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Pebble Beach Food & Wine: Part One Of A Two-Part Throwdown And Tales From The Afterparty

Another day dawns at PBF&W. Have I mentioned yet how difficult the mornings are here? Well, let me underscore that. As I write, it's just past 7 a.m. and I count myself among the lucky ones, having turned in at the more-reasonable hour of 2 a.m.. The Michelin stars dinner, which I attended last night, has the distinction of being one of the longest meals I've ever enjoyed in my entire life. Given how many dinners I've attended, this is something. The guests who managed to make it to hour six (yes, really) finished off the evening with a dessert prepared by the Coi pastry chef, a combination of blood orange "curd," walnut crumble and an ice cream flavored with Douglas fir. Comparing notes with my L.A.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine: Thomas Keller's Tent Revival

Though this may sound pretty obvious, people really like chefs. This morning, en route to "Lexus brings a moment with Thomas Keller," I encountered some women in the hallway. "Make sure you get Tom Colicchio's autograph!" Just like Sara wrote in her blog, the ladies are all over Tom Colicchio like white on rice. However, this level of adoration was NOTHING compared to the scene inside the cooking demo tent, Thomas Keller presiding.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine: Death Threats and Raw Lamb Heart

It turns out that this wining and dining is exhausting. Though the official start time of today's festivities was 10 a.m., things have been running on PBST (Pebble Beach Standard Time), no doubt owing to the quantity of food and wine being consumed. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the generous Acqua Panna, San Pellegrino and Driscoll berry sponsorship—not because it's so fabulous (though I do like having access to iced sparkling water wherever I go), but because it's like an episode of Top Chef—so blatant as to be funny. This morning, as I waited in line for the Thomas Keller demo, women in green dresses proferred up baskets of berries, asking each attendee, "Would you like to start your day with a Driscoll berry?" Um, no. Instead, I hit up the Illy espresso kiosk.

Glass Candy, Desire, Twisted Wires at Mezzanine Tonight

Discover the undeniably sexy world of Glass Candy, arriving fresh from Coachella this Monday at Mezzanine. The Portland-based duo's music could be described as a mix of Italo Disco, synthpop, electro, with a dash of drum & bass, all topped off with lead singer Ida No's haunting vocals. If you don't trust our recommendation, trust Karl Lagerfeld's, who has used their songs for two Chanel runway shows. Check out a sample of their unique musical stylings here.

Living Out Loud, Coachella Kicks Off

 

The massive party launched with a Thursday night dance party for campers only. And who's up for a early morning slip-n-slide? The sun's out, the grass is green and it's time to rock. Stay tuned for tons of photos of the funnest scenes you've ever seen. We'll be updating throughout the festival, so check back soon! Here's some photos of the party to live vicariously through.

"Best Of" Question #5: Where is the Least Awkward Spot to Meet a Blind Date?

Every June, we put out our "Best Of" issue.  This year, we want you to get involved.  So from now until the end of April, we'll be posting a series of questions about San Francisco.  Jump into the fray, and your writeup could be featured in the issue.

 

Ah, the blind date. It's a right of passage of sorts, an experience that most of us have to check off at one point in our lives, for better or for worse. Tell us which SF spot you think is the least painful for such a rendezvous.

Eat, Surf and Be Merry in Santa Cruz

If you're in Santa Cruz this weekend for the half marathon you, like me, might be wondering just how to spend your downtime. This hippie seaside enclave is far from boring, but can be overwhelming for visitors, as its many offerings aren't well-publicized. Nevertheless, I've scoped out the scene for you in advance; here's where you'll find me in the coming days.

Hayes Art Walk/Block Party Tonight

We are so, so hoping that this weekend is going to be the warm bath of sunlight that all the meteorologists keep promising it will be. One of our favorite harbingers of late Spring is being able to take an evening stroll without needing three layers, a hat and a scarf, and with Hayes Valley's monthly Art Walk/Block Party tonight, the timing couldn't be better for a temperate evening. But if, as is so often the case, those weather forecasters are pulling our chain, you'll likely find a celebratory mood in the Hayes the rest of the weekend, too - Flight 001 is comemorating 10 years in the biz with a mega-sale going on through Sunday.

The Eater Wrap: Michael Mina's Latest and Fabio and Stefan's Facebook Tickle Fight

Welcome back to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including the dining scene's new black, high-profile restaurants in transition, general Yelp silliness, and most importantly, Wolfgang Puck's soothing Austrian accent.

The Best San Francisco Parks

Sure, there are the usual suspects -- you know, the Dolores' and the Crissy Fields.  But there are also some less frequented places to lay down a blanket.  Check out California Home + Design's Best San Francisco Parks roundup and expand your lounging and picnic-ing horizons.

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