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Markus Glocker's Pea Soup with Sweetbreads at Bâtard

<i>Welcome to The Hot Dish, a behind the scenes look at the making of the dishes of the moment.</i><p>"This isn't a rocket science dish, but it is about really good ingredients and good flavors and treating them respectfully," says chef <b>Markus Glocker</b> of his English pea soup with crispy sweetbreads at Tribeca …

Tips for Shooting and Processing Better Black and White Photographs

Photography, as you know, is fundamentally the capturing of light; you are not taking pictures of objects as much as you are recording the light that …

3 Easy Steps Using Photoshop to Making your Images POP

Having taught in-depth image post-processing workshops for Photoshop users, I’ve found that three of the simplest techniques are the ones that people …

Photography

What $15 Minimum Wage Can Rent You Around Seattle

[Photo:Eli Sanders]<p>Back when we charted out what you could rent with a minimum wage salary in Seattle the first time, we were using the $9.19/hour figure. With the news that the minimum wage will be rising (eventually) to $15/hour, we thought we might try to update our findings.<p>We took $15/hour, …

The Five Least Expensive Properties For Sale In Eastlake

<i>This week we're checking out the five least expensive properties for sale in Eastlake. Boundaries are set by the realtors. We didn't include any property that's currently in contract. A friendly reminder: read the fine print, as some of these abodes have strings attached.</i><p><b>Address</b>: 2905 B Franklin …

What $1,200/Month Can Rent You In Queen Anne

<i>Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Seattle neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: approximately $1,300/month in and around Seattle.</i><p>Right at the bottom of Queen Anne …

Seattle's Best Areas For Affordable Homes Near Quality Schools

One of the most important questions a family asks before buying a new home is "<b>What are the local schools like?</b>" Most real estate search sites offer a school search feature, but Seattle-based <b>Estately</b> wanted to help Seattle residents find the most affordable home within the best school service area. …

Another Day, Another Judgmental Map Of Seattle

At this rate, someone is going to have to make a judgmental map of all of the judgmental maps of Seattle. We've already got this offensive map and this offensive map but <b>what's one more to add to the pile?</b> Here's the latest one, which seems to have a bit more of a sense of humor than some of its …

How Much For This 'Central Park West' Condo In First Hill?

<i>PriceSpotter is Curbed's asking price guessing game. We provide you with some details and pictures from an apartment listing, and you take a crack at the price in the comments. Tomorrow we reveal the answer. And hey, no cheating!</i><p>First Hill Pricespotter<p><b>What Is It?</b>: 3-BR/2.5-bath condo in First</b> …

Seattle Open House Report: Ballard Edition

<b>Location</b>: 2026 NW 62nd St.<b><br>Size</b>: 4-BR, 2.5 bath, 1,939 sq. ft. townhouse<b><br>Price</b>: $674K<b><br>Pitch</b>: "Quality craftsmanship completes this 1,939 sq. ft. built green home, which offers radiant heating, and Hardie siding. Enjoy oak hardwood floors, custom metal railings, SS appliances, Bellmont cabinets, Chroma …

Stay a while in Seattle's 10 best vacation rentals

Houseboats, treehouses, farms, and more<p>We’ve got some bad news: The word is getting out about Seattle summers. The inevitable phone calls and requests from friends and family to come visit are coming, if they haven't already.<p>Certainly they can't stay with you—don’t they know the cost of any …

5 Tips to Seriously Improve Your Food Photography Techniques

Food photography is arguably one of the most challenging types of photography out there. Like painting, you start with a blank canvas and build. …

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry Lists Oakland Penthouse

222 BROADWAY #1501 Stephen Curry<p>Property records confirm that Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha bought this <b>3-bed, 3.5-bath, 2,084-square-foot loft penthouse</b> at the Ellington in Oakland back in November of last year. Shoot forward to present day and the couple's put the home on the market for …

More Expensive than Paris

We all know San Francisco's expensive, but is it really more expensive than a major European capital known for outrageous real estate prices? According to Expatistan's cost of living index comparison, apparently so. San Francisco's cost of living now clocks in at a whopping <b>22% higher</b> than Paris'. …

Renter Woes

If you're <b>renting a condo</b> and the condo owner is going to put the unit on the market, do you have to move out? If you can legally stay, does the owner have a right to paint and stage the unit you're currently living in? Head over to the SF Appeal to see what advice attorney Dave Crow has to give. …

The Wisdom of the Heart: Henry Miller on the Art of Living

<b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980) — voracious reader, masterful letter-writer, champion of combinatorial creativity, one disciplined writer — spent a good portion of his career freelancing for various literary periodicals. In April of 1939, <i>Modern Mystic</i> magazine commissioned him to …

Think You've Found "the One"? Here's How to Solidify the Deal

Let's talk about <b>closing the deal on your dream apartment</b>. Once you've found "the one" and put in your application, the ball is in the landlord's court to approve you. But in this competitive of a market, scoring a lease isn't just between you and your prospective landlord – it also involves all the …

‘Big, dirty’ Oakland 2nd on travelers’ unfriendliest U.S. cities list

Oakland beats L.A. — but not in a good way — on a newly published list of unfriendliest U.S. cities, based on a survey of Conde Nast Traveler readers. Only Newark, N.J., topped the Other City By the Bay in inhospitality, with Los Angeles rating a mere sixth place for surliness. Here’s how the …

S.F.'s Izakaya Roku is more in line with Japan’s izakayas, placing drinking ahead of eating in a crowded, bustling and quirky atmosphere. If you go, be sure to order the crispy chicken wings. Read more: http://bit.ly/13IHqic Photo: John Storey, special to The Chronicle

On The Hunt: Applications that Move You the Front

<i>At this very moment, Curbed's very own Abby Pontzer is on the hunt for an apartment in San Francisco. As any current apartment-seeking SFian knows, it's more difficult than ever to score a lease in the city right now. We're giving her a space here on Curbed to share her stories of hope, failure and</i> …

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Black & White 101, by Sid Peña

Out of The Shadows II by Sid Peña<p>Black & white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which …

Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read

<i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> Isabel Allende advised, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> <i>“Inspiration is for amateurs,”</i> Chuck Close famously proclaimed, <i>“the rest of us just show up and get to work.”</i> <i>“When you work regularly,”</i> Gretchen Rubin asserted, <i>“inspiration strikes regularly.”</i> But as …

So You Want To Be a Writer: Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity

Why do writers — great writers — write? We’ve heard from George Orwell, Joan Didion, and Susan Sontag. But one of the most poignant answers comes from a somewhat unlikely source: <b>Charles Bukowski</b> (August 16, 1920–March 9, 1994) — he both cynical and soulful, and always unapologetically …

ProCamera: Five tips for sharper iPhone photos

<i>Written by Misho Baranovic. Originally published on the ProCamera blog</i><p>Over the past few years shooting with the iPhone and ProCamera one of the most …

Don’t let your age stand in the way of a career change

If there’s a topic I get asked by readers fairly often, it’s related to age, much like the following example:<p><i>I have had a job for a long time, but now I’m in my 50s and looking for work. What are the chances I’ll find a job when younger job seekers require less money?</i><p>This is one area that worries …