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Speakeasy, Schmeakeasy: Pretending Like It's Prohibition Isn't Our Thing

William Grimes has a feature in the New York Times Dining section on the not-so-cutting-edge trend of the speakeasy-style bar. Grimes is a terrific writer, and his book Straight Up of On the Rocks is one of the greatest books about the history of the American cocktail ever written, so his illumination of the ways in which the modern speakeasies only resemble their Prohibition-era inspirations is well worth looking at.

Inner Richmond: Covet Boutique Opens

You may have spotted the handmade adornments from San Francisco designer Adrienne Wiley’s vintage-inspired Frolick line and local designer Liza Anongchanya’s clean, classic Ofina Jewelry at Bay Area shopping events or on celebrities such as Mariah Carey (Frolick) and Mischa Barton (Ofina). Now you can peruse complete collections from both under one roof at their new Inner Richmond boutique Covet, whose lofted second level does double duty as a workspace for the designers and friends.

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

Farming For Compliments
Want to give some love to Alemany? Think the Ferry Plaza Saturday market is, hands down, the best in America? American Farmland Trust is holding a contest to determine which is America’s favorite farmers market. We think we’ve got this one in the (canvas, reusable) bag. Go to anytime between now and August 8.

Firewater Fun

Chocolate, Curry Carts and To-Go Cocktails: The Best of SF, Eat + Drink

Chocolate and caramel, curry carts and cocktails for the road. Mexican fiestas, Hawaiian loco moco and Shanghai Bucks. Where to get goat in the Marina, black-sesame popsicles in the Mission and … Tums (available at any Walgreens).


The Best of SF: Nightlife

Oh, the places you’ll go: an Indian dance party, a Mexican salsa bus, a mixer at the museum, an opera in the ballpark and a disco at Grace Cathedral. Here in SF, there really is no reason to fear the dark. (As for the morning after, that’s another story.)


Best of the City 2009: Day

How to spend a day in San Francisco? We’ve got a few (dozen) ideas—go sailing, picnicking and hiking, walk like an Egyptian, settle in for story time or grab a bleacher seat to watch the Giants take the Astros to the cleaners.

Best Dog Day

What Is Real Street Food Anyhow?

The Magic Curry Kart, the  Sexy Soup Lady, Bike Basket Pies, the creme brulee guy, the French taco truck. Boccalone's Salumi Cycle is delivering sandwiches. The economy seems to be turning San Francisco into one big Twitter-fueled, "nonrestaurant" bake sale (with elements of Burning Man thrown in)—all under the guise of street food, "authentic" or not.

Khraigslist, Obama's Blackberry and Other Fictitious Diversions, Kasper Hauser Wrote the Book

We know that President Obama’s iPod is chock full of classic rock from The Stones to Dylan, as well as jazz greats and lots of Stevie Wonder. We know that Bush’s iPod – nicknamed “iPod One”-  featured The Knack’s “My Sharona.” We wonder what the Queen will put on her playlists but now we can (pretend to) know what’s on Barack’s Blackberry.

Drinker in Chief: The Prez Throws Back a Little Sonoma Coast Hirsch

Since Bill Clinton, who liked to eat but whose most lasting gastronomical association was with the Big Mac, and Bush, who seemed almost disdainful of good food and didn't even drink, it's been sixteen years since there's been any chief executive whose evinced that most human (and, for us, a most San Franciscan) trait of enjoying a good drink. While Obama's election broke many barriers and has yielded hope in so many ways, one of the nicest things about his presidency so far is that the guy likes to drink. And the examples keep piling up  . . .

It's Gotta Be the Storytelling: The Makers of 'Up' Discuss the Secret of Pixar's Success

Pete Docter is no stranger to success.

A 19-year veteran of Pixar’s Emeryville-based animation studio, Docter, 40, is, like so many of his similarly tenured peers, a creative force whose contributions to the company’s cinematic canon have been as indispensable as they have been varied. As an animator, he helped craft the innovative look of the studio’s first two films, Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. He co-authored Toy Story and its critically adored sequel and, more recently, helped develop the scripts for Monsters, Inc. (which he also directed) and last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, WALL*E.

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