We love these longboarding girls in Madrid!
Longboard Girls Crew from Juan Rayos on Vimeo.
Featured longboarders are Ana, Bea, Bego, Carla, Emma, Hännä, Jacky, María, Kati, Maitane, Maryele, Paula, Sophie and Valeria. Found on the international Longboard Girls Crew website, which is definitely worth checking out.
In the spirit of our current destination Catalonia, and spurred on by one of my favorite food(ie) newsletters and sites, Tasting Table, my husband Tom and I went on an excursion to the Noe Valley restaurant Contigo for Calçots, a special variety of spring onion from Catalonia, Spain.
We had first seen them picked, grilled and devoured “live” on the PBS Series, Spain…On the Road Again with Mario Batali, Mark Bittman, Gwynneth Paltrow and Claudia Bassols. Needless to say, when I got my Tasting Table email, I was salivating.
At Contigo, they came two ways – roasted on the grill and in a light tempura coating. The accompanying sauce, salvitxada, was amazing, kind of like a romesco, but a bit different (roasted red peppers, garlic, nuts and red wine vinegar).
I forgot to snap a photo, but here’s a pic to give you a sense of what calçots are all about:
We tried some other dishes, including the Catalan style chard and the flatbread. And we enjoyed our tour of Spanish wines. It was a transporting and tasty experience just a couple miles from our home. Proof that you can go there across the street.
Here’s a salvitxada recipe if you’d like to try the sauce on for yourself. I think I’ll grill some veggies this weekend and give it a go. Happy tasting and Happy Mother’s Day and love to my mom and all the moms out there!
April 7th was Bike to School Day in San Francisco. Thousands of kids of all ages rode to school with their parents and teachers, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions, encouraging daily exercise, and to have fun! More than 40 schools participated, making it the largest city-wide Bike to School Day yet.
We love that this is a yearly tradition in San Francisco, and although we’re not in school anymore, Tea is looking forward to Bike to Work Day on May 12th.
Spring has sprung in many parts of the country, and this week we’re celebrating by focusing on skateboarding at Tea. Our Spring collection has many urban-inspired, skateboard-friendly pieces that encourage play and hold up well under exuberant activity! To get started and set the tone, we thought we’d share these amazing photographs by local San Francisco artist Andrew Paynter, who traveled around the world photographing skateboarders:
I just love these playful illustrations by Spanish artist Paola Guimerans! Check out more greatness on her flickr page.
Above prints available at Little Paper Planes.
Since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s Northwestern coast on March 11th, designers and artists all over the world have come together to create innovative designs or donate proceeds of their work to relief efforts. I love the idea of selling and sharing art to help the people of Japan.
“Help Japan” Poster by Signalnoise
“Japan Clock” by Anna Marinenko
“Relief Tee” by Hide & Seek Clothing
Aside from creating art in response to the crisis in Japan, many artists at Etsy are donating percents of sales to charities, and in Atlanta Georgia two young artists are taking to the streets to sell their art for fundraising purposes. Share the creative ways you’ve seen money being raised for Japan in the comments below.
I don’t cook. I just draw. But if anything was ever going to get me to cook, it would be this awesome website. Recipes hidden within pretty drawings. Love it. (Make sure you check out their map, to see recipes from all over the world.)