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People Still Into Talking About Wine

It seems that wine is seeing it through all of this economic glumness.  Talking about wine, that is.  Snooth, a social wine review site, just closed another round of angel financing of around $1 million.   The site’s mission is to “help you find better wine,” and is a place for people to rate, explore and discuss all things vino. 

Cheap Eat Of The Week: Balompié Cafe

What if I told you that the best meal that I, someone who dines out four or five nights a week, have had recently cost only $9.95? True! Last Friday I headed to Limón Rotisserie in hopes of getting a good, cheap meal within a one-block radius of my house. The crushing mob of people with that same idea (and the one-and-a-half hour wait) deterred me, so I soldiered on to Balompié Café, one of my favorite restaurants.

Fleet Foxes: From Bottom of the Hill to SNL

The Fleet Foxes have had quite a year.  We knew they were something else when the hype machine made it near impossible to score tickets to their Bottom of the Hill show last Spring (maybe one of the most amazing shows of last year).  Then they played the Treasure Island Music Festival, drawing Jack White out from his trailer to watch the magic.  They’ve secured the coveted number 1 spot on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2008, and this Saturday, will join the short list of indie label bands to perform on SNL.   They’ll be performing “Blue Ridge Mountains,”  (which Pitchfork crowned the

Don't Start a Fire Today! Don't Do It!

I know you’re tempted – I mean, it’s soooo cold outside, right? – but resist the urge to start a fire today.  Because it’s illegal.   Spare the Air Day is in effect until noon today – which means Bay Area residents are forbidden to burn wood or fire logs in fireplaces, wood stoves and outdoor stoves.  It’s a shame, because we’re kindof obsessed with all of these outdoor fireplaces featured in our sister magazine, California Home & Design.   But fires can wait – until tomorrow.

Where to Shop this Weekend

With another week in ’09 almost under our proverbial belts, we’re doing what we do best on Fridays: pondering ways to pepper the weekend with fashionable fun. Here are three:

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Sure, you could waste your weekend listening to Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories or celebrating the misguided passions of material girls with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson in Bride Wars. But if you're in the mood for something a bit more rewarding, there are plenty of worthwhile adventures arriving at theaters near you. Among them:

Dinner, Dancing & Debutantes

(Reader note: Between a fabulous new redesign of this very website and the crush of holiday hoo-has, we got a bit backed up on our party posts. So herewith, the best of the holiday hootenannies. Happy New Year ... wehopes!)

700 Billion Dollar Martinis at Kells and Cigar Bar

If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait until Tuesday to celebrate inauguration.  So let's get the party started now – with some cocktails.  Head over to Kells or Cigar Bar and indulge in the “$700 Billion Martini,” ordered up as part of SVEDKA Vodka’s "Join the Party," marketing campaign, which launched on Super Tuesday and has a yearlong mission to put the “party” back in politics.  They're serving the martinis now through inauguration night.


Here’s what’s in them:

Liberal amounts (ha! get it?) of  SVEDKA Vodka

1 part fresh lime juice

1 part simple sugar

Conservative splash (ha! again) of Lemon Juice

Garnish with $700 Billion of freshly minted US Currency
(fresh mint works too)

Josh Brolin Acting Out Again

Get a load of Josh Brolin, acting out again on the awards circuit.  True, his portrayal of Dan White in Milk was spot on, but does that give him license to mouth off to Whoopi Goldberg?  Or, for that matter, to moon New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley?  Yikes.

Charles Phan's Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop on the Eve of Opening

Now that Charles Phan is about to open his latest restaurant, Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop, comparisons between the San Francisco super-star chef and his New York equivalent, Momofuku empire-keeper David Chang, seem inevitable. They both now preside over some of the best-loved restaurants in their respective cities, serving Asian food with a decidedly modern bent. Reservations are hard to come by at both Slanted Door and Momofuku, Ko and Momofuku Ssam bar. Chang's recently opened Momofuku Bakery–Milk Bar is his fourth venture, and Heaven's Dog makes baby number three for Phan.

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