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Circle & Square Opening Party

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Circle & Square (344 Presidio Ave.) celebrated its grand opening with a party that showcased artisan and design objects from around the world.

Bunny Fayne_Lee Miltier Val Kivett_Casie Clymer Joszi Meskan_Heidi McKibben

Harry Potter Chic

Bill

Bill, 45, furniture scout
Lives in: the ’stro
Wearing: American Apparel T-shirt, J.Crew sweater (cashmere, of course), A.P.C. jeans, Hermès “H” belt, Paul Smith glasses, Birkenstocks, neon green Band-Aid
My style icon: Bianca Jagger, Tim Green and my 95-year-old grandmother Betty

Tower of Power

Having written about food in San Francisco for over 10 years, I live with a lot of restaurant guilt. I’ve eaten at plenty of places, but there are also plenty of to-dos on my list.

Cut to internal monologue: This city is only 49 square miles. Get on it, Sara. Look at Marcia from Tablehopper—she’s a machine, she’s killing you. Look at all the Yelpers. Look at Joe Blogger and your next-door neighbors, for god’s sake. Michael Bauer has eaten everywhere—three times. What kind of food editor are you, anyhow?!

Wired at W Hotels

W Hotels and WIRED magazine hosted a W Happenings shindig last week to celebrate the debut of the first temporary pop-up WIRED Store Kiosk at W San Francisco. W Hotels in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Diego also have these installments, carrying WIRED's top technology picks for the holiday season and all of which will stay open for 10 days.

The Great Mix-Off


Coldplay: one band you won't find at Camino

One of my many oft-invoked rants revolves around the lack of worthy soundtracks in bars and restaurants. (A notable exception: the fine establishments run by power-couple Greg and Shelley Lindgren—anyone who’s tuned in at Rye, Rosewood, A16 or SPQR will surely agree). And while I usually restrict myself to the bar/nightlife realm, today I’m here to discuss the listening-while-dining side of things.

Symphonix Fall Fete

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

Symphonix, which held its Fall Fete at soon-to-open Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant, brought more than 350 members together to experience a Cal-Italian menu (by chef Ola Fendert of Oola and Chez Papa) and wine selection (compliments of sommelier Mark Bright of Restaurant Michael Mina).

Bar Jules Is Open

Just a few hours after my five-bowl meal, I headed over to Bar Jules—at Hayes and Laguna—next to Suppenkuche. I was curious about it after reading Eater SF’s paint report entitled Hayes Valley Quite Possibly Colorblind—funny.


Devilsh Bluegrass

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Santa Cruz, California-based bluegrass outfit the Devil Makes Three played a fervent set at the Independent on Saturday, November 24. SF's own Trainwreck Riders started things off.

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
Devil Makes Three

Devil Makes Three

My New York Competition

Little did I know when I was in New York a couple of weeks ago that I would be going back so soon. But, indeed I was—though this time not as a journalist, but as a bartender.



A cocktail I created at the suggestion of Duggan McDonnell at Cantina (we just had to invent a cocktail that contained some form of sherry, and it had to be available on a drink menu somewhere), somehow made it to the finals of the National Sherry Cocktail Competition. And I got a return trip to duel with some of the country’s best.
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