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Ecco Caffè: More Fancy Coffee Coming to You Soon

In the name of research for an upcoming story, I was “experiencing” a mid-work-day lunch last week at Bar Bambino and in order to make it back to my desk without falling asleep, I had to finish off with an upper in order to ward off the carb + red wine–induced coma that was coming on strong.


Ecco coffee at Bar Bambino: A thing of beauty.

Vintage Fashion Expo



The Vintage Fashion Expo is a treasure trove for clotheshorses and fashion devotees, but for someone who is easily distracted, like me, it can be overwhelming (in a good way). This weekend, the Nob Hill Masonic Center was transformed into a vintage lover’s dream: 85 clothing and accessories dealers ready to outfit you in all sorts of goodies.

Rare Burgundies Dinner at the St. Francis

WELCOME TO SF, LA PAULEE!



I have to write a brief report on the craziness that was La Paulée, the big Burgundy party in which everyone brings a great bottle (or ten) to share. There was so much great wine at this year's dinner, held on March 1, that had it not been so delicious, it would have been sickening. It was all collected in a back room at the Westin St. Francis, where the army of sommeliers (somewhere around 60 of them, from all over the country) would fetch it and pour it for the guests who brought it.

St. Patrick's Day: What (Not) To Do


courtesy of United Irish Societies of San Francisco

Yup, it’s that time of year again, where normal people don leprechaun outfits, drink ridiculous amounts of green beer and claim to be at least 1/18th Irish. If you’re so inclined, feel free to cram yourself into a local pub where, come midnight, some jerk will start belting out “Danny Boy.” But should you be looking for a slightly more, uh, refined way to celebrate the Emerald Isle, check out the following.

Letting Go of a Married Man, Part 2

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

For the past few years, I’ve been seeing someone who is married. I know it’s wrong. He knows it’s wrong. But it happened and now we can’t control it. Once in a while, I get the “I’m going to leave her” comment from him. I know that’s never going to happen and that he’s just saying that to humor me. So here’s my question: what am I thinking? I’m wasting my life away hung up on someone who’s unavailable, yet I can’t seem to break the cycle or escape the feelings I have. What do I do?—DJ

Weekend Style Events

Bliss Eau-lection


courtesy of Bliss

What: Exercise your democratic (beauty) rights by casting a vote for Bliss Spa’s new fragrance that will debut as a body butter, scrub and shower gel in April. Weigh in on your favorite among three scents: ginger and grass, ginger and bitter orange, and white pepper and blood orange.

When: Today through Sunday, March 16

Where: Bliss San Francisco (inside the W Hotel), 181 Third St., 4th Floor; or Sephora, 33 Powell St.




Film Meets Fashion

Letting Go of a Married Man

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

For the past few years, I’ve been seeing someone who is married. I know it’s wrong. He knows it’s wrong. But it happened and now we can’t control it. Once in a while, I get the “I’m going to leave her” comment from him. I know that’s never going to happen and that he’s just saying that to humor me. So here’s my question: what am I thinking? I’m wasting my life away hung up on someone who’s unavailable, yet I can’t seem to break the cycle or escape the feelings I have. What do I do?—DJ

Deikels Host Luncheon for USCF Medical Center

photography by Drew Altizer

On March 3, Ted and Pamala Deikel co-hosted a luncheon with Robert Atkinson that honored the UCSF Medical Center. Twenty-two attendees enjoyed the posh event, which included a fashion show.

     
Atmosphere                                             Heather Hoover, Kelly O'Brien, Kathy Balestreri

7 Questions with Funny Woman Margaret Cho



San Francisco's first lady of comedy Margaret Cho brings her comedy circus to The Warfield this weekend. See her on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 15 at 7 and 10 p.m.
 
The funny gal took some time out to answer a few questions for 7x7.com
  
1. What is your state of mind today?
MC: Happy.

2. What is San Francisco to you and what do you love most about life in the Bay Area?

Dumplings: All Hail the King

Mortgage interest rates might be down, but you’ve got to keep your priorities straight. A couple days ago, I found myself out on Noriega and 22nd, signing my life away—the final stage in the San Francisco re-fi shuffle. I realize that this was serious business involving money. A grown-up activity of the highest sort, one that should require one’s full attention and a pair of bi-focals. And I swear I tried to read (some) of the blur words in front of me. But if I’m to be honest, as my hand ached from signature after signature, all I could think about were dumplings. And how if Ann, the sweet senior escrow officer, didn’t hurry things up, the shop where I wanted to get them from was going to close.
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