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Esquire Picks Two of SF's Bars as the Best in the US

According to its June “Bible of Drinking,” today is the last day of Esquire.com’s Drinking Week. It’s a stylish package of articles, ranging from Monday’s annual list of the Best Bars in America 2009 , which includes Tommy's and Alembic (trend watch: dive bars in, classy bars out), to today's “How Not to Become a Drunk.” Overall, it’s much more a guide to the act of drinking alcohol than a celebration of particular8  drinks themselves.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland: The Candy-Colored Kaleidoscopes Of Hilary Pecis

Spilling over with neo-geo patterning beneath splashes of hot pink, rocky mountains of bling and soaring scraps of edibles, the collages of Hilary Pecis almost beg you to savor them, reach out and caress them - or put them in your mouth. Sensory overload, rampant consumerism, and the nightmare or illusion of plastic plentitude seems to be the sensation the San Francisco artist is striving for with “Intricacies of Phantom Content,” her first solo show at Triple Base.

What’s the Deal: Harputs Market, Ladita Closing Sale, Loomstate T-Shirt Recycling

Because paying full retail price is oh-so-passé...

Ladita: We’re sad to report that this Bernal Heights eco-boutique is closing its doors in less than two weeks. Until then, the shop is having a close-out sale that promises eco-friendly apparel, accessories and gifts for women and babies for up to 70 percent off.

Elizabeth Charles: A summer sale is on at this Pacific Heights destination for Australian designers, as well as in the boutique’s online store. Women’s apparel from designers such as Ginger and Smart and Megan Park are going for hundreds off regular prices.

The Eater Wrap: Fish & Farm, 5A5 and Cheap Eats

It's Friday, and that means it's time for our weekly recap from Eater SF, where Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including reimagined restaurants, imagined restaurants, and all hot new deals you can handle.


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The week's biggest opening was technically more of a rebirth, as the shuttered Lark Creek Inn reemerged in its new casual form: Tavern at Lark Creek. Gone are the Marin fine dining destination's prissy aspects, in favor of an approachable, gastropub vibe more suited for times like these.

Get Yourself to Santa Cruz: The Summer Deal

A stay at Santa Cruz's newest luxury B&B, the elegant seaside West Cliff Inn, just got even sweeter. Beginning this week, guests can take advantage of the "Summer Fun in the Sun" deal, which offers free access to the nearby Santa Cruz Boardwalk and many of its offerings. This includes unlimited rides all day long, such as a spin on the famed Giant Dipper wooden coaster, and admission to one of two attractions, like Desperados, an interactive old Western saloon, or the laser tag arena.  

Todd Phillips Delivers a Most Welcome 'Hangover'

Todd Phillips may never be afforded the same respect as his more venerated peers, if only because directors who spend their careers chronicling the foolishness of badly behaving men rarely do. But it’s hard to ignore his track record.

Save for his remake of Robert Hamer’s 1960 comedy School for Scoundrels, unseen by me but roundly dismissed by others, Phillips has earned justified praise for his affable depictions of testosterone-driven silliness in movies like Road Trip and Old School. The Hangover finds him going to the well once more, with results that are laughably deranged but hardly preposterous to anyone who’s ever lost a weekend in Vegas.

Give Gary Danko Gummy Worms and Mark Sullivan Pie Made With Sun-Ripened Fruits

Got an email from SFist yesterday asking about my guilty food pleasures to add to their list of other food types and their own personal sins: Spruce chef Mark Sullivan's really going to go to hell for his jamon Iberico addiction, Elizabeth Falkner uses the moment for a little self-promo and, of course, Alice Waters wasn't available for comment, although I'm pretty sure she wouldn't eat an Oreo Cakester if she was marooned on a desert island.

Jamie Lauren (Absinthe, executive chef; season 5 Top Chef): "Nacho cheese pretzel Combos. I'm obsessed. They're delicious."

Gary Danko (Gary Danko, executive chef): "Gummy worms."

Fashion Mashup: Mission Meets Marina

With our Neighborhoods issue approaching faster than we'd like to admit, it seems like all talk around the office has been centered around SF districts this week. Though the borders between 'hoods can be fuzzy, they certainly each have a distinct style about them. We decided to have a little fun and mash up two seemingly opposite neighborhoods into one look that we could see just as easily on a girl shopping the stroller-lined Chestnut Street as one having a beer at Zeitgeist.

Which two neighborhoods should we combine next?

The Submarines: LA’s Sweethearts On Trapeze Artists And iPhone Commercials

True, they have a smash hit behind them landing their sound in practically every single iPhone App commercial known to man, but that doesn’t keep these LA sweethearts from keeping their cool. Although once lovers, The Submarines duo comprised of John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard insist the situation isn’t awkward, “We'd like to think we're still pretty romantic, as married couples go, but it's both tough and great to work with someone you're currently involved with,” says Hazard. Although the two of them produce everything they put out, they tour with a particularly talented live drummer named J Stare, or more commonly, J Stare Extraordinaire.

Market Watch: Garlic Scapes, Blenheims and Blackberries For the Picking

I spotted some strikingly beautiful garlic scapes at the Marin Roots Farm booth last Saturday. Scapes are the slender shoots that emerge from hard-neck garlic varieties in late spring and early summer. They’re usually removed to allow the garlic plant to focus its energy on the growing bulb. Garlic scapes have a lovely mild flavor and a wonderful texture similar to young asparagus or pole beans. They can be grilled, added to stir fries or salads and they make a fantastic pesto.

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