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26 May 00:58

climateadaptation: “Moon Trees” are real, live trees whose seed...


“Moon Trees” are real, live trees whose seed went to the moon in 1976. There are about 425 living Moon Trees around the world. Here is a short list of locations

Packed in small containers in [Astronaut Stuart] Roosa’s personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service.

Known as the “Moon Trees”, the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States (often as part of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976) and the world. They stand as a tribute to astronaut Roosa and the Apollo program. 


There’s a “second generation” of Moon Trees at the bottom of the page.

22 May 14:00

Pearl District Pastry Haven Nuvrei Gets a Tasty Makeover


give me all the rose croissants

The "box set" of Nuvrei 2.0's new mini caneles, flavored with everything from vanilla rum to coconut curry.
Most bakers want their sweets to taste good. Marius Pop wants his pastries to wreck you. “I want people to be happy when they come in to Nuvrei and ecstatic when they leave,” he says, motioning to one of his just baked croissants, a craggy flavor monster pocked with an asteroid belt of walnuts, Valrhona dark chocolate, and banana. “I want tasting my pastries to be a 'Holy Shit' moment.”

The longtime local baker made a major leap toward that goal this week, when his Pearl cafe/bakery reopened with a chic new look and some ridiculously deft new treats.

The sleek aesthetic of Nuvrei’s year and a half old “Mac Bar” macaron counter has crept upstairs to the newly remodeled café, which ditches every extraneous gadget, shelf, and brick façade in favor of a cleaner, slicker space that draws the eye toward Nuvrei’s glowing pastry case, where a glossy lineup of baked fantasies idle in neat rows like European luxury autos.

The makeover isn't skin deep. More than 50 percent of Nuvrei’s menu is new, from sweet and savory Danishes to a riot of mini canelés; the crunchy-shelled French treats served in teeny paper cups for street side munching. The throughline is a return to focus on technique. With eight variations on croissants alone, each with its own custom filling and dough, Pop says he’s “digging deeper” into each type of pastry—buy any three and you’ve essentially got a master class on taste and texture from a dude who can wax poetic for an hour on the importance of proper emulsification in macaron filling and unorthodox eclair shapes.

“I want Nuvrei to be the pastry mecca of Portland,” he says with a smile. 

Nuvrei's remodel puts the focus on its sweets.

Pop exploded onto the Portland bake scene in 2004, carting some epic croissant dough and unnervingly matter-of-fact bravado with him when he returned to his hometown after paying his dues for a few years at New York's lauded Payard Patisserie. His technically rigorous treats backed up his talk, from habit forming midnight dark double chocolate cookies to those intensely flavored macarons.

Nuvrei has remained a favorite for years, first as the go-to treat wholesaler for local coffee shops and since 2011, as a full service cafe. But over the course of the past decade the baker says he felt spread thin with wholesale accounts. He made business minded decisions toward ballooning menus that leaned on lunch fare like salads and hot sandwiches while streamlining baking processes that pushed Nuvrei away from his labor intensive core passions and affected quality. That all ended this week, when Nuvrei reopened its doors.

Nuvrei already quit all its wholesale accounts last year. Now, the shop’s coveted pretzel bagels will move 10 blocks over to Nuvrei’s new mini-shop on the ground floor of the U.S. Bancorp tower, which is scheduled to open in a few months with an abbreviated lineup of bagels, cookies, and coffee. The Pearl location's popular rainbow of macarons will only be sold downstairs at the Mac Bar. The café space will instead showcase pastries “on a whole new level” as Pop puts it; ditching the bloated lunch menu to free up more real estate for sweet stuff and just a few savory eats, including a dynamite maple-brushed bacon, goat cheese, and very caramelized onion topped flatbread made from their signature bagel dough.

The changes are promising. New treats include a textbook croissant with sweet, crackly glaze that blooms with rose essence with every springy bite, courtesy of rose water and aroma worked right into the dough. It gives Blue Star’s blueberry bourbon basil doughnut a run for its money as the Rose City’s highbrow sugar mascot. Another version comes kissed with Earl Grey syrup and slathered with house ground pistachio cream for a nuttier, heftier bite.  

Nuvrei's rose croissants. Photo courtesy Nuvrei.

Eclairs, from chocolate to violet, are coming soon, while a handful of old faves, like berry-crowned brioche and the excellent cinnamon Danish, fragrant with orange glaze, aren’t going anywhere. And those mini canelés? They’re a hit for fans of the old school French dome pastry’s chewy-crunchy shells, although purists will bemoan the lack the super spongy interior that is a hallmark of full-sized canelés (Nuvrei also sells those). Pop is promising seven or eight flavors of the diminutive treats, including lemon, mango, and a spicy-sweet coconut curry that reminds me a little bit of Portland’s Masala Pop caramel corn (pretty much the highest compliment I can give a food).  

“I’m really excited,” says Pop. “I screwed up and took my baby down the wrong street. And now I feel l like I’ve come back with all this passion and drive. This rebirth feels so good.”

