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Yo La Tengo



One of my favorite bands in the world is Yo La Tengo, to whom I came relatively late with their album I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. Or at least that’s the album that put me over the edge. (The first time I remember hearing about them was when I was a freshman at Swarthmore and some of the sophomores who were way, way cooler than I was were going into Philly to hear a YLT show. I had no idea who the band was.)

Puttin’ on the Ritz



I’ve only stayed at The Ritz-Carlton once in my life, but it only takes one visit to appreciate how truly decadent a stay—or a meal or even a drink—here is. After all, if it’s good enough for Danielle Steel….  (I heard on NPR on Tuesday morning that it was her 60th birthday and then saw her step out of a shiny black SUV as I was leaving the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco last night. Perhaps a b-day dinner celebration at The Dining Room?)

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila …

That’s when I stopped counting.


Five tequilas to taste (reposado, platinum, anejo, paradiso, anniversario).

Time to Mix It Up

If you’re already having the best sex of your life, can’t wait for the next cocktail party and love watching those endless repeats of The Girls Next Door, today’s blog may not be for you (but we should probably talk offline another time).

However, if you need to brush up on your sex skills and rev up your sex life, or if you’re looking for some different kinds of fun around town, try one (or more) of these upcoming events and workshops on for size:

SFDK12

12th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest

Hot in the Kitchen

Yesterday I was watching a rerun of Top Chef in which Stockton line cook Michael Midgley won an elimination challenge with a luscious-looking pairing of trout and salmon ensconced in a melange of vegetables. Midgley is pudgy, a bit unkempt, and in this episode he had just had emergency dental surgery, so his cheek was swollen and red. But as he layered the disk of trout against the steaming salmon, this perennial truth re-occurred to me:

There’s nothing quite as hot as a man who knows how to cook.

Polo in Petaluma

Petaluma's Cerro Pampa Polo Club Grey Goose Oyster Cup, which is the highest goal polo tournament played in Northern California, was held last weekend with a portion of the proceeds going to The Nature Conservancy. The event stretched well into the night with cocktails, dinner and dancing.

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Katherine Holt, David Tyndall, Shaila Freyer              Allison Speer, Dominique Harrington

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

We have a good time down here in the trenches, our food department of two (our oft-mentioned intrepid intern, Roxanne, makes three). Really, we do. Sometimes Sara and I knock off for an hour and go to Punjab Kebab, where we overeat chicken tikka masala and saag paneer and then return to our desks in a stupor. Some days, I make everything into a bet—with bottles of wine serving as the prize (I have seven bottles by my desk now. Sara has only four. Guess who’s winning?)

Smart Pop



White Williams
Smoke
Tigerbeat 6
(Album out October 30)

Get Out of Town

photography by rickycphotography.com

Greetings chums,

With sunny San Francisco days few and far between, I try as often as possible to escape our mad, fab, foggy city in search of sunshine. Palo Alto had been an unlikely place for me to venture to, until now. I recently discovered a hidden oasis down the 101—the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto, where the sun shines.


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