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June 30, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: The Giant in Depth


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Bowery, Chinatown, NYC. 2008.

Photo of the Day: Beer Goggle


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Blondie's Bar & No Grill, The Mission, San Francisco. 2008.

June 29, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Lo Mejor!


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San Diego, California. 2008.

Bars: Spuytin Duyvil


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Spuytin Duyvil sits in an unlikely storefront, away from the neighborhood's main strips. Behind the hole-in-the-wall façade lays a gourmet soul. Snacks include ever-changing offerings of meats, cheeses and pâtés. The beer selection is impressive, with representatives from Sri Lanka to Switzerland and a rather large delegation of Belgians, which are broken down into Flemish and Wallonian.

It's a small space and looks very much like it was decorated by ... me. There are maps and subway memorabilia everywhere. The furniture looks like it was all picked up from the Salvation Army shop on Bedford. It's all old and interesting and usually comfortable. I'm really a big fan of this place, but I have a few problems with it that have made it hard for me to ever end up there. It's been ages since I've been there.

My biggest issue with Spuytin Duyvil is the hours. They don't open until 4 or 5pm even on the weekends and they tend to fill up by 6 or 7pm. I end up in Williamsburg either in the afternoon or at night, so when I want to hang out there for an afternoon and try out some of the crazy obscure stuff they have, they're closed. When I stop in later, the place is packed.

To be honest, I haven't really tried to get in there since Fette Sau opened, so maybe things have cleared up a bit, but given how long the lines end up for barbecue, it may just end up collecting overflow crowds.

I tell you, success ruins everything.

359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
718-963-4140

Photo of the Day: The Bike Man


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Tammi's friend Clarence is a bike activist who shoots online videos about bicycling in the city. He's the one who did the video on bicycle security I mentioned a while back.

As far as I know, he's also the only person I know with a wikipedia entry. Street Films the organization he works for, promotes safer streets for bicyclists and pedestrians. A couple weeks ago, they filmed the Transportation Alternatives' Commuter Challenge, a race between a driver, a bicyclist and a straphanger. to Union Square.

June 28, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Borf


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Downtown, NYC. 2005.

Photo of the Day: Softee Mix


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Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 2008.

June 27, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: DeceptiPhone


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South Street, Philadelphia. 2005.

Photo of the Day: Rusty Eff


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West Side Highway, NYC. 2008.

June 26, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Cluckatron


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Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 2007.

Today's Brian Lehrer Show

Here's a little last minute self-promotion: I'm going to be on the today's Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the photos I posted in the show's Flickr Group about food and our connection to food.

Brian's show is one of my favorite's on WNYC and I'm honored to be chosen as a guest again.

Update:
This morning I spoke with Andrea Bernstein, in for Brian, about a various shots of raw meat I've taken in my travels. These were Photos of the Day, Pollos, Raw, and Meat-Packing - which is why there's no photo in this post...

You can hear the segment here.

Photo of the Day: Act-O-Matic


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My hotel room, CT. 2008.

June 25, 2008

Food Finds: Fresh Pig's Head


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Western Beef, Meat Packing District, NYC. 2007.


Graffiti of the Day: Mother & Child


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Armsrock, Chelsea, NYC. 2007.

Bars: Deity


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Before we headed out of town, Tammi and I ha a joint birthday party at Deity, a bar set up in an old Synagogue. We've been stopping in here semi-regularly for the last few months. The space is stealthily concealed behind an obscured entryway. I'm pretty fond of it because it's nearly always empty, which I suppose isn't particularly good for business, but makes for a great lounge as far as I'm concerned. Especially since they also stock a number of great beers and bourbons that Tammi loves.

The hours are pretty limited during the week, although they aren't about to kick folks out if there's a crowd. They stayed open an hour after the usual closing time of 9pm for our group, which pretty much filled up the space.

