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All in the Family

I usually go home for Christmas, but when my brother goes to his in-laws’, my parents fly out here from D.C., and we spend the holiday wine tasting, eating out and getting pampered at the Sonoma Mission Inn. That was the case this past year. Feeling extra adventurous, we decided to take a day trip to the Anderson Valley—fast becoming my favorite wine-tasting locale—and that’s how I discovered Esterlina, a family owned and run winery up in Philo.

On the Downlow

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

To celebrate the release of their new album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga indie rockers Spoon played a one-off secret gig at Cafe Du Nord Saturday, July 14. There were no advanced tickets sold prior to the show, so devoted fans lined up outside the club hours before the band went on. Oakland-based quartet Rogue Wave opened the show.

SPOON

GATOR-IFIC


Gator's gumbo.

Soul food. Those two words go so well together. Down in San Mateo (a nice little drive to a walkable and charming Main Street when you feel like getting out of the city for the evening), chef Glenn “Gator” Thompson, an Oakland native, recently opened Gator's Neo-Soul Café. The new space is airy, modern, very warm. Last Friday, a lone musician sang the blues at just the right volume throughout the meal. And if you sit at the chef’s counter abutting the open kitchen, Gator will likely come chat you up.

STRIKE and 7 Questions with an <i>Office</i> Star

photography by Ricky Camargo at rickycphotography.com

Greetings blog peepers,

Cupertino was the place to be last night, well at one particular spot: STRIKE. It's a new bowling lounge where the hip were hanging for a few hours last night. Wait—did I say that?! What I meant to say was a mix of media (free food and booze, we're there) and Cupertino locals were there to soak up a piece of this new nightlife.


Bastille Day and Burlesque

Here’s another thing about San Francisco: It’s always amused me that every holiday big or small becomes another reason to dress up, drink and most likely hook up with greater abandon: Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, anti-Valentine’s Day—there are always a zillion excuses around here to don a wig and fishnets.

Personally, Halloween lost its magic when I turned 12. Then I moved to San Francisco and was surprised (and slightly annoyed at first) to find it was a bigger deal than ever before.

Hayley's Bad Girls Playlist


courtesy of M.I.A



Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Give Punk a Chance

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Self-described "flower punk" foursome the Black Lips brought their Sonics-inspired brand of pysch-punk to Popscene on Thursday, July 12.

THE BLACK LIPS



Melissa's Playlist 07.19.07


courtesy of  Cold War Kids



Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Take it Easy



Ryan Adams
Easy Tiger
Lost Highway

Sabbatical Notes II


courtesy of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Greetings and salutations, film nerds and nerdettes. As you well know, I’m still on my much-needed vacation, which means I’m working on my tan and taking swimming lessons from the Swedish bikini team. I don’t want to leave you, my loyal readers, without a little dose of the Reel so here’s a few film happenings to keep you satiated for the time being. Until next time, be bad and get into bikini-clad trouble baby.
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