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A Taste of Morocco in SF



My mother's family is Moroccan and to them, everything equals food. Visits from family: food. Saturdays: food. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays: food. Getting on a plane = packing food. My suitcase from a recent trip to Toronto was, in fact, full of Tupperware containers of couscous, tagines and salads when I got home. Here’s how someone homesick for Moroccan copes:

1. I get preserved lemons from Rainbow Grocery. You can find them in one of the bins at the back of the store, near the olives. I dice them and put them in salads with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, hearts of celery and onion. And a dash of parsley.

Closing an Open Relationship, Part 4

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

Closing an Open Relationship, Part 3

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

Closing an Open Relationship, Part 2

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

Project Runway Star Ricky Lizdale at the Levi’s Store

Ricky Lizdale, Winner of the Project Runway’s Levi’s challenge, made a special appearance on May 1st at the Union Square Levi’s store to debut his winning design. The Fierce dark denim mini dress sold out in a shocking 8 hours! In addition to the runway dress, Lizdale designed five pieces in celebration of Levi’s “501 Day”. “501 Day” is an annual event encouraging Levi’s employees to participate in local volunteer projects. This year, to kick off “501 Day” Levi’s introduced the “Take your Jeans Off” campaign where customers receive 20% off a new pair when they donate an old pair of jeans benefiting Goodwill Industries.

Closing an Open Relationship

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

S is for Swanton Berry Farm



I don’t think there’s any path you can take directly from SF that offers a quicker—certainly more breathtaking—antidote to city-living than a trip down Highway 1 to Santa Cruz. On a sunny weekend, like this last one, it was everything I needed. Find a friend to drive you, so you can gaze out to the sparkling ocean without careening off the steep cliffs to a horrible death. It’s impossible not to look.

Amber Marie Bently Spring Collection Trunk Show

On May 7th, Amber Marie Bently debuted the Fresh Spring Collection from her exquisite line of sustainable Jewelry to over 400 guests at the W. Hand-crafted in San Francisco with recycled materials, the new collection  features an array of distinctive pieces all inspired by Bently’s world travels. The event supported the efforts of Dress For Success, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Undeserved women find professional success and gainful employment.




Christopher Bently, Shannon Dean

Summer Trend Alert: Flat Sandals

Jogging around the Marina this weekend in 85-degree heat instantly turned me into a marketer’s dream. I felt uncomfortably warm in my sneakers after an afternoon run, so I popped over to Chestnut Street for a quick shopping detour where more than a few boutiques had the latest footwear trends—gladiator and ankle-strap sandals—displayed prominently in their windows. There were so many choices, from exotic skins to embellished and metallic leather; I wasn’t sure whether I was feeling light headed from the exercise or the dizzying shoe selection. So what if I’d be back home amid the misty Sunset fog in an hour? The sight of all those gorgeous feet-baring flats sent me on a post-workout mission to find some hot options for the next SF heat wave.
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