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Let’s Talk About V-Day

The buzz around Valentine’s Day has begun, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t join in.

Every restaurant, hotel, liquor company, flower shop and sex toy purveyor is doing something about February 14.

Naturally, single people and couples everywhere are also starting their yearly debate and/or downward spiral over V Day:

“What do I get him?” 
“What do I get her?”
“Valentine’s Day matters.”
 “I hate Valentine’s Day.”
“Boxers plastered with hearts are so cliché.”

Wherever you are on the Valentine’s Day spectrum, I suggest you put all the superficial stuff on the back burner and do something about your sex life.

7 Food Finds

Happy Year of the Rat!

Check out these 7 things—all happening this week.

1. You calling me fat?: Fat Tuesday’s today, so join in the debauchery at Townhall and then plan your 40 days of meat-free living. For inspiration, check out Millennium’s Eric Tucker, who’s doing a cooking demo and signing his latest book The Artful Vegan on Saturday at 11:15 a .m. at the Ferry Building Marketplace.

Fashion Week Favorites

Jill Stuart Jovovich-Hawk
All bundled up at Jill Stuart; party dresses rule at Jovovich-Hawk

Although Fashion Week has just begun, there are already some standout pieces from the Fall 2008 ready-to-wear collections that are sure to incite massive trends and plenty of knock-offs. H&M or Forever 21, anyone? Here are a few memorable looks straight from the runways of New York’s Bryant Park so you can get a head start on planning your fabulous fall wardrobe.

Top 7 A+E Picks

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait; courtesy of Anna Lena Films

Here are 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1.    Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Come watch this artsy documentary about a day in the life of French soccer star, Zinédine Zidane, which utilizes 17 synchronized cameras and features a soundtrack by Scottish group Mogwai. (Ends Thursday, Feburary 7.)

7 Questions with Oscar-Nominee Marion Cotillard

photo courtesy of Picture House Inc.

French actress Marion Cotillard is not a household name … yet. But her Oscar-nominated performance in La Vie En Rose, playing the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf, is nothing short of brilliant. She deserves to take home the Oscar, and then the whole world will know of this bright, young acting talent.

I met the delightful French actress for 7 questions for 7x7.


The Little Things

One thing I love about Neyah White's operation at NOPA is the care and attention he pays to the less heralded aspects of cocktail craft. Sure he cares about the base spirits, fresh fruit juices, and interesting herbs and spices. But the things most loves seem to be the liqueurs, bitters and tinctures that don't get all the same attention. Most of them he makes by himself, which is why it was a treat to get a tour of his own personal cellar space in NOPA's cramped store room, where his magical infusions and marinations all happen.

Fish and Farm

Had a chance to stop by and see the new culinary team at Fish and Farm, Charlie Kleinman and Jake Des Voignes. You might remember that these two were the old culinary team that cooked a memorable meal last year back at the Fifth Floor. I was glad to see that the two had returned with such flair at a small downtown restaurant that bustles with an animated energy, yet preserves a sense of intimacy and discretion.

Aye, Capt'n

I found this bottle of Capt'n Eli's Root Beer at Faletti's and, since I'd never heard of it, snapped it up and took it home to try. I certainly loved the maritime label of the kid rowing with the parrot on his shoulder, and it makes sense knowing that the producer is in Portland, Maine (a very fine town) and called Shipyard Brewing Co.

The Teenagers at Popscene

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

French synth-pop outfit the Teenagers made the kids go wild when they performed at Popscene on Thursday, January 24.

The Teenagers

The Teenagers

The Teenagers

Sean O'Brien: Coming To You Soon

Sean O'Brien joins the boys club.

I don’t want to say when Food & Wine magazine puts you on the cover for its "Best New Chefs" issue, you’re golden—but it sure seems like it. Past SF-based BNCs include Delfina’s Craig Stoll, Cyrus’s Douglas Keane, the Ritz-Carlton’s Ron Siegel, Jardinière’s Traci Des Jardins and Spruce’s Mark Sullivan (for his food at the Village Pub). Hardly a motley crew.
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