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Best of the City 2009: Fashion


Best Children's Wear Collection: Modaspia

Best of the City 2009: Design


Best Flowers: Sweet Nest Bouquet from Rose and Radish

If sorry seems to be the hardest word, let a Sweet Nest Bouquet from Rose and Radish—a delightful pairing of fresh flowers in a collectible Nymphenburg porcelain vessel —do the work for you. The Hayes Valley retail store recently closed its doors, but its art-driven perspective continues on its Web site, now featuring an online gift registry.

Best of the City 2009: Day

Best Dog Day

The city’s newest doggie day care is the eco-friendly High Tail Hotel, which uses plants, grass, natural light and an oxygen system to re-create the outdoors in its 5,000-square-foot indoor facility. Think of it as a biodome for man’s best friend, a romper room where they get to munch on tasty organic kibble. The best part? You’re not on cleanup duty.

Best Day in the Park

Whistleblower Puts the Kabash On So-Called Mezcals

While I’ve been writing about artisanal mezcal—the smoky, complex, and original agave spirit of Mexico—for years, my articles have often been written more out of the hope of inciting a trend than actually chronicling a real one. But now, I can finally say with confidence that there is a definite mezcal trend occurring.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1425 Studio in the Marina

If you're in the market for a studio in the Marina you're in luck, as we saw lots of viable apartments while finding this week's Craigslist deal. We chose this particular space, located on Chestnut about a block away from Fillmore, because it has been recently remodeled and features a more spacious common area than most of the other available places. We like that the kitchen is separate from the bedroom/living area and includes a little nook for a small dining table, so you don't have to eat a foot away from your bed. More snaps for all the storage space in the kitchen (love those white cabinets) and the included dishwasher and microwave.

Trimming the Fat: Prix-Fixe Meals for Under $45

Restaurants continue to drop their price points making the prix-fixe the new tasting menu. Here are some we'll be hitting up in the coming weeks.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If you’re ready to experience Vertigo – the Hitchcock classic, not the super-friendly bar and dance club on Polk Street – now’s your chance. As always, here’s a list of some of the films currently in rotation at a San Francisco indie theater near you.

1. Vertigo
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: June 3-4


Stern Groovin' with Dionne Warwick

 

Fog in the avenues and free music in the meadow? It’s now officially summer in San Francisco -- heralded last night as pashmina-wrapped guests arrived at the Stern Grove Festival Gala.

The free summer concerts at this magical musical spot are an EssEff summer tradition. And gala guests of all ages were a-twitter (the old-school version) over the featured performer at this elegant dinner-dance: beloved songbird Dionne Warwick.

Design Happenings This Weekend: Maker Faire, Mignonne and the Union Design Festival

It's Friday, y'all! That means time to get on your thinking caps (ours looks something like this) and start planning what you're going to do to have the best weekend ever. A few suggestions from yours truly:

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