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Stompin' at the Savoy

This was the scene last week at the Alembic, the best cocktail bar between Van Ness and Japan, where intrepid bartenders Thomas Waugh and Daniel Hyatt (in ties and vests) had suspended the use of their standard cocktail list and replaced it with the entire 293-page Savoy Cocktail Book. Originally published in 1930, this volume is both a valuable historical clue to the vibrancy of a distant age and a still-relevant compendium of drinking fun. A dozen copies of the book were available at the bar, and drinkers were invited to simply thumb through it and find something they wanted to drink.

Sugar Pie, Honeycomb


The ice cream truck is no longer reason to scream: It the waffle truck now—on tour all the way from Belgium. The Waffle Mania truck parks itself at the Civic Center Heart of the City Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 am to 2 pm and the lines can be long. Some have ordered 12 at a time; bloggers protested when the waffle truck was absent one morning; and according to co-owner Derby, Michelle Williams, of the defunct Destiny's Child, is one of their fans.


7 Minutes with: gr.dano

   
Two looks from gr.dano's spring 2008 collection


   

Junior League Fashion Show Launch Party

photography by Drew Altizer

On Thursday, February 21 at the Zephyr Ventilation Showroom the Junior League of San Francisco celebrated the launch of their 82nd annual fashion show, "American Beauty" to take place on Saturday, April 5 at the Fairmont Hotel. Highlights included a silent auction, music by DJ Hooman, and fabulous cocktails and food.

Orson Unveiled


  
The crowd at Orson's circular marble bar.
All photos by Josh Reiss.


Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake fame premiered her newest enterprise, Orson, this week in SoMa. All the prerequisites were in place: the line sprawling down Fourth Street, the large doorman, the chocolate-smeared nude waitresses, the usual crowd of power lesbians and prowling thirty-somethings thronging through the lofty space.

Murphy's Film Picks

In Bruges
In Bruges; courtesy of Focus Features

Film nerds and nerdettes, why don't you check out some of these groovy film picks happening in your 'hood. Don't forget to tune in next week for another installment of the Reel. Until next time, be bad and get into trouble baby.

Oscar's Big Fundraising Night

photography by Rick Camargo

Greetings!

San Francisco's glitterati came out for Oscar night at the 28th Academy of Friends Gala at Fort Mason.
As ever the event was a storming success with cocktails and nibbles and guests clothed in cocktail dresses and black tie attire to make for an all-around fun and festive eve.

The Oscar show played out on big screens around Fort Mason.

’80s star Taylor Dayne brought the house down with an explosive 30 minute set.

30-Day Sex Challenge




They say it takes 30 days to form a habit.

I’ve tried this with flossing, putting my keys in the same place at night and returning phone calls before people hate me. Personally, I’ve had a mixed success rate but since sex is such a pitfall in relationships, I don’t mind the much publicized 30-Day Sex Challenge  proposed by a pastor in Florida.

Gary Danko: Fire and Disco Balls!

Confession: I dined for the first time at Gary Danko … last week. Yes, Gary Danko, winner for Best Overall restaurant for our 2008 Reader’s Choice Awards, Michelin-star Danko, Relais & Chateau Danko. I was prepped for great service and a great cheese cart, but there was one thing I hadn't considered. Gary Danko can actually be quite thrilling—and I’m not talking about the food.


Pyrotechnics at Gary Danko.

1. It offers great people watching.
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