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Greetings from Paris (Not Yet a Smoke-Free Zone)

Happy New Year!

I’m sending this e-missive from the City of Lights. That’s right, Paris, a city rich with history, romance and nicotine! The French certainly love to smoke, and I have the smelly, leftover stench of nicotine on my clothes to prove it!

On New Years Day, a no smoking ban was imposed here, which is good news for non-smokers like me. “Par Fumer” signs were posted on bars, cafes and restaurants across this charming smoke-filled city. However, in typically defiant French fashion, everyone is still smoking, and as smoked-filled bars and cafes are part of the culture here this ban will not take full effect overnight.

Post-Holiday Funk

Skunkfunk

Skunkfunk
Skunkfunk’s new Mission boutique. Courtesy of Skunkfunk.

Apple Strudel Done Right

I don’t have extra space to say much this week, other than the fact that on Christmas Day at my friend’s house, I ate one of the best things to ever enter a human mouth: her German mom’s homemade apple strudel. I learned that true strudel is (1) painstakingly difficult to make and (2) more similar in consistency to a baked pasta than a pastry dough. You will probably never attempt this at home, and neither will I, but isn’t it good to know that a recipe this authentic and delicious is being preserved for eternity on the Internet?

Hedy’s Apple Strudel
Makes three strudel rolls, each about 13 inches long.

For the Dough

Constantly Changing

Parker

Parker, 21, Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, DJ, photographer
Lives in: Lower Haight

Are You Hung Over?

Hopefully this was not you on the morning of January 1, 2008.

Post-New Year's Film Picks

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; courtesy of Miramax Pictures

Hey, film nerds and nerdettes. Here are some flicks to check out around your neighborhood. I'm still trying to shake my New Year's hangover, boy does that Javier Bardem know how to party! Check in next week for another exciting installment of the Reel. Happy 2008 and until next time kids, be bad and get into trouble baby.*

Film Happenings Round Town

Without Constraint


Sonoma sparkling wine, meet ma po tofu.

I think I spend the majority of my life stepping backwards into good things. Kind of like an eyes wide shut sort of thing, I guess. If I were the resolution making type, maybe I’d resolve to spend 2008 devoted to mindfulness. But sometimes the surprises are nice.

Alicia Keys at Ruby Skye

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

R&B songstress Alicia Keys performed at Ruby Skye in support of her latest album As I Am on Monday, December 17.

ALICIA KEYS
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

A Photo Postcard from London

Greetings from London, England, my hometown:

I’m enjoying a week on my home turf, and it is good to be here: gray skies, London cabs, red buses. It’s a city packed with tourists as they prepare to ring in the New Year.

Happily, I leave London today for Paris but I wanted to share a few photos from my London with you.

Happy New Year and may 2008 bring us new hope, a new White House and peace.

Liam
xxx




photography by Rick Camargo
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