Restaurant Design-Ramona

Greenpoint, a little nook of Brooklyn, has been pegged as “up and coming” for what seems like eons. In recent months, though, interest in this charming, industrial neighborhood seems to have skyrocketed, with dozens of beautiful new shops and restaurants sprouting up with welcome frequency.
One of the latest additions to the area is Ramona, the across-the-river outpost of the popular East Village haunt, Elsa. Although billed as “sister bars,” Elsa and Ramona are more like fraternal twins, sharing much of the same menu items and decor elements, from a richly appointed interior by the firm hOmE to custom artwork by local illustrator Jordan Awan. The visual style employed by Ramona echoes many of the design sentiments of today, functioning as an extension of the bar’s overall ethos—quality craftsmanship takes precedence over ornament, and beautiful materials like copper, repurposed wood and marble come to the forefront. The overall effect is one both casual and refined, industrial and comfortable—right at home amongst the old factories and rowhouses of Greenpoint.





Fresh on the Scene, South Oceanside

Since living in South Oceanside from 2009 through the present, the last year has marked a huge change in the area. It's always had that potential to carve out a unique niche all it's own. Places such as the Captains helm, Bull Taco and Wrench and rodent had certainly touched on the tone of the place. Almost like OB but less hippy and more pirate. Buccaneer park, The Privateer, coal fired pizzeria, you get the idea. I think the ecomony following the 2008 debacle really slowed down the progress.  But things seem to be speeding up around here. Two other brewerys/pub are slated to open on Coast highway. Like what I am seeing.
Found this great little write up on the closing of a dive in South O that is being replaced by the something hopefully much much better! Can't wait, but looks like I'll have to since it's not opening until December 5, 2014, the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition.

A South Oceanside bar with a colorful past has just closed down and a new owner is about to breathe new life into the place with a new staff, new name and a remodel.
Look for The Pour House to open Dec. 5, 2014. The Beach Club on the corner of Kelly Street and South Coast Highway closed for good last week.
Long timers will remember the building back in the ‘50s that housed a wholesale produce warehouse called The Oceanside Produce Company run by the Spano family.
Then, in the ‘60s, a beauty salon called The Beauty Bazaar took over the front of the building while the produce section stayed in the back.
In the early ‘70s the three Spano brothers, Mel, Anthony and Joe, turned the salon into a saloon and dedicated the whole building to The Brothers Three, a successful beer and burger joint.
The late Mel Spano founded the Red & White Market on Vista Way (his sons Damian and Anthony run it now).
Brother Anthony still runs the Red & White Market north and the adjacent Harbor House Cafe in North Oceanside.
When Brothers Three thrived, there were three beer joints with pool tables in South O. There was also Andy’s Mexican food on Coast Highway near Vista Way (now Don’s Country Kitchen), and there was the Embassy Room on Coast Highway (now Pacific Coast Grill).
The story has it that the Brothers Three was a big hit right out of the box as adult baseball teams and construction workers gobbled up the burgers and beer.
But then the Brothers Three opted for an “upgrade,” and went with a more expensive steak and lobster fare. The upgrade was a misfire. The blue collared crowd wondered what happened to their bar and they went elsewhere.
Next, in the early ‘80s came Schroder’s, named after new owner John Schroder who also had a beer bar called The Red Vest near the Drive Ins on Mission Avenue.
It was widely loved for its occasional outdoor authentic soul food BBQ mission. The continental format under Schroeder’s didn’t flourish either. The bar and grill eventually morphed into Molly Bee’s named after the owner/operator who was a country music singer best known for her 1952 hit “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and as a TV sidekick on The Pinky Lee Show and the The (Tennessee Ernie) Ford Show.
Then around 1995 the bar became Greystokes, one of two Oceanside gay bars at the time (now there are none). It has been the Beach Club since around 2000 until it shuttered Oct. 21.
That brings us to the Pour House. It is the concept of new owners David and Emily Rassel. Many know David from his years working behind the bar at Larry’s Beach Club in Oceanside and the Golden Tee in Carlsbad.
David says after a remodel he will reopen the bar and restaurant with an entirely new staff.

Reposted from: Inside Oceanside

Lucia Eames, 1930-2014

Lucia Eames, the only child of Charles Eames and his first wife, Catherine Woermann, died on April 1. An artist and designer herself, after Ray Eames’s death in 1988 Lucia Eames took on the not inconsiderable task of preserving the Eames legacy, setting up a foundation to take care of the Eames House and donating her father and stepmother’s papers to the Library of Congress. In 2005, she spoke to Metropolis Magazine about that legacy, and the elements of the Eames design that continue to be active in culture today.




