And one more thing: in preparation for Android launch, we checked out the Findery map. We were thrilled to find that there is a note in every country. And by every country we mean all 196 – or 240 depending on the source! – including Krgyzstan and Djibouti. (Check out our favorites.) Thank you to all of our wonderful contributors. Here’s to many more!
The Findery Team
And I can hardly wait
To see those lights again
A part of me remains
I’m forever changed
You’re always almost there
It’s a love and hate affair
I believe them when they say
You never leave LA
– You Never Leave L.A., by Teitur
It doesn’t matter what you call it, L.A. is many things to many people. Whatever you’re looking for in L.A., you’ll find it on Findery. There are notes documenting everything from the Hollywood Sign, to Bela Lugosi’s (aka Dracula) gravesite, to Santa Monica. Thanks to these notemaps, believe me when I say, you never have to leave L.A
LOST IN LOS ANGELES.
Yes, L.A. is glamorous. Yes, it’s full of celebrities (and their egos, keepers and publicists). But L.A. is also funky, off beat, proudly weird and full of independent creative types. If that sounds like your jam, check out @StayCurious’ collection of notes documenting the, uh, more colorful side of Lost Angeles.
If you want a full dose of L.A. quirk, forget Madame Tussauds and go visit Culver City’s Museum of Jurassic Technology instead. Chotskies on Hollywood Boulevard? No way. Buy local! Go get a mustache comb made by Nick Offerman, the actor who plays Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation.
Forget having your people call, well anyone (especially Chicken Boy)—get the scoop and get lost in L.A. with this notemap!
GET YOUR TACO ON!
Do you like tacos? I mean really like tacos? Well, Steve Akers (@7-how-7) has the perfect notemap for you. From NorCal to SoCal, from Dallas and beyond, Steve has curated a delicious Notemap of taco joints. Fancy tacos, hole in the wall tacos and locals only know about this place tacos.
Go find a taco joint on his notemap, order an ice cold Corona, grab some limes and lots of salsa verde and enjoy!
On this notemap you can be a fly on the wall when Marilyn Monroe met Ella Fitzgerald at the legendary Mocambo Nightclub, learn how they built the L.A. Coliseum–home of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games–and learn the industry stories and stars that were discovered at Schwab’s Drug Store.
Derek E. Baird is a fourth generation Southern Californian, green thumb and eater of cookies who currently lives in Palo Alto via Laguna Beach with stops in Salt Lake, Kansas City, West L.A., OKC, Stuttgart & the wonderland known as Cleveland.
Follow him on Findery: @derekeb
Photo: Los Angeles from Hollywood Bowl Overlook, by Sam Gao
The magic of traveling lies in the discovery of new things. The magic of Findery lies in the same place. I’m still a relatively new user here, still kicking the tires, still clicking right and left and seeing where it takes me. Lucky for me, I keep finding magic. The following notemaps were discovered just by clicking on the suggested notemaps at the bottom of other notemaps. It’s definitely not the only way to stumble upon great content on Findery.com, but it sure is a great way to discover little nuggets of pure joy. I hope they bring a smile to your face too.
Sidewalk Typos – I love, love, love coming across typos and mistakes when I’m out and about in the world. I think it springs from the fact that I was a terrible speller as a child, and to be honest, still am when spell-check isn’t helping me out. When I notice someone else’s misspellings it makes me feel a bit better about my own short comings. When those mistakes are immortalized in cement, well, that just makes my day. Apparently, San Francisco is rife with examples. Thanks @joemud.
Factory Visits – Ever since she could talk my 7-year-old has shared my fascination with how things are made. Whenever we travel we try to stop and visit factories along our route. This notemap by @Made highlights more than a few that are well worth the stop!
Yum! – Food is that one thing that has to be experienced through all the senses to be really appreciated. But sometimes just taking a visual tour of tasty finds is worth the trip. This notemap by @jessicaj is an eclectic roundup of all sorts of things that will make you go Yum! and then might make you go out and find a Yum! of your own.
