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Golden Hour



I took this shot outside of Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach. The photo is not the greatest—as I sort of just snapped it as I was walking by—but I like its Hopper-esque feel. And I like its evocation of counter dining—one of my favorite ways to eat. There’s nothing like a beer and a slice at a crowded counter late at night.

Golden Boy Pizza
542 Green Ave.
415-982-9738

Seek Nua Experiences



After several months of trying, I finally made it by my friend David White’s  new (less than a year old) restaurant and wine bar Nua.

First of all, chef Anna Bautista’s menu was really excellent: we dined happily on such things as grilled octopus and chickpea salad, piquillo peppers stuffed with brandade and sardines with an eggplant caponata.

But what I’ve always admired about David White is his palate and his enthusiasm for the often overlooked wines of the world. He has a nose for well-balanced, interesting and—most important—well-priced wines. His list is full of them.

Muscadet with Soul



More famous as the classic vinous accompaniment to oysters than as a wine in and of itself, Muscadet has a fairly shoddy reputation. Most people consider Muscadet to be a bland, light-drinking, unmemorable wine. And—to be fair—most Muscadet is exactly that.

But there are exceptions. And this wine is one of them. Domaine de l'Ecu is probably the best producer in the region, making fully biodynamic wines that are true wines of minerality and terroir. The Domaine’s owner, Guy Bossard, makes three wines, each expressive of a different soil type: granite, gneiss and orthogneiss.

Celebrity Pool Toss

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The 15th Annual Celebrity Pool Toss, which was held poolside at the Phoenix hotel, raised more than $1 million for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation's programs for kids and families. Local celebrities who were thrown into the pool included Robert Mailer Anderson, Daniel Lurie, Chris and Amber Marie Bently, and Joey Altman.

Boucheron Benefits SF Zoo

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

Boucheron held a shopping event to celebrate the launch of the SF Zoo Auxiliary; 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds were donated to the SF Zoo

Jamie & Katie Dyos Jenny Nelson_Mary Fenton Stephanie Diaz_Joe Lucier'

Okra’s A-OK at Namu


Grilled okra with miso aioli

I’ve never liked okra, until now. It could be because the only okra I’ve ever really tried has been greased up and deep-fried—and fried food rarely appeals to me. So, the other day when I went to Namu and my friend insisted I try their grilled okra, I (very) grudgingly agreed.

Get Your Baile Punk On

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Brazen Brazilian threesome Bonde do Role brought their sexy dance moves and metal electro-fused "Baile Punk" to the Independent on Friday, September 28. San Francisco-based indie pop outfit (and winners of 7x7 Magazine's Hot Twenty Under Forty) Magic Bullets warmed up the crowd, and experimental electro/rap one-man-band Juiceboxxx opened the show.


BONDE DO ROLE

No Reservations


Anthony Bourdain's made a career based on No Reservations

People are always asking me to tell them about restaurant trends here in San Francisco. But for the most part, San Francisco is a decidedly untrendy city. Stylish, yes. But trendy, which implies a kind of flash-in-the-pan lemming-like following—not so much. Thankfully. But I’ve noticed a recent micro-trend in the world of restaurants, and I’d love to hear your opinions about it: The no-reservations phenomenon.
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