On the weekend, the real show is downstairs, which opens up as a club. I haven't been, since clubs aren't really my thing, but I'll have to check it out one of these days.

Photo of the Day: STOP


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Atlanta, GA. 2008.

I'm not really sure who this sign is for. This rather small sign was posted on the Bus Stop sign about 5 feet in from the curb. On a hill. In the grass.

June 24, 2008

Photo of the Day: Candles and Coasters


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Blind Tiger Ale House, West Village, NYC. 2008. ::c::

June 23, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Beetle March


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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2008.

Another Map: Where I've been


Since I've been posting a bunch of maps lately, what's one more? Here's my Trip Advisor map...
::c::

Bars: Rudy's


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Free hot dogs and cheap beer! There's nothing else to say. It's in Hell's Kitchen. Go!

Ok, there's a little more to say. Rudy's is this kick-ass little dive that is prolly not the best place for a first date or pre-theater dinner. When I worked in Times Square, I ended up here pretty regularly. It's definitely a good escape from the tourists and crowds, especially now that Bellevue and (I think) Siberia are gone. There's a small backyard that fills up pretty quickly.

Photo of the Day: The Gallows


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Chinatown, NYC. 2008.

June 22, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Feeding Time


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Clarion Alley, The Mission. 2008.

Photo of the Day: Lock Down


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NYC. 2008.

June 21, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Going Up


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Clarion Alley, The Mission. 2008.

Photo of the Day: Purple Blossoms


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Colonia, Uruguay. 2006.

June 20, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: A Familiar Face


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Clarion Alley, The Mission. 2008.

Artist: Swoon

It was nice to see this Swoon out in San Francisco. It's a copy of the same piece that was splashed on Rivington a while back. I haven't seen much in the way of new work from her in a long time. I'll take what I can get.

Since I wrote this, Gothamist posted about her return to the city. I'm looking forward to seeing more of her new stuff.
::c::

The Wedding: Line Dancing


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One of the few hard rules Tammi and I set for the wedding was that there was to be no "Electric Slide" or any other such line dancing. This has already caused some static as, to some members of my family, this seems to be as important as the actual vows. I've been less concerned with this since I am required to be on the dance floor for exactly one song and I will not be there again after that. Generally though, banning such banality is something I can get behind. Besides, we couldn't imagine any of our friends actually being into such a thing.

Yet, at my cousin's wedding last weekend, each of the -several- line dances seemed to be the only songs that brought the Jamaicans and the Americans out on the floor together. We'll have to see how that all works out.

Photo of the Day: Seaside


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San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2008.

June 19, 2008

ATL: Robbed


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ATL: Robbed

Here's a reminder to those of us who are frequent or semi-frequent travelers: be careful with your valuables in the hotel.

After the wedding, when we got back to the hotel, we discovered that Tammi's iPod and Digital Camera were gone.

This is the first time anything like this has ever happened to either of us. I'm usually pretty paranoid about leaving anything of value in the room when I travel, but all this time on the road lately has dulled my instincts, I guess.

What's most unsettling is that, while the ipod was out in the open, the camera was buried in the bottom of the purse. So, whoever did this went rummaging through our stuff looking for something to steal.

Earlier in the day, someone had come in the room to fix the drain in our bathtub and left a note. And of course someone had been in there to clean the room as well. It must of have been one of them that robbed us. You'd think this would be a pretty straightforward thing to figure out, since everyone has to swipe into the room. Yet, when we reported it to the hotel, they didn't have any answers for us.

Tammi filled out the forms they gave her, but almost 2 weeks later, we still haven't heard from them. For the record (and the search engines) this was at the Atlanta Marriott Downtown. Hopefully we'll hear from them at some point, but they've given us no clear idea of what the process is to being compensated for this or whether they were putting any effort into finding the person responsible and ensuring that future guests aren't victims of the same crime.


