Monday, March 21, 2011

turkey, bacon, aaaahhh (-vocado)

when i initially bought a place at westgate condos 3 years ago, i was its first and only resident. the city was just beginning to crack down (pun!) on illegal activity in the area; my neighbors were several sketchy dealers that hung out on the sidewalk.  thank god for rosie.

rosie is the adorable, friendly little face that makes sandwiches and general joy in the back end of jade market, just east of the gateway at 353 west and 200 south. i used to think she knew my name primarily because of our only-two-people-on-this-street-NOT-dealing-crack connection; turns out, she's just super amazing. rosie knows all of her customer's names. 

rosie's deli (which is run separately from jade) has been serving great coffee and food for about 4 years, which appears to be just enough time for her to perfect her best-selling, turkey-bacon-avocado.  you know you want one.

rosie's deli - in the back of jade market. 353 west 200 south. 801.521.2106

Monday, February 14, 2011

fighting the war on beige

imbue:  to inspire or influence thoroughly; to work with a revolutionary spirit.

we've talked about imbue design before (complete rambler rebuild near 9th & 9th). it's an architectural firm made up of 3 amazing minds - talvy, hunter and matt - who all share similar ideals about the current state of their craft. the website makes claim that "architecture must be imbued with meaning", which was sort of a theme in our discussion. 
after graduating together from the university of utah, the across-the-board feeling was that the quality of homes had really dropped; all three were uninspired. especially when looking at most modern homes in utah. "what does it say about our society when we all try to make our homes just different enough?", says hunter. and he's right. take a look at, say, every single neighborhood. it's a sad commentary on our collective conscience when we (as individuals) are trying only to be marginally different from everyone else. same layout, different moldings. same kitchen, different counter top. our fear of actually standing out is played out in the landscape of our architecture. small variations on a monotonous theme; this is what inspired them to start imbue...and the war on beige.
imbue pushes for individuality in homes, the general consensus being that people's lives have no tie to their physical environment, which in turn has no connection to those living inside. it feels like it should be common sense; if people would take a moment to consider the way they live, and construct something with all of their own eccentricities in mind, they'd have a space that reflects them. novel! but not the norm. cue imbue.
all this being said, imbue is more than 3 guys who encourage individuality and design brilliant pads. they're hoping to inspire change in space elsewhere, too. they're currently working on a concept that could potentially help thousands living in the slums of africa, where residents are often times professionals, bound to their dwelling by a lack of options. occasionally, the government will swoop in, clear the slums entirely and build a number of track homes - which, ultimately, leaves thousands displaced and homeless, only to start the process again. imbue saw a way to give options to many who wouldn't have otherwise had them. rather than waiting for the government to create an infrastructure (roads, sewage systems, etc.), imbue has created the design for a self-sufficient, sustainable home that would enable the willing to escape the slums and live off-the-grid. similar avant garde ideas, they say, that they would love to be able to implement stateside, were it not for all the red tape and bureaucracy.

bottom line:  these people are thinking. we need more of this in homes all over the world. more talvy, more hunter, more matt. more space creation with individuality in mind. more emphasis on difference, without compromising simplicity or aesthetics. we need to be imbued.
imbue design. 801.477.4174. www.imbuedesign.com

Thursday, January 20, 2011

play tough all you like...

you know it looks fun.
admittedly, i have a "thing" for twangy, country-sounding music. especially old-timey stuff, and particularly any style that makes me want to dance. naturally, you can assume that i loooove this.

my amazing, bee-raising, beer-brewing, banjo-plucking friends, brit and jimmy, introduced me to what is now one of my favorite events. one friday a month, a rad group of people gathers at the gleason woodworking studio (courtesy of chris at 630 west and 540 north), where a sawdust-laden floor is then pummeled by happy feet...mine included. it's a square dance party. and it's probably NOT what you'd expect. it's void of formality - but complete with a super casual caller, amazing string bands, optional dress-up and a bring-your-own-beer atmosphere. doesn't matter if you've never done it, either; plenty of instruction is given to everyone before they officially start. the group makes it happen with donations from participants that work on a sliding scale, and it's worth whatever you give. come with me!
keep in touch with me for details on the next one! and if you would like to inquire about the furniture or events at the gleason woodworking studio, contact chris: chris@interestingfurniture.com

