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In Good Hands

Friends and co-workers are always asking me for tips on where to go for the best beauty services around town, from waxing and facials to manis and pedis, and I’m always happy to offer up the fruits of my daily research. With summer here, and plenty of San Franciscans trading in their boots for open toed options, we’ll tackle the basics of nail care. There’s a nail shop around every corner in this city, but how do you know if these places are any good? After all, a mani-pedi seems so harmless—a little cuticle nipping here, a coat of polish there. How dangerous could it really be?

Ramen Memories

There are ups and downs to ultimate eating experiences. The up is in the moment. The down is when you start to compare every similar dish to that moment.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Hot Hot Heat

Marcus Samuelsson, the wunderkind chef from NYC's Aquavit and award-winning cookbook author, was in SF last night to promote BlueStar ranges, powerful (and expensive) gas stoves that put out 22,000 BTUs of restaurant-level heat. Turns out Samuelsson himself owns a BlueStar and moonlights as a spokesman of sorts. We thought we'd be sitting down to a Samuelsson-prepared dinner, but instead got a cooking lesson in which he demonstrated the fine art of searing and sitr-frying, which, he repeated several times, is not the same as sauteeing. And if you're trying to sear something with a regular at-home stove, it's likely you're just sauteeing it instead.

Sales Talk

On our summer wish list: sunshine, flat metallic thongs, a bright clutch, and a whispy, floral print dress. Lucky for us, boutique buyers are already a season ahead slashing prices on summer merchandise and making room for fall’s cozy coats and scarves. There are a ton of sales popping up around the Bay Area right now, so if you’re pocket book is hurting, you may just want to stay indoors. Consider yourself forewarned!

Where: The Firm, 2999 Washington St., SF, 415-409-0214
When: Now through July 4
What: 10% off Shoshanna bathing suits and cover-ups, 50% off select Paige premium denim jeans and assorted tops, cardigans, dresses and accessories.

John Varvatos Opening Bash and Benefit

On Wednesday, June 11, partygoers celebrated the opening of John Varvatos’ new San Francisco boutique in Union Square. The hot ticket attracted such famous locals as Danielle Steel and rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jim Marshall. Guests rocked out to Grammy Award-winning Los Lonely Boys at this sold-out event, which raised $50,000 for the Guardsmen thanks to a live auction hosted by John Varvatos himself and Guardsmen co-chairs  Kit Kodic and Todd Traina.


Keylee Sanders, Elizabeth Touw

Bachelors of SF Movember Benefit on Alcatraz with DJ AM

On Saturday, June 21, the Bachelors of SF hosted an exclusive event on Alcatraz, complete with music courtesy of A-lister DJ AM. Guests enjoyed a private tour of the Rock while raising funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation, an organization devoted to men’s health issues. Special thanks are in order for the sponsors who helped make this event possible: Golden Gate National Recreation Service, Hornblower Alcatraz Cruises, Diageo, Hangar One, Pommery Champagne, Long Meadow Ranch Wine, Jetset, SmartWater and Melons Catering.

Three Stone Hearth: The Community Supported Kitchen

I’ve been slow to join a CSA, mostly because I’m loathe to give up the pleasure of roaming the aisles of my local farmer’s markets. But I might change my ways for a community supported kitchen, however. Recently I came across Three Stone Hearth, which is, as owner Larry Flynt (no, not that Larry Flynt) tells me, a worker-owned food delivery service out of the East Bay. The difference about Three Stone Hearth is that they deliver fully-prepared meals, ready to be heated and served.

Wild 94.9's Wild Jam

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Local radio station Wild 94.9 held its Wild Jam concert at the HP Pavilion featuring Lil' Wayne and Danity Kane on Thursday, June 12.

COLBY O'DONIS

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