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Absinthe Obsession

Wow, this headline “Hundreds Line Up in Alameda for Ancient Liquor” is crazy. Absinthe is cool, but who expected this response? I still stand by my prediction—at least half those people are not going to like the product once they taste it. (H/T to Camper for the link.)

Dept. of Silly Products, II

An electric martini maker? This should insult every bartender—or really anyone with use of his or her arms. Is it that hard to stir a martini or shake a margarita? C’mon!

What I Drank on Christmas Eve

I drank sake and a beer on Christmas Eve. We decided to get the homey stuff—pan-seared steak, Caesar salad, a bottle of Napa Cabernet—out of the way on the 23rd while watching season four of The Wire. The Cab was a rather unromantic wine, but still really good.

On Christmas Eve, we went for Sushi at Ebisu. It was packed and convivial, and the walk there and back through SF’s quiet, deadened streets was simply beautiful.

Hayley's Top 7 of 2007

Calvin Harris
courtesy of Calvin Harris

With 2007 coming to a close, and 2008 steady on the horizon, I want to devote my final blog post of the year to those songs that were the soundtrack of my life for the past 12 months, and got a heavy-rotation in my sonic realm—we’re talking on constant repeat, folks. Here’s a list of my top 7 songs of 2007. Three cheers for awesome tunes in 2008. Happy New Year!

Post-Holiday Film Picks

Blade Runner
Blade Runner: The Final Cut; courtesy of Warner Brothers

Hey, festive film friends. Here are some groovy flicks happening around your neighborhood. Check in next week for another exciting installment of the Reel. Until next time kids, be bad and get into trouble baby.*

Film Happenings Round Town
•    Atonement (2007) Dir. McEwan – Clay
•    I’m Not There (2007) Dir. Haynes - Embarcadero

Feelin' Kooky

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Brighton, England-based indie rock band the Kooks played Bimbos 365 Club as part of the Alice in Wonderland  concert on Saturday, December 16.


Kooks Kooks

Cubicle Rock

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Chicago-based pop-rock group Office played songs off of their latest release A Night at the Ritz at Popscene on Thursday, December 13.



Caught Red-Handed Stealing Santa’s Sleigh

No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men; courtesy of Paramount Vantage

The Best Cinematic Sugarplums of 2007

Season’s greetings and salutations* movie elves …

Dept. of Silly Wine Products Part 1

I gotta get one of these “wine enhancers.” I love the idea of using crystals and metals to “balance tannins and astringency of young wines,” but I’m even more excited that it has a similar application for coffee.
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