB (Never Removed From Box), are generally more valuable than dolls that have been removed, particularly if the box is also in excellent condition.
  7. Boxes should be free from tears, dents, and stains. While a Barbie doll in its original packaging might be more expensive upfront, it could be a more valuable investment in the long term. Additionally, the packaging itself can be quite interesting, as it often reflects the advertising and graphic design trends of its time.
  8. Historical Significance: Some vintage Barbie dolls have added value due to their historical significance. This could be due to the period they represent, such as the first Barbie dolls produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s, or special edition dolls related to significant events or collaborations. Identifying such dolls might require deeper research, but the payoff can be quite rewarding for a collector.

Remember, while these tips can guide you in making a more informed decision, the joy of collecting should not be solely based on the potential monetary value of your collection. A part of collecting is also about the personal satisfaction and enjoyment you derive from the process, as well as the historical and artistic appreciation of these dolls.

If you found this article enjoyable, I think you’ll really love my post on Priceless Barbies: Discover the Most Expensive Dolls Ever Made. It’s a fascinating read!

To learn more about Barbie Dolls these are very good books:

Barbie Collector's Guide
Barbie Collector’s Guide

Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America’s Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them

Dressing Barbie by Carol Spencer
Dressing Barbie by Carol Spencer

Barbie Collector’s Guide

*Please note that if you purchase from clicking on one of the links, I will get a tiny bit of that sale to help keep this blog going.

All pictures in this post are from Pinterest


The Perfect Gingham Dress: A Review of Collectif’s Swing Dress

Yasmina Greco in Collectif Clothing Roberta Gingham Swing Dress
Yasmina Greco in Collectif Clothing Roberta Gingham Swing Dress

When I wear gingham, I feel like sunshine and picnics. Nothing says hello summer more than a pretty gingham dress. In fact, gingham is the biggest trend of the season and it never goes out of style. It’s the first weekend of June, and the weather couldn’t be more perfect for a day out with my sweet hubby Gary, so I am wearing my new 50s inspired Roberta Gingham Swing Dress from Collectif Clothing.

Yasmina Greco in Collectif Clothing Roberta Gingham Swing Dress
Yasmina Greco in Collectif Clothing Roberta Gingham Swing Dress

Collectif Clothing: Celebrating vintage styles UK-based Collectif Clothing offers a unique blend of vintage and retro-inspired styles, all designed with high-quality materials and an eye for timeless aesthetics. Their size-inclusive collections, which range from XS-22, elegantly celebrate every body shape and size, re-imagining the enchanting fashion of the 1940s and 1950s for the contemporary woman.

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Antique Society: A Treasure Trove in the Heart of Sebastopol!

Hey, time-travelers and history hunters! Grab your magnifying glasses and put on your safari hats, because we’re about to journey into an oasis of antiquity – the Antique Society in Sebastopol, CA! This isn’t your typical antique shop; it’s an eclectic community of over 125 dealers under one roof, each showcasing a diverse array of treasures waiting to be discovered.

From the moment you step inside this charming brick and mortar, you’re greeted with an atmosphere that’s as captivating as it is inviting. The air is perfumed with a mix of old wood, time-worn books, and a dash of nostalgia. The sound? Oh, just the soft hum of conversation, punctuated by the delighted gasps of patrons unearthing a hidden gem.

Antique Society specializes in a wide range of categories. Fancy some Victorian-era furniture? They’ve got you covered. On the lookout for vintage jewelry? Look no further. Hunting for mid-century modern decor, retro kitchenware, Pyrex or classic vinyl records? Check, check, and check! The store is laid out in a maze of mini-stores, each dealer curating their space with their unique style and specialty. It’s like hopping between different decades with every turn.

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