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Ali Hewson on Fair Trade Fashion, Motherhood and Celebrity

For a rock star’s wife and co-founder of a coveted fashion label, Ali Hewson is surprisingly down-to-earth, both literally and figuratively. She’s quick to illustrate the latest from Edun, the socially-responsible label she and husband Bono launched in 2005, by standing up to show us the folds of her own drapey black sweater as tactile proof of the spring collection’s soft, easy-going attitude.

Market Watch: This Week's Cream of the Crop

If anyone has the inside sccop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Guy Bedarida at Saks, Appel and Frank and Clary Sage Organics

Who says the weekend begins on Friday? This week, we’re front-loading our shopping can’t-miss list with three fabulous events taking place today.

John Cena Steps Out of the Ring for 12 Rounds

John Cena may be a four-time W.W.E. world champion and an accomplished hip-hop star – his 2005 debut, You Can’t See Me, was certified gold, and helped earn him the distinction of being the only professional wrestler ever to perform on BBC’s Top of the Pops – but that’s hardly sapped his seemingly boundless ambition.

Conduit: Good Drinkin'

I've always meant to go to Conduit more than I've managed to, which is hardly at all. Might be something about the name: It's always sounded more like a professionally named corporate finance/tech/insurance kind of business (Intuit, Agilent, etc) than a place I'd go to tickle my gastronomic senses. Nevertheless, the other night I made it in for a thorough and overdue visit and found it to live up to all the hype.

Cocktail of the Month: Daiquiri Agricole at the St. Regis Hotel

Steve Hoffman, the bar manager of Ame Restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel, created this elegant take on the daiquiri. (Velvet Falernum is an allspice liqueur available at Cask Spirits, cask
store.com) Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with lime juice and dip it in lime zest and sugar.

2 ounces Batiste Rhum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce Velvet Falernum
Combine everything in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass.

Apartment Hunting? The Best Deals on Craigslist Right Now

A recent SFGate article reports that the city’s average monthly rent is $1642—and dropping. Here are a few of the best deals floating around on Craigslist.

1. Noe Valley studio $1450

Bhi Bhiman: Local Strummer Making The Big Moves

Bhi Bhiman has a one-of-a-kind name. No, literally. He’s the only person on the planet with this name. But that’s not too terribly unique in a family where all the men are named in similar fashion. For example, his brother’s name is Arj Arjunan, dad is Ramesh Ramesvara, etc.

The IKEA Car?

We're skeptical about this one, but imagine the convenience? Walk in for some Swedish meatballs, leave with a car. And you thought the directions for a side table were bad. A mysterious website popped up recently touting an IKEA car. Those who speak French, let us in on what the nicely dressed host is talking about (he looks like a Mac user). The "LEKO" (L'eco) is supposedly a collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund in France. But before you get your hopes up, the launch date is April 1st, fools.

Our Favorite Local Letterpress Designs

Don’t be surprised if the latest designs from Bay Area letterpresses render you speechless.

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