Boy, do Brits know how to throw a Christmas party or what? They’re especially good here on American soil, and this past week British-Americans proved they know how to do it best.
The Westin St. Francis Hotel in downtown San Francisco was the setting on Tuesday for the 44th Annual BABC Christmas Luncheon, and it was Festive with a capital “F.”
1. At Ducca, gnocchi with chunks of oxtail, jus and … a genius move … red grapefruit.
Ducca's oxtail gnocchi.
2. At South, the bushman’s plate, an Aussie version of antipasto: especially the tempura-coated mussels.
The bushman's plate at South.
Solbar has a casual vibe, but the attention to detail and execution that goes into the menu is anything but. You can almost feel Chef Sharp and his team sweating it out in the kitchen while you sip a nice Viognier and gaze at the modern sculpture-cum-fireplace.
Solbar's beef short ribs.
Here goes, my year in review:
Live Uni – Just-out-of-the-water uni at Sushi Groove
The uni was so fresh, it was still moving.
Spice Is Nice – 5 Spices, 50 Dishes cooking class
Doesn’t it then seem like this would be the perfect time to kill two birds with one stone?
Throw a little sex accoutrement into the mix. You’ve probably been wanting to mix things up for a while. A mission that can be daunting, but sometimes the smallest gestures have the biggest impact.
For Glamwatch’s end-of-the-year posting, guest blogger and 7x7 editorial assistant Sydney Pfaff has scoured the city for her post-New Year’s-partying relaxation picks. Check out these 7 sweet spots that will help you look and feel like a whole new you.
Among all the streamers and sparkles, the new year brings something we all dread: bills, bills and more bills. Instead of stressing out, pay a visit to Kabuki Springs & Spa for a quick session of acupuncture ($80), an ancient Chinese treatment that is guaranteed to release your post-holiday stress. 1750 Geary St., 415-922-6000
New Year’s Eve parties are the perfect excuse to go completely over-the-top glam. And that includes your make-up. But if your creative coloring skills cause passersby to wonder if you’ve just come from your performance under the big top—not, by the way, the desired effect—turn to Shu Uemura. On December 28, the Japanese cosmetic company’s Fillmore boutique will be hosting one-on-one consultations with celebrity make-up artist Gina Brooke, who’s created looks for such glamzillas as Madonna, Naomi and Giselle. Here, you can go for a pre-party test run with those foxy cheek-grazing faux fur diamante lash extensions or a dramatic red-hot lip with beauty back-up on hand.
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