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Our Favorite Overnight Bag

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

New Bedding at Frette: Made for Sleeping In

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.

High Marks for Pat Kuleto's Zinfandel

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.

That's One Goodlookin' Teapot

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.

You Can Never Have Too Many Pillows

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.

Sidewalk Chic: Monochromatic Layers in the Tenderloin

Name: Billy Campbell
Age: 28
Occupation: Operations Manager for UGG San Francisco

Home Movies: The Fine Line Between Clever & Stupid

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.

Getting Piggy With It: 7x7's Eat + Drink Awards

Tonight is 7x7's Eat + Drink Awards, an event a bit like the Academy Awards of the SF restaurant industry (minus Botoxed actresses choked with tears). Unlike most events—where chefs are asked to cook very small bites of food on a bunson burner, plate it on paper and serve it to a herd of tipsy people—this is a night that chefs get to actually relax and celebrate themselves. As they well should.

American Apparel Saga Heats up in the Mission

The brouhaha over the arrival of American Apparel onto Valencia Street has grown in recent days from small rumbles to an all-out hipster vs. hipster verbal slugfest on the local blogs.

How Obama Will Change Travel (Hello Cuba!)

Now that the parties are over, it's time for all this change to take place (word on the street is that was kind of Obama's MO). The new prez, a fellow jetsetter himself, has promised to make traveling easier on the masses. Here's what globetrotters have to look forward to in the coming four (maybe eight) years.

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