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Zappa Luxury



Here’s the latest entry in Lagunitas Brewery’s homage to Frank Zappa, named for his album Kill Ugly Radio.

It’s delicious—by the way—rich and creamy, with a lot of hoppy flavor. 

Department of Ridiculous Promotions



I get quite a few samples of wine—and generally appreciate the wineries that send them. It helps me discover new wines and chart the progress of all the great labels I already know.

Sometimes, however, wineries tend to get a little too cute in the way they promote themselves. I understand the need to stand out in a highly competitive market, but occasionally it crosses the line from amusing to annoying. I’ve been shipped Walla Walla onions and a recipe for onion rings along with a Washington Merlot, and I’ve been sent an oversized oven mit, barbecue tongs and cheap sunglasses to go with some Napa cab.

Open Tables?


Fresh shelling beans and pork soffritto at SPQR

A few weeks ago, in No Reservations, Jessica blogged about the latest no-reservations-taking policy that’s sweeping the city. Being a type-A sort, I’ve racked up a mighty big share of points on Opentable (even if I’ve never redeemed any of them)—so, yes, I’m all for reservations. How else can you squeeze a zillion things into a day if you have to wait two hours just to sit down to dinner?

Clift Halloween Party

The Clift Hotel hosted a halloween party in the Redwood Room that honored the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and brought out locals such as former mayor Willie Brown and visitors like Lance Bass.

Allison Koch_Doug Dalton Zey Taslica_Elyssa Thorp Simon Adams_Brandy Regan

Get with the Caper <i>Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead</i> …

Devil Knows You're Dead
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead; courtesy of THINKFilm

Heist Movies Gone Wild …


Greetings and salutations* film nerds …

Wings ‘N Things



I’m not a huge connoisseur of the buffalo wing and can’t say much of the phenomenon that catapulted that dish onto every sports bar menu in the country. But I do enjoy a well-prepared piece of chicken every now and again.


Sweet Addition to Union Street: Marmalade Boutique


courtesy of Jessica Brandi Lifland for Drew Altizer Photography

Halloween Heroes Benefit

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

The Wender Weis Foundation for Children took over the Exploratorium for its 11th annual "Halloween Heroes" benefit. Lori Puccinelli Stern and Peter Stern chaired the event along with honorary chairpersons like 49er Keith Lewis; Giants Kevin Frandsen and Tyler Walker; Giants alum Orlando Cepeda; Oakland Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha, John Bowie, Chris Carr, Justin Fargas and Jeremy Newberry; and U.S. Olympian Brandi Chastain.

Dr. Matarasso's "Seeing Is Believing" Party

Dr. Seth Matarasso—Botox and Restylane specialist to the stars as well as models, socialites and everyone in between—had a big birthday bash at Vessel. The "Seeing is Believing" party brought out more than 250 folks including Robin Williams, Vanessa Getty, Kamala Harris, Willie Brown, Paul Pelosi and Rita Moreno.

English Rude Boy

Andre

André, 33, photographer
Lives in: Inner Sunset
Wearing: Harris Tweed cap, Dickies jacket and pants, Coastal shirt, Creeper shoes

*Title supplied by subject to describe his look.
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