Jessica Rosenberg is a “writer mama who loves to head out to explore the world with my two kids and the puppy at my side. Always on the hunt for a great story and a neat find.” Follow her on Findery: @kikarose
Here at Findery, we love it when people use the platform for their projects. Photographer Robert Dawson used it for his public library project. Artist Femi Martin left notes about the places where her relationships ended. Now, a lovely new member is inviting us to participate in a tiny monuments project. Think of it as marking places where you feel inspired. We’ll let @Questheart do the explaining.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
A game to push tectonic plates of love, life, and communication apart and create new landscapes of empowerment and mirth.
How do you play? Make a tiny monument to experience, a pattern break, a love note, a dreamscape drop, and post it on Findery, tag #questheart. Every note is a point. Every point adds 32 minutes to your life (this is an irrefutable fact).
Alex Rodriguez is a CODE 2040 intern at Findery. He is on the engineering team for the summer. One more year at UCSD beckons him back in the fall!
Are you in need of creepy notemaps or city exclusions? Have you visited Los Angeles or South of the Market, San Francisco? Here are a few of my favorite notemaps!
1. Haunted Los Angeles – I love the horror genre (from Carrie to the Shining to Rosemary’s Baby) and even more, creepy places to go to! Being from Los Angeles, I must pay a visit to these scary sightings!
2. SOMA – Living in the SOMA district, I have yet to explore all of the SOMA places to go to. This notemap places good locations to visit if you live there.
3. LAdventure – Being a LA native, I am one of those that has yet to explore the vast territories of Los Angeles. LostAndFound depicts great places, from letterpress locations to coffee boutiques, that you should dwell and see!
Nicollette Lui is a back-end engineer at Findery. Three Great Notemaps is a blog series, in which each Findery team member chooses their favorite notemaps – that’s our word for a collection of notes!
When I’m not traveling, I like to daydream about traveling. I love the feeling of being somewhere new, with so much to explore. It’s invigorating. But traveling doesn’t have to mean taking a five hour plane ride. That feeling of being somewhere ‘new’ can happen in your very own city! All you need is open eyes and a curious mind. Findery is great for discovering interesting tidbits about places and for marveling at your next destination (I confess, I do both). Here are three of my favorite notemaps:
Iceland Trip 2013 by @firda. Gaze at the beauty of Iceland and read about firda’s experience! A friend and I want to visit Iceland soon and this notemap has lots of great ideas for our trip.
Trees of San Francisco by @tree. Discover the different tree species growing in San Francisco (photos, locations and descriptions included). Tree has a wonderful series of notemaps cataloging trees in different cities.
Pink Lakes by @jessajames. PINK Lakes, what?! I know, I know, it sounds bizarre. But they exist! Look at the different shades of pink and read how these lakes came to be.
President Ronald Reagan was really on to something. I’m not talking about his “Reaganomics” or “War on Drugs.” He designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday (or shall I say Sundae?) as National Ice Cream Day. Recognizing ice cream as “fun and nutritious” I fulfilled my civic duty by trying nine ice cream shops across SF. I wanted to see how these shops and their ice cream, gelato and sorbet scoops stacked up. Literally. With so many “fresh”, “artisanal”, and “organic” options out there, it can be difficult to decide what cone is right for you. Do you value humor, sophistication, or something a little exotic? Use this as your guide to find your match in ice cream heaven. (Warning: This “research” was not condoned by my doctor, but was fully endorsed by my sweet tooth.)
The Clever Cone
Pictured: Breakfast of Champions and Brown Sugar Fennel. Photo by Erin Fong.
Humphry Slocomb is a scoop with a sense of humor from the two headed calf bust hanging in the shop to their clever website. (Be sure to browse their “ingredients” section. With flavors like Breakfast of Champions (bourbon and corn flakes), Harvey Milk, and Pepper & Mint Chip, you can have a belly full of laughs with a belly full of ice cream.
The Rite Cone
Pictured: Brown Sugar with Ginger Caramel Swirl and Honey Lavender topped with rainbow sprinkles! (Duh!) Photo by Erin Fong.
