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Thanksgiving Wine Pairings from Local Experts

No feast is complete without a bottle (or ten) of the good stuff. We asked some of the top wine experts in the Bay Area and Napa for their pairing picks for your autumnal potluck. Our advice: better to overstock than not—you’ll need some wine to go with those leftovers, after all.

Givers & Shakers: Traci Des Jardins, La Empática

On the sunny patio of her new restaurant, Arguello, a Mexican eatery in the historic Presidio Officers’ Club, restaurateur Traci Des Jardins takes a sip of her hibiscus agua fresca and unleashes an impassioned defense of undocumented immigrants. “I think it’s appalling that we have not done more for the Latin American population. I think it’s a failure of our federal government not to recognize how much this population has contributed to our society. From an immigration standpoint, they get the short end of the stick. Absurd!”

Design Innovators Toast Ivy Awards Winner at the NWBLK

Earlier this month, the community of thought leaders, innovators, and trendsetters better known as Ivy joined together at the up-and-coming Design District gallery, the NWBLK to raise a glass to impactful design and to honor the winner of their Ivy Innovator Award for Design, presented by Cadillac.

This Week In Live Music: Fleetwood Mac, Sky Ferreira, & More

Hey, it's kind of cold! Sounds like a good excuse to huddle up inside your neighboring music venue for some soul- and body-warming music. These shows could very well save your life:

Secret Recipe: Three Babes Bakeshop's Classic Apple Pie

What would the winter months be without fresh-baked apple pie? Three Babes Bakeshop makes a mean Classic Apple—the stuff of Thanksgiving dreams—with crisp, organic seasonal apples (Granny Smiths, Pippins, Gravensteins, or Pink Pearls) and a flaky, flavorful all-butter crust.

How Not to Get Sick this Flu Season

When you spend a lot of time in a sealed environment—like 7x7’s little corner of the Chronicle Books building—cold-causing germs and flu viruses tend to stand a better chance of infiltration. In the name of robust health during the sick season, 7x7 staffers, an unusually hardy bunch, offer their tried-and-true immunity boosters and their proven advice for maintaining good health in light of perpetually present pathogens.

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes from the City's Top Chefs

For the November issue of 7x7, we asked some of the city’s best chefs to get in the giving spirit and share their recipes for standout side dishes to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck.

Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey in the Bay Area

It’s that time of year, folks, when visions of giblets and gravy boats dance in our heads. If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving this year, or acting as MVP by bringing the turkey to a potluck bash, you may be hot on the hunt for the perfect bird. And for gourmands that want to opt for something organic, heritage-bred, or just more flavorful, local Bay Area butchers and markets have you covered.

Escape from SF: Steep Ravine Rustic Cabin Getaway

We escaped the city this week to check out the Steep Ravine Cabins, which, blessedly, you can rent for a night's stay, in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, just across the Golden Gate Bridge.

2 New Ramen Spots Go Bowl-to-Bowl in the Mission

The ramen rage is out of control. Two-hour waits for the noodle soup plagued Japantown’s J-Pop Festival in July; Oakland’s Ramen Shop is expanding to accommodate demand; and even Michael Mina has followed suit with his recent opening of Ramen Bar. And the mania is gaining momentum: Two new Mission spots are vying for the heavy-bowl championship.

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