In today’s zero-to-fame-in-a-heartbeat media landscape, it is a rare time indeed in any fashion label’s life when it is simultaneously well-known enough to be drooled over by the elite fashion press and coveted by celebrity-slash-socialites bound for red carpet events, but yet still not quite an easily-recognized name among mainstream consumers (outside of those pouring over fashion glossies and blogs, of course).
Dining sets are well and good if you want to play it safe, but we love the the look of a mix – think rustic farm table paired with modern aluminum chairs, a bench instead of several seats, mismatched hand-me-down chairs painted a uniform color – to show a little individuality. If you're thinking about swapping out your set for a few pieces with a little more personality, we suggest heading to DWR's Fillmore Street location next Saturday, September 12th, from 10 to 2 for their Mix and Match Brunch. If noshes from Boulangerie and mimosas from Vino aren't enough incentive to mosey by, perhaps 15% off on combinations of four or more select dining chairs, stools and tables can wrest you from your morning slumber.
Festivals. What are they if not high priced hassles with no parking, ten dollar beers and port-o-potties you always convince yourself you are never going to use again but always end up caving when it’s time to break that seal? God, I hate festivals. But Outside Lands, you sure are the lesser of these money-sucking evils. And your Sunday lineup was the perfect cap to a three-day musical binge.
For 57 years now, the coming of Labor Day weekend has been cause for Sausalito residents to celebrate: It marks the beginning of the Sausalito Art Festival. With the San Francisco skyline glittering in the distance, what better background for artists to showcase their collections than on the shimmering Sausalito waterfront?
I caught up with former sommelier and current SF wine personality Debbie Zachareas to get some quick and easy wine ideas for upcoming Labor Day picnics and gatherings. The idea was to find wines that would work with sunny days like today. Zachareas is also a partner in the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, so I asked for three wines--a white, a rosé, and a red--that are currently available there, so you know they're in stock. Here are her choices and comments.
White: Granbazan Albarino -- "I've been drinking a lot of this lately myself. It's crisp, clean and very mineral. From old vines and one of the oldest, most venerable properties in the Rias Baixas of Spain. Great with vegetables and seafood." $22.00
Just in time for the highly anticipated Where the Wild Things Are movie (an indie love fest of the highest degree - screenplay by Dave Eggers, directed by Spike Jonze and featuring music from Karen O and Arcarde Fire) comes "There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak" at the Jewish Museum.
With the success of Zip Car and big changes to SF streets in the pipeline, now is a better time than ever to trade in your car for something without monthly payments and parking challenges: a bicycle! Every year, New Belgium brings their traveling music, beer, and bike festival, Tour de Fat, to Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park (this year's party is Saturday, September 26). For every city on the summer tour, New Belgium selects one aspiring carless citizen to exchange the keys to their car for a new bicycle in an on-stage ceremony at the event. And if you're the San Franciscan chosen, the lucky carless citizen will be you!
Bon Appetit magazine has once again published their annual "Bon Appetit awards," a list of 10 "people, companies and products setting new standards of culinary excellence in food, drinks, travel and design." For this, the magazine's 12th list, we were happy to see that California got lots of love (not entirely surprising, considering BA is a Los Angeles-based publication). Of those local stars who made the cut (click here to read the whole article) I was most pleased to see that Steve Sando, owner of Rancho Gordo beans, was included on the list (follow him on Twitter @ranchogordo). I mean, here's a man who has made beans cool. No mean feat.
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