The small empire that is Whisknladle Hospitality started with a serendipitous meeting of French Laundry vet Ryan Johnston and aspiring restaurateur—and undaunted cooking-school dropout—Arturo Kassel. Their vision? Gourmet comfort food, with none of the guilty excess that term might imply. Just about every ingredient at Whisknladle, down to buttermilk dressings and canadian bacon, would be prepared from scratch, filling a menu that would change with the finest gradations of the seasons. "We want to find that balance of making our guests comfortable and pulling one foot out of their comfort zone," Johnston recently told San Diego Magazine—which means the french toast might exude lemon and lavender and the fried chicken might nest on purslane.
In a 2008 review, the Union-Tribune described "delightful, soul-satisfying" dishes such as "juicy, perfectly roasted chicken" at "one of the most exciting restaurants in San Diego." The crowds agreed. So Johnston and Kassel decided to expand the experience, inspired, as their website says, "by our desire to eat Whisknladle-quality food on a regular basis while sticking to our restaurant-employee budgets." Prepkitchen is a little simpler and more casual, but dishes such as porter-braised short rib and biscuits with chorizo gravy prove the new venture takes the same care as the original when it comes to sourcing ingredients and clearly labeling sugar and salt containers.
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Jack George knows firsthand that it's rare to find a cleaner who'll scrub rarely touched areas, such as the inside corners of the microwave or the tile behind the toilet. His business, Never Clean Again, was born from such a search for his own home. His cleaning crews craft a personalized checklist for each client, then set to work with their own tools and nontoxic cleaners. They wipe down surfaces with microfiber cloths and mop every floor twice. The licensed, bonded, and insured cleaners always back up their work—not with messages scrawled on the bathroom mirror in invisible ink but with a satisfaction guarantee. The community-minded company also believes in giving back; through Cleaning for a Reason, it supports women undergoing treatment for cancer by cleaning their homes free of charge.
Inside the colorful CeramiCafe, more than 500 bare pieces of pottery await creative embellishments and an eventual trip to the kiln. Mugs, banks, figurines, and tiles become canvases for visitors, who can personalize them using provided stencils. The helpful staff glaze and fire pieces to seal in artwork and create a glossy sheen, with final products ready for debut in five days. Outside the pottery realm, in mosaic projects, artists can use glass tiles, marbles, and broken pottery to doll up picture frames, mirrors, or plaques. Meanwhile, parents can immortalize a child's early days by pressing their tiny hands or feet into a pad of clay to make a lasting print.
With retail locations in more than 50 countries around the world, BoConcept crafts unique and modern Danish furnishings that can be customized to suit one's home. BoConcept's stylish staff embraces a holistic-design approach and offers interior-design services to pair customers with ideal accent pieces of modular floor-art. Host games of Connect Four around a walnut-and-chrome coffee table ($449) or accessorize offices with a pearly white-lacquer table desk ($579). Through its modular design structure, many design elements can be customized to tailor the color, height, handles, and shelving to the client’s preferences. Peruse BoConcept’s menagerie of modular offerings and stock up on sleek and slender floor lamps or other reading prerequisites like armchairs, bookcases, and espresso cups that can fuel hours of late-night studying or mornings spent copying the encyclopedia word for word.