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Invisible Cities

One of my favorite novels by Italo Calvino is Hidden Cities, which is imagined as a conversation between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan and includes Polo’s fantastical and imaginative descriptions of 55 cities he’s seen on his travels.

I had a hidden-cities moment myself the other day, when I was led to a party in a particularly fantastical backyard, behind a row of houses near Duboce Park. The yard, shared by several residences, was a marvel and to emerge from an ordinary back door to gaze upon it was similar to feeling like Alice after falling down the rabbit hole.


Dinner With Anthony Bourdain

photography by Rick Camargo



Chef, TV star, writer, new dad, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain rolled into town recently as part of his No Reservations book tour. He made many appearances around the Bay Area, and everywhere he went he was greeted like a rock star—lines around the block for every book signing or dinner.

The Toxic Avengers

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Los Feliz, California-based rock outfit the Airborne Toxic Event played Popscene on Thursday, November 15.

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Beauty and Baubles

I just finished working on our annual holiday gift guide (look out for our packed December issue on newsstands any day now), so Christmas shopping is definitely first and foremost on my mind. What exactly am I looking for this year? Gifts that are experiential— like golf lessons, a bed and breakfast getaway or theatre tickets—for those family members who seemingly have everything. Gifts that truly say San Francisco, for those out-of-town relatives. One-of-a-kind presents for those trendsetting girlfriends who love getting the scoop. Or items that have proceeds benefiting a good cause for those save-the-world friends. Check out these local shopping events at some of my favorite stores that I’ll be scouting for those categories this season. Happy Shopping!

McGUIRE Roundtable Round 4

Understanding the real estate market can be difficult. The Market is forever changing while buyers and sellers are constantly being bombarded by information from the media. McGuire's Top Producers Roundtable (a four part series appearing in 7x7) strives to make sense of it all with a quarterly perspective from some of the city's most successful agents. Take a look at what buyers are looking for—green, eco-efficient homes—and find out why McGuire is the brokerage of choice for clients and agents.

1. What's your outlook for residential real estate sales in San Francisco thru the New Year?

Thanksgiving Drinks

I can’t really tell you what we drank, but here’s what we ate.


Shroomin’



I had the great pleasure of spending the last couple of days in Mendocino, relaxing, eating and spending time searching through the woods looking for one of my favorite mushrooms—the venerable porcini. Oh, and did I mention eating?


Dining by Design

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS brought their Dining By Design tour presented by Elle Décor and GE Monogram to the SF Design Center on Tuesday, November 12 for the Table Hop and Tasting Gala and Wednesday, November 13 for the Dining for Design Gala.

Sex Toys and Security at SFO

By now you’ve learned the liquid travel limit and have your Ziploc handy. You’re not as annoyed that you have take off your shoes and overcoat, place your laptop in a bin and empty all of your pockets.


But what to do about your sex toys? It’s a completely different challenge but one that you can overcome. So don’t let this happen to you:
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