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The other day, my coworker went to the coffee shop around the corner from our office to get a bagel. While there, she noticed an oversized bin of fresh, juicy, sliced tomatoes. "Oh" she said, motioning to the tomatoes,"can I have a slice of tomato on my bagel?" An innocent enough request, it would seem—she described what happened next as a kind of Curb Your Enthusiasm moment, as the women behind the counter flat-out refused the request. "No," she said. "I can't." And then, the line that even in the second-person retelling had me outraged—"I've been instructed not to cater to the customer." Thud.

Link Love: New Model Snack du Jour, Wang’s “Accidentally Sexy” Style, Kim’s a Nasty Gal and more…

Jennine of The Coveted wonders about Xanax intake backstage at the Academy of Art show, held on Saturday as part of New York Fashion Week.

Speaking of the show, Fashion School Daily was also backstage and has the pics to prove it. Who knew Muscle Milk was the new model snack du jour?

The San Francisco Chronicle predicts that this year’s Macy’s Passport will still manage to pull off a stylish evening of fashion for a good cause, despite its pared-down schedule.

Rose and Radish Reopens in Embarcadero

Floral design and home decor boutique Rose and Radish was a staple of Hayes Valley for years, so it came as quite a shock when we heard they were closing their brick and mortar store and would only be available online. Turns out that was only temporary, and now after several months of operating strictly via the internet, Rose and Radish is back - this time along the waterfront of the Embarcadero. The focus of the new store has shifted a bit, with more homeware and less floral design, though that's not to say you can't still get a beautiful bouquet.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1750 Alamo Square 1 Bedroom

This week's Craigslist Deal is a bit more expensive than those we usually feature, but after seeing the location and the photo at left it seemed worthy of a post. Located right off of Alamo Square, this one bedroom apartment is light, airy, and appears to have quite a bit of space. You get two large walk-in closets, hardwood floors, french double doors separating the living room and bedroom, laundry facilities on premises, and parking for one or two cars for an extra $200 or $300, respectively.

The Storm Brewing Over the Tonga Room

These days the Tonga Room—the Fairmont Hotel's thatched-walled, indoor-raining temple of Tiki Kitsch—finds itself in more danger, more often than Elisha Kuthbert’s ever-threatened Kim Bauer on the first season of 24. The current state of the historic bar's impending closure has the Fairmont turning it and the 28 stories above it into condos.

School Kids Psyched about Bangs and Crashes From NBC's "Trauma"

You can’t sneeze in New York without running into a film crew or Woody Allen shooting his latest movie. Here in San Francisco, not so much.

But for those who love to gawk and star spot and try to be an extra, three new TV shows are set – and filmed – in the Bay Area.

Today, kids at Live Oak School in Potrero Hill were warned that a film crew from the new NBC series Trauma would be shooting nearby. Trauma (which premieres Monday, Septmeber 28) is a "high-octane medical drama," follows a group of so-called ‘heroic paramedics.’

A Cultured Happy Hour: Friday Nights at the de Young

If you're looking for something different to do for happy hour on Fridays, head over to the Golden Gate Park for Friday Nights at the de Young. Every Friday through November, the museum will stay open until 8:45p, with hands-on art workshops, film, poetry, lectures, and live music from Intersection for the Arts: Jazz at Intersection musicians. Tonight's featured act is VidyA, whose blend of jazz and classical Indian music SF Weekly called "madly percussive and sparkling." The cafe will stay open late and drinks are available from a no-host cocktail bar.

Cold Comfort: 'Whiteout' Blows Into Town

Poor Kate Beckinsale, mired in a raging secretarial nail-biter involving swirling fields of correction fluid. All kidding aside, Whiteout kicks off promisingly enough -- imagine the cool snowstorms of potential inherent in a thriller set in the mysterious no woman’s land of Antarctica.

Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen is a Banned Book?

The tizzy last week over Obama's back-to-school address should remind those who live in liberal bastions that censorship is alive and well. Banned Books Week, which begins on September 26, is another reminder. So maybe that’s the perfect week to visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s retrospective of the work of Maurice Sendak.

Link Love: The Fashion Week Edition

There may not be a San Francisco Fashion Week to boast about, but that doesn't mean we're not all keeping close tabs on the New York tents. Just in time for the weekend, here's some reading to keep you up to speed on all the fabulous goings on.

Fashion Week wouldn't be complete without a little PETA party crashing. Check out this Pamela Anderson anti-fur TV ad that was a little too risqué to run on CNN's Airport Network, courtesy of StyleList.

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