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Sidewalk Chic: Fashionable Foodie in the Financial District

Name: Brittany Busacca

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Design Intern at Nice Collective, Cocktail Server at Slide

Wearing: BCBG dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes

Spotted: 7x7 Eat+Drink Awards at The City Club, 8:27 p.m.

Last place you had dinner? Mamacita

Fashion Must Read: Women's Wear Daily

Where do you find style inspiration? Street Culture, Tokyo (especially Harajuku), Marc Jacobs

Calling All Warhols!

San Francisco has been in a Warhol frenzy of late, enjoying an ArtPoint panel discussion of his work, an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (running through Feb. 3), and now a chance for budding artists and theatrical types to give their best Warhol impersonation. Yes, you read that right: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and father-son duo, Rene and Rio Yañez from SOMArt, are looking for Warhol fanatics or wannabes to assume the role of the iconic artist himself in a handful of public appearances. Auditions will be held this Saturday, Jan.

New Line of Affordable Tiles from Heath Ceramics

Ever find yourself staring longingly at the walls of the BART stations downtown? Blame Heath Ceramics, the company behind those beautiful undulating white tiles. But now that they've introduced a new line of more affordably priced tiles, you might be able to stop gazing and start grouting in your own home. The just launched "Modern Basic" collection is available in two sizes (2x6" and 3x6") and six different glazes at $16.50 a square foot.

White House Sommelier and Bartender?

I'd like to nominate . . . myself.

High Style Livin'

Luxury living in San Francisco is a difficult life to achieve.  Sure, we've got the shops and the restaurants, but the real estate market offers slim pickings.  But wait!  Now is your chance to score (or at least get inspired by) a rare piece of prime real estate.  Le Grand Dame is her name, and she's a 1895 restored Queen Anne Victorian.   And She's just steps from historic Alamo Square Park!  And since it was all done up pretty by a local designer, you can move in without having to undergo a financially exhausting remodel (yuck).  The skinny:  In addition to the 2 fireplaces and amazingly beautiful hardwood flooring, the house also has  6 (count that:  6!) bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half baths, a living room and a parlor, gourmet kitchen and a south-facing garden on an oversized lot.  <

Chocolate Shut-down: Bye, Bye Scharffen Berger and Joseph Schmidt

In 2005, when Hershey's made a high-profile, high-value acquisition of beloved local chocolate company, Scharffen Berger, San Francisco artisanal chocolate lovers wagged their tongues, another case of big fish eating little fish. Local customers were assured that the Berkeley-based company would change little in the face of the acquisition, that the chocolate would remain the same and that it would still be made here in the Bay Area.

The Eat and Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Events

1. Savía Us A Glass

This week at 18 Reasons: A wine and olive oil tasting with Jim Milone, owner of Terra Savía winery—an organic vineyard in Hopland, California. A $10 donation gets you access to a tasting of Terra Savía’s full line-up of wine and olive oil, with Mr. Milone on hand to answer questions about winemaking and organic viticulture.

2. Strong Suds

Steven Soderbergh on Sex, Facebook and Che

Despite the box-office fanfare and critical acclaim that have greeted his best-known offerings, including 1998’s Out of Sight and 2000’s potent one-two punch of Traffic and Erin Brockovich, director Steven Soderbergh may never live down the success of his then-controversial breakthrough, 1989’s Sex, Lies and Videotape.

Winner of the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at Sundance, Soderbergh’s bruising contemplation of self-denial, artless deception and emotional exhibitionism not only earned the director a reputation for fiercely intelligent, unconventional storytelling, it helped put Robert Redford’s annual celebration of independent film on the map.

Niman Ranch Goes Broke

I just wanted to draw attention to this article by Barry Estabrook on the struggles facing venerable meat company Niman Ranch—further proof that this bad economy isn't just affecting restaurants, but also the larger, good companies that we all hold so dear. Yikes.

Happy 200th B-Day, Darwin! Celebrate with the Cal Academy

Fact: 65 % of Americans believe literally in the story of Noah's Arc. And a freakishly large brigade of Friends of Adam and Eve believe that 6,000 years ago, after a whirlwind six-days, man and dinosaur co-existed. This just in: most scientists think otherwise.

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