Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!
It's no secret that wallpaper has been making a major comeback in the last few years, and nowhere is the medium's progression more apparent than at locally operated online boutique Ferm Living. They're selection from designers around the world is truly inspired, and each style works almost like a piece of art to dramatically transform a room. If you've been contemplating adding a wallpapered accent wall or decal to liven up your space, now may be the perfect time; the online boutique is currently in the midst of a Close Out Sale.
It may be cold outside. At least these deals are hot....
Barneys New York Warehouse Sale: This is one sale that actually deserves to call itself legendary. Head to Fort Mason for 50 to 75 percent off designer apparel, shoes and accessories for men and women through Aug. 9. Bring sharp elbows. You may need them.
New York Times critic Manohla Dargis was exactly on point when she described Beijing director Jia Zhang-ke as “one of the most original filmmakers working today.” Working above and underground with quiet audacity and a refined eye, Jia seems to have undertaken the sizable task of documenting a changing China -- with a clear-eyed attention to the grit and banality of daily life that Italian neo-realists and documentarians can appreciate, and a lyricism that poets can applaud. A product of Chinese cinema’s so-called Sixth Generation, Jia appears to be working toward a hybrid cinema that seamlessly fuses the real and ineffable.
I mean, seriously. This should be the last post I write on the silly incident of the reconciliatory beers at the White House to sort out this mole hill of a story about Henry Louis Gates Jr., the officer who arrested him, and the president who somehow got involved (are they calling it Beer-gate? Gates-gate?). But I couldn't resist this post thanks to such wonderfully detailed reporting in the Huffington Post that told us what beers all the men were drinking. Let me just say that it ain't pretty. According to the story, "the men were drinking beer from clear glass mugs and munching on peanuts and pretzels served in small silver bowls. The beers:
It's Friday, which means time for the Eater Wrap, the lovely weekly recap from Eater SF on all the happenings from the local restaurant scene.
1) For the first time, an Iron Chef is coming to the Bay Area, as Japanese cuisine master Masaharu Morimoto will be opening a signature restaurant in downtown Napa's new Riverfront development. From the arrival of a world-class, groundbreaking chef to the planned revitalization of downtown Napa, this is what you call a significant deal.
Still not really over John McCain's slimey presidential campaign? Reason enough to go see Jackson Browne play at the Paramount Theater August 19.
Remember how McCain irritatingly mocked Obama's fuel efficiency ideas? Before the election, McCain snarkily handed out tire gauges which read, "Obama‘s energy plan," a stunt meant to deflate the Obama suggestion that Americans improve their gas mileage by keeping all tires properly fully-inflated.
Not one of the fortunate few to snag tickets to Sonic Youth's last-minute show at the Independent? Well suffice it to say there are plenty of other shows this weekend that will help ease the pain. Whether you choose the Heavenly States at Café du Nord or Deerhoof at the GAMH, you'll certainly need a downtown cool ensemble to ensure you stand out among the sweaty masses. So instead of spending hours in front of a mirror trying to piece together an outfit that says "I don't care, but I really really do", check out our band-aid worthy look of the week:
Vampires have never been so much in vogue – a way for storytellers to talk about morality and sexuality, on a dramatic playing field where the stakes are all about survival. So move over Twilight and True Blood -- the latest entry into canon of bloodsucker legend and lore is Park Chan-wook’s Thirst, which comes out Friday, July 31.
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