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Monday Nights, Jardinière, Good Deal

On Monday night, when I was recovering from my vacation by gazing longingly at photographs of the Costa Rican beaches, my intrepid understudy Robin was hard at work at Jardinière, sampling her way through the restaurant's new Monday night menu, a $45 prix-fixed four-course meal (with wine!) with a theme that changes weekly. For the kick-off they served a Oaxacan meal comprised of ceviche, cactus-and-white-bean soup and duck in black mole, concluding with cinnamon churros and Oaxacan hot chocolate. I am a little bit sorry to have missed this one, to be perfectly honest, but another chance—three more, actually—exists. For the remaining Monday nighs in March, here's the line-up:

Erin go Bragh!

There was much wearin’ of the green last Friday at City Hall when Mayor Gavin Newsom and his Office of Protocol declared Irish Heritage Week in San Francisco with the raising of the Republic of Ireland’s tricolor flag.

The reception celebrated all things Irish -- from the SF Gaelic Athletic Association’s new hurling field on Treasure Island and the 25th anniversary of the SF-Cork Sister City relationship as well as the 158th St. Patrick’s Day Parade which kicks-off Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

'Watchmen' a Work of Glorious Imperfection

The year is 1985. Nixon is entering his fifth term as president after leading the U.S. to victory in Vietnam, the Cold War has led us to the brink of nuclear destruction, and the masked superheroes of the world have been forced into early retirement by order of the government. So goes the premise of Watchmen, director Zack Snyder’s messy but often fascinating take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ celebrated graphic novel.

Celebrate the Changing of the Clock on the Russian River Wine Road

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the clock than by indulging in some oenophile fun?

As part of the 31st annual Russian River Wine Road, 100 wineries will open their doors to the public starting March 13 in a three-day festival full of barrel tastings, chats with winemakers, and chances to explore the stunning Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley wine regions. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition "futures"--wine that has yet to be bottled and will be picked up 12 to 18 months later--at a discount.

Countdown to Handmade Nation: The Curiosity Shoppe

In continuing our look at Handmade Nation participants, today we'll check out The Curiosity Shoppe, whose co-owner Derek Fagestrom will also be a panelist for the event. If you've had a chance to stop by the shoppe located in the Mission, you know what a joy it is - featured artists adorn the walls, craft supplies abound, and "curiosities" of the perfect-gifting kind are everywhere. We're looking forward to seeing the selection they'll have at Handmade Nation, as well as hearing Derek's insight into the handmade crafting movement.

The Eat and Drink List: This week's top 7

1. Baking 411
Got a burning baking question? Curious about custard? Got gripes about ganache? Save them up for your meeting with Flo Braker, baker extraordinaire, who will be signing copies of her book, Baking for All Occasions, on Saturday, March 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Omnivore Books. Sweet treats will be provided.

2. Gastronomic Game Show

DNA Lounge Suffocated By Legal Debacles

It has come to our attention that the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is threatening our beloved DNA Lounge with some legal troubles that, if successful, will shut it down permanently. Where will we go for our bimonthly Bootie parties or the grungy industrial evening of Meat? With the Grinch of nightclubs now upon us, the future is so uncertain.

Basically the background beef is this:

*DNA Lounge tried to convert their 21+ liquor license into an all ages full retaurant establishment in order to fully explore the live music scene.

*Their application is denied by The ABC for no apparent reason.

Katie Christ: The Italian Job, Cookbook Styling and Food Acrobatics

As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers, 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie's inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.

Online Sale Alert: She-Bible, Made Jewelry & New Leaf Clothing

In need of a midweek dose of retail therapy? We sure are. Three local designers are offering their wares at serious discounts this week.

She-Bible: In preparation for the release of its forthcoming spring collection, this local label has put many of its cozy, go-anywhere pieces on sale and is offering an additional 25 percent off all online purchases today through midnight on Thursday. Just type the discount code snuggie into the coupon box and add your item to the shopping cart. You’ll also receive free shipping for orders over $100.

70-year-old dads have a better chance of spawning a dimwit than of being killed by a terrorist

Luckily, Hugh Hefner’s kids can grow up to be pimps or porn stars (its in the blood) so they won’t have to worry too much about those pesky SATs.  

This is clearly a smidgen of feminist schadenfreude on my part but my favorite headline in The Times today was “Older Fathers Linked to Lower I.Q. Scores”.

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