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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

Delfina's Fourth Restaurant: Craig Stoll Finally Speaks

Ever since it became public that Delfina’s Craig and Anne Stoll are set to open their fourth Italian restaurant in what is now the 80-seat restaurant Ramblas on Valencia Street by 16th, the rumor mill has been cranking. It is true that they will once again share a wall with Tartine, but as for the other details, Stoll took some time with me today in order to confirm and deny.

So everyone’s saying your going to open a Mexican restaurant because you tweeted about going to Mexico for some research. True or false?

When Giving 2 And Taking 1 Is A Good Thing

Despite our hoarding nature, we always get really excited about the idea of spring cleaning. The only problem is, well, we like our stuff and lack motivation.

Enter Give Two Take One, the Academy of Art's first annual clothing swap and drive.

Giants' Wearable Blanket Night

It's official: The Snuggie craze has finally gotten out of control. Much like Dippin' Dots and songs such as Chumbawamba's "I Get Knocked Down," the wearable blanket trend will reach its prime at a Major League Baseball game. Thanks to a Giants promotion at AT&T Park on Apr. 23, lucky fans will receive logo-printed fleece pullovers (best—and most hilariously—represented here in a photo shoot with pitcher Tim Lincecum). Call it marketing genius or a byproduct of the recession, it seems like this trend—sleeves and all—is here to stay.

The Sculptural Bling of Matthew Campbell Laurenza

If something sparkly dangling from the wrists or lobes of Rihanna, Alexa Chung, Blake Lively or Carrie Underwood has caught your eye lately, we wouldn’t at all be surprised to find that the dazzler in question was none other than an enamel- and jewel-encrusted piece by New York-based designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza’s M.C.L. Design.

In town tomorrow for a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus, the 32-year-old Laurenza has garnered many a starlet fan since launching in 2007. Best known for chunky bangles and cuffs mixing enamel and multi-colored sapphires, Laurenza can be counted on for pieces that make a statement with their intricate design work and bold hues.

The Oral Sex Scoreboard

Welcome to our new weekly blog of half-truths and educated guesses on love, sex and relationships in San Francisco. Here's a little background on who's dishing the advice:

He is a novelist living in SF who’s had one marriage, two live-in relationships, 10 girlfriends and a very wise therapist.

She is an SF health journalist who’s been married, single, communal, and bi-curious, and has studied tantra and orgasm—for research purposes, of course.

Emptying Your Wallet for A Slice of Coachella in the Bay Area

Coachella's done it again. The slew of Indio-bound acts rolling through the Bay Area sold out faster than you can pitch a tent. Which translates to outrageous ticket prices, some to over 400% of their original value. Let's take a gander at what people are thinking these shows are worth:

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The Cynic's Guide to Fisherman's Wharf

 

Wherein a longtime Missionite and dedicated food snob spends two days trolling Fisherman’s Wharf. Goodbye irony—hello Frisco.

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