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Upscale Mexican Heats Up in San Francisco

Locals have long admired the beef brisket enchiladas and homemade tortilla chips dredged in cotija and chile de arbol sauce at Mamacita and NopalitoAnd, yes, every Saturday, lines twist outside for fried rock cod tacos and chilaquiles at Mijita and the Primavera. But now several new Mexican spots are serving up more elegant fare. Check them out the next time you need a taqueria break.

The Perfect Weekend in Downtown LA

A close look at downtown Los Angeles, the freeway-encircled nexus where a handful of skyscrapers rises from the suburban tundra, reveals a business district on the verge of a swanky metamorphosis, thanks to a cadre of ambitious hoteliers, loft developers, and restaurateurs. And now the area’s got an acronym, DTLA—a distinction that usually equates to NBT (next big thing) status.

Fall Fashion Comfy Enough to Wear to Bed

Fall clothes have the insouciance of your favorite old tee. Wear them to bed.

Flavor Profile: Ume's Brett Cooper

The former Outerlands chef takes his toque to the other side of town, co-cheffing at the soon-to-open Tenderloin spot Huxley. His forthcoming restaurant Ume, due in the Mission later this year, will serve creative Californian cuisine.

Watch Burning Man 2014 Live

While local publications, as well as the New York Times (so late to the Bay Area game, as usual), have their say about Burning Man's descent into an elitist techie bacchanalia under the desert sun, we insist you watch the creation of Black Rock City live via the Burning Man 2014 Webcast.

Editors' Picks: Guardians of the Galaxy, Sci-Fi Shoes, & More

Here's what the 7x7 editors were thinking about this week when they should have been at work. 

5 Topical Tidbits to Discuss Over Brunch

Sound bites from this week's viral stories, so you can impress your friends over breakfast. 

Silicon Valley Eats: Michael Mina in Santa Clara & The Grill House in Redwood Shores

Fire it up, South Bay — this week's openings are all about the grill, and the delicious meaty (and vegetarian!) goodness that comes with it. Plus, authentic Thai food and all-you-can-eat sushi, for good measure.

Bring in the Funk: Counterculture Fashion Makes a Comeback

In the summer of ’69, while the average red-blooded American male not soldiering in Vietnam was, as popular music tells us, playing a five-and-dime six-string and wooing a girl standing on her mama’s porch, Lee Brooks was experiencing his first LSD flashes.

Drink Here Now: Pour-Over Irish Coffee and a Bloody Mary Battle

Your weekly drinking assignment has been posted. Get started!

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