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Palio D'Asti: The Three-Martini Tax Break

One of the old-school lunch spots in the Financial District, Palio D'Asti, is offering up one of the biggest incentives we can think of to come back to work drunk. For the entire month of April, in the spirit of tax relief, the Italian restaurant serves $1 martinis (Stoli or Beefeater) at lunch only—as long as you order lunch (which is a good thing, because God knows you need something to soak up the booze).


Palio bartender Ruben Valenzuela is standing by.

Uva Enoteca: On the Radar


Pretty soon, you're going to hear a lot about
this young man.

Boris Nemchenok has a lot of love for Italy and wants to share his passion.  That’s why, after working under Mario Batali at Otto in New York for the last five years, he moved back to his hometown to open Uva Enoteca, his new Italian eatery in the Lower Haight.  The enoteca will serve panini; antipasti; salads; coffee; desserts; beer and exclusively Italian wines all day until midnight.

Sneak-A-Freak



LA-based streetwear company The Hundreds has quite the following (see photos taken from the store’s opening day in the TenderNob yesterday, by yours truly). From 10 a.m. until early evening, a long line could be spotted down the block — crowds of sneaker heads dressed in Huf hats and Nike Air Jordan’s — waiting to enter the shop that managed to stir up an air of mystery with its black paper-covered windows and its steel doors guarded by employees.


Black Sunday: Miette's Other Easter Option

As someone who doesn’t find much in common with pastels, malt balls or Peeps (unless it's this kind of a Peep Show) ...



I have an Easter antidote to recommend: If you feel black on the inside this weekend, stop by Miette Confiserie. The little shop off Hayes Street might look like a sugar-coated, princess dream on the inside, but veer left once you're in the door and witness a whole wall of licorice—18 types in total, all as black as a death rocker.

Candybar Opens in NoPa

The preview of Candybar earlier this week proves that there are still original eat-and-drink concepts waiting to be explored. We have dessert destinations and wine bars, and now we have a dessert+wine bar in which the desserts arrive in bite-sized nuggets (courtesy of pastry chef Jake Godby of Coi and Fifth Floor).

Professionally Loud

OWL PARTY

Rachel, 18, Student
Lives in: Nob hill
Style Icon: None
Wearing(top to bottom): Grey top from Forever 21, leggings from Wet Seal, shoes from Isabel Shoes
Accessories: Bag from DSW
Most recent fashion find: My shoes!



*Title supplied by subject to describe his look.

1G Collection Handbags



As far as accessories go, this has decidedly been the year of the clutch. The handle-free bag once relegated to the realm of eveningwear has rightfully claimed its place as an appropriate option for broad daylight. The perfect clutch, then, is the rare breed that can go the distance, taking the working girl (and all her Blackberry-pushing, cell-carrying might) from a hectic day at the office to an after-hours cocktail soiree (and in this city, there are plenty!).

Legion of Honor Hosts FAMSF’s Fifth Annual Mid-Winter Gala, Part 1 of 2

Is Saturday the new Monday? Attendees at the fifth annual Mid-Winter Gala (who included more than a few Trainas, Gettys and a Barnett or two, plus Mr. and Mrs. Alex Bolen, of Oscar de la Renta) could be excused for thinking so as they sat down to dinner in the tented court of the Legion of Honor this past weekend: Pride of place on the menu went to A16’s famous meatballs (appearing here with the help of Dan McCall Catering)—usually, of course, you’ve got to brave the restaurant’s Monday-evening crowds to score a plate.

Symphonix Members Gather at Yoshi's for Spring Party

photography by Drew Altizer

On March 4 at Yoshi's of San Francisco, more than 200 Symphonix members gathered for their first membership party of 2008. The Spring Jazz Fever Party was held at the Yoshi's upstairs loft overlooking the towering new restaurant on Fillmore. New members and guests included Zoe Johns, Teola Young, Charles Rashall, Heather Hartle of 7X7 Magazine, current Symphonix Board President Barry Shotts and Advisory Board members Kelly Grimes and Roberta Economidis. As the evening drew to a close, Symphonix members spilled into the restaurant and bar to enjoy sushi and cocktails. 
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