Get a taste of the new, new Nuvrei today:  the cafe is handing out those heavenly rose croissants for free noon to 5 pm Friday, May 22, or until they run out.

404 NW 10th Ave
7 am-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 8 am-5 pm Sunday

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25 May 15:01

ablacknation: justice4mikebrown: May 23CLEVELAND OFFICER...


How did this guy get off?
"There was also a report from the Ohio Attorney General who deemed the chase and shooting the result of a "systemic failure in the Cleveland Police Department."



May 23


Officer Michael Brelo was one of 13 officers who shot at Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams, during a chase through the Cleveland area on Nov. 29, 2012. Police officers fired 137 rounds at the car, prosecutors have said, including 49 by Officer Brelo.

Officer Brelo climbed onto the car’s hood and fired at least 15 rounds from close range, including the fatal shots.

Officer Brelo opted for a bench trial before Judge John P. O’Donnell of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Defense attorneys said their client had feared for his life and believed gunfire was coming from Mr. Russell’s car. No gun was recovered.

Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell were unarmed.

The DOJ has announced that they will review the Brelo case.

You can read the full text of the #BreloVerdict here.

Here’s everything you need to know about the murders of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

137 shots. What. The. Fuck.

25 May 15:03



girlfriend heart

25 May 15:04

fannypaxfax: catinahatgoin-rata-tat-tat: nizzerd: “I’m a...




“I’m a black kid. Try to teach me about slavery without me feeling resentment towards white people.”

His face though…

This is fucking gold.

He’s mad because they were telling the kids the truth?

25 May 11:00

The Failures and Merits of Place-Based Initiatives

by Brentin Mock
Image Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Low-income housing in Brownsville, New York City (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

Is it time to kick programs like Promise Zones and Choice Neighborhoods to the curb? Are these place-based initiatives, which funnel streams of resources to neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and racial segregation, futile in the face of rapidly expanding wealth gaps? Yes and yes, says Occidental College urban studies scholar Peter Dreier. In “The Revitalization Trap,” a column for the National Housing Institute’s Shelterforce blog that Dreier wrote earlier this month,  he argues that organizations focused on community development have “fallen into the trap of focusing on revitalizing low-income neighborhoods, without challenging the corporate and political forces that create economic inequality and widespread poverty.”

And further:

Community development practitioners seeking to build more affordable housing, provide human services, and incubate small businesses, are fighting on a playing field that is tilted against them.

The solution is full employment with decent pay and benefits, and only the federal government has the capacity (and responsibility) to guarantee that everyone who wants to work has a job.

American workers today face declining job security and dwindling earnings as companies downsize, move overseas, and shift more jobs to part-time workers. Place-based policies cannot address these major trends.  

The column is an excerpt from a longer essay Dreier wrote for Nonprofit Quarterly in March—an essay in which he offers a more nuanced take on solutions to inequality, but still holds that place-based initiatives are misguided.

Instead, says Dreier, what government and philanthropy should focus on is system-wide reform of the market system that perpetuates economic inequality. Neighborhood revitalization projects are trivial when what’s really needed is an extremem makeover of capitalism. In short: We need a revolution.

These are important points to make. Community development is a decades-old movement that has taken on many shapes and forms, often not to the benefit of disadvantaged communities. Dreier also calls out the need to examine the lives of the wealthy as opposed to constantly focusing on rehabilitating the lives of the poor.  

Good jobs are helpful for African Americans, immigrants and LGBTQ workers, but they don’t help these populations overcome systemic discrimination.

There was a glaring omission from his overall argument, however: Racism. Namely, the role of racism in unequal outcomes, and the role of race in determining paths to better opportunities.

It is true that income growth is bad for all races right now. Worker productivity increased in America by 74.4 percent between 1973 and 2013, while hourly wages rose only 9.2 percent. But income growth has been particularly bad for African Americans, 38.1 percent of whom earned low wages between 2010 and 2012 compared to 25.9 percent of white workers, as the National Black Worker Center Project co-founder Steven Pitts wrote about in the #BlackWorkersMatter report released earlier this month.

From #BlackWorkersMatter report (Discount Foundation, Linda Burnham, National Domestic Workers Alliance)

Even more discouraging than the income gap is the wealth gap, which has left African Americans with $1 dollar for every $13 banked by whites.

                                                                                                                                         (Pew Research Center)

Four of the top 10 metros with the highest rates of low-wage work (defined as two-thirds of the median wage of full-time work) for African Americans are among the most hyper-segregated metros in the country.

From the #BlackWorkersMatter report (Discount Foundation, Steven Pitts, National Black Worker Center Project)
Hypersegregated metros, shown in red. (Courtesy Douglas Massey)

Dreier is right to look at increasing wages as a way of lifting African Americans out of poverty, but that’s a separate thing from closing the gaps of inequality. Good jobs and living wages are helpful for African Americans, immigrants, and LGBTQ workers, but they don’t help these populations overcome discrimination at the bank that prevents them from getting business loans, or the discrimination that prevents them from renting or buying housing in certain neighborhoods. Having middle-class incomes has not protected people of color from discrimination either, especially when it comes to foreclosures in recent years.