Bi-Rite is my long go-to ice cream parlor, even before a shop opened up a block from my house. I used to balk at the line twisting around the corner on 18th Street as eager sugar fiends melted for the salted caramel ice cream, and then of course, I promptly lined up before more people got in front of me.
Bi-Rite may be the pioneers of artisanal ice cream as they were the first SF shop to use Straus Creamery in 2006 (which was the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi!). Their rich ice cream is simple and balanced utilizing only 5 fresh ingredients to create flavors like Ricanelas (cinnamon with snickerdoodle cookie pieces), (vegan) Chocolate Coconut, and Basil (sourced from Full Belly Farms).
The Exotic Cone
Pictured: Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Yogurt Gelato. Photo by Erin Fong.
Literally translating to The Crazy Cup, La Copa Loca has some of the craziest flavors around. Owner Mauro grew up in a northern Italian kitchen and went back to master the art of gelato making in 2001. With a traditional gelato background that focuses on fresh ingredients and seasonal fruits, Copa Loca offers a wide selection of gelatos and sorbets in colors and flavors that I didn’t even know could exist…dragon fruit, soursop, camu camu. You see what I mean?
The Unsung Cone
Pictured: Scotch & Cigar and Thai Iced Tea. Photo by Erin Fong.
DeLise is in uncharted territory for me hiding in plain sight in North Beach. The ice cream aspect can easily be overlooked as they are also a cafe, bakery, and a great lunch spot. Using Straus Creamery and Clover Dairy products, husband and wife team Dennis and Eloise Leung (whose names combined create DeLise) are on top of their flavor combo game without getting too obscure. Offering new and inventive tastes by blending western and asian elements, the duo have developed some unexpected and seasonal flavors. Mooncake ice cream is in honor of the Moon Festival mixing lotus root paste with crumbles of pastry crust and salted egg yolk. Lucky for me their Father’s Day special, Scotch & Cigar, was still around, made from scotch and chopped up cigars (don’t worry, they are filtered out of the liquid) which leaves a lingering burnt flavor that’s so unique one lick just isn’t enough. I was incredibly impressed by DeLise and couldn’t believe I had never even heard of it before!
The Anywhere, USA Cone
Pictured: Their new flavor Chai Tea and the flavor of the month Bubble Gum (because that’s what I ordered as a child – exclusively). Photo by Erin Fong.
It seems like not much has changed at Joe’s Ice Cream, which has been serving the heart of the Richmond District since 1959 with its diner style service and parlor. It’s the type of ice cream parlor that you and I went to as a kid (if you lived anywhere other than San Francisco) and long before “artisanal” and “ice cream” were married. I was surprised to find flavors like Caferio (coffee and oreo) and Salted Caramel, and if you ever need a Chocolate Covered Banana this is the spot!
The Dainty Cone
Pictured: Summer Strawberry and Goat Cheese in a dainty little cone. Photo by Erin Fong.
Yo! There’s a new fro-yo in town. Eatwell Farm’s Icebox (in the Second Act Marketplace on Haight Street) swirls 4 artisanal frozen yogurt flavors using Straus Creamery alongside their organic and hyper-local ingredients from their very own Eatwell Farm just outside of Dixon, CA. Swirl the tried-and-true combo of Classic Vanilla and Stoneground Chocolate or get a little adventurous with Summer Strawberry and Goat Cheese. The handmade butter waffle cone is a no brainer and is the perfect size for a little summer pick-me up.
The Nostalgic Cone
Pictured: Blueberry and Caramelized Honey. Photo by Erin Fong.
Ice Cream Bar tugs on my Art Deco heartstrings. The place is adorable with black and white tiled floor (the cute hexagonal style tiles-not the squares), curved counter seating at the ice cream counter, AND a boozy soda fountain to boot. Its old-timey feel is authentic from the soda jerks (I’m not being a jerk, that’s what they were called) dressed in white aprons, hats and bow ties to the actual interior that was an original 1930s soda fountain driven out from its original location in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The nostalgic feel is countered with modern in-house flavors created daily with local and organic ingredients from Petaluma. It was a toss up between the Speakeasy Payback Porter, Snickerdoodle Cookie in Cream Cheese Ice Cream, and Creme Fraiche.
