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Here Comes the Judge


Hopfinger vs. Tucker. Where do you put your money?

I’m one of those…how shall I say…opinionated individuals. Even when I’m really trying not to express obvious displeasure or great thrill, I’m an open book. This quality makes me a terrible poker player (4 aces! Whoopie!) but a good source for candid, genuine, often unsolicited, advice and recommendations. Tonight I'm attending an event that is tailor-made for my particular skill set.

Beer of the Week

Monks are so hot lately—what with the success of that TV show Monk and the film, "Into Great Silence," of the monk's of the Chartreuse monastery (that was so great to see all those fathers in designer cassocks striding down the red carpet at the Oscars right after Brangelina)—that it's hard not to have a craving for a good monk beer.


Westmalle Tripel

Whole Beer


The beer aisle at Whole Foods.

Say what you will about Whole Foods (and there are lots of questions and issues, as this article points out, it's a great store for the drinker—particularly the drinker of beer.

Stop in the Name of Rock

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

'80s rock legends the Police played fan favorites like "Roxanne," "Every Breath You Take" and "Message in a Bottle" at Oakland's McAfee Stadium on Wednesday,  June 13. Glasgow buzz band the Fratellis opened the show.

THE POLICE

Bayview YMCA Annual Dinner

photography by Jessica Lifland for Drew Altizer

The Bayview Hunters Point YMCA hosted its 2007 Annual Dinner at The City Club of San Francisco.

A Sushi Secret


Nobu-san at work.

One day my friend Jen was walking along Balboa and stumbled upon Tekka—a diamond-in-the-rough, 10-seater izakaya/sushi spot in the Richmond. It’s a true mom-and-pop run by Nobu and Yoshimi, a husband-and-wife team from Japan, and while the rules are extensive, the end result is more than worth it.


The wait.

Zoe’s Yearning Blossoms in Cassavetes’ Shadow

Or Thank God For Parker Posey’s Summertime Double Down …

Rock Party

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

To help kick off the weekend of non-stop rock at the BFD music festival, radio station Live 105 hosted a pre-party a Mezzanine with Every Move A Picture, LCD Soundsystem and the Lovemakers.

EVERY MOVE A PICTURE

Sweet Charity


Clockwise from top left: Des Jardins, Florence, Bloomfield, Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams (who'll be honored at the dinner), Keller, Falkner, Fox, Cosentino.


I’m a big believer that more is more. Though it’s fun, and often revelatory, to go to a restaurant and enjoy a particular chef’s talents, it’s even more fun to eat your way through an event that combines the efforts of, say, seven of the country’s best chefs.

Hot Chick


Picadillos at Piqueo's
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