Patterns of homeownership, delinquency, and foreclosure among the youngest baby boomers (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Just two weeks ago, 19 fair-housing centers filed a lawsuit against Fannie Mae, alleging that Fannie Mae has been keeping foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in much better conditions than those in middle- and working-class communities of color, in violation of fair housing laws. The coalition found this to be consistent across 34 metros after a five-year investigation.

Dissing place-based strategies also undercuts initiatives currently in motion that have people of color and disadvantaged communities in the driver’s seats of their own revitalization plans. One great example of such initiatives is the ReGenesis Project in South Carolina, where black community leaders used a $20,000 grant issued 17 years ago by the EPA to start the cleanup of the blighted Arkwright and Forest Park neighborhoods in Spartanburg. That small grant has been leveraged into $270 million of investment today, which has been used to create hundreds of new affordable housing units for workers and seniors, a state-of-the-art community center, and six new health care centers focused on eradicating racial health disparities in the region. The project won an award this year from the American Planning Association.

Complete system change would no doubt be helpful in addressing these issues as well. That won’t happen overnight. Meanwhile, people living in distressed communities deserve the place-based investments and resources necessary to improve their neighborhoods and lives.

25 May 13:53

Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

by Martha Ann Overland

Most of the victims are believed to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. They are held until their families pay more money, which few can afford to do.

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25 May 08:23

moonblossom: deluxetrashqueen:Honestly, Rick Rolling is the best practical joke ever. Like, there’s...


I never thought about that. Huh.



Honestly, Rick Rolling is the best practical joke ever. Like, there’s nothing offensive or mean  spirited about it. It’s just like “Oops you thought there would be something else here but it’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.” which isn’t even a bad song. It’s fairly enjoyable to listen to. There’s no jumpscares, no screaming, no ill will. Just Rick Astley telling you he’s never going to give you up. I think that’s great. “You fell into my trap! Here, listen to this completely benign song that will have no negative effect on you.” 

I wish this were true. There’s a really good article about the problems inherent with rickrolling here.

25 May 05:12

tinyhousedarling: I think bikes with built in bars are the...


Too bad this wouldn't work for my step-through


I think bikes with built in bars are the coolest!

25 May 05:09

omgplants: lilkittay: I don’t have a problem. I can stop...



I don’t have a problem. I can stop anytime.


Hello that’s me. I don’t have a problem either.

24 May 09:46



21 May 12:56

America Has Half as Many Hypersegregated Metros as It Did in 1970

by Tanvi Misra

A city is “hypersegregated” if it meets four of the following five criteria:

  1. Black residents are “unevenly distributed,” geographically; that is, the percentage of blacks within residential areas doesn’t mirror their citywide population share.
  2. Black residents are isolated—they predominantly live in African American neighborhoods and don’t tend to have that much contact with white residents.
  3. These neighborhoods are clustered together in certain parts of town as “one large, contiguous ghetto” as opposed to being scattered across the city.
  4. The black population is highly concentrated these small, geographically compact areas.
  5. These residents tend to live in the urban cores of the city.

The concept of hypersegregation was developed in 1989 by Douglas Massey, currently a sociologist at Princeton and director of the university’s Office of Population Research. Its social effects are predictably terrible: poverty, crime, and bad schools among them. But as Massey reports in a new paper in the journal Demography, the number of U.S. metro areas suffering hypersegregation seems to be on the decline—down from 40 in 1970 to 21 in 2010.

Hypersegregated metros, shown in red, declined in number between 1970 and 2010. (Courtesy Douglas Massey)

For the new study, Massey and his team analyzed Census data from almost all U.S. metros between 1970 and 2010. While it’s definitely good news that the number of hypersegregated cities roughly halved during this time, it doesn’t signal as much progress as you might think. Here’s what Massey writes in the abstract of his paper:

The number of hypersegregated metropolitan areas declined by about one-half, but the degree of segregation within those areas characterized by hypersegregation changed very little.

"We've made clear progress, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done.”

Discriminatory housing and lending policies are, as we know, the root cause behind the hypersegration of African Americans. So legislation such as the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act have helped address the problem. In 1980, the number of hypersegregated cities came down to 35, and then slightly more to 33 in the following decade. From 2000 to 2010, that number came down to 21.

This reduction in number of hypersegreagated metros has, in turn, decreased the number of African Americans exposed to the disadvantages that come with the territory. Back in 1970, nearly half of the country’s black population was hypsersegregated; this fell to 26 percent by 2010.

But the average segregation score, which measures the degree of segregation of blacks compared to whites across the hypersegregated metros, fell only 8 percent over the last four decades. By 2010, the score was 70 (on a scale of 1 to 100), which is still “a very high level of segregation by any standard,” according to Massey’s new report.

The line graph below shows this small decline in average segregation score (solid line), and the large decline in the numbers of hypersegregated metros (dotted):

The progress itself has also been uneven. Segregation didn’t decline across the board in this period; it actually rose enough in some cities to get them placed on Massey’s list. Rochester, New York, is one such city that wasn’t on the list back in 1970, but is on the list today.