SF: The Tower has Spoken


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A couple of weeks before heading to San Francisco, I polled Guyvera and The Tower of Justice aka ToJ for some recommendations. As we have discussed foodblogging together in the past, I have no compunction against reposting his email. Enjoy!

SF: The Tower has Spoken

La Taqueria is the gold standard in SF. Be sure to get two carnitas tacos, with cheese and avocado, crispy style. This last request--crispy style--is key because what it means is they overfry the inside tortilla, providing a nice juxtaposition in textures with the softer, outer tortilla.

To be honest, I know less about Taqueria San Jose and Taqueria Cancun, although if memory serves, Taqueria Cancun has a decent burrito. For a GREAT burrito, go to Taqueria San Francisco, which is on 24th (or maybe 25th) about 5 blocks east of Mission St. They have great carnitas burritos.

Beyond tacos, there are a couple of other latin american joints you should try. If you like Pupusas, then Panchitas on 16th and Valencia is solid. This has been my good old reliable spot. More recently, I got hip to El Zocalo which is more towards the Outer Mission, I think on Mission and 30th. Conveniently enough, El Zocalo is within walking distance to Mitchell's Ice Cream, where the Ube (Filipino purple yam) ice cream is a must try. At both pupuserias, I order the pupusa plate with pupusa revueltas (filled with pork, cheese, and beans).

You might also consider Mi Lindo Yucatan, on Valencia and 15th (I think). Guy and I went there one time a long time ago, but they have delightful chicken and pork dishes. If memory serves, they have a black bean chicken and/or pork, and one wrapped and steamed in banana leaves. They also serve fresh tortillas in a little bin instead of tortilla chips which is novel.

Other places to eat in the Mission area (but which are not necessarily within the "Taco" genre or penumbra of foods) include Little Star Pizza. You're a New Yorker, and so you have the right to be skeptical of any claims to fame about pizza elsewhere, but this place is pretty tasty. It blends the Chicago deep dish style with California ingredient consciousness. They use a cornmeal crust which is interesting. I usually like to get sausage, mushroom, and ricotta cheese--they put dollops of ricotta cheese on the pie, which brown during the baking process.

If you have any questions or need recommendations on the fly, feel free and call me.

The Tower has spoken (Konichiwa bitches!)

Graffiti of the Day: Haunted


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Clarion Alley, The Mission. 2008.

Photo of the Day: Incoming!


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Red Hook Ball Fields, Brooklyn. 2007.

June 18, 2008

Food Finds: Pepper Sauce


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Since I've been finding more interesting food-related artifacts out of the supermarket, I'm changing the name of this feature to "Food Finds." That way, I don't have to preface half of the posts with "Well, this isn't really from a supermarket but..." because that was annoying... Now on to something I found in Atlanta... Pepper Sauce!

At nearly every table in Atlanta I encountered these bottles. Called Pepper Sauce as opposed to Hot Sauce, all there is to it is vinegar and hot peppers. The waiter at Pashcal's recommended using it on Collard Greens. I've made something like this before and had no idea it was a regional delicacy. I'll have to remember that next time I'm making greens.

Graffiti of the Day: Dignity


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Clarion Alley, The Mission. 2008.

SF Map


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One last San Francisco post (for the moment). Above is the Google Map I put up of places of note that I've been or that were recommended to me. I believe it will update as I add to it over time, but, really I have no idea...

If you've got more recommendations that aren't here, let me know.
::c::

Photo of the Day: Paper Lanterns


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Superfine, DUMBO. 2007.

June 17, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Demoncracy


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Clarion Alley, The Mission. 2008.

SF: Bicycle Observations


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Among the many things that I'm currently swooning about San Francisco over is how bicycle-friendly it seems to be. I'd never have thought it. If there's any place I would naturally avoid bicycling it would be a place with as many steep hills as San Francisco. But given the few things we saw, it seems to cater to the two-wheeled very well.

First there were these signs that Tammi and I saw all around the Financial District, which I can't begin to imagine in Wall Street.

