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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.

Taking the Fifth


The spirits course

Over the summer I got to know the two young chefs—Charlie Kleinman and Jake DesVoignes—who were promoted to top status after the departure of Melissa Perello. They’ve been running the Fifth Floor for most of the year.

The news is out now that, for some reason, the hotel hired Laurent Manrique to take over the famed destination restaurant, and he has in turn installed his choice, Jenny Lorenzo, in the head spot. (All this I learned from the most excellent Tablehopper, by the way.)

Jordan Turns 35

Family-owned and operated Jordan Winery celebrated its 35th birthday at its Alexander Valley digs with a lot of great food and wine, and I was lucky enough to get in on the action.

Jordan has always put a stress on its wines being food-friendly, so it was no surprise that as soon as our first glass of wine was in hand—a 2005 chardonnay—a parade of plates started streaming out of the kitchen. First up, a gelee of Japanese cucumber topped with Transmontanus Rex (aka Idaho white sturgeon) caviar. Fast on its heels came little pillows of Peruvian scallop served ceviche-style with salty caps of osetra caviar. I had three helpings, they were so good.

Classic Vintage but Rough Around the Edges

Jomellyn

Jomellyn, 21, retail sales associate
Wearing: True T-shirt, Marsia Canding sweater, vintage boots, jumper bought in Beijing, plus random bracelets, cheetah headband
My style icon: Olsen twins
My most recent fashion find: high-waisted shorts at Painted Bird

*Title supplied by subject to describe her look.

In Theory

Amy

Amy, 39, clothing designer
Lives in: Nob Hill
Wearing: shift dress and my favorite Theory shoes.
My style icon: Hmmm ...

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Feelin' Lil Wayne

Cameron

Cameron, 21, musician
Lives in: the Sunset
Wearing: Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirt and pants, Vans, Gucci belt.
My style icon: Lil Wayne

Bright Lights, Big City Ball

photography by Jessica Brandi Lifland for Drew Altizer

The SF chapter of national nonprofit Rebuilding Together held its ninth annual ball at the Bently Reserve. This year's theme was "Bright Lights, Big City." The party brought together 600-plus attendees who raised more than $90,000.

Independent Spirits

Tomorrow is one of the coolest shows of the year—the Independent Spirits Festival. Small-production, artisanal spirits are the name of the game, as these are some of the most exciting and delicious products on the market. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Ron Cooper, importer and mastermind behind Del Maguey mezcals (the greatest agave products on the planet), who I’m interviewing next week.

You can only buy tickets online today. Print out your confirmation and bring it to the W Hotel at 6:30 p.m. for the start of the show. It’s only $78 for a chance to sample hundreds of amazing products.

My Post-Vacation Vacation


Wine bottles and flowers at Quattro

I lucked out last week. After getting home from Cartagena at 1 a.m. on Monday morning, all I had to do was put in five days of work, then I was off again for a night at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto followed by a Sunday in Healdsburg and a relaxing Columbus Day off.


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