Yes, the housing prices in the bay area are obscene and the traffic is now all day long but there are many perks to living here. One is our growing season is almost year round. Second the local ethic grocery stores are everywhere. I like the Asian stores because the produce is always the best (the little old ladies would have fit if it wasn't) and I can easily find ingredients to make just about anything. Today I picked up some char-sui pork (my impulse buy) which they don't always have. I also try and buy only what's in season so local artichokes and asparagus are on the menu for tonight.