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Bar Bambino is heating up the patio.

Zuni Cafe: Through a Glass Newly?

If I tell you that the picture below was taken at Zuni (which you already should have recognized), what do you find significant about  the scene?

The answer has nothing to do with the always-sensational roast chicken or the fact that Thierry Lovato, the wine director, paired it for me with a half bottle of lovely Crozes-Hermitage from Domaine Combier, an interesting if not classic choice. No, the real shocker in the photo is the glass, which you can see is not the regular old lousy Zuni wine glass. Rather, it was a thin-rimmed, deftly shaped bowl that worked beautifully for wine in every way that Zuni's regular glass (at left in the picture below) does not.

Beyond Outside Lands: August Concerts

Beck, Radiohead, and Wilco.  Maybe you've heard of them. They're playing a little festival called Outside Lands, which will undoubtedly be the highlight of many a San Franciscan's August (in September, get stoked for Treasure Island time...).  But don't let these behemoths overshadow your August music calendar - there's still a ton of great shows happening around town -  The New Pornographers, Ozomotli, Gnarls Barkley, Steel Pulse, and !!! (Chk Chk Chk), to name a few.  Check our listings and round out your August live music sampling.  

Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show Benefits the League to Save Lake Tahoe

On August 2, Oscar de la Renta presented his Resort 2009 Collection at an annual fashion show and luncheon benefiting the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco sponsored the luxurious event hosted at the Fritz family home on the west shore.

Oscar de la Renta

SF Style Events

Courtesy of Bettina

: Bettina semi-annual clearance sale 

Where: Bettina, 3615 Sacramento St.

When: Aug. 15-19 

Why: Score 50-85% off labels such as: Ziroco, development, Nicholas K, Irene Van Ryb and Union.

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

Cupcakes by Camille Holvoet

1. An (almost) edible exhibit

Air Guitar National Championships

Any die-hard rock-and-roller can understand the primal urge to whip out the air guitar and shred a few chords.  The in-front-of-the-mirror pursuit moved into the limelight last Friday at the 2008 Cuervo Black US Air Guitar Championships, held for the first time in San Francisco. 

The competition brought 25 of the best guitar-less shredders from all over the U.S. to the Regency Center Grand Ballroom, which was filled to capacity with devil-horn waving, judge-booing air fanatics.

Eco-friendly skin-care line by <i>Teens Turning Green</i>

Courtesy of Axion Design Inc. 

Weather wise, it’s not quite summer yet for San Franciscans. While we’re shedding our layers when late August finally brings the heat, the rest of the world, it seems, is moving on to fall and beyond. Even while dreaming of lazy days at Baker Beach and music festivals in the park, I try to keep up by creating a mental list of gift ideas for when the holidays inevitably come crashing in. Enter: Teens Turning Green skin-care line, for that teenage girl in everyone’s lives.

Freeze Frame

I just returned from a quick tour of the Heartland (Michigan, to be precise) and I am here to tell you that this lovely state, where one is never more than 6 miles from a glorious body of fresh water, is a really nice place to visit in August. Michiganders are just as nice (and as blond and blue-eyed) as you may have imagined, Lake Michigan is really just like a salt- and shark-free ocean, complete with tides and waves and sand beaches, and there are farm stands everywhere.

Slow Food Nation: Alemany Farm Makes the Cover

Jessica was going to write this Slow Food Nation Monday blog, but she had a delayed flight back to SF after doing a little summering in Michigan (which she’d like you to know is the “cherry pie capital of the world”). So I’m here—a bit last minute—to give yet another little shout out to SF-based Alemany Farm. The bounty of the farm is gracing one of our August covers right now. (We did two covers this month because we’re crazy like that.) You can read about Alemany Farm farmer Jason Mark in this issue and you can even see me doing a little video tour.

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