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Made in San Francisco, California.

LA ahead of the curve

02.20.19 Posted in Art, Food by

We had a great long birthday weekend dining and looking at art all across LA. Amazing dining experience at Here’s Looking at You which has its own take on the new ethnic synthesis in pulling together Asian and European ideas in a refreshing and fun mix. Kismet continues the march of the Trois LA Empire […]


Goodbye Karl

02.20.19 Posted in Obituaries by

The man, the myth, the source of one of the best Simpson’s episodes ever is dead. “Ideas come to you when you work,”


Bygone California

02.11.19 Posted in Food by

Listen to the first 10-20 minutes of Levi Dalton’s latest “I’ll Drink to That” podcast with Joel Peterson and dip into a different work where you could chance on a 1945 CNdP for a 50’s Thanksgiving and casually gather abalone on the coast. It dives deep into the history of the Zinfandel industry after that […]


Albert Finney

02.08.19 Posted in Obituaries by

He had me the first time I saw Tom Jones but really turned the screws into me in Under the Volcano. He lived an extraordinary life, took the money, and refused to be part of the system. Here’s the New York Times’ summation: “At the turn of the ’60s, Finney was the screen’s incarnation of […]


Spotify switches horses

02.07.19 Posted in Media by

Initially there’s the novelty of Spotify buying Gimlet, the podcast publisher which got its start with an agonizingly earnest podcast which revealed everything about business and people. Then there’s the reward: Finally the content people are getting a share of the titanic money gusher. But then the picture expands quite a bit. The play looks […]


Manhattan plays itself

02.04.19 Posted in Movies by

Last night the first episode of Russian Doll impressed for a number of reasons (concept, Natasha Lyonne, homeless girlfriend actress) but I was really struck by just how definitive New York City is as a location. The light, the streetscape, the whole milieu is indelible. The topic has probably been subconsciously lurking as the latest […]


Soccer noir

02.01.19 Posted in Sports by

Last week’s Samp/Udinese match offered lots to discuss, at least one bogus penalty, Quagliarella’s bid at history, why attendance is low at Italian matches. Amidst all of these distractions I found myself wondering about the state of hair in the Italian game. There is a cluster of guys with the frosted look which always comes […]


A pound for your book

02.01.19 Posted in Books by

One of the tiny and great discoveries of our trip to England this Christmas which continues to illuminate our lives more than a month later is the Penguin Modern series. These are tiny books, so slight that they really do fit into your back pocket with nary a bulge, and are full of literary inspiration. […]


Too bitter, even for an amaro

01.08.19 Posted in Spirits by

On their website they describe it as “To be taken after meals to help digestion, changes in climate or season, quench the thirst of a hot summer’s day, or as an irreplaceable friend in everyday life.” Which is quaint and nice but try as I might over the past months I haven’t been able to […]


Film in the digital era (Episode…..)

10.29.18 Posted in Media, Movies by

The news that FilmStruck is closing down isn’t exactly surprising but it does strike a chord because, aside from MUBI, it was one of the only streaming services to focus on curating movies outside of the mainstream. If you go to iTunes, Netflix, or Amazon you’ll see plenty of movies on offer but most of […]