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work for 23andMe, retouching stills for Muhammad Ali video, “Give Me Your Hand”

I am so proud to have been part of this incredible project. Genetic research company 23andMe is taking the fight against Parkinson’s Disease to a new level, and have partnered with none other than Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie, to do it. You’ll find an inspirational video after the jump. For this video, I created the vintage effects on all of the still photos. My colleague and friend Elliott Kennerson wrote, filmed and directed the work. It’s a beautiful piece, and I encourage you to view it. And if you’re so moved, I encourage you to find out how you can get involved in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease, as well.

Video produced by 23andMe and Elliott Kennerson/Boze Angeles Productions. Photos courtesy of Michael Gaffney, author of The Champ: My Year with Muhammad Ali.


lunching series, Canela: your Castro pocket restaurant

Brunch at Canela, egg omelet and salad

Brunch at Canela, egg omelet and salad

I love the Castro neighborhood but for the movida, the street scene, less for the food. There are a few dependable spots, though, and this is one. Relatively new, Canela is nice enough to be a date night, and casual enough to be a place for friends to gather. This is a Spanish style tapas restaurant (of which there are few in the city) and as such, you can order large plate (appropriate for that dinner out) or small plates (ready for that group of friends to share) Today, I was in need of a stage more than anything. My friend, a film maker and director in town from Los Angeles, is used to good food.  I wanted something fast and easy, since I had to get in and out over my lunch hour, yet something nice enough to make the afternoon special for my pal. Canela fit the criteria nicely.

The food is not mind blowing, but solid and good. Get the calamari and white beans. Get the Revuelto, a very thin egg omelet with savory sauce, sausage. Get the Lamb. Get the patatas bravas, roasted potatoes in a spicy sauce.

calamari at Canela

calamari at Canela

revueltos, an egg and chorizo omelet at Canela

revueltos, an egg and chorizo omelet at Canela

The service is friendly and it’s not hard to get a table here without waiting. The look is sharp and clean. So if you need a place to enjoy an evening in the Castro, check this place out. It’s a find.

Canela
2272 Market St
(between Sanchez St & 16th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 552-3000
canelasf.com


lunching series, Brunch Drunk Love

Breads at Brunch Drunk Love, a Sunday Pop Up in the Mission, San Francisco

Breads at Brunch Drunk Love, a Sunday Pop Up in the Mission, San Francisco

Brunch Drunk Love, God Love You.

You might have heard of the chef, Ryan Scott. Yes, he was on Top Chef and yes, he’s hot. He also seems to be part of whatever happens to be the current trend in San Francisco. Take his 4505 Meats for instance, a business that has eschewed brick and mortar in favor of a presence at farmer’s markets. If you’re trending Paleo these days, especially burger-Paleo, this one is all for you. Following another emerging trend, the food truck scene exploded here in San Francisco and Scott was quick to dive in there, too. In fact, he operates one of my still-favorites, the 3-SUM truck. In fact, I was there on their first night of business and the sandwich I had that night remains one of my all time favorites. (read more about that here..) And the latest trend? The pop-up restaurant. Rolled out for only one day, pop-ups are high concept and quite focused to a particular kind of food. Essentially a chef borrows an existing space to try out a new concept, bearing minimal overhead. There will be queues but hey, we do like to be au currant here in the Mission. So Ryan opened Brunch Drunk Love, and it operates Sundays inside Bruno’s Restaurant on Mission Street. The crowd, uber-hipster, is hungover and kind of loud.

Everything on the menu looks great because it’s all decadent, and rich. A meal here is an indulgence. I believe every item on the menu had some form of alcohol, somewhere in the ingredients. I offer you, the Sticky Icky, a Bourbon-salted-caramel-mixed nuts roll of icky yum yum:

Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, pecans, cinnamon sticky bun... yes it was good.

Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, pecans, cinnamon sticky bun… yes it was good.

Yes there (eventually) was a protein… The sandwich arrives with some ‘throwaway’ greens on the side. The greens are an afterthought, overshadowed as they are by the gargantuan sandwich called, the Little Piggy. It’s a commitment to get through this one, folks.

4505 meats sausage, black forest ham, braised pork shoulder, fried egg, Gruyere, chorizo aioli, housemade English muffin

4505 meats sausage, black forest ham, braised pork shoulder, fried egg, Gruyere, chorizo aioli, housemade English muffin

I went with the boys for this brunch outing and “as you do” when the yummy restaurant-cum-pop-up is owned by a cute celebrity, we joked about Ryan coming-out (from the kitchen) to visit us. The waitress must have heard that because, sure enough, he did come out (from the kitchen). He was cordial and polished, almost flirty, and completely straight-in-the-quintessentially-Mission-way…..very ‘at ease’ around gay guys, and enjoyed that we were there among all the other Mission hipsters and enjoying his food.

We liked the food a lot but we also hit the gym afterwards. For a really long time.

Brunch Drunk Love

http://brunchdrunklovesf.com/

2389 Mission Street (@ Bruno’s)
San Francisco, CA 94110
T (415) 648-6800


dessert landscapes series, sfogliatelle

sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

Sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

Sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

This pastry is quite a sight to behold, and it is equally delicious. Filled with a sweet ricotta filling redolent of citrus, the dough is a perfectly-formed crescent of beautifully scalloped, thin, buttery, flaky, magnificent layers. I’d love to see how these are made. . .  incredible!

Fiore Cafe

3599 24th St
(between San Jose Ave & Guerrero St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 642-4822
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am – 6 pm; Sat-Sun 8 am – 6 pm

dessert landscapes series, blueberry waffle

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig

the Blue Fig
990 Valencia St
(between Liberty St & 21st St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 875-9622

Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am – 7 pm

Sat-Sun 7:30 am – 7 pm


dessert landscapes series: chocolate chip cookie by Hot Cookie

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chocolate chip cookie by Hot Cookie, in the Castro, SF

Hot Cookie
in the Castro District, SF

407 Castro St
(between 17th St & Market St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro

(415) 621-2350

Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am – 1 am

 


dessert landscapes series: croissant, by Tartine

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the croissant, Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St
(between 18th St & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 487-2600
www.tartinebakery.com


dessert landscapes series, blueberry muffin by Thorough Bread and Pastry

Blueberry Muffin, by Thorough Bread and Pastry

Blueberry Muffin, by Thorough Bread and Pastry

Blueberry Muffin, Thorough Bread, SF

Blueberry Muffin, Thorough Bread, SF

Thorough Bread and Pastry
248 Church St (between Market St & 15th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114

Neighborhood: Castro


garden snapshot, oscularia deltoides

oscularia deltoides

oscularia deltoides

ah, oscularia deltoides, a prolific groundcover that grows fast in the garden- It produces simple but pretty lavender blooms in the springtime.