It was the fall of 1996 and my first time returning to Moscow after immigrating to San Francisco a year earlier.
The new boy, Ilya, sat at the very back of the eighth-grade classroom, and as I stood near the blackboard telling my old Russian classmates about my strange new life in America, I could feel his presence—a black hole sucking me in from the back of the fluorescently white room.
There's skiing for winter and seafood suppers in seaside towns for summer in the corner of Italy that "doesn't exist".
If you sneak a peek into the freezer of any Russian-speaking San Franciscan, chances are high that you’ll find — no, not vodka, though that may be there too — a package of pelmeni.
Poland isn't exactly a beach destination. Least of all, in the winter.
The Central Waterfront neighborhood may be getting another key development with the Potrero Power Plant, a 29-acre Bay-facing site around the prominent 300-foot stack just south of Pier 70.
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