The hypersegregated cities that have retained a spot on the list from 1970 to 2010 are ones with the nation’s largest urban black populations: New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwauke, and Philadelhphia. Here’s how Massey describes the current situation via a Princeton news release:

"We've made clear progress, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done and that integration isn't going to happen simply of its own accord in places with large urban black communities," Massey said. "It will require more action to promote integration and to remove the barriers of discrimination in rental and sales markets for housing and in lending markets for mortgages."

Check out the maps showing the hypersegregated metros in red, for all four decades, here.

23 May 17:15

justlizthoughts: youreinmydreamsnow: torisoulphoenix: strongbl...






Actor Danny Glover told the press during a stay in Paris for a seminar on film. “I couldn’t get the money here, I couldn’t get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn’t believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to,” he said. Glover’s first project as film director, is about Toussaint L’ouverture and the Haitian rebellion. The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez approved nearly $30 million toward the movie. Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett all agreed to do the film…if it can ever be made………………….



I hope this film gets made man.

I would love to see this

22 May 20:00

Take a Twin Peaks Road Trip for the Show's 25th Anniversary

This spring—May 23, specifically—is the 25th anniversary of the peak of Twin Peaks hysteria, when Agent Cooper opened his hotel room door at the Great Northern in the final minute of season one’s finale and was greeted not with the warm milk he’d ordered from room service, but with three bullets to the abdomen. Who shot him? Was he dead? Would we ever know who killed Laura Palmer?

Fans had to wait four long months for any answers in the second season, and in 2015 we still have to wait a year for the promised new episodes on Showtime. But Portlanders need only drive three and a half hours to immerse themselves in a place where evil lurks in the woods and the owls are not what they seem: the series’ many shooting locations around the Washington towns of Preston, Fall City, Snoqualmie, and North Bend.

The hardy could make a day trip of it, but fans have the option of overnighting at the Roadhouse, the Great Northern, or one of the motels featured in the series and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me—or in the buildings used for their exteriors, at least. The Salish Lodge, perched above the opening credits’ Snoqualmie Falls, even offers a Great Northern Escape package full of Peaks perks. The details are off—the “damn fine coffee” comes in a flared glass mug, the cherry pie is in its own little crock instead of a wedge slice, the music playing in the room upon arrival was definitely not composed by Angelo Badalamenti, and room service is not delivered by an incredibly old, very slow waiter who lets you know that the gum you like is going to come back in style—but the luxe rooms, wood-burning fireplaces, gracious staff, and hot waterfall and deep soaking tub in the spa all make up for it.

Be sure to view the slide show above for photos of some of the shooting locations today.

For more info and detailed directions, look up one of the show’s many megafan websites, such as

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24 May 09:46


23 May 17:09

tranquil-fleur: This article is disturbing and disgusting.


This article is disturbing and disgusting.

23 May 17:16

This blog is nsfw due to advocating you overthrow your bosses, corporate structures and capitalism itself

23 May 06:38

breanieswordvomit: yeoldenews: Bertha Boronda (from the first...



Bertha Boronda (from the first San Quentin photo set I posted) was sentenced to five years in prison for “Mayhem” in 1908.

What’s “Mayhem” you ask? Apparently in Bertha’s case, it’s cutting off your cheating husband’s penis with a straight razor, disguising yourself as a man and fleeing by bicycle.

Worth it

I’m now imagining those Mayhem/insurance ads starring Bertha…


21 May 23:12

"Remember when Mark Zuckerberg declared that the age of privacy was over? Well, that was before he..."


fire fire fire
where those matches at rosalind

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg declared that the age of privacy was over?

Well, that was before he spent $100 million on 750 acres of Kauai North Shore plantation and beachfront, the majority of which will sit undeveloped in order to provide a buffer between his private retreat and the public who might want to pry into his life.

That’s in addition to the four houses he bought around his home in Silicon Valley, which sit empty, providing an exclusion zone that protects him against prying eyes.

Then there was the time he flipped out because his sister screwed up her (deliberately over-complicated and difficult-to-understand) Facebook privacy settings and shared a photo of a private family moment.
When Mark Zuckerberg (or Eric Schmidt) declares privacy to be dead, they’re not making an observation, they’re making a wish. What they mean is, “If your privacy was dead, I would be richer.”

The best use for Facebook is to teach people why they should leave Facebook.

- Mark Zuckerberg just dropped another $100M to protect his privacy - Boing Boing (via kenyatta)
22 May 16:59

New Orleans' Tourism Industry Says the State's ‘Religious Freedom’ Order Is Bad for Business

by Aarian Marshall
Image Flickr/Infrogmation of New Orleans
Celebrating Pride in the French Quarter (Flickr/Infrogmation of New Orleans)

However you feel about the controversial religious freedom bill signed into law in Indiana this past March, there’s one fact that’s not up for debate: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was bad for the Hoosier state’s bottom line.

