The Aislers Set

 

We listen to music in the Yellow Owl Workshop studio all day long, and have long had a soft spot for fellow San Fran band The Aislers Set. Forming in 1997, the band released three cracking albums of ’60s-inspired, ’90s-bred indie-pop, before calling it quits in 2003 (boo). While they occasionally came back for sporadic reunion shows, this fall their three LPs will be remastered and reissued.

Listen to a sampler of one of our favorite bands.

Tour dates:
09/22 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
09/23 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
09/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
09/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

 

Spring Weekend To-Do List

Hello, spring! After a long, dark and cold winter, we couldn’t be more ready for the weather to warm up and the days to get a little longer. Need more reasons to head outside? Nature is blooming, music festivals are heating up and the summer crowds are still at bay.

PureWow has rounded up a list full of a few surprises that will keep you busy all spring long.  Here’s a few to keep on your radar:

Tassajara’s Summer Meditation Series:

Start your day with the easygoing Healing Power of Stillness class, which introduces the concepts of Zen Buddhism through restorative yoga.  At night, meander down the creek to The Narrows, a clothing-optional swimming hole where you can sneak in a small bottle of wine and sip by moonlight.

 

Mendocino’s Whale Season:

Make a quick getaway to Mendocino before the gray whales head out of state. You have approximately three weeks to get to Mendocino to see these mamas with their newborn calves before they head out of state. So pack up those binoculars and get out of Dodge.

 

Second Act Marketplace  Grub

Located in the old Red Vic Movie House–which screened quirky classics (like Harold and Maude) and indie films (such as the visually stunning doc Baraka) for 21 years–Second Act features five upscale food stalls. The airy, light-filled marketplace with handcrafted iron gates and a vintage-inspired paneled ceiling is a more design-centric version of Bernal Height’s 331 Cortland community kitchen.

Check out the full list here.

 

 

Taste Tour: 3 Can’t-Miss Bay Area Restaurants

The San Francisco restaurant scene dishes up cuisine that will definitely tickle, and challenge, your tastebuds.  Have a look at this list by The Manual of their 3 cant-miss places to dine and make the most of your next night out.

Anchor & Hope
This is by no doubt one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. After all, the city is right on the San Francisco Bay. Fresh seafood is brought in everyday. When unsure, start with the raw bar and try some oysters, mussels and shrimp before going for something a little more ambitious, such as the Rockfish with saffron rice, tomato, kalamata olives, fennel and calamari stew.
83 Minna Street
San Francisco
415-501-9100

Salt House
We tried one the most amazing cocktails we’ve  tasted at the Salt House: the Tijuana Beehive. It has Pueblo Viejo reposado tequila, meyer lemon, dimmi liqueur, jalepeño honey and orange flower water. It’s better than any margarita we’ve ever had. Try entrées like the Coleman Ranch pork loin with bacon maple crust, artichokes, calcot onions and rhubarb marmalade, or their deconstructed take on the traditional Salade Niçoise.
545 Mission Street
San Francisco
425-543-8900

Town Hall
Begin your meal with Faith’s warm ham and cheese toast, poached egg, jalapeño cream before going for the Étouffée, flounder with Gulf prawns, okra and tomatillo or the buttermilk fried Mary’s chicken with broccoli, smashed potatoes and bacon gravy. Top your meal off with one of their sinfully satisfying desserts, like the Butterscotch and Chocolate Pot de Crème topped with buttercrunch, or the Rhubarb-Almond Crumb Cake with strawberry ice cream, rhubarb compote.
342 Howard Street
San Francisco
415-908-3900

The Best Stealthy Speakeasies Around Town

San Francisco’s bars are made for drinking it all in.  A new trend of bars within bars has hit the town, serving up high-end cocktails in small, hidden spaces carved out of larger, busier bars.  PureWow has rounded up a list of the best speakeasy within a speakeasy bars in San Francisco that pack a punch.

If you want a bespoke concoction Finding SRO (short for Standing Room Only) inside Oddjob requires a little sleuthing. Hint: Take the secret bookcase door at the back of the main bar. The bartender sizes you up (no menu here) and stirs you something original, like corn-flower-infused vodka with roasted-tea syrup and lemon. And he’s quick to tell you that he’ll never mix the same drink twice. 1337 Mission St.

 

If you plan ahead Wilson and Wilson at Bourbon & Branch requires both passwords and reservations (you’ll be issued a password after booking online). Once you’re inside, the crimson-lipped hostess leads you upstairs to a door resembling that of an actual detective agency á la the ’80s TV series Moonlighting. Order your carefully handcrafted Red Scarab (sparkling wine, apple brandy and hibiscus) from a drink menu hidden deep within a case file.505 Jones St.

 

If you don’t want anyone to bother you The Hideout at Dalva is a mellower version of its parent bar–so no thumping DJ music. The separate room is tucked away in the back of the long, narrow space. Venture here to drink your greyhound with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice in peace after a stressful day at the office. 3121 16th St.

Get stamp happy with Christine in Portland

Our fearless leader Christine is packing up her supplies and heading to Portland next weekend, to help Collage celebrate their 10th anniversary. Congratulations on a decade of magic, Collage.

Here are all of the details you need to get stamping with Christine. Hope to see you there.

Saturday April 12th 2014

Collage, 1639 NE Alberta Street in Portland OR 97211

Decorate a tote bag with Anna Joyce 10am – 12pm

Create customized stationary with Ashley Goldberg 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Hand stamp muslin bags with Christine 3pm – 5pm

For all of the details, visit the Collage blog.

 

 

Spring cooking with rhubarb

If you haven’t already been to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco, April is just about the most perfect month to visit. One of our favorite San Francisco based food writers Lulu Meyer has been hanging out at the markets and keeping note on what all of the local chefs have been buying – Jonathan Black, Chef de Cuisine at Quince, with his eye on delicate pea shoots, and crates of fresh spring rhubarb.

Lulu points out that while rhubarb is botanically defined as a vegetable, rhubarb is almost always associated with desserts.

Lulu’s tip for selecting rhubarb at the market is to choose stalks that are firm and thick, with no sign of wrinkling. Available in limited quantities at the market now through June, Lulu suggests stopping by Tierra Vegetables and Happy Quail Farms this month to get your hands on rhubarb. For more ideas and recipes highlighting rhubarb, check out the CUESA recipe archive.

Read all of Lulu’s tips on 7×7 here.

In Full Swing

 

We love the cool 70s-inspired work Sydney-born artist Kate Sluman, who’s based in the South Bay, is doing over at Thrifted & Made.  Kate uses cords in neon colors instead of old-school neutral shades and hand-paints the planters and repurposed pods in cheerful hues like aqua, gold and pastel pink. Equally fabulous is how low-maintenance the plants are too!

See more at Thrifted & Made.

Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day

 

 

We like to share the love everyday.  Whether you plan on spending this Valentine’s Day with your significant other or your family and friends, Yellow Owl Workshop is here to help you celebrate the day of love with a bright, fun party!

Our eco-friendly Rainbow Heart Party Kit contains everything you need to celebrate with eight guests, and is perfect for birthdays, as well as any other fun get-togethers you may have.  View the Rainbow Heart Party Kit at Yellow Owl Workshop.

California Love

We love all things California, and are proud to present a California Cheer greeting card.

The official state flag of California, called the Bear Flag, was first used on June 14, 1846, and officially adopted in 1911. The flag was designed by William Todd, and pictures a grizzly bear (our state animal) and a star. The first Californian flag was quickly made by a group of American settlers who had just captured the town of Sonoma (from Mexico) and needed a flag to replace the Mexican banner.