Monthly Archives: September 2012

Party on Block 18 next Saturday, September 29th!

Just sent out a newsletter with deets for next week’s block party! Have a great weekend, everyone!



Hey Party People,

T-minus 8 days until the third biennial 18th Street Block Party! From 12-6p on Saturday, September 29th, 18th Street will be closed off between Guerrero and Dolores so the neighborhood food businesses like Bi-Rite, Delfina, and more can take over and feed your gullets (and raise money for six local nonprofit groups). And, yes, there will be alcohol and a “garden” in which to drink it. Buy your food & beverage tickets online here or come by P+P to pick up a booklet (10 tickets for $20). I’ll be representing P+P at the block party, but more on that in a bit.

Wanted: Volunteers and Pie Bakers

The Block Party is still in need of volunteers, so if you’re available to help out and want to pitch in, please email We have AM and PM shifts available, and you are promised plenty of good food to make it worth your while. Help us schlep! Please.

And if schlepping is not your thing, have you thought about entering the pie contest? It’s $20 to enter and all pie contest proceeds will be donated to The Women’s Building, Buen Dia, 826 Valencia, 18 Reasons, Nextcourse and the Holy Family Day Home. The prize? Glory, fame, and good karma (value: priceless). Do it! Direct any questions to

Pot + Pantry + POB18

I’m so happy that even though Pot + Pantry is a non-food, 18th Street-adjacent business, we’ll have a presence at the Block Party. Keep an eye out for us halfway down the block selling some cool new posters, exclusive to P+P! In addition to our window posters, we’ll be selling these one-color limited edition silkscreened posters by Boon Design for Pot + Pantry. Each poster is 18×24 inches, printed by the acclaimed Nat at Bloom Press. It’s a snazzy and modern way to decorate your kitchen.


The super talented Anna Hurley has also made limited edition posters just for P+P. Two-color silkscreened 18×24 inch posters, also printed by Bloom Press. So adorable, so hilarious. Can you stand it?



These will be available online soon.

So, in sum: Ain’t no party like a Block 18 party, cuz a Block 18 party don’t stop. See you there!



makeshift society

Photo by Makeshift Society

I spent my Monday doing something completely unrelated to Pot + Pantry, which is good for clearing the mind sometimes. Yesterday was Day One of Makeshift Society, a “clubhouse for creatives” opened by my pal and mentor Rena Tom. I was honored when she recently asked me to paint signage on her windows, and jumped at the opportunity.


Photo by Makeshift Society

Photo by sfgirlbay

I’m proud of how they turned out, though my hyper critical inner voice tells me they are Monets.* But I’m convincing myself that the imperfections of my freehand painting add to the charm and quirkiness. Nothing’s perfect.

*NOTE: Lest you think my ego is falsely inflated, I should clarify I’m using the definition of Monet as established by the brilliant movie Clueless.

Tai: Do you think she’s pretty? 

Cher:  No, she’s a full-on Monet. 

Tai: What’s a monet? 

Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

goodbye summer, hello summer

Hooray for holidays! The shop was closed on Labor Day, but that does not mean I didn’t work. More like *werk.* A group of folks got together for a backyard paella cookout, which meant weeding the garden to prep for fire-making. Then I spent the following hours playing sous chef to HBIC Max, slicing, trimming, blanching, hulling, chopping various foodstuffs. I sound like I’m complaining, but I actually enjoyed every bit of it. Physical labor is so gratifying and, oh, it was worth it.

Muy auténtica, amigos. Y muy deliciosa. Aaand that’s about all the Spanish I remember.

This same circle of friends holds weekly Sunday Suppers which I’ve been attending of late. I’m hoping to get better at documenting and sharing photos of those, and maybe even remembering to include pictures of people and not just food. Bad habits are hard to break.