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Paris Hits SF

Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton dropped in at Macy's in SF to promote her new clothing line.

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SF vs. LA

Who’s getting it on, what turns you on, and does the size of anything really matter?

I was in LA this week, and to my delight, Los Angeles Magazine just published highlights from its “first annual sex survey.”  If San Francisco and Los Angeles ever seemed worlds apart to you, the following may just solidify that sentiment.

SF vs. LA
photography by Christian Carroll

Fiddy Strikes Again

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Gangsta rapper 50 Cent blew through SF's 106 KMEL in advance of his third album, Curtis, released on Sept. 11 and comprising a string of tracks like "Ayo Technology," "I'll Still Kill" and "All of Me" that feature heavy hitters like Timbaland, Akon, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige and Eminem.


Opera Ball 2007

The SF Opera Guild launched the 85th opera season with a black-tie opening ball co-chaired by Cheryl Baxter and Marybeth La Motte and held at City Hall. Mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and tenor Clifton Forbis, with Patric Summers conducting, are starring in Camille Saint-Saëns's biblical epic, Samson and Delilah.

Oh, My Mango

There are truly no appropriate words to describe something that is so indescribably good, so amazingly delicious—but, since it’s my job, I’ll try.

Yesterday, I purchased the above mango from Valencia Farmer’s Market, a little produce market in the Mission District on the corner of 24th and Valencia Street. You might want to know what the variety is (Kent) and where it was grown (Mexico), but really what matters is how it tasted. Let’s just say it was creamy, tart and sweet; as juicy as a nectar-of-the-gods rivulet; yielding perfection that only Mother Nature (and well, maybe a botanist or two) could produce.

God Bless America

Long ago, I got a chance to cook at the James Beard House. (Owned now by the James Beard Foundation, the renovated brownstone that Beard actually lived in serves as the facility for many a big-name-chef dinner and much more.) I certainly wasn’t famous, but it was my class’s graduation from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now called the Institute of Culinary Education), and we were lucky enough to be aligned with the Beard House.

BRAVO's Golden Hollywood Ball

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

BRAVO! CLUB’s 16th annual opening night gala, The Golden Hollywood Ball, included a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing well into the night at City Hall. Michelle Marie Robertson and Sean Cullen were co-chairs of the black-tie event.

Show Me the Music

The next few weeks are packed full of great not-to-miss shows coming to an SF venue near you. Here are three of them that are definitely worth checking out:

Editors at the Fillmore on Thursday, September 20.


courtesy of Editors

Announcing the latest addictive dish, coming soon to a restaurant near you

Roman-style fried artichokes, will you marry me?

Dinner with Tony Bennett

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Greetings chums,

Last night, while many were still chewing over the shambolic performance of Britney Spears at the VMAs, I had the joy of being in the same room as a real star who was chewing his way through a plate of ravioli. Tony “I Ieft my heart in San Francisco” Bennett enjoyed dinner last night at Piazza Pellegrini in North Beach. His friend of more than 40 years Gino Biradelli, his lovely wife Alexis and a few other pals dined with him.
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