Monday, September 1, 2014

seasons and the market are changing

painting inspiration

I've been drawn to food paintings and natural light so it's no wonder I was compelled to stop into this local store that has an abundance of both. This was enough to inspire me to bring my paint supplies out.

Friday, August 29, 2014

support your local shops

Fourbarrel Coffee just celebrated their 6th birthday this week with free coffee drinks for everyone all day. The coffee cups are made by the incredibly talented East Bay duo Atelier Dion. I recently discovered a new fancy treat at the neighborhood specialty store, Little Vine. They're opening a wine bar on Russian Hill soon. It's so nice to see local small businesses do well and support each other. 

up and over SF hills

Monday, August 25, 2014

stillness in the city

It's that time of year when part of the city leaves for Burning Man. For those of us that stay there's a small respite from the crowds. Shorter lines and a sense of calm even at the farmers market where you'd normally need to show up before 10 to avoid the crowds now you can sleep in and run errands before strolling into the market at noon with no lines. Busses feel spacious, there's no line at the post office or grocery store, and an overall sense of relief with the general ease. When the "burners" as they're often called return from their week+ at Burning Man they'll be just as refreshed as those of us that stayed and the symbiotic relationship with San Francisco continues. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

like a strong cup of coffee

I came across the top photos above of gorgeous doors in the old part of Stockholm Sweden called Gamla Stan. I wanted to share these and then as I walked around SF running errands downtown I stopped in at Cask to peruse their extensive selection of artisanal and hand-crafted wines, spirits, and cocktail provisions. I passed this quaint shop that's by appointment only that appears to sell fine coffee equipment. I was lucky enough to catch the owner as he opened the door for a patron and he shared a little bit about this tile mosaic outside his store entrance. Now that I'm looking at it again.... it looks a lot like the first cappuccino steamer at Tosca that was the first steamer on the west coast. Either way it's a charming piece. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SF, the city so many fall in love with

No-bake chocolatey quinoa cookies are a contest finalist! Yay!

I entered a pie contest about a year ago and while everyone kept going back to eat more of it... more than the winning pies, I didn't get a ribbon. The judges said there was a tie of sorts and a lot of back and forth during judging. I assumed this is why my pie placed in 4th place, ha! My friends and I ate the last lone slice of pie later that day, on a park bench outside a coffee shop with little compostable forks. I learned that I'm still super competitive. Thank goodness I didn't give up. When I saw that Alter Eco was having a quinoa recipe contest I was super eager to give it a try. Here's the recipe and a link to their site where they'll post more recipes. I'm excited to eat cooked quinoa for breakfast fixed up like oatmeal, and fresh veggie salads with quinoa. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

a full but slow paced weekend

 Spent a lot of time with lady friends this weekend with a NY friend visiting and all of our mutual friends getting together for her brief visit. We lingered at the farmers market and then ambled around Hayes Valley. I managed to to keep this little canelĂ© from Boulettes Larder intact in my bag until breakfast the next day. Sunday was the perfect day to stop by Ocean beach to see the last of the Velella Velella jelly fish-like critters before seeing Sergio Mendes perform at Stern Grove among the eucalyptus trees.

love each other

I came across this photo I took when I was in Berlin, Germany. I often think of this poster and other variations posted around the city and wonder if they're still there.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

new website preview

 I'm so excited to share a peak at my new website. This is still in the works, but it should be ready this coming week. I've been putting a lot of time, energy, and love into this. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

purple darkness

Gorgeous purple garlic and deep hued Concord grapes at the market that I had to bring home along with a cookie or two from Boulettes Larder before making my own super healthy treats. Energy levels have been shifting as the Super Moon made it's voyage and finally came to visit last night. 

tomatillos and heirloom toms in abundance