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Fly Guy: New Men's Wear Store Opens in Embarcadero Center

If you’re not a Fi-Di regular, chances are you haven’t noticed the popular online retailer OnTheFly.com recently opened up a bricks-and-mortar shop in the Embarcadero Center. Formerly based in a little-known warehouse in SoMa, the five-year-old company founded by haberdasher and Russian Hill resident Ami Arad, specializes in all things a stylish gentleman could need from croc-embossed cigar cases and shaving kits to silk ties and tailored trousers.

This Week's Top 7 Eat + Drink Events

1. Fry One On

Looking for a weekly fish-fry with a conscious? Every Wednesday, Magnolia Pub serves up heaping helpings of fish ‘n’ chips made with sustainable seafood. Don’t miss the chocolate stout cake for dessert.

2. Half-Off and Happy

This Friday, knock off a little early and get yourself over to Bacar for happy hour(s) from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Start the weekend off right with $1 oysters and half-priced cocktails and beer.

3. Bean There, Done That

Macworld 09: Tony Bennett, Improved iLife and DRM-free iTunes

The big news leading up to this year's Macworld was obviously Steve Job's mysterious hormonal imbalance and his decision to not give the keynote for the first time since 1997. Amid palatable pressure and expectation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller filled some big shoes this morning, delivering a solid keynote that highlighted an impressive but not groundbreaking array of new products.

Geek Grub

While other MacWorld attendees are crowding into Jollibee at lunchtime, you, armed with this list, will be enjoying a genuine San Francisco culinary experience. Here’s our list for the best places to lunch (and drink) around Moscone Center.

Why eat a boring turkey sandwich when you could be dipping your chopsticks into the modern Vietnamese food at Bong Su? Don’t miss the shrimp cupcakes, green papaya salad and Empress rice. (311 Third St. at Folsom, 415-536-5800. Open for lunch and dinner.)

The Greenest House in California

What's both green and platinum all over? Why it's the Margarido House, of course, which officially became the first house to receive the Leadership in Environmental Energy Design Platinum certification (the highest level possible) in Northern California this December. Homeowner and head of construction Mike McDonald (with help from Whirlpool) recently created a video tour of the property, filled with tons of information and great images of the home.

Maus Haus Rings in the Indie New Year at Ghost Town Gallery

If this show was an accurate representation of what to expect this year in Bay Area indie, we're in for a hell of a ride.

Oakland four-piece http://www.myspace.com/chamberstheband " target="_blank">Chambers opened the evening with their ultra-rich brand of nu emo.  Think Yeah Yeah Yeah’s with a male singer.

Revolutionary Road's Michael Shannon Talks Oscars, Kate and Leo

You may not have heard of Michael Shannon, but it would be impossible to walk away from the Eisenhower-era marital drama Revolutionary Road without being shaken by his blistering performance as John Givings, a recovering psych-ward patient who might just be the sanest inhabitant of a Connecticut suburb where desperation and malaise seem almost universal.

10 Driveable Locations to Visit This Year, Part II

Don't let an unstable economy keep you at home this year. Instead, use it as an excuse to stay local and explore parts of your state you may have only ever seen on a map. Last week, we revealed five of our can't-miss spots for 2009. Read on for our remaining five picks of delectable escapes within driving distance.

5. The Shasta Region

Jamie Lauren On Top Chef-dom

How my life has changed since I started appearing on national television:

Until I got a spot on this season’s Top Chef, my job at Absinthe has always been behind the scenes. For the past year and a half, I’ve been going into work and prepping, cooking, expediting and hand-holding for about 10 to 12 hours a day (on average) before heading home.

Collecting Napkin Rings with Jennifer Sitko, co-founder of 2modern.com

Jennifer Sitko, co-founder of 2Modern, gives us a peak of her unique collection of napkin rings at her Mill Valley home. Ranging from quirky (think precariously perched pears) to exotic (a wooden giraffe carving), Sitko's collection adds a playful element to any table setting.

How did you start collecting napkin rings?

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