When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
What is small, round, salty, sweet — and green? That would be the new Green Pea Cookie, a vegan treat based upon a traditional Singaporean cookie.
On the Green Pea Cookie site, you can read the story of how three friends — Sean, Fiona and Larissa — had the idea of making these cookies here in the Bay Area, after Sean’s start-up colleagues devoured the cookies his mom sent from Singapore. Fiona, also Singaporean, is the baker; Larissa is the business whiz. After baking a lot of these tiny treats, the team shared their wares with strangers in Dolores Park and found that people really liked them. Trips to several other cities confirmed that green pea cookies were a hit with hungry and willing tasters.
If you’re a fan of dim sum, you’ve probably seen rectangular packages of leaf-wrapped sticky rice pass by, nestled in a steamer. If you’re not a meat eater, you probably had to pass them up, as they are traditionally filled with chicken and pork. Out the Door at the Ferry Building, however, has come to the rescue with steamed vegetarian sticky rice. At $5.00 per packet, this is definitely a treat worth unwrapping.
By Molly Gore
on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Paul Canales in Duende's bodega.
"Nothing here was thought out at all," says Paul Canales, sweeping his arm across the massive, airy space of Duende. It's hard to believe. Duende in the mid-afternoon is beautiful--washed in daylight, the walls a raucous mash of beautiful and hectic Basquiat-esque canvases by Raymond Saunders (a friend of Canales), racks of house-pressed olive oil, and the rest an eclectic mélange of exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and roughed up stucco--an accidental byproduct of demolition that Canales loved. And there's something special about Duende, it's available in the daytime in a way few restaurants are. Meet the bodega: Duende's wine bar/café/social space that always feels like you've arrived to a friend's party just a little bit early.
Mourad Lahlou plays guest chef in the SFoodie home kitchen.
It's not every day that a renowned and dashing chef comes over to make pancakes, certainly not one named an international Culinary Ambassador by Hillary Clinton. But Mourad Lahlou, the owner of San Francisco's Aziza restaurant and author of the New Moroccan cookbook, was happy to make a house call to test out his new Moroccan Beghrir pancake mix, part of a full product line from Williams Sonoma, in a less-than-professional kitchen.
Stern Grove Floral honeycomb by Alla's SF Apiary and Raw Golden Healer Honey.
When we think of Stern Grove, we think of concerts and Shakespeare, but it's also a hidden source of some great natural candy. Raw Golden Healer Honey, in collaboration with Alla's S.F. Apiary, offers two sizes of honeycombs made from bees who chill in the park.
Oakland's Hodo Soy Beanery has single-handedly transformed our opinion about tofu being nothing more than a placeholder in a dish. Founder Minh Tsai left a life in finance to start this company after having a deep inspiration to create the kind of soft and versatile tofu he'd get regularly with his grandfather when growing up in Vietnam. This is the gateway company to help tofu skeptics open their minds.
These new heirloom corn tortillas are the result of family-owned companies joining forces. San Francisco's La Palma, established in 1953 by the Haro family, makes them for Napa's Rancho Gordo, Steve Sando's farm mostly known for a wide variety of beans. The two are helping to keep a third endeavor on the path of tradition.
Among the in-house fresh pasta offerings at Berkeley Bowl are two varieties made with purple beets, including a fettucine-sized package and a slightly thicker cut noodle. After road testing them in the kitchen, we're comfortable declaring that this could be a great beet gateway for anyone who is shy on the root.
Sugarcane pops up at various farmers markets around San Francisco, including the Alemany and Heart of the City Farmers Markets, but it's not easy to score at permanent places. Fresh pressed sugarcane juice is even a rarer find. Ingleside Vietnamese restaurant Ha Tien Hut (1109 Ocean) may be one of the only places within city limits to find it following the closure of Irving Cafe & Dessert in the Outer Sunset, a spot that favored the grassy green variety of sugarcane for juicing (there are close to 40 different species in all).
Luckily, Wah Fa (2165 Irving), a tiny Chinese grocery store near the former Irving Cafe & Dessert, currently has burgundy-hued sugarcane on special for 99 cents per pound.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"