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Favorite Things Friday.

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1. Tinderbox in Bernal Heights. Dinner consisted of the following: white shrimp and cheese grits with candied maple bacon in a vanilla-scented balsamic jus; crispy tofu noodle soup; char 2 ways (smoked and slow roasted and tartare on a cornbread blini); a bottle of Assyrtico from Santorini (“full-bodied with background notes of jalapeno and smoke”– definitely unique but a lot lighter and sweeter than it sounds) and the above pictured dark chocolate cake with molten blue cheese center. Oh and popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast, parsley, chives and butter to start. I fully plan to repent these sins another time.

2. School night poker parties!

3. Long, early-spring walks to nowhere listening to Radiolab podcasts. Also- the canopy of flowering trees on outer Folsom.

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5 . The only real mail I get these days are Christmas cards and wedding invitations. This whimisical-chic YSL wallet makes me smile.

6. MGMT, “Oracular Spectacular.” Something’s (finally) astir in Brooklyn again.

7. Coffee Bar on Mariposa and Bryant. A cup of Kenyan blend and an almond croissant in the AM and a glass of their amazing South African white in the PM.

8. Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City and Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Modern classics I finally got around to reading.

9. Coincidentally opposing color exhibits at MoMA (“Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today”) and the Met (“Jasper Johns: Gray”).

10. Pandora’s Zero 7, Guster and Rodrigo y Gabriela radio stations.

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Favorite Things Friday.

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1. Spork, on Valencia and 22nd. Namely the roasted brussels sprouts and calamari appetizer, the friendly, respectful staff and these tiny cookie sandwiches that came with the bill. A nice little Hamburgler nod to their previous life as a KFC.

2. Cat Power, The Greatest. I’ve been listening to it nearly non-stop this week for some reason.

3. Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

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4. These fun little memory sticks.

5. Cajun Boy in the City’s conversations with God and Dealbreaker diary entries as fake Goldman trader “Thad.” Reaffirms my decision to twice date San Franciscans while living in New York and my belief that the Caribou Club is the 3rd rung of hell.

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6. This German park in the shape of a giant human ear, courtesy of Metropolis.

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7. The Elements of Style illustrated by Maira Kalman. Flipping through it helps me drown out the noise of a rough day at the office. Or in life.

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8. These building blocks that help Chinese children learn questionable English.

9. The awesomely aloof, emotionally detached Jillian from Project Runway. She’s gonna take it all, I don’t care what Project Rungay says.

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10. Origami on steroids and Amy Tan at the TED conference. Pretty much all the write-ups from TED. If anyone has $6k and wants to sponsor my attendance next year, holla back.

Things I love right now.


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1. Flight of the Concords on HBO On Demand. Even funnier the 2nd or 3rd time around.

2. “Chips and Salsa” and “Ham and Cheese” rolls from new bottom-of-the-hill sushi joint Live. Just trust me on this one.

3. NPR podcasts: Fresh Air, On The Media, This American Life, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! I’m a recovering nerd with fairly regular relapses.

4. GT’s Kombucha in Gingerberry.

5. Lisa Yuskavage.

6. Metropolis magazine.

7. Mother’s Circus Animal cookies. Preferably consumed in the bath. While reading Metropolis magazine.

8. Bay Area artiste and daughter of Marty Hannah Stouffer’s illustrations of pin-up girls and monster trucks. Full disclosure—Hannah’s a friend from high school. But her stuff still rocks.

9. My new extra-tall, extra-supple Frye riding boots. I better be married and buried in these things considering what I paid for them.

10. Radiohead, In Rainbows. Sees the hype and raises is $20. That goes for Feist’s The Reminder while we’re at it.


I can’t stop listening to…


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1) The New Pornographers, Challengers
2) Stars of Track and Field, Centuries Before Love and War
3) Horse Feathers, Words are Dead
2) Iron & Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog
3) (a year+ later) Annuals, Be He Me