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Red Cross Paint the Town Red Gala Trunk Show

photography by Drew Altizer

Members of the Bay Area philanthropic community attended an invitation-only trunk show on Sunday, February 10 in anticipation of the annual Paint the Town Red Gala for the American Red Cross Bay Area. Hosted by gala committee members Elyse Adams and Lana Gleckman and co-sponsored by BrandHabit, a portion of the event’s proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross Bay Area disaster readiness and response efforts.

Melissa's Playlist 02.20.08


courtesy of Say Hi



Due to copyright issues, some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Jamie Lauren Likes it Nonstick, High Heat

Oh, the interwebs. What will they turn up next? Today’s discovery is the inimitable Jamie Lauren, executive chef at Absinthe, shilling for Pam®cooking spray in a series of web cooking videos. And the recipes…we might’ve expected seared scallops, but blackened salmon with tropical fruit salsa? Ginger stir fry? Not likely to debut on the Absinthe menu anytime soon, I don't think.

Asian Invasion Fashion Event at Bettina

Ziroco
Two looks from Ziroco; courtesy of Branded Collection

A Little Sunday Rosé

It's a good thing to have a little Champagne every weekend. Keeps the joints loose and the mind balanced. It's also a very good thing to have very good Champagne, which I was fortunate enough to do this past weekend.

Now, I love a good rosé Champagne--who doesn't?--but I can't say that I will immediately roll over at the sight of one. Too many are sweet or excessively fruity, emphasizing "pinkness" in all its connotations, while deemphasizing the finesse, crispness and clarity that make great Champagne great.


Grubstake



Last week, I had my first experience of an SF tradition--late night dining at the Grubstake. In 6.5 years of living here, I'd never been. But last week, after getting off a shift at Cantina at about midnight, I went over there with my wife (who was also just getting off work) for a bite. We were starving, but stayed away from the Portuguese specialties like linguiça, the famous pork sausage. Instead, we just had a burger and some of those fried jalapenos filled with cream cheese. These were a novelty to Christie—who was disappointed not to find them more spicy—but were familiar to me, as they're common back in Texas, where I grew up.

DIY liqueurs, redux

All my talk of making home liqueurs, combined with the premature but tantalizing glimpse of sunny spring last week, prompted me to get into the act with a little home brewing. The project? Cherry-blossom liqueur. Right now, a bowlful of blossoms from the tree outside my house is steeping away in Everclear. I have no idea if it will turn  out to be tasty. But at least it sure looks purty…

Last Call: La Paulée de San Francisco

On March 1, there is an event in San Francisco that every true lover of wine needs to attend. Specifically, it's a Burgundy event, but you can't really call yourself a true lover of wine if you don't love Burgundy, because Burgundy is, quite simply, the best.

The San Francisco Symphony's Chinese New Year Celebration

photography by Vasna Wilson for Drew Altizer

On Sunday, February 10 the San Francisco Symphony ushered in the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at its annual Chinese New Year celebration featuring music and an elegant post-concert dinner, which reflected the customs and traditions of the New Year.
 
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