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Restaurant restrooms, 2008

January 2, 2009

To start the new year, I’ve posted a new page over in the right-hand column: “Restaurant Restrooms”.  I’ve always thought a coffee-table book of various interesting bathrooms would be a good project and this is the closest I could get to that idea.  The phone camera worked pretty well, but at times couldn’t truly capture the entirety of the visual experience (especially at Mua’s which have to be seen to be believed). 

Don’t worry.  No one’s privacy was compromised in these shoots.

Little Star Pizza




Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar


2008 superlatives (Troy’s edition)

December 29, 2008

It’s the time of year when everyone comes out with their year-end best lists.  Here’s mine (Dan’s is on the way):


Biggest high: Nov. 4

Biggest low: Nov. 4

Best new non-SIAJ website:

Favorite quote: “I can see Russia from my house!” –Tina Fey

Best new restaurant: Orson

Meal of the year (restaurant): “Bacon and Bourbon,” Orson May 15

Meal of the year (home): T-giving at Spring Ranch

Best new coffee: Four Barrel Coffee –rich, amazingly consistent Americanos and salted caramel donuts

Favorite iPhone app: Flixster, Facebook, Nextbus (tie)

Favorite iPhone app (Noe): Scribble, Tris (tie)

Favorite iPhone app (Siobhan): Animal sounds

Favorite new way to let Dan know what we’re doing, without actually telling him: Google Calendar

Netflix rentals rated 5 stars: Control

Netflix rentals rated 1 star: Picnic at Hanging Rock, Cloverfield, (Not)Gay, Wet Hot American Summer

Movies seen at the Castro: The Seven Samurai, Michael Clayton, Barton Fink, Last Year at Marienbad, On the Beach, Contempt, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, [9 LGBT film festival movies], Three Coins in the Fountain, The Little Mermaid, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Milk

Best read: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Juno Diaz

Favorite passage: From Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie: “…which he took to Vijay Stores opposite the circumsizing barbershop in Gowalia Tank Road…”

Drink of the Year: Manhattan

Marriage of the Year: San Jose Earthquakes + Tottenham Hotspur

New Utopia

August 28, 2008

I just told Dan that we are going to have to start looking for a flat in the Mission, because I want to be able to visit newly open Four Barrel Coffee every single day. Each day I am not able to have one of their delish Americanos will be a little diminished. Visitng 4BC, I will never have to worry that too much hot water will be added and turn the Americano into coffee-flavored tea. I mean click on that pic, blow it up, and *look* at that cup! Perfection. My understanding is that owner Jeremy Tooker is a previous partner from Ritual Roasters who has opened up his own place down the street– at Valencia and 15th. I actually think of him almost everytime I make a French press now, after watching his how-to video a few months back.

The salted-caramel donut doesn’t hurt either.

Heaven on earth

Heaven on earth

Sadly, the lines will only get longer

Sadly, the lines will only get longer