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Root Beer Revolution

I can’t believe how many new root beers you can find on the market these days. As my ultimate hangover cure, root beer was a sight to be seen in my fridge the other morning.

The New Bacar …

… looks a lot like the old Bacar, but in fact it’s very different. I loved the old Bacar and the people who were involved in it, but I also have to say that it’s exciting to have such wholesale change. There’s a new chef, Robbie Lewis, who came over from Jardinere and a new wine director, the joyfully funereal Mickey Clevinger, who came from Frisson.

Spray Painting a Record Gold …

Great World of Sound; courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

with the Great World of Sound

Shabu-Shabu Elimidate

There's lots to throw into the soup at Mums.

No one told me not to go on a date to Mums in Japantown, now part of the new Hotel Tomo, for shabu-shabu. So I'm telling you now: Don't go on a date to Mums for shabu-shabu.

Sicilian on Fillmore

My list of restaurants to try is as long as I am tall, and it’s elaborately broken down into more specific categories: just opened, classics I’ve never been to, classics to repeat, etc. To my frustration, the list grows longer and longer, even though it feels like I’m an eating-out machine.

Dinner with My Brother

My brother swept into town the other day for dinner. He lives on the East Coast and was in Sacramento on business, so he drove over to SF to visit. Actually, it was the first time he’s come over since I moved here just about nine years ago. Needless to say, I was excited—if a bit daunted—by how to show off my adopted city.

Junior League Home Tour Kick-Off

The Junior League of San Francicso gathered at The City Club to celebrate the kick-off of its 13th annual home tour "Left My Heart in San Francisco," taking place on October 13, Saturday, in Russian Hill.

Anna Pinsoneault_Karina Chow DJ Solomon Jessica Rutherford_Kent Grisemer

7 Questions with The Sounds

photography by

Swedish rock stars The Sounds rocked the Fillmore this week, the second time they have sold out the iconic music palace. I talked to Maya and Felix about music and more.

1. All right, Maya, Felix—The Fillmore, this is the second time you’ve sold this place out. Does it translate back in Sweden? Do people know of The Fillmore?

Barneys New York Opening

photography by Heather Wiley & Drew Altizer

The much-anticipated opening of Barneys New York took place on Tuesday with great fanfare as SF's who's who along with visiting VIP like Barneys creative director Simon Doonan, actress Minnie Driver and fashion darling Derek Lam descended on the Union Square store to enjoy cocktails, a buffet dinner put on by Quince and a "disco inferno."

Phone Sex Pranks

Gil Ozeri is an “obscure fetish prankster” who makes prank calls to phone sex operators.

Even if it doesn’t seem up your alley, just have a listen for yourself. It could be the best five minutes you’ve wasted all day.

I interviewed Gil on my show awhile back and wanted to pass along some Jewish humor in honor of the holidays. Sure, I’ll be atoning for my sins during Yom Kippur this weekend, but who says atoning can’t be funny or sexy?

Check out “I’m into Jewish mother stereotypes” if you need to laugh, hard right about now.

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