Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tea Lounge in San Francisco!


Credit- Neela Shukla
Here again, I am writing about a Tea place in San Francisco, where people stop for drinking afternoon tea and follow the rituals associated with it. This place brings a unique experience and it has been accomplished with branding and decor. The interior decor, the accessories, the menu etc exports one into Victorian time. We were across the street seeing Photo exhibits and ended up stopping here. It was the name DARTEALING Lounge grabbed our attention. I am glad that we found this place.

High Tea concept was very popular in Victorian time. Generally, afternoon tea was served with finest china, sterling silver dishware and beautiful linen and accompanied with small bites including small sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. This place has a feel of a parlor with soft yellow lights, glass chandeliers, lace tablecloths and other accessories. People were enjoying tea, snacks and socializing with their friends and loved ones. Everyone was leisurely enjoying the afternoon. In the midst of hustle bustle of San Francisco, this Tea Lounge transformed us in a different era. I am not sure I like tea or the rituals about drinking tea.

Check out the painting below and the photo next to it gives the similar feelings of that era.



People are sitting leisurely, drinking exotic tea and eating bite-sized finger food and no body is on cell phone!





 Comfortable Seating of different types.    Photo Credit- Neela Shukla
 Accessories and menu help create different time period.    Photo Credit- Neela Shukla

Sunday, February 15, 2015

You can paint with all the colors of the wind !

Recently, I have been seeing the world with different eyes. I see the colors in the buildings as well as in nature, I also see changes in the colors with different lights. I am posting few photos to show various colors, I am seeing around in Bay area.
1- Movie Theater in San Jose, CA
I have gone to this movie theater before and never noticed these colors. Real Bright and Bold!  They are perfect to represent San Jose, it's history and people living around.
Bright and Bold Colors in Cinema Theater in San Jose, CA     photo credit: Neela Shukla
Structure and geometry of the building is emphasized by the colors and lightsphoto credit: Neela Shukla
2- Magnolia Tree with pinkish to purple flowers
Against the blue sky, the colors of the flowers are delight to our eyes.
Magnolia Tree with lily and tulip shaped pinkish to purplish flowers    photo credit: Neela Shukla
3- Mustard field with apple tree orchard hidden on the side of the road
 Perfect infill property of open field in the middle of the residential and commercial developement  photo : Neela
This reminded me of the song of Disney film " Pocahontas" - "Colors of the Wind"

I love few lines of the song, here they are-
.......But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew........


and
.......For whether we are white or copper skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind.......

Here is the link