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What's Up with Beer & Grill?

While walking on Fulton down the hill towards Masonic the other day, this sign caught my eye. Sort of a cheeky play on the old "Bar and Grill" cliche. It was about 4 PM, though, and the place was closed. I looked inside and there appeared to be an excellent beer selection, unremarkable interior furnishings, good light—in short a good place to drink beer and eat pub food.

I went home and googled it to find out what the deal was and found . . . nothing. Nothing on Yelp, either. In fact, googling the phone number listed on the sign (415-221-7777) and "beer" yielded only three results, a company called Gourmet International which is listed as a software company. I tried the number and got no answer. Will keep checking on this odd place, but if you've been there, let me know.

Dust Off Your Bicycle for Bike-In Movies & Bike to Work Day

With the temperature forecast to warm up this week, two great bike events are going on that combine film, entertainment and bicycles. And if you don't already know how much fun bikes can be, you will after this week.

How to Be a Better Diner, Part 5: Think Of Your Table As Real Estate

Welcome to our third guest blogger series written by Ella Lawrence, who works as both a freelance writer and a server at a popular restaurant in San Francisco. Lawrence has been published in Travel & Leisure, Time Out, and the San Francisco Chronicle and has her own blog, Restaurant Girl Speaks. This is part five of a six-part series in which she dishes out the tips on how to be a better diner, something about which she has a lot to say. Listen up.

Wanderlust Redefines the Summer Festival Experience

Throw all those preconceived notions of summer festivals out the window. Forget the aggro mosh pits, scary camping conditions, and mid-afternoon burnout you normally suffer by day 2. A new kind of summer festival is headed your way, and it’ll replace that post-event exhaustion with a rejuvenated after-show glow.

Decorating Assistance that Doesn't Cost a Dime

We don't want to bring up the dreaded E(conomy)-word, but with the high cost of decorating a home, many interior designers have been feeling the pinch lately. In order to bridge the gap between DIYing (Decorating It Yourself) and having it professionally done for a hefty sum, a few enterprising souls are forging ahead by creating new online decorative services. Local web start-up Sproost takes you through a series of quizzes to determine your style type, then lets you browse through furniture and design elements that match your preferences. We had some problems getting the site to load at first, but overall found it to be a fun and free tool in helping decide if you lean more toward Hollywood Couture or Arts and Crafts interiors.

Pangea Organics: This Face Mask Grows Basil

We love any beauty product that does double duty, so we were immediately sucked in when we heard Pangea Organics offered a face mask that would not only spruce up our skin, but also arrives in plantable packaging that grows into Genovese Sweet Basil.

Made with natural ingredients such as Japanese matcha tea, acai and goji berry that promise to revitalize with antioxidants while polishing the skin, the Facial Mask comes wrapped in rugged paper packaging that you soak, then plant in soil. The seeds inside the packing should turn into sauce-worthy basil within just a few weeks.

Up on SFMOMA's Roof


Peaceful, it was not up on the roof Friday at the patron’s party celebrating the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s wondrous new Rooftop Sculpture Garden.

Rather, the spirit inspired by this garden of sculptural delights was fantastical, exciting, beautiful, sky-blue and scintillating.

Or as SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra succinctly stated: “It’s pretty terrific!”

SFMOMA Board Chairman Charles Schwab was appropriately wowed, too.

SF is the New Cancun

Notice a sudden surge in out-of-towners dropping cash in Union Square on your lunch breaks?  It’s not your imagination, nor is it a spontaneous SF obsession sweeping the nation. It’s the good ol’ swine flu (a.k.a. the H1N1, a.k.a. That Other Name No One Uses) at it again! A fleet of cruise ships has docked at our fair piers, rerouting South of the border-bound travelers to a decidedly less exotic climate. Health authorities put the brakes on all nonessential travel to Mexico, fearing any more swine-related disease be transmitted back to the states.

Bad news for eager, pale vacationers; good news for the city’s economy.

What's Up with the Half-White Guy's nipples? Wonders Wanda Sykes

Comedienne Wanda Sykes hosted the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday night. With 154,719 views this morning, it’s the top YouTube video.


Her best line: Sykes spoke of the satisfaction in saying “The first black president.” She then told Obama, “Unless you screw up, and then it’s gonna be, 'what's up with the half white guy, huh?”


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