Indiana Republicans said they meant the legislation to prevent the government from intruding on citizens’ religious rights without a compelling interest; civil rights advocates, meanwhile, argued that the law gave businesses an opening to discriminate against LGBT people on religious grounds. Though the law was “fixed” in early April with explicit language intended to protect people of all “sexual orientations” and “gender identities” (civil rights proponents say it’s still not enough), Indiana’s pocketbook had already taken a hit: Big groups canceled long-planned conventions in Indianapolis, major businesses nixed programs that required customer and employee travel to the state, travel brands warned tourists they could face discrimination, and the Hoosier government had to refine and then relaunch expensive public relations campaigns.

So when Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a similar executive order in that state earlier this week “to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman,” the New Orleans tourism industry moved quickly.

Their official response: Something close to “Oh, hell no.”

New Orleans’ city code already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, sexual orientation or gender identification.

In a joint statement, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) told potential travelers that Jindal’s move was little more than a political stunt. (There’s been wide speculation that Jindal will run for president.) “This executive order is largely a political statement by our conservative governor in support of his national position on the issue,” the groups said in a statement. “It is important for those who visit Louisiana to know that its effect in essence is that of a political campaign document.”

The executive order has no real power, the groups reassured prospective tourists. But Jindal handed the order down on the heels of a similar law’s rejection in the Louisiana legislature—and a bill like that, the tourism industry says, could cost the state more than a billion dollars a year and thousands of jobs.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu also responded quickly, releasing his own (and, it should be noted, similarly ineffectual) executive order yesterday  reminding city residents and visitors that city code already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, sexual orientation or gender identification.

The industry is right to be worried: Tourism is the third largest industry in Louisiana, and is particularly important to New Orleans, which is still, nearly 10 years later, working to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Numbers released last year show that a record number of visitors spent $6.47 billion in the city in 2013. A survey conducted by the local government found that 55.4 percent of the city’s business travelers extended their stay for an average of two nights—just for fun. Meanwhile, Americans (and particularly the large corporations they work for) are newly sensitive to sexual discrimination issues.

Whether Jindal’s move is good politics remains to be seen, but Indianapolis’ empty convention halls shows it could cause things to get tough in the Big Easy.

21 May 23:10

babygoatsandfriends: i gots leaf


llama san


i gots leaf

20 May 11:00

Macramé Revisted: Cafe Gratitude in Downtown LA

by Margot Guralnick

wait.... cafe gratitude is a chain?

If you watched the last episode of Mad Men and/or groovy is a word you're ready to put back into play, you're likely in the perfect mood for Cafe Gratitude's latest branch in Downtown LA. As the signs in the windows of the organic, vegetarian, plant-based mini-chain say: "I am present" and "I am cool." And the same can be said for Wendy Haworth's inviting, decades-bridging design. 

Photography by Nicole LaMotte.

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA designed by Wendy Haworth | Remodelista

Above: Haworth, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, was presented with a brand-new shell—the cafe is in the just-finished One Santa Fe building—and asked to telegraph "the community-minded values of the Cafe Gratitude concept, which include authenticity and respect for nature and others." (And the cafe does its part: "Approximately 75 percent of the food is grown at the restaurant's own Be Love organic farm," Haworth tells us.) In response, she reached out to a number of local artisans, who happen to be in the midst of their own sixties-tinged groove. As a backdrop, Haworth inserted a brick veneer to the bar wall: "Typically, I prefer real materials, but to counter the austere newness, I liked the idea of having a perimeter that feels solid."

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA, Wendy Haworth design | Remodelista

Above: Haworth collaborated on the overall concept with architect Victor Corona of VMC Architecture, who focused on the layout and kitchen design.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the cafe offers a range of vibes courtesy of seating, from bar stools to banquettes (and there's also an outdoor terrace). The wood floors are cerused engineered oak from Universal Hardwood. The beamed ceiling is modeled after Haworth's own 1920s apartment in West Hollywood. The brass pendant lights and sconces are by Remodelista favorite Atelier de Troupe of LA.

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA designed by Wendy Haworth | Remodelista

Above L: LA ceramicist Heather Levine made the bar's custom stoneware pendant lights. (See more of her work in our recent post The Bohemian Life: Designer Lauren Soloff at Home in LA.) Above R: The macramé wall hangings on driftwood—priced on Etsy at $65 and $70—are by Marisa of Free Creatures.

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA, Wendy Haworth design | Remodelista

Above: White Thonet Armchairs from DWR surround a marble-topped cafe table. Haworth had the brass bar shelving made by Eric Beneker Design, and the stools are her own design of powder-coated steel with paper-cord seating and footrests.

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA designed by Wendy Haworth | Remodelista

Above L: The hanging-screen room dividers are the work of The California Workshop, specialists in lightweight, laser-cut wood designs. Above R: Hollyflora supplied the plants and hanging planters. (For those old enough to remember: Is macramé better the second time around? We think so.)

