Here’s a guaranteed way to rustle up warm, fuzzy feelings in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day: donate a dress to The Princess Project.
During the non-profit organization’s annual dress drive (Feb 8-14), drop-off locations around the city will be accepting formal dresses and accessories to give to Bay Area recipients later this spring. Since launching in 2002, the non-profit organization has donated some 9,000 dresses to local high school girls who would not otherwise have been able to afford formal dresses for their proms.
A surprise hit at the 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival, Cold Prey is a routine but surprisingly well-crafted genre exercise that doesn’t challenge the rules of the horror game but plays exceptionally well within them. It’s the kind of movie whose plot is the very definition of high concept – five snowboarders take refuge in a seemingly abandoned lodge, only to run afoul of an axe-wielding killer – but director Roar Uthaug’s feature debut is commendable for its sure-handed execution and the attention it pays to the relationships binding its endangered teens.
1. Meat Head
Sausalito restaurant Poggio is once again serving a week of bollito misto, the traditional Italian boiled-meat dinner. The heated cart rolls from table to table and you choose from a selection of seven slow-simmered meats, from cotechino sausage to brisket, chicken and oxtail, all served with traditional condiments and potato puree for $19 per person. Get in on the action by making a reservation for dinner—the event runs from February 3 to the 7th. To book, call 415-332-7771.
2.The Write Stuff
Though we hate to admit that New York is superior to San Francisco in any way, we’ve got to hand it to the Big Apple when it come to food delivery. And while we might not have the plethora of options our Eastern brethren enjoy, every once in a while we like to have a pizza delivered to our door, too. Here are our five picks for the best delivery pizza in the city. Pair the pies (naturally) with one of Mr. Mackay’s picks for best pizza wine.
420 Castro St., 415-863-3900, marcellospizzasf.com
Hed-heads rejoice! Put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track and get out the wig - John Cameron Mitchell's coming to town. The playwright, director and star of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be on stage live and in person at The Victoria Theatre next week, singing and discussing the total awesomeness of his 2001 film.
With all this talk of Pliny the Younger coming out, I had to put a word in for Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing's famous Double IPA. This beer is year-round, so you don't have to get stressed out if you forget to seek it out. It's an exorbitantly hopped beer that expresses bright, fresh flavors of pine, grapefruit, white flowers and lemon zest.
I had the opportunity to catch lunch with Tim Grace the other day. There are lots of winemakers floating around the city, but Tim is one of the few (if not the only) who produces wine not in Napa or Sonoma, but in Tuscany. Better yet, Il Molino di Grace, his winery and property near the town of Panzano, produces some of the most delicious Chiantis on the market. Tim lives with his family here in SF--his kids are in school here--but makes frequent trips back and forth to the Tuscan estate and to sell his wine around Italy.
Among the fashion-related privileges of life in the Bay Area: 1) the ability to don such style combos as pea coats and open-toed sandals 2) that hazy, atmospheric glare that accompanies fog and, in so doing, renders sunglasses acceptable in situations that would otherwise only be okay for people with raging hangovers and 3) the opportunity to wear boots 365 days a year.
Being a chef, people are constantly surprised by what I eat (or don't eat) over the course of my work week ... to be completely honest, the last thing Iwant to do when I am at work is eat. Being surrounded by food all the time generally makes me very uninterested in having a meal on a daily basis. Here's a list of everything I ate this week.
Monday: My day off. Probably the one day when I actually eat two meals. Usually on Mondays I try and get together with friends, since it's really
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