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Pretty in Pink

Piglets. Cotton candy. Elle Woods. What’s the other reason we can’t get enough of the color pink? In October, it’s the hue that reminds us to raise funding for breast cancer research and awareness. If you haven’t picked up a copy of our October issue yet, head to the newsstands for our picks of the hottest pink products you can buy to benefit the cause. Here, a few extras we spotted around town to whet your shopping appetite.



Hercules & Love Affair Talks Polar Bears, Obama and the YBCA Artists Ball

Critically acclaimed beatmaker revolutionaries Hercules & Love Affair, who’ve been heralded as  “a compelling new voice in American dance music,” are set to play this Friday at the YBCA Artists Ball.  We caught up with the now local Hercules lead Andy Butler, who shared his thoughts on Obama, costumes and San Francisco.  

What brought you out West?

Nettie's Crab Shack Opens

Just in time for the opening of Dungeness season next month, Nettie’s Crab Shack debuted on Union Street Tuesday night, in the space that—for about five minutes—house Palmetto. The co-creation of Brian Leitner (who spent five years cooking at Chez Panisse) and Annette Yang (who helped open Spruce, Jack Falstaff and Home, which occupied said space before Palmetto), Nettie’s is done up like a spacious Atlantic beach cottage. You’ll think you’re back in Cape Cod or Ocean City. There’s a patio, picnic tables covered in butcher paper and buckets of beer.


The bar at Nettie's.

Hecho Brings a Questionable Combo: Tequila and Sushi



Yesterday, chef Joseph Manzare of Globe, Zuppa, Joey & Eddy's and Tres Agaves made public his latest restaurant venture: A meeting of the most brilliant minds, so to speak, it's going to be a highend sushi and robata restaurant with a touch of Mexican (a chile here, a pour of nice tequila there kind of thing). The name is Hecho, which means "made" in Spanish—a nod to the fact that his oldest son Max was "made in Mexico," if you know what I mean. Manzare will be opening the restaurant at the beginning of next year sometime, along with his longtime friend and former Spago co-worker, chef Naoki Uchiyama.

Big Bang, Pt. 2

On the 700th-plus day, following years of fundraising, underground garage battles, tons of earth moved for construction and the construction itself, the relocation of a gazillion species, hours and overtime in preparation, 30-plus welcoming events, three major galas and a mile-long line of anxious visitors on opening day, California Academy of Sciences Director Gregory Farrington surveyed this verdant kingdom and declared it was good.

And then, hopefully, went home and took a nap.

Especially as the Big Bang gala on Thursday at The Academy was a humdinger of a party.

The Slanted Peruvian Docks: Pisco Sours all around!


Pisco Sour: The  new margarita? Photo courtesy of David Fukuda

Between Piqueo’s and Limòn, I thought SF had had its Peruvian moment, but apparently, it’s just begun. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana is set to open today; and Pisco, a bar and lounge by Destino chef-owner James Shenk, opens the first week of October. (Oh, yeah, and there’s Limon’s new rotisserie.)
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