Cafe Gratitude downtown LA designed by Wendy Haworth | Remodelista

Above: Haworth inserted a touch of color with mustard-colored fiberglass Eiffel Shell Chairs from Modernica that stand under a raked plaster wall.

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA, Wendy Haworth design | Remodelista

Above: Stacks of yellow and white dishes add a graphic element.

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA designed by Wendy Haworth | Remodelista

Above L: The yellow dishes are Fiesta (the updated Fiestaware) in Sunflower. Above R: Words of "gratitude and optimism" are etched on the water bottles—aka Affirmation Bottles—from a company called Spoken Glass.

Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA designed by Wendy Haworth | Remodelista

Above: A fiddle leaf fig stands guard—and, Haworth reports, so far is thriving. Read all about the finicky favorite on Gardenista, including The Fig and I: Tips for Caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. For more, go to Cafe Gratitude and Wendy Haworth Design Studio.

Consult our LA City Guide for more of our LA recommendations, including The Malibu Farm Cafe. And for a touch of Cafe Gratitude in your own home, consider Bohemian Modern Ceramic Bells.

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20 May 16:08

Irregular Work Schedules Have the Biggest Impact on Women

by Laura Bliss
Image AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin workers unpack items at the inbound and stow-stocking area. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Many of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. are supported by millions of workers who are paid hourly wages. It is a volatile foundation. Increasingly, these hourly employees are often notified of their shifts, or of cancelled shifts, within mere hours before they are set to begin—in turn causing unpredictable income. A 2014 Federal Reserve survey showed that about 30 percent of Americans struggle with income instability. A majority pointed to fluctuating work hours as the cause.

And as a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy finds, women are burdened most by the volatility of hourly work. They are more likely to work jobs that pay on an hourly basis, according to the report, at 61 percent compared to 56 percent of men. In particular, women of color dominate the hourly workforce: They are twice as likely to work in an hourly job as in a salaried one, while white women are 1.4 times more likely.

Working part-time (less than 34 hours per week) further exacerbates the domino effects of irregular scheduling. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2010, 26.6 percent of women worked part time, compared to just 13.4 percent of men. About half of all women who work hourly part-time jobs do so because of childcare issues, family obligations, or their own educational commitments.

The “flexibility” of an hourly part-time job is a catch-22.

And yet, the “flexibility” of an hourly part-time job is a catch-22: It can actually make it harder to fulfill all of those other responsibilities. When you’re on call from your manager, how can you line up a babysitter, get to class, or pick up your dad’s medication on a consistent basis, and still get paid? The authors write:

For example, the Current Population Survey shows that each week over 80,000 part-time workers had to take unpaid leave because of school or family obligations, over double the number of full-time workers who had to do the same. Among full-time workers, such breaks in employment were much more likely to be paid—but they were also less likely to be absent from work for these reasons in the first place.

Such work/life volatility amounts to tremendous stress, which in turn can impact a worker’s ability to sleep, and her overall health—plus, that of her children. A 2007 study cited by the report found a link between children’s worsened cognitive, behavioral, and mental health and the stress of their parents who worked irregular hours.

And who’s still significantly more likely to care for those children, in addition to juggling other responsibilities? Women.

And these problems will only worsen, as the sectors most heavily concentrated with hourly female employees—retail, healthcare, and food service—are also projected to be some of the fastest growing in the next decade.

“These trends are undermining women’s earning potential and bargaining power to achieve equal pay, higher wages and advancement,” the authors write. “New policies that ensure predictable schedules, give employees a voice in their schedules, ensure quality part-time employment and access to stable, full-time schedules will improve the lives of everyone—especially working women and their families.”

19 May 07:54



Hi otters
You are not the worst, I just thought you would enjoy this.

19 May 22:56

cidersnob: Photos from Tilted Shed CiderworksI recently had the...

Ellen Cavalli pouring Lost Orchard cider.

Scott Heath pouring some barrel samples. (Good stuff on the way!)

Where the magic happens.

Tasting room photos of some of their favoirite cider-apple varieties.

Tasting room photos of the Lost Orchard, etc.

David Ridenhour aka "The Apple Destroyer" helps out. The scythe is not actually in his head.

L to R: Unreleased Kingston Black SV, Inclinato (Spanish style cider), Lost Orchard Cider, Barred Rock Cider, Graviva Cider (Gravenstein + other apples) Not shown: January Barbeque Smoked Cider


Photos from Tilted Shed Ciderworks

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Tilted Shed Ciderworks tasting room in Windsor, Sonoma County, California. If you follow this blog, you’ve seen me previously post links to Tilted Shed’s blog, where Ellen Cavalli periodically reports on their adventures growing apples and making cider.

Tilted Shed is run by Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli. Their story has been widely reported before and so I won’t repeat it here.  CIDERCRAFT Magazine has a good article about them here, and Sonoma Magazine has an article about Tilted Shed and their neighbors Devoto Orchards which features a classic “American Gothic” photo of Scott and Ellen. (go on, click that, it’s fun!)

