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Here's to Our Health

San Franciscans have a village mentality. Leave the big-box stuff to the Los Angeles and Miami; let New York have its sweeping fine-dining restaurants. We’re proud of our casual, but conscientious, neighborhood joints that don’t cost an arm and a leg—the little guys, owned and run by a chef who knows your name: the Delfinas, Terzos and Blue Plates; the SPQRs, Mavericks and Frescatis.

By Land and by Sea

Food From Cloned Animals Seems Safe, a Panel Finds—there’s an unsettling headline if I've ever seen one. What's reassuring about a panel saying something as off the wall as eating food sourced from clones "seems safe"? I think I’ll pass.

Wood-oven roasted rib eye

Parr Selections

I've been to many tastings where winemakers put their wines up against the top wines of France—Cabernet versus first growth Bordeaux, sparkling wine versus tête de cuvée Champagne and Pinot Noir versus Grand Cru Burgundy. It's always a good exercise, and as predicted, the California versions usually fare pretty well against the greats of Europe. There's always an element of hubris in the act, though, as implicit in the exercise is the assertion that "my wines that I've been making for 20 years are as good as this French property that's been making wines for 200."

Black Heart Procession at Bottom of the Hill

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Gloomy San Diego-based indie band the Black Heart Procession played at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, January 9. San Franciscans Loquat and Merced-based El Olio Wolof opened the show.

Black Heart Procession

Merola Opera Cocktail Reception

Merola Opera Program held a cocktail reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Louis  Le Roux to kick off the spring gala, Une Soiree Francaise on March 15. More than 60 Merola patrons gathered for French wines, food and remarks given by the new French Consul General to San Francisco, Pierre-Francois Mourier, and Gala Chair Blanche Germain Streeter.  SF Opera Center director and mezzo-soprano Sheri Greenwald performed songs by Faure, Debussy and other French composers.

Metier and Vintage


Monica, 24, sales associate
Lives in: Inner Sunset
Wearing: Mayle cardigan, Graham and Spencer top that I’m wearing as a dress, vintage boots
My style icon: my friends
Most recent fashion find: A black and white vintage tassle sweater. It’s amazing.

*Title supplied by subject to describe her look.

The Before and After

I like to track progress. That’s why I’m a fan of before-and-after shots. Here’s one for Waterbar:

First you see the sketch of the light fixture in the rendering from my visit in October (read more about it here)…

… and voila! Here it is—all blown glass and wire.

Stay tuned. Waterbar’s opening date is slated for January 29.

399 The Embarcadero

Going Deep on North Dallas Forty

North Dallas Forty
North Dallas Forty; courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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