February 11, 2009

Souvenirs: Sam Flores


In the Haight, I found a shop called Upper Playground that specializes in Street Art-influenced clothing. I picked up the shirt here, designed by Sam Flores, a local artist. I also bought a T-shirt with his version of the Morton Salt Girl and both of his books published by the gallery associated with Upper Playground.

SF: Magnolia Snacks

Duck Wings at Magnolia

At the end of my Lazy Saturday in SF, before heading to the airport, Will and I grabbed dinner in the Upper Haight at Magnolia a brew/gastropub. I had stopped in once before with TOJ and Guyvera, but didn't eat. This time, we passed through relatively quickly, so I don't have extensive notes, but I had to point out to of the small plates I tried while there.

The idea of honey coated duck wings still fascinates me. Of all the things I see done with duck these days, the wings seem the most neglected. I've been thinking of ways to cook duck and home and this has certainly pushed me forward.

The other, below, is the quail scotch egg, which includes two food items that capture my imagination whenever I hear about them: The quail egg and the scotch egg.

Whenever I see quail eggs in an asian supermarket, I start to think of things that would be cool to try with them. The tiny eggs always seem like a great way to do . . . something, but I never really think of what.

I think of the scotch egg like many consider the turducken: blissfully excessive. A boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, then breaded and deep fried. What's there not to love?

Usually, it's just about everything. The fried breading isn't particularly crisp, the yolks are overdone and everything in between is pretty mediocre.

In this case, the yolks were fine, the breading was good, but the sausage, a homemade Italian, was not quite what I wanted here. All of it was good on it's own, but didn't quite come together the way I wanted it to...

Scotch Quail Eggs at Magnolia

What was great was the beer, including the Bluebird Bitter, mentioned in the '100 things to eat' list I mentioned last week.

Really, Magnolia demands multiple visits, which I just haven't been able to dedicate in my few visits. I don't know when my next visit to SF will be, but this I hope to pencil in some quality time at Magnolia to really taste what they have to offer.

January 12, 2009

Graffiti of the Day: Marley on Haight 02 & 09


On my first trip to SF, I took the above photo the first time I went to San Francisco in 2002. It was when I first started shooting graffiti and I was pretty excited to see this Bob Marley quote.

On my last night in San Francisco, I passed the same spot in a cab, but the piece was different:

IMG_7760 - Version 2

I don't know what happened, but I'm glad it's still there in some form or another.

January 11, 2009

SF: Lazy Saturday


My last day in San Francisco is usually a challenge for me. Every time there are dozens of things I would like to do, but only a couple hours left before I have to head to the airport. I run this way and that trying to eek out every last moment out of the trip and finally end up tense and tired wishing I had more time.

This time, with a full day until my late night flight, I actually took it easy and managed to have a great, leisurely day while still making it to the Farmers market, The Mission and The Haight. The weather was gorgeous all day, with temperatures in the mid-60's, vastly better than 30 degrees and snowing at home. I sat outside and drank wine while reading about photography at Bar Bambino, above and had a few more good meals before heading to the airport.

I'm at the airport now, waiting to board my flight and hoping against hope that the warm weather comes with me.

January 9, 2009

Graffiti of the Day: Granted

IMG_1603, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Lower Haight, San Francisco. 2008.

January 7, 2009

Graffiti of the Day: Throttle

IMG_2567, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Amoeba Parking Lot. Upper Haight, San Francisco. 2008.

September 12, 2008

SF: Rosamunde Sausage Grill

IMG_1764, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Though Toronado doesn't serve food, every table has a menu on it and empty serving baskets pile up at the end of the bar. The popular choice of snack at the bar are the sausages at Rosamunde, right next door.

I had the beer sausage, which was fantastic, but I could have tried out everything on the menu. It all looked so good. I'm glad I made it out at least once this trip.

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September 9, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Ghost

IMG_2833, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Upper Haight, San Francisco. 2008.

September 7, 2008

Photo of the Day: The Fight

IMG_2783 - Version 2, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Upper Haight, San Francisco. 2008.

I saved the best for last. Guy, ToJ and I were waiting for a seat at Magnolia in the Upper Haight. While we waited, this woman, who was clearly high on something, yelled, threatened, strutted and flailed about. She was screaming til hoarse at this guy who did little more than follow her as she paced and harangued.

We had to feel pretty bad for this guy. During all this, his dog apparently in heat, hopped up on hind legs and repeatedly humped his leg.

Now that's a pretty bad day.

September 6, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Warrior

IMG_2603, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Upper Haight, San Francisco. 2008.

SF: Toronado

IMG_1579, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

I always want to go to Toronado when I go to San Francisco, but its location on Haight near Fillmore, is seemingly the most inconvenient place to get to from Downtown.

Ask any beer fan who has been to the Bay Area and Toronado will be mentioned in the first few breaths. It's a beer bar in a city of bars with great beer selections.

It's got about 40 taps, but numbers aren't the point. A lot of places go around these days cheering about how many taps they have but use half of them up with mass market swill. The selection here is curated. Obviously, there is a wide selection of local craft beers. More importantly, they often stock low production batches that often can't be found anywhere. On my first visit, they had a keg of Siera Nevada's bottle brew of their Pale Ale. I don't think I had ever noticed the difference between the tap and bottle versions of Sierra until then. Additionally, Toronado stocks more European beers than most West Coast bars I've seen.

After the jump, a sampling of the draft list - all I could fit in one shot.

547 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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September 4, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Thylacine

IMG_2854, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Upper Haight, San Francisco. 2008.

March 4, 2008

Graffiti of the Day: Amanda Lynn Behind Bars

IMG_2697, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

The Haight, San Francisco. 2008. Artist: Amanda Lynn

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