We also came across the most amazing bicycle parking inside the BART station at Mission and 16th. It looked like it could park between 50 and 100 bicycles. To top it off, there's a well along the side of the stairway going into the station designed specifically for riders to roll their bikes down.

Photo of the Day: Raw


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Imahan Restaurant. Shinjuku, Tokyo. 2007.

The restaurant is also known for its beef sashimi, but this plate of beef was bound for the Shabu Shabu pot. I did try beef sashimi while in Japan and loved it. I have no expectations of converting anyone, so I'll leave it at that. If you are prone to consider trying such things, go for it, you'll probably enjoy it or at least find it really interesting. If not, no amount of description is going to help.

June 16, 2008

SF: Hog Island Oyster Co.


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The vendor at the Farmers Market selling the oysters I've been going on and on about are the Hog Island Oyster Company, which has an oyster bar inside the Ferry Building as well.

Graffiti of the Day: Keepin the Faith


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Clarion Alley, The Mission. 2008.

I love this updated interpretation of the Virgin of Guadalupe, it's a modernization you don't see so often. It almost reminds me of a more sincere "Buddy Christ" from Dogma.

SF: Artist General Update


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A Flickr Contact, We Meant Democracy posted a link to an SF Weekly post with more information on the 'self-appointed' Artist General. The thrash in the commentary thread reminds me why I tend to avoid such forums.

SF: California Dreaming


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Wherever I travel, I consider on some level whether I could live there. I think everyone does to some degree. In some cases, that consideration is as simple as "I hate this place, I could never live there." That's how I feel whenever I head up to the 'burbs in Connecticut. In the case of Paris or London or Tokyo, the question is more wistful. I would love to live there but it's so unlikely and complicated by language and policy that it's more of a dream than anything else.

But San Francisco has a pull for me that's unlike anywhere else. it's different, more realistic, more familiar.
I'm probably just feeling the afterglow from my visit to the Farmers Market this morning. And the bottles of local wine I picked up in the ferry building. Eating and drinking local, sustainable and most importantly quality products doesn't seem to be the luxury it is in New York.

The culture of the area just seems so custom-suited to my interests. I've gone on about the food already, and obviously I'd love to be right in the middle of the biggest craft brewing and wine-growing region in the country. It's also the urban center of the tech industry, which is what has brought me out there for the last several years.

Of course, the ugly is pretty inescapable as well. Junkies camp out on the streets leaving crack and weed smoke wafting through the air. I grew up in New York of the 80's, I have no glamorous visions of such things. It's ugly and dangerous. Nothing good can come of it.

In the end, the chances of me ditching Brooklyn anytime soon are slim. It is my home after all. Even so, as I fly across the country back to New York, I can't help but wish I had more time to get to know San Francisco better.

Photo of the Day: Sittin Back


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Archeology Museum, Chapultapec Park, Mexico City. 2007.

June 15, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Clarion Alley


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Clarion Alley is the treasure trove I discovered in The Mission the other day. It's between 17th and 18th Streets and goes from Mission to Valencia. I took more than a hundred shots of the pieces up there. A selection of them will be the Graffiti of the Day for the next week. Enjoy! ::c::

SF: The Ferry Building Farmers Market

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I have market envy. I love everything about the Ferry Building and its weekend farmers market. I only stumbled on the Farmers Market at the Ferry building on last day of my visit last year, I had no idea what to expect. Again, I passed through it with only a few hours left before my flight home, but this time I knew what I was looking for: Oysters.

It never occurred to me, but it seems obvious out there. Unlike New York, where the market is 99 percent produce with one or two relatively pricey stands selling meats, the sellers are much more varied. Some sell produce, of course, most even, which is great. But you've also got fresh whole chickens with the feet still on, aidell's sausages, locally made cheeses, vendors selling cooked food and of course, Oysters. I had six Sweetwater and one Kumamoto from Hogs Farms. It's amazing to me to be able to walk down to the market on a Saturday morning and slurp down a half dozen oysters while I shop for groceries. Truly amazing.

