June 13, 2008

Fridgin’ Out: Moving Out in San Francisco, Pt. I

by Kayoko Akabori

This week, I’ve gone into my girl Vanessa’s fridge, who lives in San Francisco at the moment. She has moved since these pictures were taken, so you will be looking at what was eventually all thrown out. Sad! But I think that as a generation of transients and constant apartment movers, we all have this […]

May 19, 2008

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth at Miette Confiserie (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Spent a day in San Francisco with my girl Vanessa- we walked around Hayes Valley, and stepped into this charming little candy shop, Miette. It’s a colorful fantasyland for anyone with a serious sweet tooth- you’re transported to a candy shop from the 1950s, with a huge selection of candies and chocolates, plus beautiful, organic […]

May 14, 2008

Sneak Preview: LA Taco Truck Ban In Effect Tonight at Midnight

by Kayoko Akabori

Just got through a heated chat session with my friend from LA about the new ordinances against taco trucks that will be going into effect tonight at midnight. Taco trucks will be fined $1000 or up to 6 months jailtime if they are parked in one spot for longer than an hour. WTF?!?!?! To prepare […]

May 13, 2008

Wine Heaven at the Suburban Grocery Store

by Kayoko Akabori

Just got in really late last night from a weekend in Cali. Surprised my mama for mom’s day! I scored big points with that one- I expect that to override anything that would be considered bad daughter behavior for the next few years. I’m really exhausted and I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, […]

May 7, 2008

California Soul: Blue Bottle Music Video

by Kayoko Akabori

This is ridiculously overdue, being the last post in my California Soul series which began two months ago (!). Putting together this video has been haunting me, and I finally buckled down and worked on it for your viewing pleasure. It took me all Sunday to make it, so you better friggin love it! I […]

May 4, 2008

Alex Espiritu: Pastry Chef (SF)

by Erin Gleeson

I recently shot with Alex Espiritu, the very talented pastry chef at The Dining Room, at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco. Here are some of his amazing (and delicious!) creations. If you’re in SF, don’t miss dessert at the Ritz. Ritz Carlton Hotel600 Stockton Street at California StreetSan Francisco, CAT: 415.296.7465 all photos:

April 8, 2008

Elizabeth Falkner’s ORSON (SF)

by Erin Gleeson

Orson, Pastry Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s new restaurant in San Francisco is not to be missed. The restaurant is enormous with both upstairs and downstairs dining, and her desserts exude the same sultry sexy confidence that she does. Industrial concrete, dark table cloths and chocolate colored chairs make you feel just as sleek as your surroundings. […]

April 2, 2008

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

by CJ Mattiola

My buddy Ray recently had his birthday gathering at Tomales Bay Oyster Company. It was genius. We headed north from SF over the Golden Gate and about another hour and a half on highway 1 winding through Stenson Beach to Tomales Bay. The place is simple. They sell super fresh oysters from a stand and […]

March 30, 2008

The Melting Pot

by Erin Gleeson

I was recently in the SF Bay Area and was very excited about a trip to The Melting Pot in Larkspur with my cousin Shannon. As fondue fanatics, we were fiercely let down. We went at 6:30 on a Wednesday with 4 people. We were told they were fully booked and they said we’d have […]

March 17, 2008

California Soul: Joy Luck Place (Cupertino)

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is dedicated to Hua and Wangster. Whenever I go home, I gotta get my dim sum fill. My mom thinks this is so bizarre, cause she knows I always go to dim sum in NY. But it’s just different in the Bay somehow- dare I say better? I don’t know what it is- […]