The Sophisticated Cone
Pictured: Olive Oil and French Lavender. Photo by Erin Fong.
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous are mysterious types. Their website is non-existent and a Google search only pulls up rave reviews. I made my way down to their cute brick building in Dogpatch and sampled from their limited selection of homemade ice creams. (Word on the street is that you can only sample 3 flavors, so I dared not ask for a 4th.) With flavors like Olive Oil, White Sesame, All American Bitter IPA, and Young Coconut, they really put the cream in ice cream with rich and sophisticated flavors, just like the shop itself.
Your Father’s Cone
Pictured: Turkish Coffee and Thin Mint. Photo by Erin Fong.
Swensen’s is in fact your Father’s ice cream cone, but that’s not a bad thing. In 1948 Earle Swensen opened up shop on Union and Hyde Street focusing on using the finest ingredients available in a perfect blend that was as ”Good as Father Used to Make.” Swensen’s became widely popular and was the first national Ice Cream Parlor to serve a natural premium ice cream. The landmark parlor still stands in Russian Hill scooping up a handful of the 150 flavors that Swensen developed (Swiss Orange Chip, Sticky Peanut Butter, Caramel Turtle Fudge). Despite all the flavors, Mr. Swensen still said classic vanilla was his favorite, and classic is exactly what Swensen’s is!
Like any relationship, sometimes the first one’s not right for you, and that’s ok. Get back out there and try again. There are plenty of scoops in the ice cream sea. And trust me, two scoops are better than one.
For more ice cream around the world, go here!
Festival season is officially underway in Chicago. If you’re coming for Pitchfork or Lollapalooza, don’t miss out on what the rest of the city has to offer. We wait all year for summer – you may have heard that we just had an epically terrible winter – and this is the best time to take in all that’s awesome about Chicago.
Go Ahead, Be a Tourist
There’s no shame in getting your tourist fix–Chicago has some awesome things to see and do. If you want a break from the heat, The Art Institute is right near Lollapalooza and is home to some of the best art in the country (and the cleanest bathrooms). If you’re more into street art, go directly to Pilsen. While there’s amazing art to be found on almost every flat surface, the 16th street murals project sponsored by the neighborhood’s Alderman features block and blocks of murals by famous and not-so-famous artists. While in Pilsen, eat at any Mexican restaurant, The Honky Tonk BBQ or Nightwood.
Take in a day game at Wrigley Field. (Do it even if you don’t like baseball; the Cubs are terrible and it’s all about the people watching anyway). While you’re in the neighborhood, drop into The Alley to get something pierced, or just check out the corner that made the 90s cool for many of us: Clark and Belmont.
People in Chicago like to go to the top of things. If that’s your jam, head to The Sears Tower or to the Signature Lounge at the Hancock Center. To see the city’s great architecture without spending a nice day inside, get on a boat. The Architectural Boat Tour is awesome. Locals use out-of-town guests as an excuse to go again. While you’re downtown, check out Millennium Park, have yourself a little photoshoot at the Bean and splash around in the water with the kids.
Divvy bikes, conveniently located across from the Gold Star. Image: Libby Lowe.
With all of your festival revelling, you’ll be glad to know that public transportation in Chicago is relatively safe, easy and—in many cases—available 24 hours a day. The Green Line L train will take you to Pitchfork (as will the Ashland bus if you are coming or going from Wicker Park), the Blue line will shuttle you between Logan Square, Wicker Park and downtown, and if you’re here for Lollapalooza, you have your choice of trains and busses. Uber is everywhere, too.
Divvy, the city’s bike sharing option, is a great way to get from here to there—BYO Helmet. Tip: Google your route to check for bike lanes and avoid biking on Ashland. Cut a few blocks west to Wood Street where traffic is lighter and there’s a bike lane in place. Milwaukee Avenue and Damen are also bike friendly. If you’re going to and from the heart of the city for Lollapalooza, Kinzie (hello protected bike lane!) is your best bet.
