August 30, 2007

Lunch at the diner

Yesterday for lunch we headed over to Tyger's coffee shop in Glen Park, where we treated ourselves to burgers and Cokes. It's a cute neighborhood greasy spoon, right there on the corner of Diamond and Chenery, and near a great bookstore called Bird & Beckett.

This morning I did a quick internet search for Tyger's, just wondering about its history, how long it's been there, etc. They have quite an interesting website! Definitely worth checking out- it includes pictures of their "library" and their "garden" (neither of which I believe exist...) And states "the mission here at Tyger's Coffee Shop is five-fold! First, to make the extraordinary into the ordinary. We have attempted, and accomplished this part of our mission! Second, to provide our clientele, that's you, I think, with distinctive, elegant, tastful dining in a luxurious atmosphere. And, of course, this too we have accomplished!" It goes on to talk about executive chef "Hannibal Lechner", who has "brought back all of the wonderful grease that everyone has long hoped for!"

Pretty hilarious, and it makes me like it even more.

August 23, 2007

Sticka & Virka

I have recently been obsessing over a book called Knitprovisation by Cilla Ramnek. Originally published in Sweden as "Sticka & Virka" (which according to a Swedish to English translation site I found, means "Stick & Lumber", which I'm not sure is completely right...), it's a knitting book with projects that use recycled clothing, yarn scraps and found objects. The photos and projects are strange and amazing- it almost more looks like a catalog that would accompany a museum art show than a craft book. And the models are awesome! Check out two of my favorites below:

A quick perusal of Ms. Ramnek's blog shows a few posts and photos from February of last year, including this amazing mosaic floor she designed for a cafe in Stockholm. I love how her style translates so well from knitted pieces to interiors. She's someone whose work I definitely want to keep an eye out for in the future.

August 20, 2007


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Amidst all our packing, unpacking, cleaning, making messes and working in the shoppe this weekend, we managed to sneak out for a couple hours on Saturday night to see an awesome performance at the Make-Out Room called Mortified, in which a handful of people take turns getting up on stage and reading journals, poetry, song lyrics and letters that they wrote when they were teens. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

Our pal Justin was one of the evening's performers, and he had people howling in their seats as he read diary excerpts from his teenage years. Mortified shows are held in San Francisco, LA, New York, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Austin and DC, so check their site for upcoming shows and make sure not to miss it!

August 16, 2007

August 14, 2007

Things and Stuff

photograph by Tony Longoria

Lots of news to share- we have found a retail space and will be opening a real live Curiosity Shoppe here in San Francisco this October! That's right, we will officially be a "click and brick" operation. (The photo above isn't of the shoppe, unfortunately, but was sent to us by our friend Tony. Don't you love the sign??)

In addition to relocating our business, we have decided to move into the apartment right upstairs from the shoppe, so we will be packing up everything else in our lives this week and moving this weekend! Crazy, right? Which means that orders placed online for the rest of the week (starting today) won't be going out until next Tuesday, 8/21. Sorry for the inconvenience, shoppe-rs!

More updates to follow...

The Curiosity Guild takes a bike ride

This weekend a group of us from the Curiosity Guild set out on a "stone soup" bike tour all around San Francisco, which was organized by our friend James (who will sadly be leaving this fair city soon to move onto bigger and better things). He collected contributions from all of us and planned our route, starting in Noe Valley all the way across town to Clement St. and back to Bernal Heights. As we rode, we collected all the various food items and ingredients that were on our list, which we brought home and made a delicious meal out of at the end of the day. We also made a few sightseeing stops along the way, including the mural pictured above, where we paused to take a group photo. Derek was a champ and documented our trip every step of the way, and you can see a complete slideshow of our bike tour here.

Some of the gang stops for a photo in Golden Gate Park.

We each picked out a bowl at Kamei, on Clement St.

Some dinner ingredients: foraged blackberries and rosemary, tomatoes, cilantro, onions.

More of our glorious bounty!

August 10, 2007


One of the joys of running your own store is the pleasure and privilege of selling things made by your friends. It's even better if the things your friends make are beautiful. Well, we're super lucky to count the lovely Stacy Pancake of pancake & franks as a friend of ours. And we're delighted to finally be offering her stunning letterpressed cards at the Shoppe.

August 08, 2007

A peek behind the curtain.

Michel Gondry is a big hero of mine. He constantly blows me away with his limitless talents and creative genius. This video is an all-time favorite. It's just stunning. The YouTube version doesn't quite do it justice, I recommend buying the Director's Series collection of his work. Anyway check this out...

And if you are wondering how the hell he did it, check this out....

(via Coudal)

August 06, 2007

Lots to talk about

We've been so busy that we haven't had much time to post! Which means we have lots to talk about. Just found out that my younger sister's baby is on the way, so I'm running out the door but will be back soon with lots of fun stuff and shoppe news. In the meantime, here is a funny from 1932 that our friend Matt forwarded to me- from my home town of Petaluma, the one-time chicken capital of the world!

August 02, 2007

In the mood for some visual inspiration

I have a short stack of DVDs that I always turn to whenever I need a little visual inspiration. These are movies that I've seen over and over again, and don't mind having on while I'm doing other things around the house. (i.e. Rushmore, The City of Lost Children, The Science of Sleep, the films of Charles & Ray Eames, etc.) But on the top of the stack is Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love, which I watched for the what must have been the hundredth time again the other night. The visuals in this movie are to die for! The set decoration and prop styling are flawless, not to mention the costumes and cinematography, and don't get me started on the music.... I highly, highly recommend this film to anyone out there who hasn't seen it!