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Where Did Julia Roberts Dine This Week in SF?

We’re not frequently star-struck, but how’s this for a celebrity sighting: Monday night, following the fundraiser for Paul Newman’s children’s camp (held at Davies Symphony Hall) none other than Julia Roberts, her husband Danny Moder, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Bruce Willis, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Billy and Janice Crystal, Danny DeVito, Bonnie Raitt and Marsha Williams gathered at Jardinière to celebrate Julia’s birthday (she turned 41)—other lucky diners heard the gang singing “Happy Birthday” to Julia and Rita (whose birthday was just a few days earlier).

The Perfect Fall Cocktail

A week ago, I didn't think I'd be able to write this post about autumnal drinks. But then the fog rolled in, and with it came the rain, and then all of a sudden it did feel like fall. The proverbial frost is on the proverbial pumpkin. Which is great news, because now I can tell you about this great new book of cocktail recipes from Scott Beattie, the man behind the bar at Cyrus in Healdsburg, called Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks inspired by the seasons from the bar at Cyrus.

"Milk" World Premiere at the Castro Theatre

The red carpet was flooded with super celebs last night for the big SF Milk premiere (the biopic about late SF Supe Harvey Milk) at the Castro Theatre. The long list of stars included director Gus Van Sant, Sean and Robin Wright Penn, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the dreamy James Franco, photographer David LaChapelle, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch and many more.

View photos from the premiere

 

How to Be a Passive-Aggressive Sushi Diner

Clearly, we're all for sustainablity here. In fact, just a few days back in this very blog, Jessica covered the new sustainable sushi movement, lead in part by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Time Out New York is in on it too.

But sometimes a political movement can go too far.

My Dinner Party Secret: Call A La Turca

The first crackle of a leaf underfoot, and I’m overcome with a mix of excitement (the holidays are coming! the holidays are coming!) and trepidation (the holidays are coming! the holidays are coming!). The excited part of me wants to throw dinner parties, have open houses, bake pies and actually buy wine-glass charms (yes, there's a whole industry around these things). The anxious part of me wants to just stick my head in the sand until January.


Video: Hercules & Love Affair at the YBCA Artists Ball

Playing to a mashup crowd of hipsters, socialites, drag queens and red-white-and-blue clad revelers, Mos Def headlined

Back to the Past

Fabulous old stuff benefits youth at the 27th San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

It was, indeed, a return to the classics at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion last week for the Patrons' Preview Party of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show benefitting Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS).

Soft lighting and well-appointed booths awaited well-heeled patrons who crammed the joint in order to get first-dibs on great stuff.
Heck, even the Ladies' loo was tricked out this year with plush carpet and bookcases stacked with show catalogs.

Sex with Emily: His and Her Diaries

I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time with friends decoding text messages, deciphering voicemails and dissecting ambiguous conversations.

Women tend to explore relationship scenarios - sometimes ad nauseum.  I get comfort from studies that show women are biologically wired for such conversations, but sometimes I wonder: is this all for naught?

To wit: This was emailed to me recently. While it's a joke and is good for a laugh, is it also true?


HER DIARY

Healthy Beer?

We've heard a lot over the years about the health benefits of  drinking wine, but here's the first I've heard about healthy beer .  Rice University researchers are developing a strain of yeast that will produce  the heart-healthy chemical resveratrol as a byproduct of the  fermentation of grain. Resveratrol is the active compound in red wine that supposedly fights heart disease.

My take: Sounds good. Now, if they can only develop lower calorie brew that doesn't taste like Lite beer.

Pisco Sours at La Mar are Good. Really Good.

I visited the enormous new Peruvian sensation La Mar over the weekend, mostly because I  wanted to try their Pisco Sours.  They were terrific. I  don't know what they do for the egg-white foam on the top, which was as firm and lasting as a good brick wall (our server said they use  "pasteurized egg whites"), but the entire drink was delicious. It had  that lovely limey-floral high tone of a good Pisco Sour, the  requisite topping of bitters, and went down incredibly smoothly. I highly recommend.
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