Lucia Eames was not nearly as well-known as her parents, she appeared in the 1976 short film “The Chase,” a demonstration piece for the Polavision Instant Home Movie System. (You can see a clip of it here; it’s also in Vol. 2 of the complete Eames films.) Of course an Eames home movie would have more style than anyone else’s. In the film, Lucia, looking like the Radcliffe graduate she was with glasses, long straight hair, and a denim skirt, is quietly reading on a blanket. The camera pans to a red leather diary, moments before a little boy with a blond bowl cut snatches it and runs away. She gives chase, following him into the Eames House, up the spiral staircase, out the upper story window, and up the Pacific Palisades bluff into which the house is set. In an instant you understand the section of the house, its tight spaces and two levels, its simple frame and idiosyncratic moments. Lucia and the boy are playing with the house and its site, revealing it though motion. One imagines Lucia’s children must often have been called upon to play, whether with toys, furniture, or Hang-It-Alls. She could, and did explain the point of her parents’ work through the simple step of living with it.





“The Chase” also harkens toward the Eameses’ far more famous “Powers of Ten,” which also starts with a book and a blanket in the sun. There, the camera moves rather than the figures. They remain motionless, resting after their picnic on the Chicago lakeshore, while the camera moves out, then in, by powers of ten. But I think there is a parallel idea of exploration happening. How do we explain architecture, how do we explain numbers, to a wide audience and through individual experience? Can we just run through it? I love the way Lucia runs hard, and gracefully, in that denim skirt. She looks like a good sport. In the Metropolis interview, she told Paul Makovsky,
There was a wonderful freedom in growing up and knowing that a price tag did not establish the value of something. The price tag might mean you could only visit it in a museum or only enjoy it someplace else, but the same care was taken whether Ray and Charles sent someone a beautiful papier-mâché mask or Steuben glass. In either case they cherished each wrapping.
“The Chase” shows that freedom about the house, a freedom that is translated into the branching ways the Eames legacy will come down to future generations of designers. Lucia Eames was the first generation to learn from them; thanks to her she will not be the last.

Day Trip in Oceanside California

As a San Diego native, I've seen it grow immensely over the past 30+ years I've been here. One thing is for sure, I never expected I'd see the day when Oceanside became a destination. Historically, known for gang violence and military folk, there wasn't much reason to venture to the remote corner of San Diego County.
Things are changing all over San Diego, and it's finally happened to Oceanside. Since I've been living here for the past 4 years, I have great insight to this unique place, so I thought  I'd share.
When I speak of Oceanside, I am mostly referring to the only good area which is basically Downtown Oceanside and South O (South Oceanside), which is all of Oceanside West of Interstate 5 freeway.

Here's my list of places worth checking out in Oceanside:

1.   Hello Betty- Fish restaurant
2.   Stone Brewery - Stone tasting room
3.   Apotheque - Salon & Spa
4.   Oceanside Museum of Art - Art museum
5.   Bagby Beer Co. - Brewery and restaurant
6.   Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen - Restaurant
7.   Privateer - Coal fired pizza restaurant
8.   Bull Taco - Surf punk taco shop
9.   Captains Helm - Vintage retail shop
10. Rachel's Embellishment's - Antique shop
11. Cream of the Crop - Health Food store

1. Hello Betty is a brand new fish restaurant that just opened up recently. I'd venture to say that it is currently one the best restaurants in Oceanside. It has what my friend Natasha calls the "Tri-fecta" - good food, good service and good design. Finally, a place by the ocean that has outdoor seating. I don't get these north county coastal places that don't embrace outdoor seating. This place has beer and liquor and they do it in a modern manner, aka craft cocktails. Try the steamed mussels with chorizo....bomb!







2. Stone Brewery tasting room.  I think that this is one of the better tasting rooms. Most of this tasting room is located outside. Lots of large boulders and lush gardens makes this a relaxing destination tucked away in downtown Oceanside.



3. Apotheque is an adorable salon and full service spa located in a old renovated brick building from the later 1800's. the side of the building has a lush succulent garden and coffee kiosk.



4. Oceanside Museum of Art. I've have traveled extensively in northern Europe and have studied abroad in Scandinavia. While I was there, I went to dozens of museums that were incredible. Which is why I am including the OMA in my list. I am member of this museum and it is definitely worthy!
They've also added a new curator to their repertoire, One of the co-owners of Objects USA. This is very exciting and I can't wait to see what new exhibits are to come!






5.   Bagby Beer Co. is the latest brewery to grace San Diego's ever growing craft scene. This place is still under construction so nothing to report yet. All I can say is that it will be huge!

6.   Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen  was one of the first restaurants in Oceanside that was remotely cool. Quaint little pub with a pork-centric menu that is small but good. Beware, the place is always packed!




