Tyson and Billy Architects

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a productive day  … if you're scrambling to finish shopping, completing today as the last day of the work week, or peacefully wrapping gifts at home and preparing for the Christmas Weekend ...  may your gifts be in stock, your work be productive, and your bows be tidy.

Just a Tyson & Billy FYI ...

Holiday Office Hours are: 12.23.11 ~ 8 - Noon and 12.26.11 ~ Closed

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

~ Kelly

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Chocolate Filled Monkey Bread


Excellent brunch idea for the Holidays.  This is one of my favorites.  There’s nothing like waking up on Christmas morning to the smell of something baking in the oven, and knowing we’ll get to indulge in it’s delight with a cup of coffee for a late breakfast after opening presents.

Prep: 60 mins
Cooking: 30 mins
Level: Intermediate
Cooling: 20 mins
Yields: 18 servings



  • 18 frozen white dinner rolls, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Syrup, (optional)


GREASE 12-inch Bundt pan.

CUT each roll in half. Press each half into 3-inch circle. Place 10 or 11 morsels in center of dough circle, shaping dough into a ball around morsels. Pinch dough to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and morsels. Dip each in melted butter and roll in sugar. Arrange dough balls in prepared pan; seam sides up. Cover; let rise in warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

BAKE for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Loosen sides and invert onto serving platter. Drizzle with butterscotch sauce and Nesquik. Serve warm.

Enjoy! Drizzled with a little powdered sugar glaze or chocolate syrup puts this tasty treat over the top.


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70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day

On Dec. 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt started his famous speech:

"Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, Dec. 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

Mercury News Media Center
A scrapbook and old photographs of Gordon Van Hauser in the Portola Valley, Calif., home of his son, Gregory. (Gary Reyes/ Staff)

Dec. 7, 1941: The United States naval base at Pearl Harbor is attacked by Japanese planes launched from six aircraft carriers. Four U.S. battleships are sunk, and four others damaged. Over 2,400 Americans are killed, including 1,177 on the battleship Arizona.

LA Times' Framework
Forefront: battleship West Virginia sunk and burning. Background: the battleship Tennessee.

Japanese losses were light, 29 aircraft destroyed, five midget subs lost, 64 killed and one midget sub sailor captured.

Chicago Tribune & the National Park Service
Sailors stand amongst the wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station. Battleship Shaw exploding in the background.

In my research I found so many moving interviews, but this one stood to me as being very poignant:

The Chicago Tribune interview, quotes Pearl Harbor survivor, Navy veteran Lou Gore saying: "I'm grateful to still be alive. So many lost their lives for no reason. ... I wish I had been able to save more" (lives), he said.

A powerful conviction to still be wishing after 70 years.

During the attack Gore, a crewman to the USS Phoenix, took to the anti-aircraft guns. He remembers this moment saying: "We didn't know what was happening. I just did my job."

The USS Phoenix shown below as it steams past the burning battleships Arizona and West Virginia as it takes to sea.

LA Time's Framework

I was grieved to find a article in the NY Times stating:

" The 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack will be the last one marked by the survivors’ association. With a concession to the reality of time — of age, of deteriorating health and death — the association will disband on Dec. 31."

NY Times
Emerie Aresenaul, front, with other Pearl Harbor survivors.

The article also quotes Bernard Comito, of Dalton, Ohio, saying: “You have an organization that doesn't replenish itself. We don't get new members.”

Andrew Spear for The New York Times, Bernard Comito above

This makes me so incredibly sad. The reality that we are losing our living history through these men daily. Indeed, I had a difficult time finding articles from mainstream news yesterday and today. The small blip this landmark anniversary generated bewilders me.

Mercury News Media Center
A portrait of John Tait from his time aboard the cruiser U.S.S. St. Louis. (Karl Mondon/Staff) 

As the granddaughter of a WWII marine who served in the Pacific Theater following the events of Pearl Harbor -  this is a day I will always remember and endeavor to help others do so as well.

