More delicate than the historian's
are the mapmakers' colors

We have all we need. We need nothing more. 

Loving these things since 2006

Loving these things since 2006

While browsing books at Books Inc yesterday, I became enamored with contemporary Autralian artist and architect (Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt)’s fantastical and bold building designs. I suspect these forms are going to start popping up in my dream land!

Slate Oasis | Richard Long

Slate Oasis | Richard Long

Tree of 40 Fruit | Sam Van Aken

Tree of 40 Fruit | Sam Van Aken

Pula, Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard - crane or seahorse?

Pula, Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard - crane or seahorse?

While I’m hungrily waiting for my friends to get ready, I bring you six fun food quotes (all courtesy of this one article, alas I have not the patience to handpick)

"I don’t drink water. Fish fuck in it." — W.C. Fields.

"One cannot think well, love well, or sleep well unless one has dined well." — Virgina Woolf

"Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good." — Alice May Brock

"Lettuce is divine, but I’m not sure it’s really food." — Diana Vreeland. <EDITORIAL NOTE> Back when Diana Vreeland said this, we were probably all eating iceberg lettuce, just sayin’ <END EDITORIAL NOTE>

"There are people in this world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread." — Gandhi

1) “I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead — not sick, not wounded — dead.” — Woody Allen

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, a park that I first saw in architecture studio four years ago, oldie but goodie

San Francisco purportedly has the second largest cherry blossom festival in the country, although the margin by which DC owns the North American capital of all-things-pink-and-pretty-in-April is probably pretty wide, In San Francisco, the emphasis of the festival is less on the Japanese cherry trees and their famous flowers, which are scattered one here one there throughout the city but not really anywhere in particularly magnificent fashion, and more on Japanese culture and entertainment. For two days each on two weekend, the city’s small but historic Japantown comes alive with street food, demonstrations, parades replete w Princess-and-Queen-carrying floats, deals and specials throughout the indoor mall and outdoor shops, etc etc. 

I happened to run through on one of the days of the festival and stopped to wander around. While it was early in the day and the scheduled lineup of events hadn’t started yet, the food stands were already busting out hot bowls of udon and various hand sized snacks. I was more than a little enamored w the process of making takoyaki and took tons of pictures of the older men pouring the dough into the molds and flipping the dough balls nonstop as they puffed up, as well as of the one young boy topping and saucing up all the balls hot off the press.

This late winter / early spring has been blessed w the sunniest nicest days (or maybe I should get used to this), which has meant ample weekend days at the park and on the beach. Although beach-side in these parts often means jacket weather and dangerous rocky waters, I’m not complaining. 

Two recent beach days - one by myself to Ocean Beach in the city, and another w a gaggle of oyster shucker / picnickers to Portuguese Beach about an hour and a half north on the Sonoma Coast.