So I’ll cut to the chase.  In my opinion, Tilted Shed makes the best cider in California. They’re the spiritual leader of the California craft-cider movement. They’re the pointy-end of the panking pole (if panking poles had pointy ends.) They’re making small batches of traditional cider using good apples and that is worth noticing. 

Oh, did I mention that their apples are all dry-farmed in various orchards in Sonoma County where apple orchards are under constant threat from viticulture and more recently, drought?  It’s tough job and they’re making it look easy where it assuredly is not. 

Aside from their own 5-acre farm, Tilted Shed also discovered the “Lost Orchard” - a 30-year old orchard with a treasure of traditional cider-apple trees like Kingston Black, Nehou, Muscat de Bernay, and Roxbury Russet. They are slowly restoring this orchard and its fruit is used in their traditional “Lost Orchard Cider” product. It’s a great story and a great asset and I look forward to more exciting “Lost Orchard” ciders in the coming years.

As I write this, Ellen and Scott are in New York promoting their products in New York city restaurants and wine shops.  Aside from that, they are mostly available in the Bay Area of California.  Check our their “Where to Buy” list for more information. And if you’re ever up in Sonoma doing a wine tour - take a minute to stop by Tilted Shed, Devoto, or other Sonoma cideries and support the rich apple & cider tradition of Sonoma County.

Photos: click on the photos for captions.

19 May 23:00

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Edit: Found more details here, professor is Sydney Engelberg of Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Bringing a baby to class is so completely disrespectful of the other students who are spending thousands of dollars to go to school only to have their learning disrupted by the most horrible sound on earth. This woman is incredibly selfish.

are you kidding me? this woman needs an education too, especially since she now has a child to take care of. yes, she brought her baby to class, but do you honestly think she would have done that if she had any other option? she’s not being selfish, she’s trying to simultaneously get an education while raising a baby. and just as a side note, “other students who are spending thousands of dollars” yeah she’s a student too meaning she’s also spending those thousands of dollars.

as a student, i would much rather my fellow classmates brought their kids with them than miss an important class. a child is nothing compared to all the other distractions in a classroom, i s2g. half of the time, i see more than 50% of my fellow classmates on their phones or laptops instead of paying attention to a prof (and i’m guilty of being one of them) so why in the hell is a baby more “disrupting” than someone playing candy crush?? and she was going to leave when the child started geetting restless but the prof CHOSE to help her out so she could stay. THAT IS AWESOME!!!

i went to school with my mom when she was in college all the time. i sat in lit classes, chinese history, etc. granted, i was like 8 or 9 at the time and played pokemon all the way through but having a kid should NOT prevent any parent from getting their education and i’m glad to see this prof take it in stride and recognize that student parents are under SO MUCH PRESSURE to get through school and handle their family at the same time. 

I remember seeing preschool age kids sitting in on my classes because the nontraditional students couldn’t get babysitters on days the preK or daycare was closed.  One time I shared my colored pencils with a little girl.  Profs never said a word about it when it happened–except one who cracked a joke about watching his language on that day.  I’d rather work with the single mom or dad who has to bring a kid to a study session than a fratboi dudebro who just wants to copy all my notes any damn day.   (True story.)

The original story even says the professor encourages the students to bring their children to class - probably because he’d rather they turned up than have to skip due to a lack of alternative childcare.

Blogger describes them self as a feminist but can’t garner an ounce of compassion for a mother who obviously had no other option. Nice.

^^^ I was a non traditional student & while I tried to never bring my kid to class if I could help it, sometimes there was nothing else I could do. So glad I had teachers & classmates who were understanding.

19 May 07:57



Turns out everyone is terrible

18 May 22:07

siddharthasmama:Myth: women of color, particularly black women,...


via ThePrettiestFirehosen


Myth: women of color, particularly black women, abuse the system and are “welfare queens”.

Reality: white women/families are the biggest recipient group and are also more likely to abuse the service and commit fraud.

18 May 00:23

actjustly: This is too accurate.


This is too accurate.

17 May 15:32

The Twenty-Four Hour Loaf

by Nicola

In the opening episode of the BBC’s new three-part series, “Inside the Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made,” we spend an hour watching a loaf of supermarket sliced white get made.

There is a short diversion into the history of bread-making (including Victorian-era DIY tests for alum adulteration) and a brief interlude in an oak forest to sample some wild yeast, but the star of the show is the factory itself: the mesmerising, balletic, perpetual motion machine installed beneath Allied Bakeries’ unpromising, West Bromwich-based, hangar-style shed.

First, the ingredients are rounded up. There is a stock shot of a combine harvester at work, but the real action takes place at the flour mill and yeast bioreactor. At Coronet Mill in Manchester, kernels of wheat loop through six miles of pipe, from mill to sieve, to mill to sieve, and around again, until they are reduced to dust.

6 miles of pipe

IMAGE: Six miles of pipe transport whole kernels, milled wheat, and flour around the ten-storey mill. Screen grab from the BBC.

The sieves themselves look like a series of self-storage lockers mounted on a seismic shake table. Rows of off-white boxes punctuated at regular intervals with green doors wiggle and bounce, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.


