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This Week's Events: Street Food, Movie Nights and Fried Chicken

The Dinner Of Champions
On August 13th, the 18 Reasons crew has convinced some of the latest additions to the burgeoning SF street food scene to stop by the gallery. Go on, make a dinner of cookies from Cookie Wag, bacon potato chips from Who’s Your Daddy and gobs from Gobba Gobba Hey—without having to track their whereabouts on Twitter. We won’t tell.

A Feast For the Senses

Cougars Pounce on Palo Alto for National Cougar Convention

Stanford grad students and sub-25 Silicon Valley techies be warned (or get ready for some free cocktails). Cougars (defined by the Urban Dictionary as: "Noun. A 35+ year old female who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male") from all across the country will descend on the Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto on August 28 for--get this--the nation's inaugural National Single Cougars Convention.

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: At Luna Park, Rubber Meets Road

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

LUNA PARK

Gap's Patrick Robinson Dishes on New Premium Denim Under $70

When we caught up with Head of Design for Gap Patrick Robinson during his whirlwind visit to San Francisco last week, the Giorgio Armani and Paco Rabanne alum tapped to revive his current company’s style cred from the only-for-prepsters pigeon hole it had arguably been living in for well over a decade was juggling journalists on the bustling floor of the Gap at Market and Powell in between efforts to shop Gap’s latest offerings for fall.

“I only wear Gap, since the day I started,” says Robinson, who tells us he shops at Gap stores when he travels to different cities.

Hayao Miyazaki Contemplates Dreams, the Environment and the Elegant Simplicity of 'Ponyo'

Sitting before a standing-room-only crowd of 6,500, most of whom had waited hours to catch a glimpse of the silver-haired animation master and greeted him with a raucous standing ovation at last month’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego, Hayao Miyazaki played the part of reclusive auteur to perfection.

He was soft spoken and unfailingly polite as longtime friend John Lasseter, the Pixar Animation chief who describes his films as “unique and inspirational,” questioned him about Ponyo, his wondrously illustrated tale of a fish who turns into a little girl after discovering love in the human world.

If his answers came off as less than revealing, nobody seemed to mind.

Summer Lovin’, Pt. 2: Amanda Michael and Michael Harrington

 

 

Local couples had a blast this summer (and spring) celebrating their love and commitment with family and friends. From heart-warming tales of romantic triumph to the drama of logistical snafus and allergic reactions, we’re here to tell you more.

San Francisco native Amanda Michael wed East Coast-transplant Michael Harrington on May 9 amid the first blossoms of spring (accented by lanterns the couple purchased on a previous trip to Vietnam) in the garden of their recently renovated San Francisco home.

The mostly-Buddhist ceremony was officiated by Roslyn Whitney; Amanda’s children, Gus and Jane, served as the wedding attendants.

In-N-Out is the Best Fast Food in America?

In-N-Out takes the title as "Best Fast Food in America." This according to Esquire's superstar chef survey. You'll notice a few familiar names on the judges' panel: Mill Valley's Tyler Florence, former A16 duderino Nate Appleman, and Charlie Palmer are a few (watch our knife skills video with Palmer below). Appleman calls In-N-Out a "rite of passage for all visitors to California," and Florence says "I dare anyone to tell me their burgers aren't as good as any you'll fine anywhere, from fast food to fine dining." Checkout some of the surprise noms here: Fast Food.

 

 

Staycations in San Francisco

Sure those tourists on the double decker buses, or faux cable cars (on wheels!) look smirk-worthy, but for those who don't have the discretionary funds to summer in Malibu or Tahoe or fly first class for East Coast  weather, a touristy stay-cation might be just the economy class ticket.

Staycating in San Francisco is not so bad. Remember the factoid: on any given day, there are more tourists than residents in San Francisco. (Somebody fact check that for me. It’s hard to believe.)

Listen Up: Elvis Costello, Method Man, The Rapture, N.A.S.A. Take The Stage This Week

We wish there was some sort of driving thematic rhyme or reason to the culmination of legends and new young hipster bands making a brief appearance this week, but alas, we have no explanations for you. As we eagerly await the almost semi-botched, but still sort of redeemed Outside Lands festival that is just upon the horizon, we plan to satisfy the tumultuous rumblings of our musical hunger with some of these acts. Check out our picks for the week:

Link Love: Try On Aviators From the Comfort of Your Desk Chair and So Much More

Daily reads from our feeds...

Adding insult to injury, TFS point out that Vogue's scaled-down September issue features an unflattering (dare we say alien-esque) cover of Charize Theron.

Love it or Hate it? Angelina hits the red carpet with highlighted tresses and minimal makeup for the Inglorious Basterds premiere, via bloomacious.

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