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Vegetable Delivery: Getting in on a New CSA

I like flowers as much as the next girl, but I must admit that receiving a big basket of gorgeous organic vegetables at my desk was pretty much the highlight of last week. The vegetables—from deep-purple Rossa di Treviso to fat Brussels sprouts and super-sweet carrots the size of my index finger—represented the weekly harvest from Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, who have recently begun offering weekly CSA boxes. Because of Oak Hill's partnership with Marina lunch spot Blue Barn Gourmet (Blue Barn's owner, Sam Josi, is the step-grandson of Oak Hill owner Anne Teller), Blue Barn is the pickup spot for the boxes, delivered each Wednesday.

The Bluegrass Festival: Putting the Appalachia in SF

There’s bluegrass, but there’s also newer-grass and jazz-grass.

At the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, there’s green grass and that other kind of grass. But while it's free and open-air, the Golden Gate Park festival has pretty much outgrown its lazin' on a sunny afternoon appeal. It’s a massive crush of bodies and bicycles and the parking is hellish.

Slipping under the sonic radar is the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, a non-profit, grassroots festival that runs for 9 days in local bars and small venues San Francisco, Berkeley, Piedmont and Fairfax.

Valentine's Fair at DWR

There's already a lot to love at Design Within Reach, but this Saturday the Potrero Hill branch is upping the ante with its Valentine's Day: A Fair event. From 10a.m. to 2p.m you can sip mimosas and nibble on breakfast noshes all while taking in new and discounted wares from Bay Area designers. Surprise a forgetful friend with these placemats from Josh Jakus - the napkin rings are built right in, so they'll never be misplaced again. What's not to love?

Sidewalk Chic: High-low Mix in Union Square

Name: Slo Casasola

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Merchandiser at Shotwell

Spotted: Shotwell and Harputs Market Party at Shotwell boutique, 7:12 P.M.

Wearing:
YSL rolling sneaker, vintage bow-tie, H&M denim, Zara cardigan, YSL button down. "I just threw this outfit on because I was in a hurry to get to the party. I always want to stand out but at the same time look simple."

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

There’s an old adage warning against ever working with kids or animals.

But at Fort Mason last night for the Arts of Pacific Asia Show (through Sun., Feb 8), both groups, including dragons, were front-and-center.

The opening-night gala of this show benefits the arts and education programs of the Asian Art Museum - Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. And supporters gaily banged the gong, ringing in the Lunar New Year with great style.

Featuring exquisite goods from dealers ‘round the globe, guests played their part, too -- swathing themselves in cheongsams, saris, kimonos and jewels of jade.

The Nob Hill Gazette's Eligibles List

Just in time for V-Day, The Nob Hill Gazette released its annual "Single and Smashing" Eligibles List, which is providing more than enough Friday afternoon entertainment.  Here's a sampling of some of the gem descriptions:

Arjun Gupta; Telesoft venture capitalist & mountain climber, frequents Aspen & the world

Alex Marr; neo-Orwellian musician; digs Kierkegaard, windy walks on CA’s eastern coast [side note: where is this?], raspberry waffle cakes & naps in his music studio

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Indie Fest is here, the Oscars are just around the corner, and the rainy days of winter are upon us – simply put, it's a good time to be at the movies. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

15% Off Place Settings at Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics just put out a beautifully designed place setting called the Olima Basic Set.  To celebrate the launch, Heath is offering up to 15% off the regular price for the next week.  To take advantage of the discount, simply type in SETS at checkout.  All sets include a Redwood Dinner Plate 10.75", a Sage Salad Plate 8.25" and a Birch/Matte Brown Cereal Bowl 6.5".  All dishes are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.  And as with all Heath Ceramics products, they're made right in Sausalito.

Live the Good Life at the Infinity

On Saturday the Embarcadero-side Infinity Tower II will be open for all potential buyers to see, with a move-ins scheduled for Spring.  The second tower has similar floorplans to the first, but the developers say the second tower has nicer interior finishes.  Finishes like quartzite countertops, brushed stainless steel plumbing fixtures, limestone flooring (in the bathroom), Kohler bathroom fixtures, Studio Becker cabinets and Bosch appliances.  Each unit has jaw-dropping and completely unobstructed views of the bay, which is one of the many reasons San Francisco is buzzing about the latest tower.  The floorplans are unique in that 4 out of 6 of them have the curved walls of the building, a factor that has many buyers flocking to the towers sales office to put down a down payment.  Anot

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First, there was Australia's Best Job in the World offering (speaking of which, you can still apply to be an island caretaker in the Great Barrier Reef through Feb. 22!). Now, as if you needed another reason to quit your job--or revel in your recently unemployed state--Spain has to come along and drop a doozy on you, as well. Are you ready for this? Take a deep breath and listen here.

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