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Symphonix Fall Fete

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

Symphonix, which held its Fall Fete at soon-to-open Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant, brought more than 350 members together to experience a Cal-Italian menu (by chef Ola Fendert of Oola and Chez Papa) and wine selection (compliments of sommelier Mark Bright of Restaurant Michael Mina).

Bar Jules Is Open

Just a few hours after my five-bowl meal, I headed over to Bar Jules—at Hayes and Laguna—next to Suppenkuche. I was curious about it after reading Eater SF’s paint report entitled Hayes Valley Quite Possibly Colorblind—funny.


Devilsh Bluegrass

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Santa Cruz, California-based bluegrass outfit the Devil Makes Three played a fervent set at the Independent on Saturday, November 24. SF's own Trainwreck Riders started things off.

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
Devil Makes Three

Devil Makes Three

My New York Competition

Little did I know when I was in New York a couple of weeks ago that I would be going back so soon. But, indeed I was—though this time not as a journalist, but as a bartender.



A cocktail I created at the suggestion of Duggan McDonnell at Cantina (we just had to invent a cocktail that contained some form of sherry, and it had to be available on a drink menu somewhere), somehow made it to the finals of the National Sherry Cocktail Competition. And I got a return trip to duel with some of the country’s best.

A Five-Bowl Meal

On Saturday, I raced the first annual North Face Endurance Challenge half-marathon. If you saw the elevation chart, or ran the course, you’d probably come to the same conclusion that I did: It was brutal. Anyway, I ended up doing pretty well (2nd for my age group, 5th overall women), so I thought I’d share my post-race celebration meals, which happened to be concentrated in Hayes Valley.


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Skin-Jobs, Fembots and Existential Unicorns

Bladerunner
courtesy of Warner Brothers

Greetings and salutations
* film nerds and nerdettes …

Ever had one of those sneaking late-night suspicions that (maybe, just maybe) the person lying in bed next to you snoring like a pig modem isn’t really human at all but rather a lethal android sent to Earth to destroy your soul? Would it be paranoid of me to say I have?

Sales Talk

I saw on the news this morning that the East Coast got its first big snow storm today—and we’re still three weeks from the official start of winter. People were out en masse shoveling their driveways in the cold. What am I thankful for as the holidays approach? Our version of “cold” in SF is a dip below 50, not nearly chilly enough to keep me from heading out to all the festive sales, trunk shows and store openings popping up all over town. Here are a few you won’t want to miss, starting tonight:


What: Amy Torello Trunk Show
When: Monday, December 3, 7 p.m.
Where: 1661 Sacramento St., #4; 415-699-4188

Bates and Schmitt



I’m a huge cider fan, dating back to my teenage years and my first trip to Europe. It was with my parents, and I was about 15 years old. Going to Europe at that age with one’s parents was difficult enough. I was always trying to drift behind or bolt well ahead of the family unit so that no observers (especially the European teenage girls) would suspect that I was traveling under the auspices of parental units.

Martin + Osa Store Opening

Fashionable San Franciscans gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Martin + Osa store in the Westfield Center on Tuesday, November 20.

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer


Andrew Seligson, Colette Devou, Geoff Karren              Hilary Newsom Callan, Christine Pelosi

Use Your Words, Part 2

Eat + Drink Poll

Thanks to the hundreds of you who’ve voted in the annual Readers Choice Poll and went the extra mile to back up your nominations with some eloquent turn of phrase. If you missed it (voting closed yesterday), or if you loved it so much that you want to do more, here’s your chance—it’s not too late!

We’ve added five extra questions, included a free-for-all spot for you to input your own category (and nomination) and extended the deadline to December 30.
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