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Thanksgiving Survivial Guide

Band of Horses
courtesy of Band of Horses

We all know that Thanksgiving is a time to hang with your crazy family and chow down on copious amounts of richly caloric foods, but sometimes there are circumstances beyond your control that might keep you from the festivities. If you’re stuck family-less in SF this year, or you’ve returned to the Bay Area to visit your clan and are in need of A+E-related distractions this is the blog for you. Drag your Tryptophan-induced self out on the town and enjoy the holiday—Hot List style!

Minty Fresh



Friday was the unveiling of Mint Plaza. Being that it was a busy day for me, I almost skipped the ceremony. But, when I heard there was going to be free Blue Bottle coffee, ‘Wichcraft’s peanut-butter sandwiches and a Gavin appearance, I figured I could squeeze in a visit.

This stretch next to the old Mint on Jessie St., off of Fifth St., is a major improvement over the sketchy alley it once was. Now, sparkly chic and artsy, it’ll attract shoppers from the San Francisco Center and offer green space for the residents of the restored commercial buildings that have been turned into lofts.

Pour Some Gravy on Those Cinematic Turkeys

House of Yes
House of Yes; Courtesy of Miramax Films

Greetings and salutations
* my little sweet potatoes …

Eco-Friendly Pillows

I spoke with Jamie Kidson, one of the owners of Atomic Garden, a new Oakland boutique that stocks super-chic items that are eco-friendly. It’s a true lifestyle boutique, with everything from organic separates from Stewart + Brown and denim from Del Forte to recycled restaurant service wear and clean-burning beeswax candles.

Something to Talk About: Box Girls


courtesy of Box Girls

Holiday gatherings with my family were never really quiet. There was always music playing on the stereo and lively chatter around the table. There weren’t many lulls in conversation with our bunch, but I hear about others who struggle with passing the time at gatherings.

Animal Instinct

Ah, the life of a food writer. One moment you're dining on lobster and caviar, the next moment you're in a hotel's chilly fluorescent-lit windowless basement pastry room, among racks of lemon meringue petit fours, squinting as you try to make the world's tiniest eyes out of black fondant and attach them to some fondant hybrid of a duck and a chick (a chuck?) that you've come up. A lot of cursing is involved.



Making fondant pigs is harder than it looks.

Project Runway’s First Cut

Was anyone else sorely disappointed by the Project Runway Season 4 debut on Wednesday? Not unlike most of us in the fashion world, I was eagerly awaiting the Bravo season premiere to finally arrive, only to see (mostly) one lousy outfit after another come down the catwalk. This first challenge especially should have produced amazing results because the designers were given $50,000 worth of high-end fabrics at their disposal, as opposed to, say, aluminum recyclables or groceries, as in past seasons.

Happy and Married?

I’m always on the lookout for happily married couples, specifically those still having great sex.

I often pray it’s not an oxymoron to be happy and married, though I sometimes have to wonder based on what I'm seeing and hearing. … Some might call me a cynic, but for the record, I do wake up every day hoping that a person can indeed be married and happy.

Last week, I grilled a very much in love couple at the W Hotel, together for nine years and living in SoMa, who shared the reasons why their sex life gets better every year.

SF Author’s Luncheon

The National Kidney Foundation of Northern California & Northern Nevada presented the 19th Annual San Francisco Author’s Luncheon at the Hilton San Francisco. Seven internationally recognized authors, including Michael Chabon, Tom Brokaw and Michael Krasny, each spoke for 15 minutes. All proceeds will go to the programs and work of the NKF of Northern California & Northern Nevada.
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