IMAGE: Sieves. Screen grab from the BBC.

Meanwhile, in Suffolk, six gigantic bioreactors turn 0.1 gram of yeast into 30,000 kilos (enough for 1.2 million loaves of bread) in just four days, before spraying, squeezing, and dehydrating it.

Yeast Factory bioreactors

IMAGE: The yeast factory’s bioreactors. Screen grab from the BBC.


IMAGE: Extruded and dried bakers’ yeast. Screen grab from the BBC.

Tankers bring the highly combustible flour, living yeast, and a variety of other emulsifiers and additives to West Bromwich, and then the supermarket loaf’s twenty-four hour journey from flour to shelf begins.

Only three and a half hours of that are required to knead, proof, bake, slice, and bag the bread; the rest is allocated to sorting, loading, and delivery. During that three and a half hours, the bread never stops moving.

30 seconds relaxation 460

IMAGE: Dough balls “rest” for thirty-seconds for the gluten to form. Screen grab from the BBC.

Even the thirty-second “relaxation” period required between kneading and proving the dough takes place on a series of otherwise unnecessary conveyor belt loops. This is building as circulation: a gluten-based Epcot ride and mesmerizing Chris Burden installation rolled into one.

Ferris Wheel Proving

IMAGE: Proving dough. Screen grab from the BBC.

While a giant ferris wheel takes the loaves for a spin, muffins are funneled down Carsten Höller-worthy slides and into a series of race-track start gates.

Muffin slides

IMAGE: The slide slows and separates the muffins for the quality control inspector. Screen grab from the BBC.

Muffin racing

IMAGE: On your marks: the muffins head out onto the packaging track. Screen grab from the BBC.

Thus far, the process at least resembles a mechanical interpretation of home bread-baking, albeit using double the ingredients and a fraction of the time. But there is a secret to supermarket bread’s combination of squishiness and spreadability: a deft series of moves that rolls up the dough ball like a cigar, cuts it into four, and then squeezes it back together again in the tin.

1 Roll up

IMAGE: The bread dough is rolled like a cigar. Screen grab from the BBC.

2 Slice

IMAGE: This machine then slices and folds it in two, and then in two again, before funneling it back together. Screen grab from the BBC.

4 Four-way

IMAGE: The four dough cylinders, lined up so that their grain alternates. Screen grab from the BBC.

5 In tin

IMAGE: And then dropped in the tin, to reform into a single loaf. Screen grab from the BBC.

As the bread proves and bakes, the four cylinders become one again—but, because the grain of the dough flows in alternating directions, the resulting loaf is much less likely to tear under your butter knife.

6 Structure

IMAGE: The loaf on the left was not divided into four; the loaf on the right was. Screen grab from the BBC.

After a trip through the room-sized oven, the bread must be cooled to below 30°C, in order to be sliced and bagged. This is “the one bit of the process we can’t speed up,” Allied Bakeries’ manager complains. Over the course of two hours, the loaves slowly circulate up to the top of a multi-storey fridge and then wind their way down the other side.

Spiral looking up

IMAGE: Spiraling up the cooling tower. Screen grab from the BBC.

2 spirals

IMAGE: Two spirals in the cooling tower. Screen grab from the BBC.

After a trip through the slicer*, an ingenious blow-and-scoop motion inflates a plastic bag in time to catch the loaf as it falls from one conveyor belt to another.


IMAGE: Bagging the bread. Screen grab from the BBC.

And, with a final pass through the metal detector, the loaf’s journey grinds to a temporary halt. At some point in the next twenty hours, supermarket orders will come in, and pickers will load it onto a pallet, and then a lorry. From there, it goes from supermarket shelf to basket, to stomach—or, as the show’s presenters pointed out, the bin. (British shoppers throw away the equivalent of one out of every three loaves purchased.)

The episode is still available on iPlayer, as are the subsequent programmes in the series, on milk and chocolate. It’s the kind of food television I love—and that is vanishingly rare. Although the presenters point out the differences between industrial processes and home baking and the unnecessary nature of much food waste, there is no agenda other than curiosity. Most of us—even those of us that write and think about food almost constantly, like me—will never have seen the inside of commercial bakery, let alone the yeast bioreactors and flour mills that feed it. And it is a fascinating, awe-inspiring, and occasionally revelatory sight.

*As designer and food historian Cory Bernat once pointed out, sliced bread wasn’t really the greatest thing until cellophane came along to keep it fresh. Although Iowan Otto Rohwedder designed his “single-step bread slicing machine” in the 1920s, when the first pre-sliced loaf was sold on July 7, 1928, it was wrapped in wax paper, which was far from air-tight, as well as difficult to reseal. Fortunately, DuPont came out with the first impermeable plastic wrapping in 1927, and by the early 1930s, sliced bread was being sold in cellophane. “Cellophane on bread! Impossible, one might say, but it’s a fact,” reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 1934.

For another look at food manufacturing’s industrial sublime, see “In the Time of Full Mechanisation.”

Thanks for the tip, Mum!