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Amazing Grace

I had the opportunity to catch lunch with Tim Grace the other day. There are lots of winemakers floating around the city, but Tim is one of the few (if not the only) who produces wine not in Napa or Sonoma, but in Tuscany. Better yet, Il Molino di Grace, his winery and property near the town of Panzano, produces some of the most delicious Chiantis on the market. Tim lives with his family here in SF--his kids are in school here--but makes frequent trips back and forth to the Tuscan estate and to sell his wine around Italy.

It Bands: The 2 Bandits for Boots

Among the fashion-related privileges of life in the Bay Area: 1) the ability to don such style combos as pea coats and open-toed sandals 2) that hazy, atmospheric glare that accompanies fog and, in so doing, renders sunglasses acceptable in situations that would otherwise only be okay for people with raging hangovers and 3) the opportunity to wear boots 365 days a year.

Do Chefs Eat?

Being a chef, people are constantly surprised by what I eat (or don't eat) over the course of my work week ... to be completely honest, the last thing Iwant to do when I am at work is eat. Being surrounded by food all the time generally makes me very uninterested in having a meal on a daily basis. Here's a list of everything I ate this week.

Monday: My day off. Probably the one day when I actually eat two meals. Usually on Mondays I try and get together with friends, since it's really

New Vintage Furnishings (And a Sale!) at Lotus Bleu

Lotus Bleu will be having a sale throughout the month of February so that they can make room for the new additions to their collection.  The new pieces aren't really new at all, rather, they're reinvented.  For instance, In the photo to the left there's a slipper chair in the bottom left-hand corner.  Although it was designed in the 1950's or 60's, it's been updated with a beautiful and bright silk-screened linen pattern of colorful flowers and leaves, which give it it more of a modern appeal.  Embrace this great weather and bring some of the outside in, al la vintage prettiness and floral linens.  Sale runs through February.  Select items between 20-40% off.

Anonymous Postcard to Al Gore

We've been having some, ahem, internet issues these days, so we more than appreciate one of the latest from Anonymous Postcard. Word. The postcard to the moms of Mill Valley never gets old either.

Anonymous postcard

 

Brave Enough to Eat a Pig Head?

Last Monday, we threw our annual Eat + Drink Awards party, where we revealed our picks for the 5 Best Restaurants in the City and also announced the winners of the Eat + Drink Reader's Choice Awards. In addition to a healthy buzz from the Bulleit Bourbon cocktails, all the honorees walked away with a bronze pig (we like to think of them as the SF restaurant scene's version of the Oscars). Check out the video from the party below (we're just as fancy).

Bay to Breakers: Time to Start Training!

Lots of things are better when you DIY, but training for a long-distance race is not one of them. If you’re set on finally running the Bay to Breakers (May 17) or the SF Marathon (July 26) this year, do your body a favor and sign up for one of the various race training programs created by the SF Road Runners Club or the SF Marathon, all of which start right around now.

Avoid Bridezilla-dom: Enroll Yourself in Wedding U

Here comes the bride, all dressed in...stress? If you're totally freaking out about your upcoming nuptials, you may want to enroll yourself in what the Silicon Valley Four Seasons is calling their "Wedding University."

Held down in Palo Alto on February 8, it's essentially a crash course on how to plan a wedding.  Instructions will be offered on musical selection, the first dance, photography and videography, designing a wedding menu, personalizing your wedding, managing a budget, event flow and choosing a wedding dress and accessories.  Phew!

Oh, and there's champagne.

Pliny the Younger Hits City Beer Store Friday

Although Santa Rosa's Russian River Brewing Co. may look like any other pub, it's somewhat of a mecca and home to some of California's finest craft beers, including the cult favorite, Pliny the Younger. Released every February, (Growlers only, no bottles) for a brief one-time brewing, it's why many beer lovers (including myself) make an annual trek from SF up 101 N. I liken its taste to a sloppy kiss from a Redwood mixed with a fresh bitterness.

Six More Weeks of Winter? Not So Much

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning (um, did you see how fat that thing is? of course he'd see his shadow) and predicted six more weeks of winter.   Sucks to live in Pittsburgh.  Here's to 70 degree weather in February.  Get out and enjoy it while it lasts (the rain's supposed to hit later in the week).  

 

Here's a video of the prediction.  (Poor guy, he needs a California vacation).

 

 

 

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