Roadside is a time-lapse video of a few days of sketching inside the studio. Paint and markers on canvas eventually found a home on the roadside.
Listen up, all of you cereal lovers out there: We have found your Mecca. It’s called Schweet Boks Cereal Eatery & Cafe and it’s just opened on Irving Street in San Francisco. So what’s the appeal? The little ‘cereal bar’ offers up more than 30 varieties of crunchy breakfast goodness — everything from Grape Nuts to Cocoa Puffs — as well as a range of toppings so that you can make your bowl truly your own.
As an unrepentant meat-eater, I really love this poster by Alyson Thomas which portrays San Francisco as a pig where all the different districts and neighborhoods are various cuts of meat.
Just when you’ve finally gotten your Twitter feed synced to track all your favorite food carts, another mobile food trend has rolled into town. Bay Area eaters, meet the bustaurant. Le Truc, a rehabbed school bus retrofitted with a full kitchen, has been grabbing attention with its Asian fusion fare and partnerships with noted chefs, as well as its one-upping of the food cart class.
So you think you’re all cupcaked-out? Had enough of the trend, eh? Well get ready for more because at American Cupcake, their red velvet is all the rage – on fried chicken, that is. Yup, at this San Francisco-based eatery, chicken is marinated in red velvet cupcake batter (um, YUM), dredged in red velvet cupcake crumbs, and then deep fried. (We understand if you need to re-read that sentence.) But wait, there’s more!
With bands like Krallice, Liturgy, and now San Francisco-based Deafheaven firmly establishing a subgenre of shimmering, transcendent black metal, many metal purists are throwing the tag ‘hipster’ around a little too freely. Burzum’s first post-prison album is also a big slab of pretty, so is Varg a hipster too?
Throwing plastic into the ocean doesn’t seem like an eco-friendly thing to do, but in the case of the Plastiki it is. The one-of-a-kind catamaran is made out of 12,500 re-purposed plastic bottles as well as other recycled plastic materials. The entire boat is powered by solar panels, wind, propellor turbines, and bicycle generators. A [...]
Think of all the notions that you may have of wine bars as pretentious and stuck-up. Now, throw them out the window: enter, Heart. At this San Francisco-based wine bar-restaurant-art gallery, being atypical is the point — as is having fun. Here, patrons drink out of mason jars while seated at large, friendly communal tables as blues and hip-hop thumps in the background.
Combine 34 years of dedication with one million toothpicks and you just might be able to build the world’s biggest toothpick sculpture like Scott Weaver accomplished. He began this impressive seven feet wide and nine feet tall entire replica of San Francisco city when he was in the fourth grade. According to various sources, Ripley’s offered Weaver US$40,000 but he turned it down, explaining that ‘it’s a part of my life’. This exceptional work of art resides in Weaver’s lounge room, where it will stay for years to come.
My band, Bloody Panda, recently had the honor of opening for Amber Asylum in their hometown of San Francisco. The project of primary songwriter and frontwoman Kris Force, the band specializes in string-and-piano-heavy neoclassical/darkwave that required more attention than some drunken attendees were able to muster on a late Wednesday night.
When I visited San Francisco a few years ago, in the middle of a film festival, on a beautiful morning when Spring was starting to dress us more colorfully and happy. I went to SFMoMA and saw an installation by the artist Ann Hamilton called Indigo Blue. Before going back to the cinema, I took a look into the gift shop. Near the books, I found glasses, author postcards, and a wallet that surprised me. It was part of the Poketo Collection, designed by Alex Noriega, an illustrator from Barcelona. Yesterday, I found his new project, Stuff No One Told Me, a blog with a collection of comics with funny and inspired sentences about our life. Alex Noriega told us more about his work.
So you think you’ve seen a few cool cakes in your day, huh? Well, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve checked out I Dream of Cake. Seriously mind-blowing sugary creations overflow from owner and baker Shinmin Li’s San Francisco-based cakery. An artist by trade – unsurprisingly – Li fashions jaw-dropping sugary concoctions inspired by art, life, and fashion. There’s the alligator Birkin Bag and the Classic Kelly Bag, not to mention a more than impressive Jade Buddha, a vase of cherry blossoms, or how about a recreation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painted in buttercream?
Robyn Twomey is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco and also working out of Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Time, Fortune, New York Times Magazine, Wired and New York Magazine. In the fall of 2009, she was assigned by photo editor Scott Thode at Fortune Magazine to cover the medicinal marijuana gold rush in California for the article, Medical Marijuana’s High Society.