Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cutting Edge Meats in San Francisco

Seriously, it doesn't get any fresher than this. And, at this age, they don't have that gamey taste they get around age 6 or so. Bon appètit!

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Get it? Toy Yoda. . . ?

Pride Month is ending


But there are reasons to be proud every day--many many reasons. I, for example, am proud of my former home of Seattle. For the first time ever, the management company for the Space Needle decided to fly the Pride Flag. From one of the tallest buildings in the city. Where everyone can see it. Congrats, Seattle. I'm very proud of you.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"The fish is movin' but it's dead!"

Prepared to be horrified. And call PETA.

It's either a scary drag queen or Whitney Houston is off the wagon

Stay with it until about 2:30. You won't regret it.

Dear Everyone with Feet [RE-POST]

I had to share this because I've been seeing it in SF, too. These things are an abomination. Look them up. They're in the Bible or something.

From SLOG:

This is not okay:


I was hoping I could just ignore the whole shoes-with-articulated-toes mess and it would go away. But as WOW Report reveals, Hollywood has taken to the monstrosities, and any and all burgeoning trendiness must be nipped in the bud.

So: If you see someone wearing articulated-toe shoes in public, you should scream. Don't stop screaming until the person has removed the shoes or left the area.

I wonder if Michael Bauer has tried this burger?

Dear Michael, you should have Gary Danko make you one of these.

According to the site I found it on, it's called the Luther Burger.

1 giant meat patty
2 glazed donuts as buns

What more can we do, America? What do we have left to give to the universe?

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The best part of SF Pride 2010: Andy Bell of Erasure

It was glorious. The sun was shining. The crowd had thinned out (after the Backstreet Boys departed). And I was able to get closer to the stage. Andy was the one thing I wanted to see at Pride, and boy did he put on a show. He easily sang seven songs for the crowd. Spectators young and "older" watched, danced and sang along. I saw one young man drop his shirt and hat on the ground so he could stop and dance to this song.


Yes, time has been rough on Andy (on us all, no?), but he still sounds great. And he clearly loves to perform. Thank you, Andy--for being there when some people were afraid to march, when no one else sang about or talked about the things you did, and, most of all, for making some of the best music ever.

Feeling peckish? How about a bowl of bacon?

Straight from the Fancy Food show in NYC comes this abomination: Bacon Krisps (loving the "K" in Krisps BTW). They're microwaveable and, of course, artificially flavored. I can only imagine what they're actually made of and how much sodium they contain. With any luck, though, they won't contain the Silly Putty ingredient they found in Chicken McNuggets.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds" Or, It's a bird eat bird world out there

Thanks to Mission Mission for letting us know that the end is nigh.

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Leena Shirlee on the Melodipump performing a "Lesbian Song"

Check out her other videos here: Leena Shirlee on Vimeo

Gavin Newsom is moist

gavin at pride

Mayor Soon-to-be Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom attended the SF Pride parade as usual this past Sunday, but apparently he forgot his handkerchief. Dear Mr. Mayor, they won't forgive this "delicate flower" routine in the Inland Empire. If you want the hardy voters of mid-California to give you their support, you're going to need to substitute your after-shave with antiperspirant. Or you're going to have to start carrying one of these:


Stubble = Death: Shave your legs or you risk killing your boyfriends, ladies

When is a t-shirt worth $156?

When it's a D.Squared 'Mustdash2' t-shirt. Then it's ONLY $156.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Or not.

Talk about conspicuous consumption. Good luck, Amerika.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Martuni's: Abba or bust

If it's Friday night at Martuni's, then by god it's ABBA!! Seriously, it's the law.

I miss the storms of my youth

How about you? Does anyone else miss lightning and thunder? SF is great and I don't miss hot, humid summers or cold, icy winters, but a nice thunderstorm would be nice once in a while.

Martuni's rocks

Seriously, if you're in SF, go here.

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Proof of Evolution!


In time, they will no longer need their horses and buggies. Children will be born with wheels on their feet. Oh, how I envy the Amish.

This is grace under pressure

Grace under pressure

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My iPhone has arrived!

Yes, I was patient enough to take this photo of my iPhone 4 before ripping it out of its box. Wish me luck with the setup!!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Homosexuality is a sin, girlfriend


I truly wanted to believe this was a joke. But the gravitas of his gold-threaded ascot has convinced me: this man believes what he is saying. And that makes this video even sadder.

Dear ex-gay Adam, lose the ascot, shave the soul patch, have a nice vodka cocktail or three and get thee to a gay bar soon.

You need to re-connect to your people.
You need to have the brainwashing reversed.
You need to stop, take stock of your hollowed out life, and reclaim your true self.

Can I get an amen?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Wedding Day! Persia meets France in the East Bay

Today is the wedding of my friends Yacy and François. It's a gorgeous collision of France and Iran. I wish them a lovely beautiful happy life together.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recipe for success: Faye Dunaway + hard boiled egg + Kazumi Kurigami

Thanks to my co-worker Amy for sharing this. She's right. Faye is both amazing and terrifying here. She is the sacred (female, egg) and the profane (the veil and the sensual devouring of the egg). She is the dearest mommy and she will eat you.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Classic Drink to Celebrate the iPhone 4

Yes, it took all day to place my order. Yes, I even stayed up until 1 AM last night to try to be one of the first to order--hoping against hope that everyone would just wait until morning. And, yes, in CA you get taxed on the UNBUNDLED price of the phone (ridiculous). But, I placed my order and now I can sit back and relax.

