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Piggy Dinner Menus and Dates

To celebrate our Eat & Drink awards (a.k.a the Piggies, thusly named because winners receive their own bronze pig statuette) we convinced seven of our winning restaurants to host pork-centric dinners on Monday nights throughout the month of February.

Participating restaurants: Ozumo, Delfina, La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Nopa and Kokkari—check out some of the amazing pork concoctions below. Smoked bacon cocktails and more! Behold below, the dates and menus—call restaurants directly to reserve your table!

Monday, February 9 - Nopa, Delfina
Monday, February 16 - Kokkari
Monday, February 23 - La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Ozumo


Eat, Play, Work

In our opinion, one of San Francisco's greatest attributes is its plethora of indie cafes and friendly coffee shops, eager to welcome you for an hour or two (or entire afternoon if you're an amiable patron and order something occasionaly). On the other hand, this makes it more difficult to sift through the masses and reveal the true gems. Which is where we come in: We've done the work for you. Whether you're an artist, self-employed or simply need to get out of the house once in awhile, hit up one of these beloved spots for a respite, quality eats and a little peace of mind (oh and occasionally, complimentary WiFi, too).

BEAN BAG CAFE (601 Divisadero St., 415-563-3634)

We Heart the Mission Saturday Stroll

Despite the hipsters, drug addicts, and occasional puke-spattered sidewalk, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the city that doesn't have a little place in their heart for the Mish. Why? The food, unique shops, and independent spirit keep everyone coming back. Show your love this Saturday by popping into some of your favorite neighborhood haunts in support of We Heart the Mission, a "midwinter stroll" featuring  sales, parties, and all sorts of incentives for keeping it local. For instance, you'll find 10% off everything at BellJar or 20% off in-store purchases at Rare Device...

The Broken Record: A Bar We All Need to Know About

I don't ever like to admit that I may have come late to the party on something, but in this case I'm afraid I must: Does everyone know about the Broken Record Bar & Grill? I stumbled upon a mention of it today when I was reading Meredith Brody's review of Mission Street Food (Question: can you review a restaurant that has a different chef and menu every week?) and then did a little research. How can I not know about a place that serves whisky (114 varieties) and sausages of all kinds, which can be turned into a corn dog for only $1 more? How have I remained naïve about a spot that makes french fries showered with real parmesan cheese and fresh garlic?

Espresso and Emergen-C, Stay Healthy and Wired!

Barack and Michelle, peanut butter and jelly, and now folks, Espresso and Emergen-C. I tried it as a joke moments ago, and found that as disgusting it sounds, it's actually not that bad. A quick jolt of caffeine added with some hot vitamin C action and I'm on cloud 9. I must say however, the last sip is a tough one with all the citrus. Strangely enough, I've already completed three days worth of work and jogged 2.5 miles, it works!

Valentine's Day Gifts at Design Public

Shopping for that special gift for your special someone on that special day can be so... exhausting.  Flowers and chocolates will do, but they're usually lacking in the creative department.  Thankfully, Design Public did the work for you by going through its products and selected the best gifts for Valentine's Day.  From Alexander Girard's iconic Love Heart print (see photo to the left), to a fashion-forward modern beanbag, you're bound to find something for your special someone.

Secrets in San Francisco

Much to the dismay of guests gathered in the gracious home of Cissie Swig, no secrets were actually spilled at a book party Swig hosted to celebrate author Merla Zellerbach.


But there was great fun in speculating who’s who within Merla’s new fictional novel, Secrets in Time: San Francisco (Firefall Editions).

Deals at Flora Grubb

The fallback gift for Valentine's Day is usually to say it with flowers, but this year why not say it with a potted planted? It's the gift that keeps giving, seeing as it won't be tossed out in a week, and with the big sale going on over at Flora Grubb this month, it's a cost-effective choice too. Get 25% off on all garden plants that are 2 gallons or larger, and 25% off most garden furniture and accessories. We're particularly fond of their stock tanks (shown here) which would work perfectly as a little garden container for the urban green thumb you adore.

Blago Going for it on Letterman

Watching disgraced Former Governor Rod Blagojevich on Letterman last night was a bit like watching a kid get caught with his hands in a candy jar. With each Letterman jab, Blago ducked and weaved, (no hair pun intended), his way into the annals of political hilarity. My money bets soon he'll be boxing Danny Bonaduce or a reporter for Court TV, or if we Americans are really lucky, the next ShamWow spokesman! Check it out below, and let us know what YOU think.

Big Night Out? Get a Pre-Party Facial

Among the artists and designers in the Mission’s ActivSpace Building, Golden Skin & Body Wellness opened its doors in October, offering a personal, holistic take on massage, skin care and waxing that’s a nice break from the assembly-line approach. The Pre-Party Facial is just the thing before a big night.



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