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The Eat and Drink List: This week's top 7

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium will once again be hosting Cooking For Solutions, a two-day celebration of sustainable food and wine, set this year for May 15 and 16. Purchase tickets for the gala (where you can sample food from over sixty different restaurants and fifty-five wineries) or for celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and luxe chef-led adventures. For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit

John Oliver, The Daily Show's Chief Ex-Pat, Comes to Cobbs

It’s official. John Oliver is The Daily Show’s  most funny correspondent. I was medium-warm about John Oliver – he being a replacement for bygone correspondents (I can’t quit you Ed Helms and Rob Corddry)  – but the jumpy Brit is growing on me. And, after a string of lame-o newcomers, Oliver is officially the best regular.

Which means it behooves you to see him live at Cobb’s Comedy Club, May 28-30, before he leaves Jon for greener pastures, movie deals, swimming pools, movie stars...

What’s the Deal: Rebecca Minkoff, Modaspia, Origins and more

Rebecca Minkoff: Scurry down to SoMa on Saturday for a sample sale from this California-bred, New York-based designer best known for her luxe leather handbags. Both handbags and ready-to-wear pieces will be priced up to 50 percent off during the one-day sale. We hear you’ll find Morning After Bags going for $381 (reg. $635). The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 111 Minna Gallery, 11 Minna St., 415-974-1719.

Spencer On the Go: The Newest, Hautest Roach Coach in Town

Who needs to invest in a sous vide machine when you can have a taco truck instead? The recession continues to bring out the street food vendor in some of the city's top chefs. First there was Mission Street Food and now Laurent Katgely of Chez Spencer has made the pilgrimage to Stockton—the land of taco trucks—to shell out 15K for his own kitchen-on-wheels: Spencer On the Go. (Not cheap, but as he puts it, "cheaper than a restaurant.")

You Only Want Me When I Get Over You, Fleetwood Mac.

Seems like only yesterday that we were extolled to don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. Hey Fleetwood Mac, yesterday’s gone (yesterday’s gone) – as you well know. Still you insist on lookin’ back.

Fleetwood Mac, the band that barely survived the Seventies, is touring all around and hits down in Oakland next week (Oakland Arena, May 20).

Philanthropy Lesson #2: Cooks in the Kitchen

Meet Sophie Azouaou, 7x7’s new Community Impact Contributor. As owner of SophiSticate Interiors and host of the upcoming NBC TV show, Touching Hearts, she has established herself as a key player in the Bay Area community and is a valuable resource on ways to lend a hand. In this column, Sophie serves up the philanthropy dish for the budget-conscious volunteer. Tune in to get tips on giving back that put your mind and your wallet at ease.

3 Million Reasons to Smile: Tipping Point

Cake may have been touted as the marquee headliner last week at Bimbo’s 365 Club where Tipping Point held it’s third fundraiser.

However the band’s well-deserved thunder was stolen by the stalwart supporters of Tipping Point who, in a matter of minutes, raised mega-millions.

To be exact? Three-million smackers!

Ready or Knot Wedding Challenge: Emily Wade

Club One and 7x7 magazine have teamed up for the first ever Ready or Knot Wedding Challenge. Three trainers, three winners and the fierce goal of looking hot for the big day. Let the games begin.

Bride-to-be #2: Emily Wade

Wedding: August 2009

Trainer: Specialized Personal Trainer and Weight Management Consultant Timothy Plantikow from Club One Yerba Buena

Sidewalk Chic: Perfect Fit in Union Square

Name: Robert Shabazz

Age: 21

Occupation: Student at Academy of Art University

Spotted: Laeken sample sale at Shotwell, 7:47 p.m.

Wearing: Vintage raspberry velvet blazer and bowtie, tailored shirt and slacks, wingtips by Seven

How do you define your style? "Classically formal with a slightly modern, edgy twist. I like to look professional and well put-together, while still being fun and young."

What's Up with Beer & Grill?

While walking on Fulton down the hill towards Masonic the other day, this sign caught my eye. Sort of a cheeky play on the old "Bar and Grill" cliche. It was about 4 PM, though, and the place was closed. I looked inside and there appeared to be an excellent beer selection, unremarkable interior furnishings, good light—in short a good place to drink beer and eat pub food.

I went home and googled it to find out what the deal was and found . . . nothing. Nothing on Yelp, either. In fact, googling the phone number listed on the sign (415-221-7777) and "beer" yielded only three results, a company called Gourmet International which is listed as a software company. I tried the number and got no answer. Will keep checking on this odd place, but if you've been there, let me know.

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