Finally Home


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After 14 hours of traveling, Tammi and I finally made it home. The scene above was at 3:30 in the morning in baggage claim, where passengers from no less than 3 flights milled around trying to find their luggage. Thankfully our bags came out pretty quickly, so our only problem was landing 3 hours later than we were supposed to.

Photo of the Day: Sue the T-Rex


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Natural History Museum, Chicago. 2006.

June 14, 2008

SF: Taco Taco!


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Sadly, these two delightful stacks of meat and salsa crammed onto tortillas were the only tacos I managed to eat this trip. With little time to go for variety, I stuck with more moderate ingredients. I skipped the lengua and cabeza in favor of carne asada and carnitas, both great choices.

I got these at Taqueria San Jose on Mission around 23rd Street. My next stop was to be La Taqueria a block or two up, but they had closed for the evening. Instead I walked down to Taqueria Cancun on Mission and 18th and picked up a Burrito for Tammi and I to split. Tragically, that was the entirety of my Burrito eating in San Francisco. This is very upsetting. I'm trying to figure out when I can get out here next to rectify this situation.

Graffiti of the Day: Postal Panda


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Union Square, San Francisco. 2008.

SF: Wiped Out


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After a week of conference sessions, Tammi and I are beat. It's unfortunate because both of us love San Francisco but we didn't get to see much of it outside of the 'geek bubble.' Next time I've got to get some extra time of before or after the trip so I can hang out more.

We did manage to eat pretty well, so expect a couple posts about that. Also, I managed to get back to the graffiti treasure trove I mentioned yesterday. More on that later too.

For now, I'm off to the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building to ogle produce that I can't really buy and snack on whatever is available.

Photo of the Day: Crates


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Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2006.

June 13, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Prezedunt Ahnuld


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Clarion Alley, The Mission, San Francisco. 2008.

I finally tore myself away from the geekfest bubble for a couple of hours last night and encountered some great graffiti. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me, so I had to shoot these with my phone. In a couple hours the conference will be all done and I can go shooting. I can't wait to get at this stuff with some decent light and a real camera. I just hope my wide angle can capture it all.


ATL: Watershed


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As I mentioned, before heading out to Atlanta, all my research pointed to one thing: Fried Chicken. And over and over again, I found accolades for what may be "The Best Fried Chicken Recipe" by Edna Lewis and her partner Scott Peacock. The story was familiar, I had read about them a few years back, either in Gourmet or the NY Times or both. The key is the redundancy in its preparation. It's both brined and then soaked in buttermilk. Ms. Lewis died a few years ago, but Peacock offers it at Watershed, a restaurant made out of an old gas station in Decatur.

I had to have it.

I made reservations for Friday night from the week before. It was going to be glorious.

Now, before I go on too long, it should be clear from the photo above that I did not actually end up having Fried Chicken. Apparently this dish, that they have garnered so much press about, is only available Tuesday night (!)

Apparently, all that brining and soaking can only be begun on Sunday night. I have to say for the record that this is bullshit. I want my damn chicken.

Anyway, the food was fine. My pork chop, which I did order done 'medium' was a bit too rare near the bone, but that's not surprising. My aunt found her catfish platter to be a little too underdone, but I'd never trust her judgement on such things. She prefers her food wildly overcooked.

Despite my bitterness, the Mac n Cheese was awesome. The best I had the whole time and I did actually have Mac n Cheese with nearly every meal. Theirs mixed gooey with bitter with softer ricotta-like curds.

So, there was that.
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Photo of the Day: Back to Back


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. 2008.

June 12, 2008

Photo of the Day: Hands


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For whatever reason, my latest photo fascination is 'hands' I've been shooting them more lately.... These belong to Rani.

