Tuesday, June 28, 2011

san francisco: bar tartine

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Justin's French Toast

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My brunch: baked eggs with crispy potatoes and grilled bread

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The bar at the restaurant. Isn't that green flower arrangement gorgeous?

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I loved this art arrangment.

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The interior of the restaurant. The antler chandelier was great for this space. Do you like how those guys brought their Starbucks in with them? I think we could have been great friends...

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And of course I loved the string lights over the main seating area.

After seeing the Balmy Alley murals, we headed over to Bar Tartine for brunch. I told Justin's Aunt Rose that I wanted to go to a cute spot for brunch on Sunday morning, and she picked out and treated us to Bar Tartine. The food was so pretty and so delicious! I also loved the space--it was clean, modern lines with a nice touch of rustic to set it apart from the status quo.

Bar Tartine is known for it's bread, and apparently it takes some waiting in lines to get Bar Tartine bread unless you eat in the restaurant. Justin had the French Toast which was definitely one of the best things on their brunch menu (which was all quite tasty). Aunt Rose & Uncle Tracy both ordered the Rakott Krumpli (we had to Google that at the table and found out that it was a Hungarian potato casserole) which looked amazing. Justin's cousin, Colin, ordered some sort of sandwich that had Justin almost wishing he had ordered that instead of his french toast. On top of all of the amazing dishes, they had a decent wine list, and more importantly at brunch: good coffee!

Pretty, delicious, and well caffeinated. We definitely enjoyed our Bar Tartine experience! Thank you, Aunt Rose & Uncle Tracy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

san francisco: balmy alley murals

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One of my favorite murals.

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A more detailed shot.

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Transformer. One of Justin's & Tracy's favorites.


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My favorite. If you know my taste in literature, you can see why.

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A graffiti-covered desk left out on the street.
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I liked the colors on this one even though they were so muted in comparison to the other murals.

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"I give you a song like a Tribute, like a Book, a word, a Freedom Fighter. Like I give Love." -S. Rodriguez
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Another favorite of mine. I love the horse, the door, and how all of the different graphics come together to look somehow cohesive.
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Our group: Justin, Rose, Colin & Tracy
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"No one should comply with an immoral law." -Oscar Romero

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So tragic.

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This mural did not appeal to my aesthetics very strongly, but the girl's facial expression is so striking that I had to stop and take a long look at the entire piece.

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While Balmy Alley & Clarion Alley are prime spots for viewing murals in the Mission, you can find them scattered throughout the neighborhood. I just loved it!

I apologize that I've been MIA lately--my laptop contracted a virus, and I haven't fixed it yet because I've kind of been enjoying time without it. But, I plan to fix it this weekend and get back on here with some regularity.

Last week, Justin and I went roadtripping up to San Francisco for our summer vacation. We saw so much of the city and had a really great time--I can't wait to share all of our trip with you! Justin's Uncle Tracy & Aunt Rose were kind enough to let us stay with them, and even take us around the city all day Sunday!

We started out in the Mission at Balmy Alley. There are murals scattered throughout the neighborhood, but Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley have a beautiful and concentrated collection of them. I stumbled across these alleys on Yelp, and I am so glad that I did because they were amazing! I love American literature, specifically local color lit, and these murals felt like local color lit in the form of a painting. They were so vibrant, raw, powerful, and emotional.

You can learn more about Balmy Alley and the murals here.