Friday, October 9, 2015

What We're Talking About This Week

Fleet Week has been taking place in San Francisco this week, and festivities are scheduled through this weekend. The highlight is always the Blue Angels, scheduled to fly over San Francisco around 3pm. We'll be heading up to the roof to check them out for sure. The full schedule for the air show can be found on their website.

Town & Country took us inside the beautiful yacht architect Frank Gehry designed, and it has made us want to visit LACMA's comprehensive exhibit covering his career even more. We'll be wearing our Torque necklace.

We were excited to hear about Restoration Hardware's fine art launch, and became enamored with Brice Bischoff's photographs of the Bronson Caves. Using long exposure film photography, he moves colored paper around, creating what looks like colorful haze in the final prints. Can we please have these?

This weekend kicks off LitquakeThe cofounders of the festival note 'there are a number of possible answers (why is San Francisco and the Bay Area so obsessed with literature). First and foremost, the fog sets the mood, perfect weather for reading and writing. We are surrounded by universities and libraries. The city offers a long history of groundbreaking West Coast literature, from Mark Twain reading his work at McGuire’s Academy of Music theater on Pine Street, to the San Francisco Renaissance, the Beats, the poetry festivals of the 1970s, the 1980s spoken-word scene, and the ever-growing list of MFA programs.' We couldn't agree more, and want to check out the literary trivia night...

Movies and food are two of our favorite things, so Street Food Cinema seems perfectly tailored to us. With over 14 food trucks to choose from, this weekend they are showing Scarface on the big screen. Actor Stephen Bauer is scheduled to drop by as well. This is a little friend we'll gladly say hello to.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recipe: Plum Torte

This recipe is perfect for this time of year in California, where Indian Summer is slowly moving into shorter, crisper Autumn days, and the last of the stone fruit is lingering in farmer's market stalls.  We were inspired by a classic Marian Burros recipe, which has been published by the NY Times for years... it's no surprise it's so popular, since this is an easy but impressive dessert.


2/3 cup of sugar, plus extra for topping
1 stick of salted butter
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
10 small black plums, sliced in half with the pits removed
Juice of half a lemon
Cinnamon to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer or by hand.  Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and combine.  Beat in eggs.

Pour the batter into a round 9" baking dish and place the plums skin side up on top of it.  Sprinkle with lemon juice, a teaspoon or so of sugar, and as much cinnamon as you would like.
 Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the batter is set and the top is golden brown.  

Allow to cool and serve with creme fraiche, whipped cream, ice cream, or just plain.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What We're Talking About This Week

Whenever the weather is nice in the North Bay, we love to get out of San Francisco and spend time on the coast. Tomales Bay Oyster Company has been one of our go-to spots for picnicking and oysters, but it is being shut down. We're thinking a goodbye trip may be in order this weekend...

Shepard Fairey is one of the most interesting graphic designers working today. His instagram is one of our favorites, so we are looking forward to the release of his new book, Covert to Overt. This Tuesday Moby will be interviewing Shepard at the Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica, which promises to be an amazing conversation.

One of our LA favorites is coming to the Bay Area!  Lemonade is always a go-to lunch spot on a busy day, and we love that they'll be adding locations in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and Palo Alto next year.

As you know, we are huge James Bond fans. Daniel Craig is near the top of the list for favorite actors who've tackled the role, so we were thrilled to hear that Spectre won't be his last Bond film.

If you're in San Francisco this weekend, love live music, and are looking for something inexpensive to do, head to Golden Gate Park for the FREE three day bluegrass festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.