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Brave Enough to Eat a Pig Head?

Last Monday, we threw our annual Eat + Drink Awards party, where we revealed our picks for the 5 Best Restaurants in the City and also announced the winners of the Eat + Drink Reader's Choice Awards. In addition to a healthy buzz from the Bulleit Bourbon cocktails, all the honorees walked away with a bronze pig (we like to think of them as the SF restaurant scene's version of the Oscars). Check out the video from the party below (we're just as fancy).

Bay to Breakers: Time to Start Training!

Lots of things are better when you DIY, but training for a long-distance race is not one of them. If you’re set on finally running the Bay to Breakers (May 17) or the SF Marathon (July 26) this year, do your body a favor and sign up for one of the various race training programs created by the SF Road Runners Club or the SF Marathon, all of which start right around now.

Avoid Bridezilla-dom: Enroll Yourself in Wedding U

Here comes the bride, all dressed in...stress? If you're totally freaking out about your upcoming nuptials, you may want to enroll yourself in what the Silicon Valley Four Seasons is calling their "Wedding University."

Held down in Palo Alto on February 8, it's essentially a crash course on how to plan a wedding.  Instructions will be offered on musical selection, the first dance, photography and videography, designing a wedding menu, personalizing your wedding, managing a budget, event flow and choosing a wedding dress and accessories.  Phew!

Oh, and there's champagne.

Pliny the Younger Hits City Beer Store Friday

Although Santa Rosa's Russian River Brewing Co. may look like any other pub, it's somewhat of a mecca and home to some of California's finest craft beers, including the cult favorite, Pliny the Younger. Released every February, (Growlers only, no bottles) for a brief one-time brewing, it's why many beer lovers (including myself) make an annual trek from SF up 101 N. I liken its taste to a sloppy kiss from a Redwood mixed with a fresh bitterness.

Six More Weeks of Winter? Not So Much

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning (um, did you see how fat that thing is? of course he'd see his shadow) and predicted six more weeks of winter.   Sucks to live in Pittsburgh.  Here's to 70 degree weather in February.  Get out and enjoy it while it lasts (the rain's supposed to hit later in the week).  


Here's a video of the prediction.  (Poor guy, he needs a California vacation).




30 Days of Discounts at Limn

Things are abuzz at the courtyard of Limn, where for the next month they'll be unveiling sales upon sales in their "30 Days of Discounts" event going on now. Expect to see items for designers such as ArmaniCasa, B&B Italia, Tom Dixon, Zanotta, and many more. Products available include furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories... really it's quite a selection. Limn's San Francisco showroom is located at 290 Townsend Street right by the Caltrain station, so make sure to stop by!

Notes from a Darkened Theater: The Thing Returns, Raimi Goes to Hell

No, it’s not quite the return of John Carpenter that longtime fans have been anxiously awaiting since the 61-year-old director’s last film, 2001’s underrated Ghosts of Mars. But that’s no reason to scoff at the news that Ronald Moore, the creative force behind the Sci-Fi Channel’s much-heralded Battlestar Galactica relaunch, is planning a prequel to Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing.

7 Things Kendall Wilkinson Can’t Live Without

Kendall Wilkinson, formerly of Patina Atelier and Threshold, just opened up Kendall Wilkinson Home last May in SF’s Laurel Heights district. Originally from Mill Valley, Kendall gave us a peek into what makes her tick.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

For those seeking an alternative to the Super Bowl this weekend, here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

Cointreau Noir

I just wanted to give a quick shout about a new product. Cointreau Noir appeared at the end of last year without a lot of fanfare, but it's a pretty big deal as far as a new spirit. Years ago in 7x7 I wrote a column on the difference between Grand Marnier and Cointreau. Well this new release from Cointreau only blurs the lines.

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