7.   Privateer specializes in coal-fired pizza. They have unique pizza's like a clam chowder pie which is really good. Local beers on tap.




8.   Bull Taco I am sure most of you have heard of by now, as they have multiple locations. The one in Oceanside was the first real brick and mortar location other that the one in the Leucadia camp site. The Mexican fare here has a twist, they feature unique meats such as kangaroo and elk to name a few. They also have a killer carne asada burrito with tater tots and a habenero salsa that will make you cry.
This location got a lot attention when they painted a fake "banksy" on the side of the building! Also, in the same building next door is the Wrench and Rodent sushi...which is really fabulous!




9.   Captains Helm is a vintage and re-sale shop similar to Flashbacks and Buffalo Exchange. Although I would venture to say that CH represents the true Oceanside style, a little vintage, punk and surf! They also do pancake breakfasts every once in a  while!






10. Rachels Embellishments which is also located on the same block as Bull Taco and Captains Helm, is a cool antique shop. You'll find lots of great stuff here, at reasonable prices!


11. Cream of the Crop has the largest selection of organic produce in all of Oceanside, striving to buy locally as much as possible. Extensive vitamin section with competitive prices, cosmetics, and a full service juice bar and deli.



So now you have no excuse to come all the way up to Oceanside, because there is plenty to do!!


Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles opened early 2014 in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Built in 1927 for the maverick film studio, this ornate, storied and vibrant Los Angeles gem stands as a monument to a group of seminal American artists pushing out on their own, and anchors the Broadway Theater District's modern renaissance.

Mary Pickford's love for the ornate detail and stone spires of Spanish castles and cathedrals is manifest at the theater — a true temple of the arts. The mixture of reverent awe and irreverent independence is right up our alley — this is the kind of project we dream of.








When I lived in LA for a while, I lived on a secret street called Lyman Place. This short little strip, one block between Sunset and  Prospect, is lined with adorable turn-of-the-century apartments. Uniquely, each one is dedicated to an actress of the golden days of Hollywood. I lived in the Pickford apartments. I miss living there sometimes.

Beer & Cheer at Arcana Brewing Co.

Lately there has been a rash of local pop-up mini markets. Well I am proud to say that I am going to take part in Arcana Brewing's first Beer & Cheer event.
The event will take place at Arcana Brewing, formerly Fezziwig's.  Unfortunately, they were sued by Samuel Adams because they have a holiday beer with the same name. Anyway.....The event take place at Arcana along with Pager Brothers Pizza, serving fresh pizza, Terradome terrariums by Nichole Suzette Design and Found Decor.
There should be plenty of last minute gift ideas for her or him, including growlers of beer, terrariums, home decor and more.

Don't miss out, 2 nights only!!

Friday December 20th & 21st

5-8pm @ Arcana Brewing Co.



Winter Wonderland : Jukebox Radio

Artists, musicians and performers converge at Oceanside Museum of Art’s Winter Wonderland artist in residence project on Saturday, December 21 from 10am to 3pm.  
Jukebox Radio is a collaboration between Mark Dzula and Ardina Greco who work together to bring art experiences and educational shows to audiences of all ages. Often working with shadow puppets, projections, and music, their happenings create memorable and educational opportunities for the public to engage with diverse artistic media.

Located in store A12 @ Westfield Plaza Camino Real Shopping Center
2525 El Camino Real Carlsbad, CA 92008


Saturday December 21
10:00am - 3:00pm

Free to the Public

 

 Saturday December 21
10:00am - 3:00pm



Winter Wonderland is the first of five public artist in residence programs organized by Oceanside Museum of Art to take place in North County San Diego over the next two years as part of the Exploring Engagement initiative funded by the James Irvine Foundation. Within the month long project, open every day from 10 am to 3 pm from Black Friday 11/29/13 through Christmas Eve 12/24/13, there will be a series of free workshops, performances, pop up shops and artist interactions. In addition to the featured artist Armando de la Torre, a variety of local musicians, painters and performance artists will host these art activities. Workshops will include puppet making, gift making, wrapping paper design, silk-screening, drawing and painting. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/OMAoffsite

 

Armando de la Torre

 

Armando de la Torre was born in Tijuana and raised in Chula Vista. He served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division with assignments in Germany and Korea.  Subsequently he attended the New York School of Visual Arts, Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture, and Otis College of Art and Design.
During his studies in Los Angeles he was also project manager for Alternate Routes, an outreach program for Side Street Projects where he taught wood working to kids on a school bus that was transformed into a mobile wood shop.
Armando is currently living in San Diego, where he enjoys learning about the environment and playing music with a diverse group of musicians.