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Italy's Finest

When I say “Italy’s Finest,” I'm not talking about the Carbinieri, Italy's state police force that’s the butt of many jokes (e.g. "Why do Carabinieri always work in pairs? Because one knows how to read, the other how to write").

Not long ago, I attended a couple of tastings featuring Italy's finest wines—the ones you don't get to taste every day, but are worth writing about when you do.


Big Beer Phenomenon

A few months ago, I wrote “Drink Big” about the very large, German-style glasses at the beer and sausage hangout, Gestalt. And now, I’m here to tell you about another, entirely different sort of place where you can get more extra-large beers—Osha Thai.


Paragon's 15th Anniversary

Paragon celebrated its 15th anniversary with honorary hosts Raquel and Rich Aurilia last Wednesday. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Pinot Daze

I’m leaving the wine expertise to Jordan, but judging by this weekend, I’ll venture to say that Pinot Noir is still hot.



On Sunday, I went to the third annual Pinot Days down at Fort Mason. The turnout was impressive—with more than 3,000 fellow garnet-teethed, purple-lipped pinot lovers sipping and about 200 wine producers (mostly from California and Oregon) pouring. With guide and glass in hand, my friend and I worked our way through the crowds and tasted our way around the pavilion.

Poppa H's Sabbatical


courtesy of Charlie Chaplin Productions

Greetings and salutations
* film nerds. I've been traveling back and forth between SF, LA, Carmel and Palm Springs for a bunch of fairly intense interviewing/writing stints that are taking the lion's share of my time, and writing Hooker's Reel till dawn is starting to wear me down. You should see my nails!

Most Definitely

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

On Wednesday, June 20 Mos Def, the thinking music fan's rapper, played a semi-secret show at Mezzanine in support of his latest album True Magic.

MOS DEF





Deer-Free Sushi

Last Tuesday, I met my friend Tasha at Sebo—her hands down favorite sushi restaurant in the city, and maybe even the world. It was a timely visit since I had just read “Waiter, There’s a Deer in My Sushi”—one of the most emailed New York Times articles that day—about how chefs in Japan are dealing with the tuna shortage. Anyway, one extreme solution was to use smoked deer meat for its maguro-red color (ew). Horsemeat was another solution, but I’m not going there.

Destination: Wedding



I'm writing from my quaint veranda in Positano, Italy, along the Amalfi coast. A bunch of us from all over the U.S. flew here for a friend's wedding, all so that this pair could make their vows in front of us and in turn have us vow to hold them accountable.
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