San Francisco bars are going to be lonlier places this week. That's because a sizable proportion of our city's most prominent bartenders are heading south and east to the annual Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans this week. Yes, they will be networking, taking in seminars, lectures, participating in discussion groups. But, well, even more time will be spent consuming Pimm's Cups, Juleps, Daiquiris, Dixie beer, shots of Chartreuse and about every other form of alcohol you can imagine. And in sweltering heat too! But it's a lot of fun, if you can survive it. I went last year to this bibulous event, and my liver has yet to forgive me.
Writer Terrence Henry, retired early only to go on an eating tour for three months—from Argentina to Italy—and write about it for The Atlantic. Upon his return to the US, he discovered that, "Hidden restaurants, innovative farmers, culinary craftsmen—our nation's love affair with food was continuing to grow and evolve, in spite of a financial crisis thinning the country's pockets and a food system that seems determined to exchange quality and safety for efficiency and profit."
Now celebrating its 29th anniversary, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival begins Thursday, July 23, with an opening-night party at the Swedish American Hall followed by a screening of Cathy Randall’s coming-of-age comedy Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger at the Roxie. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start celebrating on your own a few days earlier.
Last month, we told you about Digg.com’s exclusive interview with the one and only Austrian television sensation, Bruno (AKA Sascha Baron Cohen in his most hilarious post-Borat persona to date). Andrew Bancroft sat down with the over-the-top fashion icon on June 30, and fired off questions sent in from Digg.com users. Check it out below – if only to watch Bruno reprimand Bancroft midway through the sit-down: “Stop looking at my crotch, okay?”
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An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring the current Etsy Local shop for SF this week, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:
1. The Cleo headpiece from jaybmillinery, $48: We are seriously smitten with this structural felt headpiece which also happens to be one of the more reasonably priced we've found. Side note: be sure to check out Jay B's other options while you're browsing as it was nearly impossible to choose a favorite.
Should you find yourself downtown tomorrow quite in need of a midweek, San Francisco summer pick-me-up involving a great cause, good deals, mani pedi pampering and stylish finds from emerging designers, sidle on over to the Shop for Breast Cancer event taking place at the Embarcadero Center’s Vanity Beauty Lounge.
Humphry Slocombe debuts their newest flavor, a coke-cotes du rhone hybrid aptly titled “Jesus Juice.” Now that’s going to get some people fired up.
Is is an apricot? Is it a plum? No, fools, it’s an aprium.
Read it and weep (literally): a heartbreaking story about dairy farms in California.
A how-to guide to opening your own dive bar.
Good reads from our feeds....
From cookies and cutlets to abandoning chest-down sleep forever (say it ain’t so!), Glamour comes at us with 10 easy ways to make your boobs look better (sans the knife, of course).
Refinery 29 introduces us to the latest in uncomfortable-looking men’s fashion: the denim tube top for guys, courtesy of Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The Rural Alberta Advantage are about as rustic as the throbbing synth that opens its newly re-released 2008 debut, Hometowns (Saddle Creek). But you don’t need to listen long to immediately glean the band’s backwater charm as the chimes and strings kick in. Like an indie-rockier American Analog Set, a more stately and minimalist Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, or a folkier, filled-out Matt and Kim, the Rural Alberta Advantage’s earnest feistiness shines through the homespun, lo-fi production of Hometowns.
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