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Sidewalk Chic: Impeccable Details in NoPa

Ryan Wong

Age: 29

Occupation: Advertising

Spotted: Little Star Pizza on Divisadero, 9:21 p.m.

Favorite place to shop in San Francisco? “I like going to Rugby (Ralph Lauren) for shirts. They always fit me well.”

Describe your ideal Sunday: “Making breakfast with what I find in my girlfriend’s refrigerator, going to Green Apple Books for a while, then grabbing some French macaroons from Miette and getting together with family for a Chinese banquet in the evening.”

Whopper Gods No Longer Accepting Friend Sacrifices

We had to hand it to Burger King for creating what is perhaps the most creative Facebook application ever – sacrifice 10 of your friends, get a free Whopper.  The casualties have come in at more than 233,906 friends (which, by the way, is around 23,390 Whoppers –sick).  Unfortunately, the application notified the people it axed.  Ouch.  So it’s being suspended while they tweak the privacy settings.  Hopefully the next time you want a Whopper, your friends won’t know that your craving is more important than them.

CB2 #2 Opening in Berkeley

Now all you Berkeley kids have another place to find inexpensive home furnishings, without having to schlep across the bridge for them. CB2 will be opening its second Bay Area store at 1730 4th St. this January the 29th. Expect to see oldies but goodies (like the phantom lamp) and new styles for 2009 (including the teepee dining table and spindle chair, both of which j'adore very much).

OMG Pinkberry is Coming!

Bay Area tweens, start flexing those texting thumbs and rejoice – Pinkberry is coming.   Though we gotta admit, we’re a bit sick of the SF froyo wars, the chain’s opening this Saturday in San Jose’s Santana Row is big news.  It’s the first location outside of Southern California and New York, and let’s get serious -  they eat it on Gossip Girl.

Yes We Can! (Decorate for Under $200)

I have a black apartment.  Meaning, I have an apartment that mostly has black walls.  It's daring, yes, but I think it works really well in my light-filled Victorian home.  It's also really fun to buy furniture and home accessories.  I have to be extra careful because, you know, my apartment is black.  One of my favorite rooms in my apartment is my home office.  It's got a lot of pop, and I spend most of my days there.  People always ask me where I bought the furniture and home accessories, so I thought I'd share some of my local finds with you.  The white wall stuff is the Algue by Vitra, and it's available at Zinc Details.  The

Mind the Waves: Big Swells in Marin This Weekend

Planning on winding your way to Stinson Beach this weekend to take advantage of the warm weather?  Bring your floaties.  They’re predicting huge swells at Marin beaches, the result of a storm coming our way from Japan.  Not the best for casual swimming, but it could make for an extremely exciting Mavericks competition, which kicks off...TBD.  It's still too close to call.

The Hautest of Haute Cuisine Mag: Now in English

Le Sanctuaire, the bastion of top-grade spices and molecular gastronomy equipment, has a showroom right here in Union Square. And as of January, they've also gotten involved in the magazine business, co-publishing the first English language edition of Apicius, the very beautiful, very serious, very expensive ($65), semi-annual Spanish magazine on haute cuisine.

Get Tipsy at the San Francisco Wedding Fair

Not every bride-to-be is fortunate to have her own Mindy Weiss (wedding planner to the stars - think Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson and Avril Lavigne). Nope, sometimes we actually have to plan it ourselves.  Which, let's be honest, sometimes sucks. 

Enter The Four Seasons. All day on Jan. 18, the luxury hotel will play host to the San Francisco Wedding Fair, where bride-to-bes can sip champagne, listen to the sweet sounds of a string quartet and drink, er, plan away her worries with the help of a panel of professionals.

Maverick's Purse Now At $150K - Which Day Will it Be?

With a monster low-pressure swirl rolling towards the West Coast, it looks like Mavericks could make a run of it either Friday or Saturday.  Forecasters are predicting swell in the 8-12 foot range, which isn't quite as big as last year, but still a good size for paddle-in surfers.  And with the announcement that purse is the biggest in big-wave history - at $150K - we're all anxiously awaiting the announcement of when the games will begin. 

It's Possible, Folks: The Perfect Jeans

Few things in life are perfect. But most of us, at least once in our lives, have happened upon the perfect pair of jeans. When it happens, it’s a beautiful thing.  But let's be honest, it never happens. 

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