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Found at Coco500: The Perfect Pizza and Pinot Pairing

My column in the upcoming issue of 7x7 is about pizza wine--and the most harmonious pairings I found in that classic combination of food and drink. One wine--often considered the most food friendly of all varieties--that didn’t come up was Pinot Noir. For some reason, I never seemed to find pizzas that just called for Pinot. Most pies needed something more pithy and darkly juicy. I wondered if I would ever find a good pizza for all the Pinot I like to drink.

Waltz With Bashir More Of A Languid Stroll

The animated documentary Waltz With Bashir, which took a Golden Globe last night for Best Foreign Film and opened at The Clay last week, is an important and timely film about the human price of war. And to be sure, you can’t watch Ari Folman’s movie without thinking of both sides of today’s Gaza conflict. But despite the film’s many strengths, Waltz With Bashir turns out to be just a languid stroll.

Extra Coating: Candystore Collective Winter Coat Drive

Generally speaking, the well-known maxim of give, and you shall receive refers to the intangible feelings of good will that come with helping, reaching out and extending oneself for the sake of others. We love those feelings. But sometimes, if we’re being completely honest, we appreciate a carrot. You know, an extra little bit of get-up-and-go to take us from wistfully pondering all the ways to do good in this world to, um, actually getting up and doing one of them. Candystore Collective’s Winter Coat Drive is just the mid-January kick in the pants we need to lend our support to a worthy local organization. Through Jan.

Looking Back in Anger: The Worst Films of 2008

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and by now you’re already too familiar with the films hailed by critics as the cream of last year’s crop, to the extent that the official announcement of nominees for the 81st Academy Awards (due in the wee morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 22) may seem like something of a formality.

Cheers! Champange for Inauguration

For the upcoming inauguration, if you're celebrating, I just want you all to know about this exquisite Blanc de Blancs Champagne. It's an NV brut from Pierre Gimonnet, exceptional for its clarity, its bright, vivacious citrus notes and its vinous, mineral character. While it's complex and sophisticated, it's difficult for me not to gulp it. Try it at the the Bubble Lounge, which carries it on its list.

New Sunset Coffeeshop: Say Hello to Hollow

There's a cute new coffee shop in the Sunset, and though the decor inside looked scrumptious (this based on peering through the window) there didn't seem much fodder for design talk - that is until today. Thanks to Apartment Therapy for this article, which brought to attention the fact that the lovely home accessories spotted inside Hollow are actually for sale.

To Riesling or to White Burgundy with Crab?

It's the high-point of crab season, folks, so time to get crackin'. Last week SF sommeliers and a few lucky others (including yours truly) had their annual Crab and Riesling lunch. Except for some call it the Crab and White Burgundy lunch, a disagreement that highlights a rift in the wine-and-food pairing orthodoxy. Which goes better with crab? I'm firmly a Riesling person, especially, a srpy German Kabinett or a minerally smaragd from Austria. But many others, including Sara Floyd, who co-sponsors the lunch with fantastic winemaker Brian Talley of Talley vineyards in Arroyo Grande, believe in white Burgundy with crab.

Bay Area Youth Bring in the Noise for MLK

Youth Speaks, a nonprofit committed to creating a forum for Spoken Word performance, will present  their 12th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19. This year’s  theme is “A Certain Kind of Fire” – a concept taken from Dr. King's last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," in which King states: “There was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out.”

Where to Shop this Weekend

Congratulations. You’ve arrived at the end of the first full work week of the year. Feel like celebrating? Try treating yourself to a little weekend glamour. After all, it’ll be Monday again before you know it.

Historic Firehouse 44 is on the Market

In the city, we're big fans of historic real estate.  So, imagine my delight when historic Firehouse 44 hit the market.  The firehouse was built in 1910 and has an impressive history.  It was built to house a team of horses and 12 firemen who fought fires on Castro Hill.  In 1959, artists Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen purchased the firehouse at a public auction for $7,500.  The couple had a knack for throwing fabulous parties, and their beautiful and bohemian conversion of the space was photographed and published in design magazines, mostly because living and working in unusual spaces was not common at the time.  Shoot forward to present day and Teutonic Construction and interior designer Josephine Fisher have done a heavy renovation of the firehou

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