Sir Richard Branson unveiled the brand new Virgin America T2 terminal at SFO yesterday, after a first-of-its-kind simultaneous flight of the Airbus A320, WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo over the San Francisco coastline. The new eco-friendly terminal is LEED Gold-certified and sustainable, which is a first in the US. Not only earth conscious, the terminal looks pretty sexy, too. Check out images of the new terminal, find out why tech-savvy travelers will love it, and what other airlines can learn from the new addition.
Last week, San Francisco royalty Alexis and Trevor Traina held a luncheon at their stately Beaux Arts manse to fête the De Young's new "Balenciaga and Spain" exhibit curated by American Vogue's Europe editor at large, Hamish Bowles. Dripping in sophistication and sprinkled with irreverence, the house in posh Pacific Heights is everything you'd expect the home of a well-connected Internet entrepreneur and the creative director of Swanson Vineyards to be. Just one look at the gorgeous couple's dining room interiors and I'm bursting with inspiration for an equally chic Spring celebration of my own.
Here are some ideas for re-creating this look:
- Choose a cool color to use throughout your textiles like a grassy green, and add touches of a warm color like cranberry in accents to balance it.
- Dining chairs upholstered in avocado green chevron ikat are one surefire way to create a gorgeous luncheon setting. But if your guest list exceeds your seating supply, rent some gilded chiavari chairs to accomodate more of your fabulous friends.
- Paint your walls a crisp, classic white like Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White and stain your wood floors a dark hue. Then layer in the color and glamour with accessories, textiles, and furniture.
- Have a seamstress make a pair of pintuck curtain panels for every window made of the richest silk you can find. Make sure they're long enough to romantically spill onto the floor.
- Give your table a youthful look by surrounding it by a loveseat or sofa on one side. Have it upholstered in a fresh, floral damask fabric like Designers Guild Campanile Wedgwood.
Think of the pupusa as a more glorious quesadilla. The people of El Salvador flatten balls of corn dough (made of masa that's been treated with an alkaline solution) into flat filled cakes, each hiding a sliver of refried beans, pork, vegetables, and, more often than not, melted cheese, then heated until warm on the griddle. The end result's served piping hot with piquant curtido (pickled cabbage) and a thin red tomato-based salsa.
On a recent excursion to Balompie Café, the best pupusa I tried was a traditional version filled with cheese and loroco, a Central American flower bud that tasted a bit like bell peppers. If you love Latin flavors and have never laid eyes on the pupusa, it's a Salvadoran street food worth seeking out.
After Guinness, the Irish coffee is quite possibly Ireland's most famous drink. This hot cocktail is a mixture of coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream. It's famous thanks to the Buena Vista Cafe, a San Francisco establishment that perfected the recipe in 1952 and has since served countless Irish coffees — including the world's largest one ever. I headed to the cafe to learn its signature technique for making Irish coffee. Here, bartender Paul Nolan, who's been at the cafe for 32 years and estimates he's poured over 3-4 million Irish coffees, teaches us how it's done.
I'm too timid to try fostering sourdough starters, but there have definitely been times when I've doled out upwards of $7 for Tartine's legendary loaf — which, although huge, is easy enough to devour within minutes. Katie feels the same way: it's a steep price to pay, worthy for certain special occasions.
How much money are you willing to spend — and how far and wide are you wiling to go — for that impeccable loaf?
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Though I've been to the famed Tartine Bakery a few times, until last weekend, I'd never had its sandwiches. I've made a Tartine sandwich recipe at home, and now I've had the real deal, times three. These are no dainty French sandwiches but rather two-handed handfuls, cut into thirds, with each third the size of a normal half sandwich. Commence the virtual face-stuffing by clicking on the gallery below.
When I was invited to tour the SFMOMA's "How Wine Became Modern" exhibit — which YumSugar visited in November — I wasn't quite sure how relevant it would be to my field of art, design, decorating, and architecture — you know, considering that it's about wine. I thought, "Maybe there'll be some cute tabletop decanters to decorate with." What I expected was a discussion about how wine had marked its place in contemporary culture and everyday life (cocktail parties, conversation, television, etc.), rather than in the broad world of modern design. Both, as it turns out, are true.
Leaving the exhibit, I couldn't help but think about how much the fields of modern design and architecture are under the influence of that buzz-inducing grape juice. From industrial design to photography to sculpture, there are dozens of artworks related to the topic that are not only beautiful and thought provoking, but also created by some of the most influential artists of our time. Like the exhibit's curator, Henry Urbach, who admitted he had no interest in wine or winemaking before dreaming up the project, you don't even have to like wine (or even drink) to enjoy this show; the artwork alone is intoxicating.
The Fancy Foods Show is a giant food industry trade show that happens twice a year. The Winter event takes place in San Francisco and thus, we've spent the past two days eating our way through the whole thing. While there are plenty of trends to discuss (stay tuned for those!), our favorite part of the show are the mind-blowing bites and intriguing sips that we found as we wound our way around the Moscone Center. Pepperoni pesto? Spicy Spanish guindillas? Goat's milk caramels? Keep reading for all our delicious discoveries!
I just stumbled across photos of San Francisco- and Hawaii-based architect Craig Steely's home and office in San Fran's The Castro, and I'm absolutely floored. "Beaver Street Reprise," as he calls it, is an unequivocally modern house in a predominantly Victorian neighborhood. It's divided into a first-floor apartment, second-floor offices for Craig Steely Architecture, and a third-floor, split-level living area that opens to a deck with a sod roof and a hanging fireplace.
The minimalist interiors are outfitted with cush Ligne Roset sofas, Eames rocking chairs, vertical bookcases, an Arco floor lamp, a Saarinen dining table, and nearly every other design icon on a modernist's wish list. While it's hard to choose which element I love the most, I must say the wood herringbone pattern kitchen cabinetry definitely deserves a nomination for pièce de résistance.
Take the full tour below. Wouldn't you kill to call this your office? Tell me what room is your favorite in the comments!