I know…..this is not a lifestyle site and I don’t usually write about things that won’t interest the genders equally, but Elizabeth Street Cosmetics is a local company (Noe Valley people!) and I love Kelly’s lipsticks. I don’t wear anything else ever. It feels as good as my cherry chapstick. And if the lips are happy, they are more likely to kiss you! Check it out if you are a lipstick wearer….you’ll never go back to whatever you used to wear. Short and sweet….okay?
I’m up to my eyeballs in taxes today, so am just posting a few links that I’ve enjoyed from around the web. Hope you do too!
Check out the latest from Philippe Starck. Miss Ko (the restaurant) was branded by GBH and designed by Philippe Starck and lies smack dab in the middle of Paris (49/51 avenue George V – 75008 Paris). It is one out of the park crazy design that features Miss Ko in all her yakuza glory and is infused with symbolism that should keep you on your smartphone for hours trying to figure out what it all means.
Allison Eats is a beautifully crafted website. Lovely graphics. And some pretty amazing recipes as well. I was just at a talk last week (thanks to my friend Brooke over at Too Many Apples) featuring the good people from Cowgirl Creamery and Strauss milk, two of my local favorites. I love cheese more than anything, and that’s what they talked about for an hour. So Allison’s recipe for Ricotta hits me right where it counts. I’ll be trying this once I clear all the papers away…
A special note to my good friend Errol, Humphry Slocombe is now open in the SF ferry building. I’ll be checking this out in the next few days!
If you’ve been reading Parti* Notes (my newsletter and blog) for any length of time you know that I’m a bit of a Daniel Patterson groupie. I’ve eaten at his restaurants, bought his cookbook, follow him around when he speaks, and scavenge the restaurant rags for any item pertaining to the esteemed DP. Steve and I had the awesome good fortune (and I seriously mean fortune) to spend some well earned dinero at Coi in December. So when I saw that Coi had received a facelift last month I suggested that we might, just maybe, have another go? Please? Steve just laughed. But the seed is planted.
Eater SF visited the newly updated space and provided some nice photos. In December there was only one thing, well maybe two, that I found less than absolute perfection. Of course the food was awesome. But I’m a bit of a lighting nut when it comes to restaurants. And the lighting at Coi was not great. The tables were not lit properly to really show the beauty of the food. DP prides himself on appealing to all of his guests’ senses, and in most cases he is spot on, but not with the lighting. Pun intended. And apparently this is one of the things that he fixed with this update.
The other very minor complaint that I had on my visit was the restroom. While it was most assuredly eye catching (round mosaic tiles everywhere, cloth towels for hand drying, gray rocks in the sink to catch the water), the tile work, while interesting, was not well executed. In addition to lighting in restaurants, I’m also a freak about bathrooms. I would never complain about this bathroom at all except that it was at Coi where most everything is perfect and it was just slightly less than so. And apparently during this reno it was taken down to the studs and redone.
So the seed is planted and I’m very much hoping that my hubby will surprise me with another visit so I can check out what’s new in person. In the meantime, let me know if you get a chance to visit and tell me what you think.
At the core I am a story teller. I’ve been designing commercial interiors for over twenty years and writing for much longer than that.
When I’m not working on a project I’m creating note cards, jewelry, a better way to get through daily chores, my own stories both true and not so much, a new garden, furniture, recipes. And most importantly relationships….with family, friends and clients. I live near San Francisco with hubby, one small dog and four chickens and spend a great deal of time texting my children.