September 30, 2010

Behind the Scenes: Tea explores the food trucks of the world

We are so lucky to live in San Francisco and have many fun, tasty and global treats to explore nearby. The great food truck explosion has hit SF in a big way.

We like to think we were among the first to discover Chairman Bao, the yummy bun truck with a sense of humor. You can find them outside Economy Restaurant Fixtures on 7th and Irwin among other locales. Check their Facebook page for their whereabouts.

The Tea team is partial to the steamed buns, including Chinese Spiced Duck Confit with Mango (Josh is known to get 3) and the Crispy Garlic Tofu. Not to mention pork in all its forms. Get two to three (at least)

Here we are on one of the first days: That’s me, Josh and Jen (with Tami behind the camera).

.Chairman Bao Bun Truck

Our other Potrero find is Liba Falafel, now appearing Thursdays in Potrero at 155 De Haro.

Perfect for a sunny day, we love the falafel of course. And you’d be silly to skip the sweet potato fries (with lime!). And her tasting bar is a wonder to behold and explore. (rosemary peanuts, harissa (here’s a recipe), olive orange relish, oh my!). That’s me again on the left, Josh, Sandra (back from Phoenix) and Jeff. Leigh’s behind the lens this time thinking about how she can start her own food truck operation.

Tea Team outside Liba Falafel Truck

Liba also moves around so check her Facebook page for the latest and greatest. If you know of any new food trucks in the neighborhood, please comment on this post and keep us in the loop. I’ll be sharing other favorite neighborhood spots (without wheels too) in the weeks to come. Happy tasting!

September 28, 2010

Outside the Lines: Nesting Dolls

Introducing our new weekly blog series, “Outside the Lines” -  printable coloring pages for you and your children to enjoy!  Our first one is our Nesting Doll graphic, so even if you missed out on getting one of our shirts now you can download and enjoy the artwork with your little ones.

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September 23, 2010

Bicikl, Bicicleta, Bicycle, Bicikli

It’s no secret that we love bicycles at Tea.  As a testament to bikes this season we designed our Bicycle Tee, celebrating Bicycles in Croatian, Romanian, English, and Hungarian:

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Commuting to and from work in San Francisco has convinced me that biking is the best way to see a city, whether it’s the one you live in now, or a new one entirely. Happily I’m not the only one with that opinion, and now there are bike tour options in almost any country you visit. This 8 day bike tour along the Dalmation Coast in Croatia is top of my adventure destination list, followed by this 7-day tour of Castles in Transylvania.

 

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

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Hunedoara Castle, Transylvania

Winter may be just around the corner, but in most parts of the USA it’s still warm enough to hop on your bike and go for a ride.  We’ll see you out there!

September 21, 2010

City Maps by Karen M. O’Leary

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Whenever I travel maps are my most important tool, and favorite souvenirs. Before flying somewhere new I pour over maps of my destination to understand a visual layout of the city. As a child my mom and I were always taking road trips across the Southwestern United States – she was the driver, and I was her guide. It was an important role; if I gave her the wrong directions we’d get lost, and I think that being raised reading maps helped develop my solid sense of direction. Now when I travel maps also become a visual journal of my adventures – I circle places and write notes and outline routes and scribble down bus numbers. Looking back on cities I’ve visited – Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, it’s the crumpled worn maps I’ve saved that help me remember what I did and saw.

Because of my love of maps I’m always delighted when I find a new technique or style of displaying a city’s streets. A friend sent me a link to Karen O’Leary’s maps a few months ago and I’ve spent the time since trying to decide which one I want – they’re all so interesting and unique.

New Orleans

New Orleans

I love the simple lines that up close seem abstract, but once you step back fall into the avenues and rivers and boulevards that make up some of the most famous cities in the world.

Manhattan

Manhattan

Recently she’s started posting cut out maps, which against a black background pop dramatically:

Vancouver

Vancouver

Dublin

Dublin

Check out Karen’s Etsy site – has she done your city yet?