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Turn a Pumpkin Carving Mishap Into This Cake

I've got pumpkins and squash on the brain lately. The first few squash made their way into my farm box this week, but not before I unknowingly spent $6 ($6!!) for an organic butternut specimen at Whole Foods. Let me repeat—butternut squash. Six dollars. What's that about the economy going to hell? Today, I had a pumpkin-shaped chocolate as my "afternoon dessert," a ritual I strongly encourage all of you to adopt. And over the weekend, I had the pleasure of driving around Sonoma at sunset and passed a bunch of pumpkin patches, filled with white and orange orbs. I would have bought some, but as everything I put on my stoop gets stolen, I just admired from afar.  Now I wish I'd bought a few sugar pumpkins so I could use fresh pumpkin puree for this handsome coffeecake. It looks like just the thing to ring in the season. Invite over a handful of friends for Sunday brunch and serve this, or bake it up on Sunday and bring it to some lucky ducks at your office Monday morning. Note: if you can't find fresh cranberries, they are available frozen at Whole Foods. And they don't cost $6 a bag.

Google's Mail Goggles: Never Send a Drunk Email Again

Here's the scene:  you're home from a late night out, eating a slice of pizza with one hand and index finger-typing out a crazy email with the other.  You hit send.  And then fall asleep on the couch.  Morning arrives and you realize you've sent a drunk email.  Disaster. 

Well, never again.

Absinthe's Chef Jamie Lauren: Top Chef Calls

God, it feels good to be right.

If you haven't already read our coverage of the Top Chef casting calls, which I wrote about in April, click here. Back then, I made the proclamation that SF's own Jamie Lauren—currently the executive chef at Absinthe—was definitely headed for fame.

And if you haven't already heard, I was right. Jaime is going to be on the next Top Chef, as what they call a "cheftestant."

Although Lauren is certainly headed for potential ridicule as well as fame (aren't all reality show contestants?), I've always thought of Top Chef as being ok, as reality shows go. But then, I watched one of the video clips on Bravo's site, where they ask TF's judges and host—Tom, Padma and Gail—what gives them a "culinary boner?" (Can you see me cringing? I'm cringing.)

The Party Line

In spite of the invitation's ominous admonishment ("Dinner, Finger-pointing, Denials, Live Auction and Immediate Resignations"), it was all peace, love and Obama down at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last week where Artists Ball 7: The New Party '08 won a decisive victory in the fight for your right to party -- as well as access to and support of great local artists and art.

David Byrne at Davies Symphony Hall

David Byrne rocked Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday night, playing from his recent release with Brian Eno,  Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.  Check out the photos below.

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Gin Wigmore Performs at 330 Ritch

Gin Wigmore performed at 330 Ritch on Tuesday.  Check out photos below.

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Talib Kweli Photos from Hip Hop Live Tour

The Hip Hop Live Tour featured Talib Kweli, David Banner, and Little Brother at The Grand Ballroom.

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SF Fashion and Beauty Events

Courtesy of Loyal Army Clothing

Loyal Army’s “Party for the Pets”

7 p.m., Oct. 16

Loyal Army Clothing, 1728 Haight St., 415-897-9797

Scala's Bistro: A bright spot

One of our fabulous informants snapped this picture and sent it our way—suffice to say, this particular diner clearly found Scala’s Bistro to be a little too dark, and decided to remedy the situation by turning her mag light—er,  flood light—on the menu. Funny stuff. My question: does this diner travel around with this massive flashlight in her handbag?

26th Annual Macy’s Passport Fashion Show

On Thursday, September 18, such stars as comedian Dame Edna, No Doubt drummer Adrian Young, the Jabbawockeez dance crew and designer Tommy Hilfiger rounded out the guest list at the 26th annual Macy’s Passport HIV/AIDS fundraising gala. Models strutted timeless fall staples at the eagerly awaited fashion show and main attraction of this event.

Wendy Simon Armstrong, Victoria Yeager Sawyer, Jackie Chimera

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