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Pac Heights Showcase

The 2007 SF Decorator Showcase recently held a gala allowing sponsors to preview the work of more than 35 leading Bay Area interior and landscape designers at 2901 Broadway in Pacific Heights. Public tours, which benefit SF University High School's financial aid program, run through May 28; for more information, go to decoratorshowcase.org.

Breaking Bakery News


My name is Earl. You can call
me Lotta.

Tory Tour

American sportswear designer Tory Burch stopped by Nordstrom as part of the Tory Tour to promote her spring, summer and pre-fall collections.

Coming Up Rosés

Rosé champagne has never been more popular in this country. There's no greater indication of that than the overwhelming number of rosé samples that are stacking up at my house. And if you haven't seen the new Wine Spectator yet, dry rosé graces its cover--which I doubt has happened before. Not to mention that so many wine lists around town and press folk like I am are heavily promoting rosés of late.

Muffin Mania


Barrista Robin Satterfield at Liberty Cafe in Bernal
Heights shows us her muffins.


I know Spring has sprung when the wind about bowls me over and I start seeing rhubarb-strawberry combos all over town. A bit grouchy on Sunday morning, I lugged my NY Times to my local bakery, Liberty Cafe, thinking  endless refills of coffee, a good Sunday Styles read and something sweet would brighten my mood. I like to sit at the bar which faces the open kitchen and watch the bakers roll out pie crusts and pull pastries out of the oven. It's kind of like a Happy Hour—just from 9 to 11 am.

Melissa's Playlist 05.02.07


courtesy of Cold War Kids


Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Air Supply

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, better known as the French pop duo Air, seduced the crowd last week at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium with their brand of sexy pop-infused lounge music. The duo played songs "Napalm Love" and the Kraftwerk-inspired "Mer Du Japon" from their highly anticipated new album Pocket Symphony as well as older favorites like "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Sexy Boy."  Norwegian singer-songwriter Kate Havernik opened the show.

Cortez Returns



Cortez reopened on Tuesday after closing the dining room for repairs, and it's no coincidence that there's a renewed sense of innovation in the updated dining menu and excellent cocktail list. If you can't get into Bourbon and Branch for a drink, swing around the corner to Cortez because B&B's bar manager, Todd Smith, used to be the man at Cortez, and a lot of the drinks continue to reflect his creativity and good taste.

When in Sausalito

I finally managed to get over to Poggio last week, where I'd been hearing good things about the cocktails, wine list, after-dinner drinks, and, yes, even the food. I wasn't disappointed. No driving is necessary--take a shuttle boat from the Ferry Building and it's only a few paces over to Poggio's front door.


Coming Up Posen

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a trunk show with fashion designer Zac Posen, a fave of celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Claire Danes, to benefit Children of Shelters.

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