Join the Taco Party
For post-festival eats, skip the hot dogs and pizza, and have some tacos. There are a number of neighborhoods where you can stumble across $2 taco bliss. But, let’s focus on what’s close to festival central.
If it’s late and you want a quick fix, your best best is to head to West Town. On Chicago Avenue, you’ll hit the goldmine of open-late, cheap taco shops. The best is Taqueria Traspasada (cash only, open until 1am).
The best place to be part of the hispter taco revolution that has swept the city in the last few years, is Big Star in Wicker Park. If the patio is packed, order from the takeout window and plant yourself across the street in on the grass in Wicker Park. Antique Taco (just down the street) is another local favorite. To beat the crowds, make your way to Bullhead Cantina in Humboldt Park. All offer relatively cheap tacos with interesting combinations, great drinks and solid chip and guac options. If Michelin Star Mexican is more to your liking, make a reservation at Mexique in West Town.
Drink Like a Local
Wicker Park is one of Chicago’s main nightlife hubs and many festival-goers head to the neighborhood after the last act. Lots of locals complain about how much the area has changed over the last 15 years—the Marc Jacobs store moving in on Damen a few years back really pushed people over the edge—but there are still great places tucked in among the new sports bars to grab a drink.
If you want to get a taste of what the neighborhood was like back in the day, take a photo in the photobooth at Rainbo (Liz Phair did and it became the cover of Exile In Guyville), play pool at Gold Star, shoot hoops at Phyllis’ Musical Inn, join a ping pong tournament at Happy Village and feel like you’re drinking in the best creepy basement ever at The Innertown Pub.
Pick Up Some Souvenirs
If you’re taking a break from festival life and want to do some shopping, avoid Michigan Avenue—there’s not much there you can’t find at your average mall.
If you don’t know what you need, you will find it at RR#1 in West Town. Once your eyes adjust to all of the stuff in this small spot, feel free to go candle crazy, get a Chicago flag onesie for your pregnant friend or a new bag. Get old school and send some postcards to your friends back home—or pick up some easy-to-pack paper momentos. The happiest paper shop in Chicago is Paper Doll on Division.
And, while you’re on Division, do some clothes shopping. Centrally located among lots of small boutiques, Penelope’s was one of the first on this now-popular stretch and remains a great place to shop for clothes, accessories and more. Venture a little further north to Milwaukee Ave. and hit the SIlver Room for super cool jewelry, Ragstock for resale and Una Mae’s for a mix of new and vintage clothes.
From Wicker Park, hop the Blue Line L to Logan Square and stop in at Wolfbait & B-Girls. Logan Square is the next Wicker Park, so while you’re there, have brunch at Lula and check out the scene at Longman & Eagle—which also has a few rooms to rent if you’re looking for a cool place to stay.
Jessica Jordan is on the Content, Community and Marketing team at Findery. Three Great Notemaps is a blog series, in which each Findery team member chooses their favorite notemaps – that’s our word for a collection of notes!
Looking for Summer adventures? I love using Findery to discover new places that inspire me to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather in Northern California. I spend my weekends relaxing by the coast, hiking, wine tasting and exploring. I hope you enjoy my three favorite notemaps, be inspired!
Sonoma County by @Jessica. I recently enjoyed an amazing weekend in the wine country and explored several of her favorites, can’t wait to try the rest!
Great Outdoors Wishlist by @ECWC makes me want to pack up the car and drive to the nearest National Park. My son and I have a National Park bucket list and look forward to planning all of our adventures. Power down the Wii U and give your kid the gift of Summer memories full of nature and wonder.
Beaches by @jessicaj. Adding notes to my notemap, Beaches, instantly relaxes me and transports me to the coast. I love everything about coastal living and cherish summer days spent at the beach. I was lucky enough to live on Maui for many years, so I’m always looking for the next beach, check it out!
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Reno is the biggest little city in the world with a long history of gambling, not to mention a shout out from Johnny Cash who “shot a man in Reno”. Forget the flashy lights and cigarette stench of the casinos and come discover the other side of small business owners and artists that make this place a community. (However, if you are into all that, find the Reno Arch and gamble your heart out.)
