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Sandwiches, Then and Now

I am prone to food nostalgia. I tend to romanticize great meals of the past—and remember them in painstaking detail (Sara Deseran and I share this odd skill), and then wonder when I’ll get back to taste, say, the great cheeses at Benoit in Paris again, or a loaf of my mother’s Christmas stolen. There’s a particular sandwich that falls into this class—the Cuban sandwich at Chez Henri in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It has the perfect bread, the perfect ham and roast pork, the perfect pickles and the right ratio of filling to roll. It is an extraordinary sandwich, and it is also very far away. So today, when our office ordered lunch from a new Cuban joint around the corner, Paladar, I crossed my fingers and chose the Cuban.

Get Down with These Film Happenings Around Town

courtesy of New Line Cinema

Film nerds and nerdettes, here's a bunch of film happenings to keep you satisfied until Tuesday. Until then, be bad and get into trouble baby.

Film Happenings Around Town
•    Thurs. (8/2) – The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1994) Dir. Aronson - Roxie

Fantasy and Fetish Party

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

On Saturday night, we put on a 7x7SF.COM-Sex with Emily fantasy and fetish party to celebrate this blog and the syndication of the radio show. The show will be live on XM radio and on a local station here. (details coming soon!)

Guests, who were asked to dress in fantasy or fetish wear, gathered at the Porn Palace, which is owned by, a website “delivering, genuine raw fetish since 1997.” The cavernous space is a great playground for adults: It’s a massive interactive film set including a horse stable, jail cell and bondage wall.

Melissa's Playlist 08.01.07

courtesy of Junior Boys

Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

New Chile

Chile is moving beyond its reputation as both the world’s leading supplier of cheap wine and top imitator of Bordeaux. Thanks to its coastal location on the Pacific, Chile gets a lot of cool ocean influence, just like California. Intrepid vineyardists are pioneering out into these coastal locations to bring us a whole new style of wine for Chile and classic “cooler climate” grapes like Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer.

The Cheesecake Factory: The Place to Be

Although I’m a big fan of the drink, I usually defer coverage of this category to Jordan Mackay. But when I was asked to judge a sparkling Shiraz cocktail competition last week, sponsored by Hardy’s and hosted by Rye (because Jordan was busy moving), I decided, What the hell—I know what tastes good.

In the Midnight Hour

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Los Angeles-based Midnight Movies brought their brand of dark psychedelia to Mezzanine on Saturday, July 21. PJ Harvey-inspired rock trio Nico Vega and hip-hop artist the Gray Kid opened the show.


The Birds and Bees

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Los Angeles jazzy synth-pop group the Bird and the Bee wowed the crowd at the Independent on Sunday, July 19.


Lighting Up

Courtesy of Porchlight

Jam Tarts and Sticky Buns? Not Here

photography by

Greetings and welcome to another pants-down, brand-spanking new blog posting.

Tea, jam tarts and sticky buns? Not at this street fair.

No little old ladies, no crafts or bric-a-brac for sale. However, at Dore Alley, there were hot dogs and burgers on offer along with beer, cocktails and more. There was also a spanking booth, a dildo store and dance floor, all within walking distance of each other. I did try out the dance floor.
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