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Weekend Guide: Libido-Enhancing Flowers, Mavericks + a Love Wall in Oakland

If you want to know which flowers are considered an aphrodisiac or you're dying to meet Tommy Chong, check out these local events over the three-day weekend. 

Once Pushed Out by the Nazis, a French Outerwear Brand Is Reborn in San Francisco

In 1925, in his shop on Rue de Bondy in the western outskirts of Paris, budding entrepreneur Joseph Smutek began making quality raincoats that were meant to last for generations. His business enjoyed 15 years of success before the 1940 Nazi invasion forced the Jewish craftsman and his sons to flee France and immigrate to the United States, shuttering their business forever. Seventy-five years later, Smutek's great-grandson, Daniel Smith, is reviving the brand in San Francisco.

Drink Here Now: Hot Toddies, Pisco Sours, and Dogpatch Wine Walk

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. ~Winston Churchill

Strike a Pose: 4 Bay Area Fashion Photographers to Watch

The new visual storytellers of the San Francisco fashion world draw their inspiration from sources as varied as dance, fine painting, film, and their collective international upbringings (from Germany to Turkey). Meet four local fashion photographers whose stars are on the rise.

Northern California Clinics Now Serving Ketamine (aka Special K) to Treat Severe Depression

A staple in emergency rooms and veterinary hospitals, the mind-altering drug called ketamine is now being hailed as a revolutionary treatment for those battling severe depression. 

Secret Recipe: Spaghetti Bros.' Toasted (Actually Deep-Fried) Ravioli

Though they're officially called 'toasted raviolis' on the menu at new Marina eatery Spaghetti Bros., these delicious pockets of pasta and cheese are actually deep-fried. According to Chefs Erik Lowe and Aaron, they're a St. Louis specialty, and they taste very similar to fried mozzarella sticks (in the best way possible). There's some leg work involved in making these at home— the ravioli dough and marinara sauce are both made from scratch— but you'll savor every moment. Try it out over the upcoming three-day weekend. 

Spring Has Arrived: See Beautiful + Exotic Orchids in Bloom at Fort Mason Center

As the saying goes: Roses are red, violets are blue, and orchids are way prettier and more exotic looking. (That's how it goes, right?) 

Foodie Agenda: Corridor Cafe Opens in Mid-Market + Caviar Delivers Wise Sons Bagels

Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit! 

Dough & Co Introduces Four New Cookie Flavors (Including Horchata)

If there is one thing that we appreciate here at 7x7, it's cookies. So when we found out that Dough & Co (previously featured on our list of San Francisco's Yummiest Cookies) founder Omar Mamoon had created four new recipes, we knew we had to try them ASAP. 

Celebrating the Year of the Monkey: Scenes from Chinese New Year in San Francisco

February 8th marked the first day of the Year of the Monkey and San Franciscans flocked to Chinatown to celebrate with food, friends, and fireworks. 

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