Graffiti of the Day: Artist General Warning


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Market Street, San Francisco. 2008.

These 'warnings' are posted all around the convention center downtown. On them theArtist General warns about the hazards of conformity and the need for dissent.

June 11, 2008

Birthday Dinner at Yoshi's


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On Sunday, I turned 31. Like my previous birthday, much of it was spent in the air. Last year we spent most of the day flying to Japan, a trip I blogged pretty extensively.

To celebrate the big day, Tammi and I had dinner at Yoshi's on Fillmore. We had a fantastic meal there, possibly the best I've had all year. After days of delicious, heavy southern foods, we both welcomed a lighter fare.

That said, the dish that sticks with me the most was still fried: Unagi Tempura, a whole eel fillet fried in tempura batter. It was a little difficult to handle with my poor chopstick skills, but it was fantastic.

I also had some uni that had an incredibly complex flavor. I love uni. Your mileage may vary, depending on your tolerance for odd textures. I've lovingly compared it to a wad of snot in the past. it doesn't slide down your throat like an oyster, it sticks to the roof of your mouth, lingering long enough to release every bit of flavor it's got. Tammi's not fond of the stuff, but I love it.

As we shared a selection of fish from Tsukiji Fish Market, I realized that it was already Monday in Tokyo, exactly a year since we blindly wandered the aisles at Tsukiji, trying to avoid being hit by the 'careening' turrets.

After dinner we saw Ahmad Jamal and his band perform at Yoshi's Jazz club. It was a great show.
::c::

Supermarket Finds: Japanese Watermelons


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Naka-Meguro, Tokyo. 2007.

I'm not sure what the big deal is about watermelons in Japan, but last week all the blogs were atwitter about the sale of a black watermelon for $6000. I'm pretty sure these weren't quite so expensive...

Photo of the Day: Contemplation


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Spring Lounge, SoHo. 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Sidem


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SOMA, SF. 2007.

Yes, this is in San Francisco, but not from this trip. I've barely had the camera out all week. It's been busy. Hopefully I'll find some time to do a little hunting near the end of the week.

Also, I have no idea if that says Sidem or something else entirely. I'm terrible at reading wildstyle.

June 10, 2008

ATL: Wedding Photos Posted


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I'll be posting more on Atlanta and a bit about SF when I have a little time away from this conference, but for now, I posted my photos from my cousin's wedding in a set on Flickr. Check them out here. ::c::

Souvenirs: Bulldog Glass


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I got this pint glass for free as a happy hour special at The Bulldog, a great beer bar on Magazine Street in New Orleans. I stopped in there quite few times during my New Orleans trip in 2004.

On the back of the glass is a list of information for tourists visiting. Note the second one listed:

"If the levee breaks, everyone will die. No one seems worried about this problem either."


Photo of the Day: BYOB


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Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 2008.

Graffiti of the Day: Nobody Cares


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Atlanta, GA. 2008.

June 9, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: This is a Poster Graphic


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SoHo, NYC. 2008.

Artist: Shepard Fairey
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Photo of the Day: The Lineup


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I really want to make some dumb Sex and the City joke, but I'm drawing a blank.

Houston Street, NYC. 2008.

DJ Juice E Spins i2Y


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A couple weeks ago at Habana Outpost Jon introduced me to Emily a.k.a. DJ Juice E, whose spiffy record case is pictured above. She spins for the Sucia party at Madame X on Wednesday nights, which I've been meaning to check out for a while just based on the flyer.

Last week I got an email blast from her about an event she'll be working thrown by a group called i2Y or "I'm too young for this" that offers support and resources for cancer patients under 40 years old. It turns out Emily is a recently recovered cancer survivor herself and has seen many of the benefits a group like this offers.

I can't begin to condense her message out to everyone so I'll post it after the jump, but first, here are the details of the party:

Stupid Cancer Gala NYC '08
Thursday June 19th, 7pm-11pm
Taj Lounge 48 West 21st Street
Tickets: $25 on the Web & $40 at the Door.