Mercury News Media Center
John Tait, 91, of Concord, will be returning to Hawaii to observe the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. (Karl Mondon/Staff)

From the NY Times interview Harry R. Kerr, the director of the Southeast chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors' Association remarks:

“I was talking in a school two years ago, and I was being introduced by a male teacher, and he said, ‘Mr. Kerr will be talking about Pearl Harbor,’ ” said Mr. Kerr. “And one of these little girls said, ‘Pearl Harbor? Who is she?’

“Can you imagine?” he said.

LA Times' Framework
A haunting image of our flag flying in the forefront while the USS California burns in the background.

To the brave men and women who pause today to remember this day first hand …

Mercury News Media Center
Gordon Van Hauser (far left) with fellow Marines at Pearl Harbor in early 1941. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Van Hauser)

… to you we owe a debt of gratitude for your brave actions that day and the days that followed.  We will always endeavor to remember.

Mercury News Media Center
Ed Silveira, 90, recounts his Pearl Harbor experiences during an interview aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda, Calif., Dec. 2, 2011. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

I hope you have a opportunity today to visit the below article links and photo galleries.

~ Kelly

Photo credits and information from this post belongs to …

Mercury News Media Center article by Bruce Newman and Images

Los Angeles Times Picture Gallery: Framework

NY Times article by Adam Nagour

The Chicago Tribune article by Suzanne Roig and Reuters

Not directly quoted or referenced in this post but a moving collection of images from The Chicago Tribune  - Pictures: Remembering Pearl Harbor


Restaurant Design

Restaurant design is a challenge ~ not only does your food need to look as appealing as it tastes … but so does the interior.

It's been said we "eat with our eyes" and I believe we start doing this the moment our foot steps in the door.


What am I eating ...  Is it pasta by the plate? Tapas for an hour? Gourmet because tonight's special? Casual because I'm too tired to cook for myself?

M.B. Post Restaurant

Whatever the occasion, the interior sets the stage for the meal we enjoy. We subconsciously project how the food will taste based on the environment it is presented in.

Here's a few of my favorite restaurant designs that have interiors as scrumptious as their menus … bon appétit!

Casually Inviting

M.B. Post Restaurant

1950s until the 1970s this space served as the  Manhattan Beach Post Office

M.B. Post Restaurant 


Location Brussels in the Sainte-Catherine District
Type: restaurant & pizzeria


Café Coutume

A coffee roastery in Paris

Café Coutume

Boutique Chic

Meltino Bar & Lounge

Concept: A coffee grain that draws the space… and the well-being associated with the simple act of drinking coffee.
A concept I can get behind!

Meltino Bar & Lounge

Twister Restaurant

The style: modern European
The food: molecular kitchen style dishes

The ceiling: a tornado top of course

Twister Restaurant

CHAMBERS eat + drink by

Restaurant and lounge at San Francisco’s iconic rock n’ roll hotel

These are records in the bookcases …

Image courtesy © Mr. Important Design

Modern Marvel

The Kith Café

Inspiration comes from the Japanese film, Be With You. Translating into “Would you care to have a coffee break with me sometime?”

Organic furniture construction using well over a 10,000 blocks of plywood!

The Kith Café

Nobu restaurant

The material: hand-woven curvilinear abaca panels

The effect: emulate traditional Middle Eastern vernacular architecture inspired by being submerged in a ocean wave.

Nobu restaurant

Divino Wine Bar

Location: Szent István Square, in the heart of Budapest’s city centre

The what: exclusive Hungarian, second generation wine & a dynamic bistro milieu

Divino Wine Bar

Tsujita restaurant

Inspired by clouds, this ceiling treatment was created using thousands of sticks  - 25,000 to be exact.

The effect? The mysterious image clouds create.

Tsujita restaurant

MYU restaurant

"Vaults" that separate the restaurant from the bar area are constructed from translucent stretch black fabric.

MYU restaurant

Simply Stunning

LAVO Italian Restaurant

Location: Las Vegas


Next time you enter a restaurant, take notice of all the details ~ lighting, materials, texture ~ that create the backdrop for your dining experience.

~ Kelly

Images courtesy of the Retail Design Blog and AvroKO