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Pogue Mahon



Perhaps one of the reasons my zeal for WhiskyFest was a little subdued was that I had had a whiskyfest of my own the night before with my old pal, Jameson. The occasion was a performance by the Pogues, who played four straight nights at the Fillmore last week.

Half my blood is Scotch-Irish, meaning that when I get enough whiskey in me and hear the familiar reels of Irish folk-punk as spun by the Pogues and bellowed by their bibulous lead singer Shane MacGowan, I start to reflexively bounce off the f’in walls.

WhiskyFest Report



So, WhiskeyFest went down last week. As usual, the giant trade and consumer show had a ton of scotch, bourbon, Irish whiskey and more, arrayed on table after table in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency.

There were lots that I’d tasted before, but standing out for me was a new distiller’s edition from Lagavulin, Stranahans Colorado whiskey, and the wheated malt from Buffalo Trace.


Ready-Made Halibut

It’s not often that I suffer from restaurant fatigue, but when I do, a night in is the only cure—which, on Friday, meant that my weeklong plans of (finally) getting over to SPQR had to be put on hold. Luckily I had a ready-to-cook meal kit from Cook! SF and a few good bottles of wine handy to lure my pal Lisa away from SPQR and to chez Sarah’s instead.


Movies That Screw with Your Head

The Shining
The Shining; courtesy of Warner Brothers

Halloween DVD Peeks to Shriek: Part II

 
Greetings and salutations* film ghouls and ghoulettes. Unless you’ve been buried alive or sleeping in an urban catacomb all month, you probably know the witchiest of witching hours is upon us. So sound the horns from hell, it’s great Hallow’s Eve here in the Yay Area so get ready to get weird.
 

I Left My Haute in SF

Shana

Shana, 26, sustainable design
Lives in: Castro
Wearing: Wang Wei Gallery coat, April77 jeans, H&M purse, Dior heels
My style icon: Hello Kitty. That bitch always has the cutest accessories.
Favorite clothing or accessories store: H&M for basics, the Painted Bird for vintage, and I've been known to take a stroll or two down Maiden Lane.

Cocoon Urban Day Spa

Some people gorge on chocolate, others hit the gym. Me? I head straight for a mani-pedi when I need to de-stress after a killer week. (Remember that scene from Legally Blonde where Reese Witherspoon, aka Elle, comes to a screeching halt in front of a nail salon after finding out the traumatic news that her ex has a new fiancée?). I’m always down to scour the city— from luxe spas to mom-and-pop shops—in search of an excellent, not to mention sanity-saving, nail job.

Arab Filmmakers Dinner

Commissioner Gus Murad and board of directors member Bahya Oumlil-Murad hosted a dinner for the Arab Film Festival's filmmakers.

Bahya Murad_Fiona Ma Catherine & Daniel Homsey Amina Touridjine_Josh Asen
Bahya Murad, Fiona Ma               Catherine & Daniel Homsey       Amina Touridjine, Josh Asen

When Barflies Get Together

In last week’s post, Birth of a Great Lunch, I showed you what happens when sommeliers get together to celebrate—in this case a baby shower for imminent father Paul Roberts. Old, fine wines are uncorked, and civilized discussion occurs over the dinner table.


Fashion Editor on the Go

Nerissa

Nerissa, 30, 7x7 associate editor
Lives in: Outer Sunset
Wearing: White House Black Market scoopneck tunic, Danskin cropped leggings, White House Black Market peep toe pumps, rose gold and sterling silver branch earrings by Joy O Designs, Express wide black patent leather belt.
My style icon: My mom—the type of woman who puts on lipstick and diamonds to run and get milk at the grocery store.

More Than Just a Date Spot

If you ask me, lots of restaurants these days seem indistinguishable from each other. Interiors boasting chocolate hues, exposed brick walls, dark wood floors, marble-topped bars, vaulted ceilings and Edison lamps, with menus highlighting the ubiquitous small plates trend (that I thought was ending, but was wrong). You know what I’m talking about. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but sometimes a girl craves something more unique.
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