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Vintage Jewelry: Sasha Maksutenco Does the Dirty Work for You

We love the thrill of the hunt as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want what you want when you want it. And this season, we want gorgeous, one-of-a-kind statement jewelry. Enter: Sasha Maksutenco, whose vintage finds are available on her new e-tail site sashamaksvintage.com and (in limited selection) at Russian Hill’s Anica boutique.

Score: Restoration Hardware Warehouse Sale this Weekend

Warehouse sales make us smile with our heart. Really, what's better than the ultimate find on something you know usually sells for two or three times the amount you paid? If you're of the same mind, then you'll love this: Restoration Hardware is having a big warehouse sale this Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 7PM. The bad news is it's in Tracy (eep!) and our guess is if you want the good stuff you've got to get there early. However, if you're of the true bargain-hunter spirit we're sure you've got it in you to make the trek. Address is 1830 N. MacArthur Drive (zip is 95376), off of the 205. For more information call (209) 830.0015.

Monday Nights, Jardinière, Good Deal

On Monday night, when I was recovering from my vacation by gazing longingly at photographs of the Costa Rican beaches, my intrepid understudy Robin was hard at work at Jardinière, sampling her way through the restaurant's new Monday night menu, a $45 prix-fixed four-course meal (with wine!) with a theme that changes weekly. For the kick-off they served a Oaxacan meal comprised of ceviche, cactus-and-white-bean soup and duck in black mole, concluding with cinnamon churros and Oaxacan hot chocolate. I am a little bit sorry to have missed this one, to be perfectly honest, but another chance—three more, actually—exists. For the remaining Monday nighs in March, here's the line-up:

Erin go Bragh!

There was much wearin’ of the green last Friday at City Hall when Mayor Gavin Newsom and his Office of Protocol declared Irish Heritage Week in San Francisco with the raising of the Republic of Ireland’s tricolor flag.

The reception celebrated all things Irish -- from the SF Gaelic Athletic Association’s new hurling field on Treasure Island and the 25th anniversary of the SF-Cork Sister City relationship as well as the 158th St. Patrick’s Day Parade which kicks-off Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

'Watchmen' a Work of Glorious Imperfection

The year is 1985. Nixon is entering his fifth term as president after leading the U.S. to victory in Vietnam, the Cold War has led us to the brink of nuclear destruction, and the masked superheroes of the world have been forced into early retirement by order of the government. So goes the premise of Watchmen, director Zack Snyder’s messy but often fascinating take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ celebrated graphic novel.

Celebrate the Changing of the Clock on the Russian River Wine Road

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the clock than by indulging in some oenophile fun?

As part of the 31st annual Russian River Wine Road, 100 wineries will open their doors to the public starting March 13 in a three-day festival full of barrel tastings, chats with winemakers, and chances to explore the stunning Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley wine regions. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition "futures"--wine that has yet to be bottled and will be picked up 12 to 18 months later--at a discount.

Countdown to Handmade Nation: The Curiosity Shoppe

In continuing our look at Handmade Nation participants, today we'll check out The Curiosity Shoppe, whose co-owner Derek Fagestrom will also be a panelist for the event. If you've had a chance to stop by the shoppe located in the Mission, you know what a joy it is - featured artists adorn the walls, craft supplies abound, and "curiosities" of the perfect-gifting kind are everywhere. We're looking forward to seeing the selection they'll have at Handmade Nation, as well as hearing Derek's insight into the handmade crafting movement.

The Eat and Drink List: This week's top 7

1. Baking 411
Got a burning baking question? Curious about custard? Got gripes about ganache? Save them up for your meeting with Flo Braker, baker extraordinaire, who will be signing copies of her book, Baking for All Occasions, on Saturday, March 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Omnivore Books. Sweet treats will be provided.

2. Gastronomic Game Show

DNA Lounge Suffocated By Legal Debacles

It has come to our attention that the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is threatening our beloved DNA Lounge with some legal troubles that, if successful, will shut it down permanently. Where will we go for our bimonthly Bootie parties or the grungy industrial evening of Meat? With the Grinch of nightclubs now upon us, the future is so uncertain.

Basically the background beef is this:

*DNA Lounge tried to convert their 21+ liquor license into an all ages full retaurant establishment in order to fully explore the live music scene.

*Their application is denied by The ABC for no apparent reason.

Katie Christ: The Italian Job, Cookbook Styling and Food Acrobatics

As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers, 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie's inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.

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