est. 2010

i may or may not have started to lose sight of what, exactly, "buy local" means lately. hear something enough, and you kind of stop hearing it. we all know the reasoning behind the local push; stimulate small business growth and, thereby, our city's economical climate, etc., etc. yes. it's good. we should all do it. i got a reminder, though, that "buy local" actually has a face. she has a face, and a name, and a vision for her business...and, if we don't support her, she won't make it. oh -- "she" is "erica". welcome to the rose establishment.
 the rose establishment feels organic. i love it. a number of really great decisions were made; decisions that may have initially seemed insignificant, but were given the attention they were due. the space is raw and open (and it doesn't hurt that the building is a restored meat-packing plant in the warehouse district). the entire cafe is unplugged. a substantial amount of time clearly goes into what they serve - as it should.  it's a vegan-based menu, but more importantly, everything is homemade (local! crafty!), starting with the pure ingredients themselves, on which she'll make no compromise.  try the amazing quinoa that macee whips up daily.
san fran-based, four barrel coffee roasters came to salt lake to train erica in the art form of making coffee and tea; another of her employees will be headed there soon to get the same. it will undoubtedly pay off. they're few, but i like knowing that there's one more place in our city where really great coffee is available.
one of my favorite details is the lack of 17 superfluous size options. your lattes, coffees and teas come in one size only. no...wait. my favorite detail is actually that beer is on the way. they'll be serving it soon, and extending their business hours (currently open until 8pm), which will make it the perfect place to go after...everything.

the rose establishment. 235 south 400 west. 801.990.6270. www.theroseestb.com

Thursday, December 30, 2010

art basel. from switzerland...to miami...to salt lake?

at the start of december, i flew to miami for art basel, a sister event to the amazing, switzerland-based, annual art show that's been happening for over 40 years.  i went to appreciate, be inspired by and support art.  it was better than expected.  inspiration, served; life, changed.  i filled up my creative tank.
this photo "agnes in a red dress" by richard learoyd, kept my attention longer than any other piece at the exhibition. it literally took my breath away. it's simple beauty stood in stark contrast to the weeks majority. 

i had read about the guerrilla-style covering of city objects with crocheted yarn by polish artist agata olek (she even wrapped the charging bull as a christmas gift to nyc and tribute to the sculptor, arturo di modica), but nothing in print or verse compares to seeing her work in action.  maybe it was her entrance to the live music of pharrell...toting behind her two yarned and leashed men (big surprise, i followed them). she is worth looking up. http://agataolek.com/home.html

even retna had a major presence at a.b., whose work we've seen in salt lake in the 40-foot virgin gracing the wall of fice (see blog entry dated 10.22.10).  maybe it shouldn't be such a surprise when artists worthy of prestigious, international shows make their case in our own city.

when i travel, i tend to spend my time in that particular city's art district, galleries, local music scene, loft and theater districts.  it's important to me to find the multitude of culture that always exists in those spots.  it's sad, though, that we forget that all of this can be found in our own hidden galleries, dead-end roads and boutiques.

and so, i have committed to attending art basel again next year because of all it had to offer, but perhaps more importantly, i have committed to not missing anything happening here.  what better way to start supporting local?



check out the show that brought art basel home for me; kristin calabrese at the the salt lake art center, nov 5, 2010 to jan. 8 2010.

Monday, November 29, 2010

there is a god.

the right architect. (ron mullen)
the right year. (1966)
the right owner. (bank owned)
the right remodel. (there never was one)

there is a god.  a beautiful mid-century modern one.




Friday, November 26, 2010

get more family.

we're finally seeing some east coast mentality in our town; the good kind.  nyc has been hip to the joys of communal dining for a while now. of course, the idea of people coming together at meal time is older than nyc itself, or any city for that matter. sharing a meal, or the experience of hunting or gathering, is part of our dna. it's been beautiful to see this resurgence of the family style dining table in restaurants across the globe. i started taking note the first time i spent a considerable amount of time in london, and then again in berlin, greece, barcelona and, eventually, salt lake city. and while we're seeing more of these eateries and restaurants popping up lately in our neighborhoods, it's good to see the same from a coffee shop.  

mariha is a barista at tulie bakery, a phenomenal sweet spot that showed up in the 9th & 9th area in 2008.  a big part of why she loves it here is why you should, too; the owner's promotion of community.  the only tables in tulie promote communal dining.  sit down, and you're more than likely doing so with someone else, which is probably why they have a solid customer base of locals.  and another thing...there's no wi-fi in tulie. primitive? maybe. completely necessary to bring the world back from iphone outer darkness? absolutely.  as it turns out, people actually do like talking to others. while  some may not appreciate the minimalist approach -- from the color palette, to the placement of the tables, to the absence of the internet -- i'm hoping that there are many more who will see it for what it is; all you need for an amazing pastry, cup of coffee and a chat. 

the inside of the bakery impresses me as much as their community ideals.  it's an incredibly pared-down design aesthetic, and it works.  it's beautifully basic, so that only the people inside really stand out.  mariha thinks the success of tulie lies in the fact that they're "customer-based and have the best pastries in town"i can't argue this point, as it's the life-changing tulie gingerbread cookie that broke my 3 month no-wheat/no-dairy streak.
when individual clients feel a sense of community, it breeds success in a small business.  what better way to start than seating them next to their neighbor at a table full of pastries?  good work tulie (and if you'd like to throw me a free gingerbread cookie, i cordially accept).  go have a family "meal" with your neighbors.  you can find them at 863 east 700 south.