From its seedy past as the gambling, legalized prostitution, and divorce capital U.S.A, the local business owners in Reno have really started to clean up its act. Most notable is the emerging Midtown District, just south of downtown, that is now overflowing with shops, restaurants, and bars due to the support of Midtown District Reno and the Creative Coalition of Midtown. I’m positive that all you need is 24 hours to fall in love. In fact, I’d double down on that.
Image via Hub Coffee Roasters
To start any day off right, go meet your local, friendly barista. In Reno, this means The Hub Coffee Roasters located in a tiny little brick building with a roll-up garage door, offering fresh roasted beans and single drip coffees.
Image via Tyler Turtle
Once the caffeine is coursing through your veins, master the art of brunch with live jazz and bottomless mimosas at Chez Louie in the Nevada Museum of Art. Then check out the rooftop sculpture garden with views that will blow your hair back.
Image via Reno Has Style
Walk off that brunch (or that buzz) to Never Ender, an independent retail shop and art gallery selling handcrafted artisanal goods started by Amber Solorozano, who also happens to be a co-founder of the Creative Coalition. Shop the hip desert vibe Gold Seam Vintage which is so reasonably priced that you will go home with a pair of velvet leggings with stirrups…I know I did.
Image via Erin Fong
If you’re looking for a little more character in your used clothing, head over to Junkee, which is jam packed with used/vintage clothing and accessories with an entire antique mall on the other side. I like to call that a two-for-one deal. There’s even stuff for the little ones across the street at Sippee’s, which feels like a ride at Disneyland!
Image via Old Granite Street Eatery
By this point all this shopping is making you hungry. Respite is near! Old Granite Street Eatery is an all-round leader. With a great brunch selection and possibly the best happy hour in town (half off draft beers and wine AND 3 for $10 snacks), it’s perfect for any time or day of the week. I’ll have three orders of the shisito peppers please.
Image via Erin Fong
If you’re searching for the fountain of youth, Brasserie St. James is the closest you will find in Reno. Renovating the historic Crystal Springs building, the brewery retained the rights to the natural springs below which is paired with Pilsner malts and hops from a small family farm in Sonoma Valley to create craft brews. The roof deck can’t be beat on a warm summer night.
Image via Erin Fong
Speaking of craft brews, Craft Wine and Beer walks the line between being a liquor store and a bar with a gigantic walk-in fridge of specialty beers and crates of wines strewn about. With a “for here” option, most people opt for cracking their beers open and enjoying with friends at the inside picnic tables.
Image via Erin Fong
Craft cocktails on the other hand are a sure bet at Death and Taxes. This dark speakeasy style bar is known for pouring big city cocktails at big city prices. (One too many and you may be taking this Hearse home.)
Image via Lincoln Lounge Facebook
If all this “artisanal” and “craft” talk has you searching for the nearest dive bar, I suggest swimming over to Lincoln Lounge on 4th street. This once VERY seedy locale housed what may have been an illegal brothel upstairs but has become more respectable with portraits of Honest Abe lining the walls by local artist. (This watercolor by painter Jaxon Northon is my favorite.)
Kill a few hours by starting your Mug Club membership which entails drinking all 60+ beers here and get your very own Abe mug on the wall. It’s like a trophy for adults! Or better yet, burn those beer calories at their monthly Soul Night with DJ Andrew.
Image via City of Reno
A handful of artist studios are in the area and if you’re lucky enough to go by Cuddleworks when someone is around, be sure to stop in! Cuddleworks is home to Bootleg Courier, the best (and only) bike messenger service around, who share a large converted warehouse with local artists like Erik Burke, Anthony Arevalo, Nick Larsen and Omar Pierce.
Image via Erin Fong
The most important part about your stint in Reno is be sure to be friendly to your local bartenders, servers, and fellow patrons because chances are you are in their establishments. If you’ve fallen madly in love with Reno, stop by the drive-thru wedding chapel on the way out of town and seal the deal!