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Impala Is Two

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Impala Restaurant & Lounge celebrated its two-year anniversary last week with a big bash boasting food, cocktails and beats provided by DJ Solarz, David Carvalho and DJ Solomon.

Sugar and Spice and People Who Aren't Nice

My generally very good-natured friend Alan is English and thus has no macho issues with things like wearing pink or his devotion to sweets. He’s a man who uninhibitedly finds great happiness in a “pudding” or a “cakey” (what we might call a “dessert” or a “pastry”). He's the kind of guy that jumps for joy.

Every Friday before he goes off to the biotech company where he works as a scientist, he and his wife Jina get themselves over to Tartine for a breakfast treat. It’s their endearing weekly ritual.


Le Funk

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Louisville, Kentucky-based pop-disco outfit VHS or BETA played at Popscene on Thursday, August 2 in support of their new album Bring on the Comets.


VHS OR BETA



Rock Revolution

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

On Sunday, July 29 alternative rockers took over the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountian View for the Projekt Revolution music festival. The all-day rock fest featured acts like Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, H.I.M. and Placebo.

LINKIN PARK

O, Yes

A friend came to town for a visit, so we broke out some Champagne on a Sunday night. It was also an occasion for my wife and me to get into our recurring argument—the Riedel O Champagne glass.


No stem?

A Very Good Year

If you haven't yet heard, 2005 was a stellar year in Beaujolais, a great wine region that has largely been forgotten in the modern vinous rush. The reason this place has been overlooked might be because it makes a lighter style of wine from a grape that no one talks about. Anyway, in 2005 the wines are not light, but are perfect medium-bodied wine. They have some tannic grip and loads of dark plummy fruit. I like them slightly chilled.


The Power of the Purse

Harry Denton's Starlight Room was the site of last week's preview party of celebrity and designer handbags, which will be auctioned off at "This Old Bag; The Power of the Purse" on Oct. 19, 2007, at the W San Francisco. Proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Celebrities who donated their bags include Christina Aguilera, Fran Drescher, Brooke Shields and The Go-Go's.

Almost Old Enough to Drink

Toronado, San Francisco's number one beer institution, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, meaning that it's only one year away from being alcohol-legal.


Revelers at Toronado.

It was a packed affair, as people spilled out into the streets, happily warmed by all sorts of great Belgian, German and, of course, local beers. Toronado's reputation as one of the best beer bars in the entire country is secured—as was proven to me a couple of years ago when I met a bartender who had traveled out all the way from Boston just to do a stint there.

Eating My Greens


The Dagwood to go.

Lettuce is my idea of rabbit food, not salad. Sure greens ought to be a major component, but, in my mind, a large, leafy salad just means a lot of chewing. If I’m looking to fill up on a meal-sized salad that brings together various layers of texture and tastes to make salad chewing worthwhile, I search no further than Mixt Greens.
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