Ariel Soto-Suver

Getting into a pickle: Canning beans and beets at La Cocina

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I'm a sucker for pickled things, probably because I grew up in a house where my dad always had a pot of kimchee fermenting on the counter or a bottle of homemade pineapple vinegar, getting perfectly bubbly on top of the fridge. Preserving food also feels very nostalgic for the times when our great-grandparents would can the summer's bounty so we could eat peaches and tomatoes through the winter. So you can imagine how excited I was to take my dad with me to La Cocina for a pickling party with Emiliana Puyane of Jarred SF Brine, to brush up on our fermentation implementation. Read more »

Telegenic Band Check: Mr. Kind

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Mr. Kind's Brian Bergeron and Kyle Kelly-Yahner rocked out on a perfect summer afternoon in an apartment somewhere in the Mission. Catch their EP release at Hotel Utah on July 27.

Tasting the rainbow at CUESA's Stone Fruit Tour

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Photos by Bowerbird Photography

As a child, my mom remembers driving with her father to a cherry farm to check out the farmer's crop. My grandfather was a wholesale produce man whose job was to visit farms and buy whole harvests for the season. The farmer would give her huge cherries bigger than her hand and allowed her to gorge on the juicy fruit. My grandfather died when my mom was five years old, and so this memory is special to her. This story is important to me as well, since I never met my grandfather, and have always been curious about California's orchards.

CUESA, which organizes the farmers' market at the Ferry Building, also hosts farm tours. I signed up for the Stone Fruit Tour, and boarded a bus on Fri/15 which left the Ferry Building and took us to the Central Valley, first stopping at Bella Viva orchards in Denair, about two hours east of the city.

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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's look: Zea, Mission Sunday Streets

Tell us about your look: "My fashion is inspired by the people of Santa Cruz."

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Ariel Soto-Suver was strolling Sunday Streets in the Mission -- its home every first Sunday this summer, did you hear? -- when she happened across some perfect examples of SF summer weekend chic. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Ariel Soto-Suver was strolling Sunday Streets in the Mission -- its home every first Sunday this summer, did you hear? -- when she happened across some perfect examples of SF summer weekend chic. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Ariel Soto-Suver was strolling Sunday Streets in the Mission -- its home every first Sunday this summer, did you hear? -- when she happened across some perfect examples of SF summer weekend chic. Read more »

Street Threads, doggie style at The Whole Enchihuahua

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As a street fashion photographer responsible for capturing the Bay's best looks in the Guardian's Street Threads feature (and photo book), I'm always on the lookout for well-dressed San Franciscans. Imagine my delight when Sam Love and I stopped by the SFSPCA's Whole Enchihuahua at Dolores Park on June 2 and encountered a mega-litter of fashion-forward pooches. It was Street Threads, doggie style! Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Guardian street fashion photog Ariel Soto-Suver was on the scene at Bayview Opera House's Saturday summer concert series. The al fresco community fete was packed with rows of organic kale and college prep tutors -- but also fashion. Read on for braided Renee's style philosophy -- and check out Soto-Suver's shots of Elwood from earlier this week.  Read more »

O, queso! Delectable slices of Spain and Portugal

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“Don't. Eat. The. Cheese.”

I kept telling myself this as I stared down at my plate during the Cheeses of Spain and Portugal Class at the Cheese School on May 23. Nine slices of sweating, salty, pungent wonderfulness looked back at me, taunting. Thankfully, there were endless glasses of delicious white wine to drink before the class started.

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