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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
If you’ve ever found yourself looking to shake up some cocktails but a little flummoxed by a single shriveled-up lemon in your fridge and a cupboard that contains only Fireball and T.G.I. Friday’s Mudslide mix, there is a solution on the horizon. Not unlike a CSA for gin instead of rainbow chard, SaloonBox aims to make home mixology easier by delivering weekly boxes full of everything you’ll need — because nobody likes running to Safeway for olives. Nobody.
Donuts and coffee pop-up, Mamacitas Cafe is raising funds on Kickstarter to launch a workforce development program for young women in Oakland.
Like doughnuts? Coffee? Supporting meaningful economic opportunities for young women in Oakland? If you said yes to all three (we might question your taste if you didn’t), Mamacitas Cafe is expanding their pop-up cafe which hires and provides leadership training for female-identified youth in Oakland, and they could use your support on Kickstarter.
Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder of Nomiku, a San Francisco-based hardware startup aiming to make sous-vide technology affordable and accessible to the home cook.
In 2012, they successfully raised $586,000 via Kickstarter to help fund version 1.0, and just this Tuesday they raised another $620,000 to fund their new updated Nomiku 2. The kicker to this Kickstarter: they still have five days to go. We sat down with Lisa to chat:
To denizens of Divisadero and the Lower Haight, King Kobbler is a familiar sight: Usually clad in a royal purple cape and crown, he extolls the virtues of his cobbler to anyone who passes by. One day we got to talking with the garrulous cobbler salesman, also known as local blues musician Big Bones, and found out that he got his recipe from his grandmother, started making it as comfort food after he went through a rough patch in his life, and began selling it to make some extra cash. His classic peach variety is both tart and sweet, the essence of summer packaged in a styrofoam cup and sold for $5.
By Anna Roth
on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Polzine buried under paperwork in her old-timey Kickstarter video.
Pastry chef Michelle Polzine has been trying to open 20th Century Café in a converted laundromat at Oak and Gough (across the street from Rich Table) for a while -- we wrote recently about the pop-up bake sales she was holding at State Bird Provisions every Sunday. Now she's looking for Kickstarter dollars to fund the buildout of her new spot, which will draw its inspiration from vintage cookbooks and visits to the café-rich cities of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
The Clover Cook Set combines a spatula, spoon, and tongs in one utensil.
A tour around the current projects bidding for your bucks over at Kickstarter reveals ideas designed to make your cooking and eating pursuits a little bit easier. San Francisco's Alite Designs is looking for assistance to finish creating the Clover Cook Set, which combines a spoon, spatula, and pair of tongs into a three-in-one, interlocking utensil. A donation of at least $20 will get you one of the first sets, and the incentives to give more include other smart Alite products such as hiking and camping kits.
By Anna Roth
on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:55 AM
Schulzies Bread Pudding
After long last (like, nearly a year), it's looking like Schulzies Bread Pudding is finally about to open in Hayes Valley. The bread pudding has gotten rave reviews down in L.A. where Sarah Schulz operates a bread pudding stand in Venice, but this is the first Bay Area location and the strongest iteration of Schulz's vision: to open a "pudding parlor" based on the same model as an ice cream parlor. Meaning that most of her rotating 108+ bread pudding flavors are served chilled in a gelato-like case, scooped out with an ice cream scoop, and topped with delicious things like chocolate and caramel sauce, fresh berries, crumbled cookies, and more.
By Anna Roth
on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Lao sausage sandwich from Pal's Takeaway.
If you've ever enjoyed one of the superlative sandwiches from Pal's Takeaway, you know it's located inside the cozy Tony's Market at 24th and Hampshire. Now the shop, which took top honors on SFoodie's Top 10 S.F. Sandwich list earlier this year for its Mrs. Binh's sausage sandwich, is looking to expand into a bigger space sometime next year, hopefully while remaining in the Mission. And it's asking fans to help support the move on Kickstarter.
Oakland's Michael Davidson, aka Grilled Cheez Guy, is using Kickstarter in hopes of raising $33,000 to buy and equip a food truck. He's about 5% of the way there, with 33 days to go.
Davidson isn't the first multi-titled Grilled Cheese Invitational champ to take his skills to a bigger market here in San Francisco. Heidi Gibson, co-owner of the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in South Park is readying a second location in the Mission, and it's all the extension of a dream formed when winning the super-competitive sandwich battle for the umpteenth time. He's also not the first local grilled cheese cart with truck aspirations; Toasty Melts can claim that title. So why support Davidson's initiative?
By Anna Roth
on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 5:00 AM
Map slices from the book: Los Angeles' lost agrarian landscape, West Oakland's City Slicker Farms' backyard garden program, California's world almond trade, US farmers' markets and food stamp access, SF Bay Area potential food resiliency.
Remember those rad children's atlases that had cartoonish representations of the major exports of every region around the world, kinda like the map mural at Kate's Kitchen? Well, get excited: a group of Berkeley cartographers and more than 80 volunteers around the globe have banded together to create the grownup version. Food: An Atlas will be a visual representation of food systems around the world, with more than 60 maps covering everything from the United States "beershed" (where our beer ingredients come from) to the global distribution of California almonds. The crowdsourced project is one of the first of its kind. And it needs your help, via Kickstarter, to become a reality.
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.'"