Hello everyone!

On Thursday, June 19th I'll be spinning at a very special event- the i2Y Stupid Cancer Gala '08 at the Taj Lounge in NYC. Now pardon this next part- cuz I gotta get long-winded!

As many of you know, I am a cancer survivor currently celebrating just over a year out of treatment. I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer at the age of 26, and it took almost 2 years for me to be properly diagnosed and treated. I've been thru surgeries, chemo and radiation- I've been seen naked by almost every doctor or nurse in NYC- and yes folks, I'm still smiling! For me- my joy and hope came from my friends and family- and my music (BIG surprise there!) The cool thing was, I've met a lot of incredible and inspirational people along the way, and have been lucky enough to inspire others. (Those are all pics from the time of my illness)

I've also lost friends to this disease. And I've met many people who don't have the support systems that I do. Which brings me to why I'm bugging you with this email-

The organization that's throwing this event is called I'm Too Young For This!

Their purpose is to provide support and education to people under 40 yrs old with cancer. Apparently- we're the fastest growing group of cancer patients- and often we're not properly diagnosed since doctors don't expect us to get sick. (Oops) They do this with a major emphasis on arts and media- which works just fine for me! I've met some of the folks- They're very nice young people just like me, and YOU- who've been thru a lot and are trying give something back.

So.... I'm hoping that you (yes YOU!) will help us out and come thru to this event- or at least buy a ticket- they're only $25 (which is less that many of you spend on drinks!) or $40 the night of. There'll be a Happy Hour with raffles, and drinks, and lots of recovering cancer patients.. Oh yeah, and ME! (DJ Juice E) I will be doing my best to rock this party out! If you don't want to buy a ticket, please send a small donation- every little bit helps!! For you working folks, this is an early event, from 7-11 pm so you can still get a good night's sleep, or go check out Jon Oliver at Madame X afterwards!

You can purchase tickets directly at http://events.i2y.com/taj/ or you can contact me to find out how else you can help out. They accept all forms of payment- so even if you have bad credit, they'll still accept your $$!

As always I appreciate the love and support!! Hope to hear from YOU!

Emily Rubin, aka DJ Juice E- DJ, Engineer, Producer and Cancer SURVIVOR!

June 8, 2008

In The Club


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Last weekend Tammi joined me at the Blind Tiger as I completed my 'entry' into their Connoisseur's Club. I'm very proud. No t-shirt was available just yet, but I'm hoping my plaque will be up by my next visit.

Photo of the Day: Melting


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Mé Bar, Koreatown, NYC. 2008.

Based on the weather reports, Tammi and I got out of town just in time to miss the heat wave that was set to hit New York. It's certainly not much cooler down here in Atlanta, but the AC is blasting wherever you go, so you only ever feel it briefly.

And we're heading to San Francisco this morning where we may actually be pining for temperatures over 70 degrees.
::c::

June 7, 2008

ATL: From the Depths


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When we arrived at our station on the MARTA yesterday afternoon and the train whined out in that distinctive way that BART trains and many of the new models in New York do, I notice the walls of the station. They weren't tiled or covered for the most part, instead it was just exposed rock. I said to Tammi, that I felt more 'underground' than in the subway at home and I wondered if that was because of the aesthetics. I vaguely noticed how high the ceilings were when we were going up the first escalator, then we got to this behemoth and realized that we felt more underground because we were considerably father underground that at home. For the record, there was one more escalator before we returned to the surface world. ::c::

Photo of the Day: "No, I'm not doing anything important. I can talk..."


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Fulton Landing, Brooklyn. 2006.

Today's photo is wedding themed, as Tammi and I are down here in Atlanta for my cousin Demetria's wedding this afternoon. It's our first wedding since getting engaged, which I'm sure will change our perspective considerably.


