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Something to Talk About: Box Girls


courtesy of Box Girls

Holiday gatherings with my family were never really quiet. There was always music playing on the stereo and lively chatter around the table. There weren’t many lulls in conversation with our bunch, but I hear about others who struggle with passing the time at gatherings.

Animal Instinct

Ah, the life of a food writer. One moment you're dining on lobster and caviar, the next moment you're in a hotel's chilly fluorescent-lit windowless basement pastry room, among racks of lemon meringue petit fours, squinting as you try to make the world's tiniest eyes out of black fondant and attach them to some fondant hybrid of a duck and a chick (a chuck?) that you've come up. A lot of cursing is involved.



Making fondant pigs is harder than it looks.

Project Runway’s First Cut

Was anyone else sorely disappointed by the Project Runway Season 4 debut on Wednesday? Not unlike most of us in the fashion world, I was eagerly awaiting the Bravo season premiere to finally arrive, only to see (mostly) one lousy outfit after another come down the catwalk. This first challenge especially should have produced amazing results because the designers were given $50,000 worth of high-end fabrics at their disposal, as opposed to, say, aluminum recyclables or groceries, as in past seasons.

Happy and Married?

I’m always on the lookout for happily married couples, specifically those still having great sex.

I often pray it’s not an oxymoron to be happy and married, though I sometimes have to wonder based on what I'm seeing and hearing. … Some might call me a cynic, but for the record, I do wake up every day hoping that a person can indeed be married and happy.

Last week, I grilled a very much in love couple at the W Hotel, together for nine years and living in SoMa, who shared the reasons why their sex life gets better every year.

SF Author’s Luncheon

The National Kidney Foundation of Northern California & Northern Nevada presented the 19th Annual San Francisco Author’s Luncheon at the Hilton San Francisco. Seven internationally recognized authors, including Michael Chabon, Tom Brokaw and Michael Krasny, each spoke for 15 minutes. All proceeds will go to the programs and work of the NKF of Northern California & Northern Nevada.

Gen Art's IGNITION!

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Fry Me a River (of Smelts)

Here are the things I dig about the new Bossa Nova on Eighth Street in SoMa.

1.    The supercool website, which will make you want to book a flight to Rio in about two minutes flat.
2.    The live music every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, courtesy of Brazilian hottie Antonio Guedes.
3.    The $7 caipirinhas, especially the classic.


Bossa Nova's fried smelts + caipirinhas.

A Hip-Hop Haunting

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah played an off-the-hook solo show at Mezzanine on Friday, November 2. Legendary rapper Rakim and up-and-comer Brother Ali opened the show.

GHOSTFACE KILLAH
Ghostface Killah

Building Bridges

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

At the star-studded 21st annual Bridge School Benefit—a non-profit concert founded by Neil Young that helps fund the Bridge School for handicapped children—established musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Waits shared the stage with rockers Metallica, heartthrob John Mayer and quirky songwriter Regina Spektor at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, October 27.

TOM WAITS
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