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Got a Dreamy Dining Room?

If so, Calfornia Home+Design Magazine wants to see it. Submit two to three pictures of your fabulous dining room online to with the name of the designer or homeowner to enter. Readers will then vote on whose space has the most style, with the winner getting supreme bragging rights and their dining room featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

Bay to Breakers: What to Wear

Truth: Bay to Breakers is more about the theatrics than the race itself. When it comes to deciding what to don this Sunday morning, the thought process can be downright stressful. And let's be honest, Sarah Palin costumes were so Halloween 2008. In case you've yet to come up with a quirky idea of your own (hint: the more flamboyant, the better), here are a few costume suggestions we compiled with a little help from our friends.

Mystical Creatures

In the Studio with Local Singer-Songwriter Eric McFadden

It’s a rare opportunity to get to witness the actual recording of a song or an album. Fortunately, local singer-songwriter Eric McFadden gave us the opportunity to enter the space he shares with base master James Whiton and music producer-engineer Phil Milner. The cozy studio, located in NOPA, feels more like a hangout than the functioning studio that it is. This being my first time at a session, I had never imagined such beautiful sound could be engineered in such a casual and relaxed environment.

San Francisco Cocktail Week Top 5, #1: 'Boozin' By The Bay

My # 1 event for this week's festivities is this Friday's grand outdoor happy hour that SF Cocktail Week organizers are calling 'Bayou on the Bay.'  'Boozin' by the Bay' sounds better to me, though, and is much more descriptive of what really will be going on.

Lost Landscapes of San Francisco with Archivist Rick Prelinger

Archivist Rick Prelinger is a keeper of treasures—and a San Francisco treasure himself. On Saturday, May 16 starting at 2pm, Rick will share gems from his film collection at the Exploratorium's McBean Theater as he takes his audience on a tour of the Lost Landscapes of San Francisco. Drawing from his collection of rare film, Rick constructs a San Francisco landscape unlike the San Francisco we know today using news reels, amateurs footage, and industrial film.

L.A. vs. SF: A Tale Of Two Burritos

I suppose we would be remiss as food journalists if we didn't weigh in on the Jonathan Gold burrito throwdown. I know he's offering up some bait, and I will knowingly take it. In his blog yesterday he wrote:

"Bay Area residents tend to have peculiar ideas about burritos, which they regard as monstrous things wrapped in tinfoil, and filled with what would seem to be the contents of an entire margarita-mill dinner, including grilled meat, rice, beans, guacamole, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, orange cheese, and probably a lot of other things that neither God nor man ever intended to see the inside of a tortilla, much less the soggy steamed pup-tents that are but mandatory up north."

A Girls' Weekend in St. Helena (Sans Wine)

When you're pregnant and a wine aficionado, a weekend in Napa may sound like torture. But during a recent girls’ weekend to St. Helena, I discovered that wine country can be equally indulgent and relaxing when you’re expecting. With its renowned spa treatments, shopping and gourmet culinary offerings, Napa makes for an ideal escape, with or without a drink.

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

Fishy Fishy So Delishy
The Monterey Bay Aquarium will once again be hosting Cooking For Solutions, a two-day celebration of sustainable food and wine, set this year for May 15 and 16. Purchase tickets for the gala (where you can sample food from over sixty different restaurants and fifty-five wineries) or for celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and luxe chef-led adventures. For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit

John Oliver, The Daily Show's Chief Ex-Pat, Comes to Cobbs

It’s official. John Oliver is The Daily Show’s  most funny correspondent. I was medium-warm about John Oliver – he being a replacement for bygone correspondents (I can’t quit you Ed Helms and Rob Corddry)  – but the jumpy Brit is growing on me. And, after a string of lame-o newcomers, Oliver is officially the best regular.

Which means it behooves you to see him live at Cobb’s Comedy Club, May 28-30, before he leaves Jon for greener pastures, movie deals, swimming pools, movie stars...

What’s the Deal: Rebecca Minkoff, Modaspia, Origins and more

Rebecca Minkoff: Scurry down to SoMa on Saturday for a sample sale from this California-bred, New York-based designer best known for her luxe leather handbags. Both handbags and ready-to-wear pieces will be priced up to 50 percent off during the one-day sale. We hear you’ll find Morning After Bags going for $381 (reg. $635). The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 111 Minna Gallery, 11 Minna St., 415-974-1719.

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