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Pisco Latin Lounge: Where Cocktails Rule the Roost

The fact that Destino owner and executive chef James Schenk opened a Pisco lounge in a former Laundromat next door to his eight-year-old restaurant isn’t a surprise—we’re only wondering what took him so long. But given that San Francisco is experiencing a sudden resurgence of all things Peruvian, perhaps the timing is just right. Says Schenk, “Gin made a comeback. Small-batch vodka is available. Cachaça, bourbon—they’ve all experienced newfound popularity. Now it’s Pisco’s turn.” Pisco Latin Lounge carries some 15 varieties of the high-proof spirit, for sipping straight or in mixed cocktails (including one standout, the Sideways Sour, which combines Pisco, white-grape juice and lemon, served over ice with a float of Pinot Noir).

Sweet Aloha

Big Island wedding of Tony Arata and Paige Barry-Arata

High Fashion Russian Nested Dolls for Russian Vogue's 10th Anniversary

In order to commemorate its 10th anniversary, Russian Vogue asked the likes of Prada, Maison Martin Margiela, & YSL to adorn classic Russian Nested Dolls with their iconic style. Simple yet brilliant, this is sure to be the most desirable high fashion toy since the Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear.  Check out some of the lineup:

Burberry

Marc Jacobs

Kenneth Cole Launches Awearness Book in SF

An eager crowd of San Franciscans took advantage of an unusually balmy November evening last night, when party goers lined up outside the downtown Kenneth Cole store for a chance to meet the New York designer himself, in town for a cocktail party fundraiser and launch of his new book “Aweareness: Inspiring Stories about How to Make a Difference.” Comprised of 86 essays written by a range of celebs, from Ludacris and Alice Waters to Lance Armstrong and Robert Redford (spotted holding hands with long-time girlfrie

Dots and Serious Lines at Comme des Garcons H&M Launch

After reviewing the long-awaited Comme des Garcons diffusion line for H&M and finding myself disappointed (with the exception of a black deconstructed blazer), I opted to document the fashion mayhem instead of waiting with the masses in the 2 block-long line. I walked in at 10:01am and the racks were already empty, everyone's arms filled with polka dots. The crowd, which ranged from art students to eBay sellers, continued to wait in lines for the clothes off mannequins and the satisfaction of owning a CDG cardigan for $29.90. I, on the other hand, was content with taking in the surprisingly civil scene and making it out with an empty H&M Comme de Garcons shopping bag.

Here's the blazer I wanted

Andre Benjamin Launches Benjamin Bixby Line at Bloomigdale's San Francisco

If you were thinking right about now that seemingly every celebrity—and his mother—has caught Project Runway fever, you’d be right. The story usually goes: Celebrity has zero design background. Celebrity is approached by investors to slap his name on a clothing label executed by a team of designers. And said celebrity is dubbed over night a celebrity/designer.

There's Still Some Angel Island Left - Go Bike It


It was a heart-sinking sight after a wildfire erupted on the Bay Area's Angel Island State Park on Sunday, October 12, lighting it up in bright orange streams. The park reopened to visitors on Monday, and though areas that were burned and most hiking trails are currently off-limits, this is a great time to visit, with fewer crowds, nice fall weather, and almost half the island untouched by the fire.



 

Catching up with Manolo Blahnik

After more than 30 years in the biz, Manolo Blahnik has accumulated a pop culture status and fan base unmatched by most designers. His devoted clients have been rumored to go to extremes to pay homage to their Manolo collections—from designating entire rooms in their homes for Blahnik shoe storage to ordering his spendy heels by the dozens. So it was no surprise that the shoe guru’s recent visit to San Francisco attracted a swarm of Blahnik groupies for a mid-day appearance and signing of their coffee table tomes Blahnik by Boman [$55, Chronicle Books] at Neiman Marcus.

Reed Hearon’s Crack Crab Recipe

Every year here, the beginning of Dungeness crab season and Thanksgiving collide, making crab for Turkey Day a great SF tradition. Friday was the beginning of the crab season here, so to celebrate, Joe went down to Clement Street and bought six hefty—very feisty—live crabs and brought them home, stuffed in his messenger bag, to cook for an impromptu dinner party.

Design Shopping in Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley may be the premiere design and furnirture shopping destination in the city.  Check out this video tour from California Home + Design, which takes us inside the local art collections of Zonal, The Framing Store, The Painters Place, and the modern design store, Propeller.

 

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