San Jose has the reputation for suburban sprawl and having “lack of culture,” but if you dig one layer deeper you find a diverse and vibrant culture. San Jose is the northern California equivalent to Los Angeles. Neighborhoods are distinctive yet spill into one another. Like LA it is very common to find a strip mall with a Mumbai style snack place “chaat”, Japanese bar food “izakayas,” Russian grocery store, a Korean beauty supply store, a Portuguese bakery, and a place to get a steaming bowl of Pho.
The entire food bowl of the world is at your finger tips (except california is seriously lacking good NY style pizza), means there doesn’t need to be a distinctive regional cuisine. Sourdough bread, cioppino, it’s it, crab louie, rocky road, the martini, the cosmopolitan, and the ubiquitous rice-a-roni are synonymous with the SF bay area and all have achieved relative noteriaty nationwide and abroad. There are two regional specific food that has yet to find it’s way out of the Santa Clara Valley, burnt almond cake and guava cake.
I have no better way to describe burnt almond cake except it it is not overly sweet and flavorful—light almost Asian style chiffon cake with whipped cream and toasted almonds. I hope both cakes do not leave the valley and head north so some hipster can claim the discovery, a cake that has been thriving in the valley for 70+ years.
What do you want to do before you die? That’s what artist Candy Chang asked her neighbors. Rather than ask them she created an interactive project in her neighborhood of N’Awlins.
She covered an entire side of the house with giant chalkboards with the words stenciled “Before I die I want to _________.” She then left pieces of chalk for residents and passers-by to fill in the most important things they want to do in their lifetimes.
“She ain’t got no money
Her clothes are kinda funny
Her hair is kinda wild and free
She talks kinda lazy
And people say she she’s crazy
And her life’s a mystery”—Edison Lighthouse My Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes (source)
Last christmas I attempted mustache mugs, which didn’t turn out amazing as I hope (don’t worry friends I have mastered the laser machine you will get updated ones) and made Tones of Grey wonderful shot glasses and may even steal my own idea and give to people as housewarming or wedding gifts. I made more drinking glasses with a self drawn dandelion.
the wonderful machine that does it all
the rotary attachement for the laser with the glass
there is no such thing as too many shoes, but there comes a point where a girl reaches an asymptote. translation you don’t NEED anymore shoes, but if the right pair or rather right price comes along you must buy.
Behold grey shoes snatched up for $3.50 or $3.85 if you insist on tax.