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Countdown to Handmade Nation: The Curiosity Shoppe

In continuing our look at Handmade Nation participants, today we'll check out The Curiosity Shoppe, whose co-owner Derek Fagestrom will also be a panelist for the event. If you've had a chance to stop by the shoppe located in the Mission, you know what a joy it is - featured artists adorn the walls, craft supplies abound, and "curiosities" of the perfect-gifting kind are everywhere. We're looking forward to seeing the selection they'll have at Handmade Nation, as well as hearing Derek's insight into the handmade crafting movement.

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

1. Baking 411
Got a burning baking question? Curious about custard? Got gripes about ganache? Save them up for your meeting with Flo Braker, baker extraordinaire, who will be signing copies of her book, Baking for All Occasions, on Saturday, March 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Omnivore Books. Sweet treats will be provided.

2. Gastronomic Game Show

DNA Lounge Suffocated By Legal Debacles

It has come to our attention that the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is threatening our beloved DNA Lounge with some legal troubles that, if successful, will shut it down permanently. Where will we go for our bimonthly Bootie parties or the grungy industrial evening of Meat? With the Grinch of nightclubs now upon us, the future is so uncertain.

Basically the background beef is this:

*DNA Lounge tried to convert their 21+ liquor license into an all ages full retaurant establishment in order to fully explore the live music scene.

*Their application is denied by The ABC for no apparent reason.

Katie Christ: The Italian Job, Cookbook Styling and Food Acrobatics

As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers, 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie's inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.

Online Sale Alert: She-Bible, Made Jewelry & New Leaf Clothing

In need of a midweek dose of retail therapy? We sure are. Three local designers are offering their wares at serious discounts this week.

She-Bible: In preparation for the release of its forthcoming spring collection, this local label has put many of its cozy, go-anywhere pieces on sale and is offering an additional 25 percent off all online purchases today through midnight on Thursday. Just type the discount code snuggie into the coupon box and add your item to the shopping cart. You’ll also receive free shipping for orders over $100.

70-year-old dads have a better chance of spawning a dimwit than of being killed by a terrorist


Luckily, Hugh Hefner’s kids can grow up to be pimps or porn stars (its in the blood) so they won’t have to worry too much about those pesky SATs.  

This is clearly a smidgen of feminist schadenfreude on my part but my favorite headline in The Times today was “Older Fathers Linked to Lower I.Q. Scores”.

Bauer's Wi-Drive: It's Like Taking the Ferry...But Not

We're all about an easier commute into the city, especially from the North Bay.  And we think it's high time that those Google illuminati-esque busses were spread to the masses.

Sidewalk Chic: Hints of Spring on the Embarcadero

Name: Zoe Fisher

Age: 18

Occupation: Student at The Urban School of SF and Fashion Designer (Zoe Alexander)

Spotted: Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, 1:15 p.m.

Wearing: Vintage dress, sweater, sandals, and purse acquired from the Alameda Flea Market, Wasteland, Held Over, and the Vintage Fashion Expo

The New Yountville Getaway: Bardessono + Bottega

Spent the weekend up doing the Yountville shuffle. Here's my blog brief.

Yountville might feel like a planned community (of restaurants and resorts) rather than real place where real people live and dine (and get spa treatments). But it doesn't seem to detract from its ability to continue to be the big destination in the Napa Valley. (Thanks, French Laundry.)

Found at Shotwell: The Most Versatile Dress Ever

What, may you ask, stopped us in our tracks, derailed us from our afternoon lunch run and drew us into the Shotwell boutique downtown? These convertible silk wrap dresses by Please Dress Up!, the San Francisco label launched by indie designers Grant Doolittle and Judy Berbarian, who relocated to Paris in November. (Clearly our loss and Paris’ gain by the looks of their Spring/Summer ’09 Infinite Possibilities collection).

 

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