When I embarked upon a green remodel of my home in 2006, the kitchen took center stage. I employed such energy-saving technologies as LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and a simple fan to replace the defunct AC. To save water, I installed a high-efficiency dishwasher, a foot pedal for the faucet and an on-demand water heater. I especially love our whole-house water filter, which has helped the entire family eliminate plastic bottles. Don’t get me wrong—you certainly don’t have to engage in a major overhaul to turn your kitchen into a healthier hearth, and what’s the harm in taking a few steps in the right direction—especially if wine and chocolate are involved?
Our favorite new overnighter is the Metric Weekender bag from local accessories outfit Hlaska, whose flagship store opened on Fillmore last fall. The perfect size for a short jaunt, the bag sports Italian-leather handles and trim and hides several utility pockets. It comes in either salmon- or slate-colored basketweave ($315) or a variety of limited-edition, custom-printed woven fabrics ($475).
2033 Fillmore St., 415-440-1999
Rainy San Francisco days seem like they're made expressly for staying curled up in bed... yet sadly most HR departments don't recognize this as an acceptable excuse to sleep in. If you felt rudely awakened by the call of duty (otherwise known as your alarm clock) this morning, than do yourself a favor and don't look at Frette's new line of styles for '09. Seeing the almost obscenely good-looking and ultra comfortable bedding would just be cruel.
Everyone knows that Pat Kuleto has great style. A quick whirl through the revolving door at Boulevard, a paddle through Waterbar or a glass of white under the sea fantasia that is Farallon are all convincing of that. However, he's also been producing some pretty stellar wines from his Napa Valley ranch for the last few years.
San Francisco's very own Joey Roth's Sorapot tea pot is now available at Propeller in Hayes Valley. The architecturally simple yet exquisitely crafted pot articulates the ritual of tea-making in a thoroughly modern way. Its 11 ounce capacity brews 2 cups and encourages multiple brews of the same leaves, which is a Chinese custom. $250 at Propeller.
Rose and Radish in Hayes Valley is the go to shop for picking up beautiful hand-printed linen pillows by Lisbet Friis. The shop only carried a few of the patterns last year, but they were so popular that Rose and Radish now has added many more styles to their collection. The pillows are inspired by ribbons that hang from medals and awards, and they're an excellent way to add bright and gorgeous color to your home. $188 each at Rose and Radish.
Max Payne isn’t about to win any popularity contests. He’s a brooding, self-centered avenger with a badge, obsessively working a single cold case – the murder of his wife and child. He greets the friendly advances of a new co-worker with an icy stare. And he’s lousy at parties.
Payne came into existence as the star of a bestselling series of video games, and he is suitably fleshed out here by Mark Wahlberg, who flashes his menacing scowl as often as he lays waste to a gang of tattooed thugs. Though he is joined from time to time by Mila Kunis, on hand as a leather-clad Russian assassin, Max Payne is mostly a one-man show, and a rather confusing one at that.
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