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Bill Niman won't eat Niman Ranch meat

This weekend Stacy Finz of the Chronicle wrote a great piece about Bill Niman, and the pressures (and difficulties) of taking a small-scale business big time. I was an early fan of Niman Ranch meats, easily fell in love with their superlative hot dogs and apple-wood-smoked bacon, and now am wondering whether I should continue supporting a business that claims to still employ the quality and husbandry standards Niman put in place but has done some dubious streamlining since Bill Niman's ousting from his eponymous company late last year.

Eoin Harrington at The Independent

From the moment Eoin Harrington took the stage, his audience showered him with cheers. Celebrating the release of his new album “Story,” The Independent was sold out last Friday with fans happy to see the San Franciscan, Irish singer. The album may be his first full length, but he’s already developed an adoring fan base. Eoin’s friendly charm and performance made for an upbeat singer-songwriter set that felt fun and welcoming. From playful songs or heartbreaking lyrics, Eoin’s warm voice was captivating throughout.

Dance Baby Dance!

My pick for viral video of the year. You may never get these nine and a half minutes back..but you’re sure to be entertained. It also links to the play list...ENJOY!


Heart-works: SF General Hospital Foundation Fundraiser

San Francisco General Hospital, the city-funded and medically renowned hospital and Level-One trauma center, is a bit like Fort Knox -- you may never actually see the inside but it’s reassuring to know it’s there.

“You never know when you are going to need it and you never know who might need it,” said SF General Hospital Foundation Board Member Pam Baer last week at the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon. “The General is everyone’s safety net.”

The Case Against Sean Penn, and Other Oscar Picks

The Oscars have arrived, and with them the inevitable slew of so-called expert predictions. And though I find myself naturally curious, I must admit that my anticipation of Sunday evening’s ceremony has been subdued by lingering disappointment with some of the nominations. Put simply, my heart’s not entirely in it.

WALL*E should have been earned a nomination for best picture, as should The Wrestler. (A win for either would have suited me just fine.) Woody Allen’s strongest contribution in years was largely overlooked. And Bruce Springsteen, in the midst of a creative surge as strong as any in his career, managed to write a song for a movie (again, The Wrestler) without so much as a hint of recognition. Go figure.

Gabriella Sarlo's 7 Must-Haves

Gabriella Sarlo, the New York born, SF-raised owner of Potrero Hill's newest design showroom, SARLO, shares with us seven items she just can't live without. The Cow Hollow resident recently launched the new SARLO website, which design enthusiasts peruse at their own risk, as the potential to buy something amazing—from mercury glass hurricanes to an elephant head coffee table—is just too great.

The Eater Wrap: Gatekeepers, Black Saturday and Yelp Under the Microscope

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including and a little something dubbed Black Saturday.

1) What's it like being a GM at one of the busiest restaurants in the Mission? Just ask Bar Tartine's Xelina Leyba, today's subject of a little feature Eater likes to call The Gatekeepers.

Bring the House Down: 10 Best Architecture Songs

"All the architects in the house!" ...Not a demographic dejays usually give shout-outs to, but maybe they would if they considered how their work has inspired some great songs throughout the years... but still probably not. If you want to give props where props are due, however, just throw on this mix of the 10 best architecture songs according to Flavorwire and throw your T squares in the air:


Sit Down with Noise Pop Darlings, Sleepy Sun

Sleepy Sun, who've already been picked up by the indie music hype machine, are poised to become one of the darlings of this year's Noise Pop festival.   We ventured to their Outer Sunset apartment yesterday to catch up with the five guys (minus Rachel) and talk music, inspiration and cats (they have a surprising fascination with cats). 

Academy of Art Grads Shine at New York Fashion Week

Erin Fetherston and Alexander Wang weren’t the only designers with strong San Francisco ties to show their fall 2009 collections at New York Fashion Week this year. Making their debut under the tents at Bryant Park last Friday were eight recent graduates of the Academy of Art University, the first and only school to show during the event.

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