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<i>The Color Purple</i> Party

Former 49ers Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott played host to a benefit for Champion Charities, dedicated to promoting brain tumor research and helping children and families in need. The night's festivities included a performance of The Color Purple.

After Fall Comes ...



After fall comes... winter, of course.

I got my yearly dose of both in about a week, as Christie and I journeyed to Jackson Hole, WY to visit her brother and his family. Jackson was frigid—averaging about 8 degrees the entire time we were there—but beautiful snowscapes with flakes gently falling from the clouds and mountains are the perfect backdrop for . . . serious drinking. And Jackson’s no stranger to that.


Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

Javier Bardem Is the Ultimate Bad Ass

No Country For Old Men
courtesy of Paramount Vantage

The crime you see now, it’s hard to even take its measure. It’s not that I’m afraid ... I always knew I had to be willing to die to do this job. But I don’t want to push my chips forward and meet something I don’t understand. You can say it’s my job to fight it but I don’t know what “it” is anymore. More than that, I don’t want to know. A man would have to put his soul at hazard…”

 - Sheriff Tommy Lee Jones in No Country for Old Men

Quirky with a Splash of Class

Caitlin

Caitlin, 25, assistant to creative director
Lives in: Russian Hill
Wearing: Xhilaratin mini-dress and leggings from Target, Bottega Veneta tote, Nordstrom's slouch boots, Banana Republic newsboy cap (Wearing the cap usually forces me to lapse into a Cockney accent.)
My style icon: Cate Blanchett. She's incredibly sophisticated, but can still pull off these really unconventional pieces.

Live. Look Good.

Chris_Danielle

Chris (left), 29, entrepreneur/Revel Industries
Lives in: the Mission
Wearing: Gytha Mander
My style icon: Michael Moskowitz
Most recent fashion find: The blazer I'm wearing!

Danielle, 23, Esquire sales assistant
Lives in: Russian Hill
Wearing: Paige jeans, NY street vendor hat, Gap sweatshirt jacket

Ice Princess

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to chat with Sasha Cohen, the 2006 Winter Olympics silver medalist, who breezed through town to perform at the Embarcadero Center ice skating rink en route to Russia for the Stars on Ice tour. The figure skating expo (which also featured a local youth synchronized skating troupe, the Tremors) was part of Starbucks’ Spread the Holiday Cheer promotion and fundraiser for the non-profit music organization Little Kids Rock.

Life After Christmas


Cheap lunch at A16? Sign me up.

Here is my hint of the week. You’re all probably totally bogged down with holiday shopping, cooking and planning (and traveling!) but this is one of those early bird = worms type of situations that it would be a shame to miss out on. The seventh annual SF Dine About Town is on—January 15-31st. For those unfamiliar with the Dine Around concept, let me explain: participating restaurants offer special menus (for lunch, dinner or both) throughout that period for rock-bottom prices—a multi-course lunch for $21.95, dinner for $31.95.

Napa in Autumn

One of the few disappointing things about living in the Bay Area is the absence of clear-cut and dramatic seasons. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year (favorite month = October), but to get a feeling for it, you have to go up to Napa or some other place where more of the trees and plants actually drop their color-changing leaves. It's the end of the season up there, but there's still some nice action, as these amateurish pics from a recent trip display.



Top 7 Desserts of ‘07

Since I’ve started working here, I’ve noticed that everything in my life now runs in sevens or multiples of seven, so it’s no surprise that when I sat down to reflect on some of my favorite eats this year (2007—seven, get it?), I came up with… surprise… a list of seven. Here’s the rundown (in no particular order):

1. Strawberry rhubarb crisp at Universal Café—I forgot to take a picture of it before diving in; it was that good.


6267 Preview at Neiman Marcus

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Neiman Marcus hosted a Champagne reception and luncheon for Italian designer Tommaso Aquilano of 6267, which he collaborates on with partner Roberto Rimondi.

Vicki Winston_guest Dien Nguyen_Ladan Mozafar Justin Fichelson_Jennifer Raiser
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