Deals worth braving the frosty air for.
SenSpa: This weekend, treat your winter skin to the spa's complimentary mini facelifts and save $70 on their NuFace facials. While you're there, use your $25 "Senbucks" on their retail store, where all products are 10% off.
Philippa Roberts: Don't miss scoring 25-50% off feminine stone and gold jewelry at this Holiday Sample Sale next Thursday and Sunday, 12/9 and 12/11. RSVP here.
Steven Russell is living a lie – several of them, in fact. Given up for adoption in his infancy by an indifferent mother, he is living a Norman Rockwell version of the American dream, with a worshipful, Jesus-loving wife, an adoring daughter and a quaint home in the Georgia suburbs. He even plays piano for the church choir.
But Steven is no angel, nor does he aspire to be. The family, the job, the evangelical zeal – it’s all a front for a shifty, rudderless man searching for an identity, bored by the simple life and hiding his homosexuality behind a studied veneer of old-fashioned American values.
If you're an East-Coast transplant bemoaning the lack of snow here during the holidays, here's a little piece of home: There's a winter wonderland right here in San Francisco, next door to the Embarcadero ice skating rink in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Here, you can drink hot chocolate and watch snow falls three times a day (at 4pm, 6pm and 8 pm) amongst 300,000 sparkling lights.
Taking whimsical cues from the psychedelic art scene's earliest days in the 60s and 70s, three renowned, local contemporary rock artists are coming together for a special group show at Space Gallery tonight at 7 pm, perfect for music fanatics and lovers of San Francisco lore. Oh, and there will be a live acoustic performance by Howlin Rain!
Crab season has arrived loud and clear, and Dungeness this and that are popping up on menus all around town. Starbelly is reaping the ocean's bounty and organizing a family-style Dungeness crab and chardonnay feast next Tuesday, December 7th, from 5-9 pm.
It's limited to 60 lucky people so get in there now while you can. At $56 per person, you can gorge with Chef Adam and winemaker Jim Malone from Terra Savia vineyards on a crab-centric menu that is already making our mouths water.
Here's just an inkling of what they might serve:
Fresh Dungeness crab with drawn butter and remoulade
No disrespect meant to Pandora's fine Christmas stations, as they're one of the many reasons we dearly love the internet, but there’s just something about the rush of human voices filling a cathedral that makes you think of pine trees and candy canes and those hotly-debated red cups. So here’s a roundup of seasonal choral performances in case you need some extra holiday spirit or Pandora goes down.
There are two types of menu paralysis.
1. The kind when you open a menu and can't decide what to eat because it all sounds a bit … wrong: This includes leap-of-faith menus: "Oysters on the half shell with a cranberry-cilantro mignonette and gingerbread sprinkle." And frustrated-poet menus: "White chicken. Rain water. Red wheelbarrow."
2. The kind when you open a menu and can't decide what to order because you want to eat it all.
Paralysis case number two is the reason why I sat with Cotogna's menu for quite a while before budging to order.
Celebrating 150 years in San Francisco next year, Gump's is an institution. Today the Union Square shop offers exclusive collectibles, artwork, antiques, jewelry and a range of tableware, books and furnishings.
It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for CH+D and 7x7 readers. We will feature one Gump's gift per day through 12/10.
With holiday events popping up every week of December, it's hard to keep on top of it all. Here, just a few more cool things going on that you shouldn't miss.
Dreidel Spin Off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Tonight, on the second night of Hanukkah, the 2009 Major League Dreidel Spinagogue Champion will host a a spin off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of a special Hanukkah edition of RitLab. Despite the obvious disadvantage of not being Jewish, John Heywood eked out victory with an impressive 16-second spin last year. The title is now up for Jews and gentiles alike. Plus, there will be artisanal chocolate-making and sampling of fair-trade Hanukkah gelt. As Major League Dreidel says, "No Gelt, No Glory!" $5; 12/2, 6 - 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., thecjm.org
7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
It's not even on the menu, but the savory bacon focaccia Sara Spearin and her staff make every day often sells out by 9 a.m. It's buttery, soft, and topped with roasted vegetables from the garden in the back of Dynamo Donut and Coffee.
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