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The Eater Wrap: Michael Mina's Latest and Fabio and Stefan's Facebook Tickle Fight

Welcome back to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including the dining scene's new black, high-profile restaurants in transition, general Yelp silliness, and most importantly, Wolfgang Puck's soothing Austrian accent.

The Best San Francisco Parks

Sure, there are the usual suspects -- you know, the Dolores' and the Crissy Fields.  But there are also some less frequented places to lay down a blanket.  Check out California Home + Design's Best San Francisco Parks roundup and expand your lounging and picnic-ing horizons.

A Year of Cards and a Warehouse Sale, to Boot!

In this digital age, a "year of cards" might not amount to very much, but if you (like us) strive to be the type of good friend/sibling/child/human that actually acknowledges moments of importance with a message through the mail, than a year of them can end up being a rather substantial investment. Blogger Wee Birdy took the challenge to create a year of handmade greetings for the low price of £20 (that's about 30 US dollars) by using the templates found in local letterpress Hello! Lucky's book, Handmade Hellos.

What’s the Deal: Mabel Chong, Verrieres & Sako, Sample Angel and more

To go with the gorgeous weekend ahead, a fresh bunch of sunny sales are sprouting around the Bay:

Sample Angel: You might think someone up above is looking out for the state of your spring style when you hear everything at this Presidio Heights shop is $50 or less this weekend. Hours are Friday, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dispatch From Pebble Beach Food & Wine: What Bad Economy?

Good morning. Reporting live today from Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a multi-day chef extravaganza taking place at the storied Inn at Spanish Bay, located on 17-mile drive. The event kicked off last night with an absolutely packed wine-and-food reception, where celebrated chefs offered bites of food and wineries poured their best.

Here are my early observations.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If your idea of recreational bliss includes bowling, driving around and the occasional acid flashback, make your way to the Red Vic this weekend for a cinematic experience of the most transcendent order. And if that’s not your thing, no worries – there are plenty of worthwhile films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

1. The Big Lebowski
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: April 17-20
Why: So you can die with a smile on your face, without feelin' like the good Lord gypped you. Any questions?

A Museum as Big as The Ritz

There was a slight, yet mutual, case of structural envy in the air during last night’s Director’s Circle Dinner at SFMOMA.

The event typically honors a leading artist who kicks-off the evening with a pre-dinner talk.

Breaking the mold a bit this year, SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra chose to honor his French counterpart: Alfred Pacquement, Director, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle.

Market Watch: This Week's Cream of the Crop

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the Saturday market. Go to for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

"Best Of" Question #4: Where's Your Favorite Place to Tune Up Your Bike?

Every June, we put out our "Best Of" issue.  This year, we want you to get involved.  So from now until the end of April, we'll be posting a series of questions about San Francisco.  Jump into the fray, and your writeup could be featured in the issue.

Got a flat?  Need a tuneup?  New handlebars?  Where do you turn?



Tom Colicchio, Will He Pose Nude?

A line made up of hundreds of mostly breathless, 30-something women snaked three floors down and out the door of the Williams-Sonoma in Union Square yesterday. They were all clutching copies of the new 'wichcraft cookbook by Tom Colicchio in anticipation of getting the royal Top Chef judge's autograph. "My friend would be sooo jealous if she knew I was here!" confided one woman to another waiting in line with her. "Will you take a photo of me with him when it's time?" she asked, proffering her iPhone.

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