I took my second Workshop SF class on Friday night with my BF: this one was a “date-nite” through How About We (which got us a $50 discount, free wine, beer and an apron). And it was such a fun thing to do together—neither of us cook much, so this was a good food class for us. Kelly McVicker, who taught, had the room all set up with fresh veggies, spices, the tools we needed, a couple of boiling cauldrons, and her own pickling samples. All we had to do was show up. We watched, we listened, we drank, we chopped. And we each made two jars of pickles. It was fun—and surprisingly easy.
I finally made it over to The Mill this week, a coffee shop that opened last year in the NOPA/Western Addition/Alamo Square ’hood serving Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel Coffee. I fell in love with the space the minute I walked in. I think it was a combination of the high wood-beam ceilings, the shiny cement floor, the huge uncluttered space—and the dog paintings on the walls. They’re by artist Earl Gramling, who I unfortunately couldn’t find much info on, and I believe they’ll be up through November.