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Michael Tusk's Mind

I'm in the midst of working on a feature story for our April issue, and I don't think it's giving away too much to tell you that in the course of researching the piece I've been spending a lot of time with Michael Tusk, the chef/owner of Quince restaurant. I'd even like to think that in the course of these last few weeks, we've forged something of a nascent friendship. Today, in the midst of a spirited discussion about spring's finest ingredients, Mike grabbed my notebook and started sketching out his vision for a tribute to asparagus, a four-part dish that will likely debut on his tasting menu within the next few months.

Chocolate for Haters


Be mine: Charles Chocolates Triple
Chocolate Almonds.


I’m not a romantic, at least in the conventional sense. Valentine’s Day? Whatever.

My apathy is a good thing, though. It serves me well when the romantic forecast is cloudy and gray.

I'm similarly indifferent about the two things that come with February 14: red roses and chocolate. Give me dahlias, tulips or ranunculus; coconut, lemon or caramel. I've learned to steer clear of this conversation in the company of other women, though. Just saying no to chocolate is like an affront to the sisterhood.

From the Bay to the Big Apple

Guest blogger and fashion intern Sydney Pfaff is on duty to pick up the trend watch after Hayley’s kick-off of NY Fashion Week coverage on Tuesday. Here, Sydney’s top picks from the Fall 2008 ready-to-wear collections by a few of SF’s own.


Facebook Stalking Alive and Well in SF

Facebook stalking isn’t just for college freshmen anymore.

Zoe called me early this morning in a panic: “Last night, I had 182 friends on Facebook, this morning only 181.”

Zoe, the sleuthiest friend I’ve got, took only seconds to find out why. An ex-boyfriend had deleted her as a friend. He was still obsessively consumed with her life (and was therefore checking her Facebook page all the time). So, he decided to quit her, cold turkey. A good idea since Zoe’s postings don’t leave much to the imagination. It’s not hard to figure out when she’s got new men in rotation.

Classy, Casual Girl Next Door

Whitney

Whitney, 22, 7x7’s marketing coordinator
Lives on: Nob Hill
Wearing: Velvet top from Anthropologie, Forever 21 jeans, Charles David shoes, Chloé bag, Fleur de Lys necklace from Ponte Vecchio, Florence Italy, my nana’s vintage ring, Tiffany rings.
My style icon: My sister Courtney, who takes Capitol Hill by storm every day in four-inch heels.

Rocker Chic Meets Vintage Class

Victoria

Victoria, 18, FIDM student
Lives in: Hayes Valley
Wearing: American Apparel hoody, unknown dress, vintage boots
My style icon: Mary-Kate Olsen
Most recent fashion find: vintage velvet pumps with bows

*Title supplied by subject to describe her look.

Urban Chic

Pete

Pete, 34, Kerastase account executive
Lives in: SoMa
Wearing: Nicolo Ceschi Berrini jacket, Zara sweater and shirt, Martin Margiela shoes
My style icon: Tom Ford
Most recent fashion find: The jacket I’m wearing.

*Title supplied by subject to describe his look.

Classic, Hippy, Artistic, Colorful … Me!

Nichole

Nichole, 20, FIDM student
Lives in: Sunset
Wearing: jacket from Target, Urban Outfitters dress, Old Navy boots, a lucky necklace
My style icon: I don’t have anyone specific. I go more with the ’60s decade.
Most recent fashion find: A red pea coat—very classic.

*Title supplied by subject to describe her look.

Bohemian, Relaxed, Polished

Hillary

Hillary, 31, gallery director
Lives in: Alamo Square
Wearing: Banana Republic turtleneck and sweater dress, DKNY tights, Aldo shoes
Most recent fashion find: black crocheted dress

*Title supplied by subject to describe her look.

Q&A with Yoshi's GM Andrew Generalao


Andrew Generalao, GM of Yoshi's San Francisco
Photo courtesy of John A. Benson Photography

Yoshi's was just awarded 3 stars from the Chronicle. Has your job just gotten harder, or are you able to breathe a bit easier now?
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