Graffiti of the Day: Unlikley


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It's been an interesting week in the Presidential campaign, which is not something I've been able to say for some time. Most interesting have been the conventions of concession, which we only begin to recognize when someone fails to follow them.

I'm doing my best to avoid television for as much of tomorrow as I can, but I'm sure I'll hear what Hillary has to say before the day is done. Hopefully, we can keep it together and start the campaign off right.
::c::

June 6, 2008

Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2008


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This weekend marks another year that I must miss the BBQ Block Party because I'm out of town. Tomorrow and Sunday, Pitmasters from all over will be feeding the hordes some of the best barbecue to be had.

Given that I'm here in Atlanta having some awesome and authentic Southern food, including as much fried chicken as I can manage, I'm not complaining.
::c::

San Juan Observation: Cat Zone


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Stray cats roam all over Old San Juan, especially in the more residential blocks. People feed them and nearly every block you'll see a tin platter out with cat food. I'm not a fan of the little creatures myself, so it's all lost on me.

Graffiti of the Day: Water Hazards


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Old San Juan, PR. 2008.

ATL: The MARTA Breeze card


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What little I've heard about getting around in Atlanta I've mostly heard in discussions about urban sprawl gone amok. So, when planning this trip, I presumed we'd have to take a cab to get to our hotel. Apparently not.

We're on the MARTA train as I type this heading downtown to a station just down the block from our hotel. The $2.25 fare beats whatever the cab was going to charge, certainly.

The trains, the map and the card machines are all like the BART. The one thing that's really interesting to me is the fare card, which seems to have RFID.

Just as I was about to start fiddling with the turnstile to figure out how to swipe a card with no apparent magnetic strip, the gate opened.
::c::

Photo of the Day: Geisha on the Move


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Ponto Cho, Kyoto, Japan. 2007.

June 5, 2008

Atlanta-Bound


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Tomorrow Morning Tammi and I are heading down to the 'durty durty' south for my cousin's wedding. We're only there for a couple days, but clearly I've scoped out the food. Everything I've seen tells me that I have to try the fried chicken. I can't wait.

I put together a quick Google Map of the places that have struck my interest.

After ATL, we're off to San Francisco for a week. We'll be in town for a conference, so our exploring will be limited, but given that this is my 7th time there in 5 years, I'm not going to have too much trouble getting my bearings. More on that later...

Graffiti of the Day: Green Invader


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LES, NYC. 2008.

Cherry Season


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Last weekend Tammi and I went to Chinatown for Dim Sum with friends. I usually avoid the Canal Street area like the plague, especially on the weekends, but I may have to reconsider that.

While wading through the crowds, I was reminded that Chinatown is the best place to find tons of seasonal ingredients on the cheap. After seeing these mounds of cherries at 3lbs for $5, this recipe for cherry jam suddenly seemed like a great idea. I may have to suck up my distaste for the crowds when next I have some time to spend in the kitchen.

Photo of the Day: The Phantom DJ


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DJ Jon Oliver at Madame X, NYC. 2007.

June 4, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Historic


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Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 2008.

Photo of the Day: Tourists & Locals


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Times Square, NYC. 2006.

Supermarket Finds: Beer Cans


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FoodTown, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. 2007.

June 3, 2008

Photo of the Day: Break Time


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Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, IL. 2006.

June 2, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Turbulence


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Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 2008.

Photo of the Day: Yarn & Whiskey


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A girl's best friends.

The Red Lion, Greenwich Village, NYC. 2008.

June 1, 2008

Gothamisted: Weekend Service


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Gothamist picked up this quick cameraphone shot I took of the crazy handwritten signage I found at Fulton Street yesterday morning. Much can be said about how irritating the poorly communicated service changes impact New Yorkers and the tourists who get in our way, but really, the saddest part is that this sign mostly makes sense to me.

Photo of the Day: Cobblestones


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Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2006.