What better way to relax than with a delicious classic cocktail? So, I give you the Sidecar. Now, to be true to the name, you should always have a little left over and served. . . on the side (thus the name), but I don't throw a screaming fit if I order one and don't get my "sidecar." I just enjoy the delicious citrus yumminess of the drink and pretend I'm at the club, or at the beach, or in my panic room. You get the idea: away from my troubles.

I hope you can enjoy one soon.

The Sidecar

2 oz Cognac
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lemon juice

Vigorously shake Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugared rim.

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Everyone's a critic: Jesus statue struck by lightning

giantjesus Ohio

Apparently, lightning struck and burned this lovely statue to the ground in Monroe, OH. All that's left now is something reminiscent of a particular California ritual held annually in the desert. Perhaps you've heard of it?

burning man jesus

Life is funny, huh? I do love the dramatic imagery behind the burnt out husk of the statue, though. It's very Cecil B. DeMille meets Burning Man meets "Left Behind." In short, awesome.

like a prayer

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Dinner at Mission Beach

I think (now that all is said and done) that this will be my last trip to Mission Beach Cafe. I love their hour-glasses and I think they have a good burger. But, that's where it ends. I had three servers over the course of one meal. The host marked me as a no-show on Open Table. And I still think my food was a little lukewarm. Perhaps I'm spoiled by Nopa (and many other restaurants worthy of my money), but I think you can get a better meal at many, many other places in SF.

Bon appétit!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

If it weren't so darned cute, I would hate it

Oh, fail whale, I can't stay mad at you.

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The End of An Era: Paper Muni Fast Pass Ends This October in SF

February 1981 Fast Pass

The rumors are true. Paper Fast Passes are going away. No more bent and wrinkled passes that barely register in Muni's card readers. No more guys standing at the Powell St. cable car turnaround offering to buy last month's Fast Passes (they're good for 3 days into the new month!). Instead, we're now stuck with another credit card-like thing in our wallets/purses. Here's the official announcement:
The SFMTA is moving to TransLink! Online sales of monthly paper passes will end after June 22, 2010 (July pass sales period)

MUNI Diaries emailed SFMTA and talked to spokesperson Murray Bond. Here’s the skinny:

The last day to purchase monthly paper Fast Passes online at is June 22. They can also be purchased online at through June 16 and thereafter at Clippercard.comThe paper passes will be phased out in October and customers must load them on a Clipper card beginning November 1.

As a salute to the passing of the Pass, Muni Diaries put together this "look at Fast Passes through the years."

February 1978

February 1978 Muni Fast Pass (Front)

Photo by Troy Holden

June 1991

Muni Fast Pass from 1991

Photo by sbfisher

May 1996

Muni bus pass from May, 1996

Photo by size8jeans

December 2007

flickr-ish colors

Photo by cbcastro

John Kuzich's Fast Pass art at the DeYoung through Sunday, August 30

Photo by Steve Rhodes

For more photos of John Kuzich’s Fast Pass exhibit at the DeYoung from summer 2009, see Flickr.

December 2009

Adult Fast Pass - Dec 09

Photo by Trevor H

January 2010

In response to Trevor H

Photo by spieri_sf

Judson True

Photo by Troy Holden

Friday, June 4, 2010

Waiting for your cat to bark? It's #VolunteerDay!

This cat knows something you and I don't. Nevertheless, we had a great day volunteering at the SF Library Donation Center. Many great book covers and titles were found and shared. Here's to next year's Volunteer Day!

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Mmmm, bacon!

I'm about to go volunteer at the SF Library Donation Center. I wonder if they'll have any snacks for us this year?

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Just like Nonna used to make: Piccino Restaurant & Cafe

I had a nice dinner at Piccino tonight. Meatballs, antipasti plate, thin crust pizza with goat cheese, capers & gold chard, Blue Bottle coffee and a flourless chocolate torta--just like Nonna used to make.

If you're in the Dogpatch, check them out.

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Not Your Father's Cadbury Bunny, or How Oil Spills Ruin Everything

No, this "chocolate-covered" creature is a little less sweet and much more flammable. This is a product of mass-consumption and greed and capitalism and eco-rape. And it's nowhere near ending.

From The Big Picture:

AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana's East Grand Terre Island. As BP engineers continue their efforts to cap the underwater flow of oil, landfall is becoming more frequent, and the effects more evident.

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Square blackboard brooch only $105!! [Conspicuous Consumption]

But it comes with the chalk! Do you have any idea how expensive chalk is these days?

Ok, this is a cute idea, but come on: $105?! If a brooch costs $105 dollars, there shouldn't be any danger of chalk dust rubbing off onto my cashmere pashmina. I'm just sayin' is all.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sinkholes Rock! Or, the Existential Crisis of a Big Hole in the Ground

Wow! Yes, it's terrible that this thing is going to eventually swallow all of Guatemala, but for now can we just sit back and enjoy the majesty of the hole? (Since we're safely in another country, yes we can.)

Behold the abyss, my friends. This is the existential crisis point smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. What is it? What does it mean? Where does it go? What am I? How do I fit into a world where giant swaths of nothingness can just appear? Oh, yes, we are small indeed.

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