Monday, February 28, 2011
Please meet Nova and Hillary, whose Revolution-11 promises "Vintage Reimagined. Originality Underscored." Their SFS vignette was a study in retro elegance. From clothing to menu and ambience, let them set the stage for your special occasion.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Madame C. J. Walker Beauty Shoppe/Museum at 54 Hilliard Street not only displays memorabilia of an African-American entrepreneur, but was the studio of WERD radio and today houses some 15,000 vinyl recordings of twentieth century jazz, blues and gospel. Join music curator Ricci for evening of Coltrane and Coffee on Thursday, March 3rd at Condesa Coffee.
Monday, February 21, 2011
"I turned the hot water on and got the coffee-maker down off the shelf. I wet the rod and measured the stuff into the top and by that time the water was steaming. I filled the lower half of the dingus and set it on the flame. I set the upper part on top and gave it a twist so it would bind. The coffee maker was almost ready to bubble. I turned the flame low and watched the water rise. It hung a little at the bottom of the glass tube. I turned the flame up just enough to get it over the hump and then turned it low again quickly. I stirred the coffee and covered it. I set my timer for three minutes. Very methodical guy, Marlowe. Nothing must interfere with his coffee technique. Not even a gun in the hand of a desperate character. The coffee was all down and the air rushed in with its usual fuss and the coffee bubbled and then became quiet. I removed the top of the maker and set it on the drainboard in the socket of the cover. I poured two cups and added a slug to his."
The Long Goodbye
"Dingus" is what tough guys say instead of "thingey". Properly called a coffee syphon, its use draws plenty of notice at Steady Hand Pour House in the Emory Village. Dale Brett Donchey brewed this measure of Bolivian anjilanaka. The resulting intensity and depth of flavors are worth all the theatricality.
From distant origins to the cup, art and science conspire at every stage: growing, selecting, roasting and brewing to give full expression to the beans. More than an indulgence, drinking it was an exploration and a celebration.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday's northeast corridor stroll should have been a leisurely second chance for those who missed the January 22nd inaugural tour. While the intrepid Angel Poventude had made other plans, he surprised the small group when he appeared at the Lindbergh MARTA and the adventure gained another dimension. His railroad knowledge and inability to meet a stranger transformed what might have lasted three hours into an epic journey.
While the previously explored segments were lonely places, this part of the corridor teemed with activity. Before tagging that wall, she had done a fine job of her own maquillage. Unexpected frilly piping at the shoulder makes her one stylish urban guerilla.
Is there anyone Angel doesn't know? Journalist Maria Saporta was walking with her dogs.
Sugar-Coated Radical offered delightful diversion trackside at the foot of Drewry Street. Chocolatier Taria Camerino "listens" to her single-origin beans and pairs them with unexpected and delightful results. My choice of truffle was filled with roasted corn and crowned by a sliver of candied jalopeno.
Some views of the Ponce de Leon corridor were familiar while others required help from Angel to identify them sixteen years later.
Yes, the climb was steep but it rewarded us with a view of the Historic Fourth Ward Park. The mound was excavated to form the stormwater detension pond.
A chance encounter with BeltLine landscape architect Kevin Burke became a quick tour of the yet-to-be-opened park. Watercourses will race alongside its amphitheatre.
Farther on we paused to admire the new skatepark, to which the Tony Hawk Foundation contributed $25,000.
Atlanta's BeltLine inspires all manner of expression. The large scale tags are welcome deterrents to random gangsta graffiti. Lucky are they who call it home. This cozy installation of crepe myrtle twigs by J. D. Koth called "Cheerful Chaos" captures the zeitgeist.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
scarf: Tuareg from Timbuktu, Mali
bag: gift from Paris
bike: Electra Amsterdam
Of her style she said, "The key is to be effortless and free with color. The idea is to see people smile. Adding texture like the straw bag brings an element of childhood, sharing how you feel about yourself."
What a glorious Sunday for an urban bicycle ride. Stylish headgear keeps her safe with dignity.
denim-covered helmet: R.E.D.
awesome scarf: time out of mind
jeggings: didn't ask
boots: Gianni Bini
bag: Lucky Brand