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Thomas Keller and Hiro Sone: Umami is Good for the Soul

Thomas Keller and Hiro Sone

On Monday, I attended a symposium on umami called “New Frontiers of Taste”; it was organized in honor of the 100th year anniversary of Japanese Dr. Kikunae Ikeda’s discovery of umami—which is popularly known as the fifth taste. (The others being salty, sweet, bitter and sour.)

Suisun Sundowner

Shoe Shopping with Adam Moon

Yesterday I had the chance to sit down with Adam Moon, fashion director for women’s accessories at Macy’s, who dished on everything from his obsession with white Converse sneakers to his airline travel must-reads (US Weekly, People, anyone?). I was interviewing the Noe Valley resident for our annual Style Council feature (look out for him and seven other local style makers profiled in our September fashion issue), and as an added bonus the two of us took a stroll afterward through the department store’s massive women’s shoe floor so he could give me the first-hand scoop on the must-have styles for fall.

Curious Jack Makes Waves in Green

Jack Johnson is not your typical dude in a band. In addition to embracing a totally unique acoustic style, Jack is all about making the world a greener place. A life-long surfer, the Hawaiian-born musician told Surfer magazine to green the zine back in 2005 while serving as a guest editor. Readers were so jazzed by the request, Surfer consequently cleaned up its production process.

Michael Mina’s Clock Bar Opens at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square

On Tuesday, July 15, Clock Bar opened its doors in Union Square’s Westin St. Francis hotel. Celebrating the classic American bar and the art of drink making, chef Michael Mina’s first lounge offers specialty cocktails with small plate food pairings highlighting seasonal ingredients and trends. Guests sampled Sidecars and Americanos poured by Marco Dionysos (formerly of Tres Agaves) while nibbling on mussels and truffle popcorn. The sleek bar was designed by the renowned Rockwell Group, and the décor comes complete with ticker clocks displaying the time in New York, Rome, Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris and Chicago.

Goapele and DJ Spinna at 330 Ritch

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Ankh Marketing presents Pacific Standard Time, a weekly party featuring cutting-edge performances at 330 Ritch. On Wednesday, July 2, Oakland-based R&B talent Goapele and funk master DJ Spinna brought soulful, dance-worthy grooves to a packed house.

Greening your Crib Like the Stars

What do Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sheryl Crow have in common? In addition to stunningly fast metabolisms, they all tuck their babies into Q Collection Junior cribs.

The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7

photo by Stefanie Michejda

1. Master mixology

Goldenbleu Summer Sale

What could possibly be so important that we’d be willing to drive down to the South Bay on a weekday? It could only be the Goldenbleu Summer Blow-out Sale, where you’ll find up-to-date spring and summer items by one of our favorite San Francisco accessory lines. We suggest channeling good thoughts of pretty patent bags, brightly-hued shoes (and tasty cocktails) awaiting you at the end of your hour-long ride to downtown San Jose. Trust us, you’ll come away with more than a few new additions for your summer wardrobe to make it worth the commute!

The Yoke of Yoga

Prior to ecofabulous (and motherhood), I was so enthralled with yoga, I became a certified instructor and started my own line of gear.

Far from a simple exercise workout, yoga, which means "yoke" or "union," has deep green roots. Its ethos includes "ahimsa," which is a pledge of nonviolence toward the planet. Easy to see how this downward dog applies to the goal of sustainability. To revere the earth, as yoga advises, start by visiting the Green Yoga Association to find a teacher committed to eco-friendly practices.
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