We asked soon-to-be-weds to submit their best wedding proposal stories to win tickets to Sunday’s San Francisco Wedding Fair at the Four Seasons (check out our guide to the Wedding Fair). Many of the entries were memorable, but the tale of Nani Dickinson and Evan Stern won our hearts and (no lie) made our jaded eyes a bit misty. Evan went to extraordinary lengths to surprise Nani, sending her on a riddle-studded quest around San Francisco before he dropped to his knee at one of the city’s most scenic spots.
The SF Beer Week website promised a surprise yesterday afternoon at four, and it delivered-- the initial schedule, featuring over 100 events, was posted not long thereafter. The festival runs from February 11-20, and while we'll have a preview of our top picks in the first week of February, those interested in getting in on some of the smaller events should hop on over to the schedule now. Some events, such as the SF Brewers' Guild's Opening Gala, offer discounts on entry if you buy before February 1st, so be sure to grab those tickets soon.
My mother has always tried to be more my friend than a parent. Sometimes this is sweet, sometimes it's embarrassing, but lately it's become positively nauseating. She's started having an affair (and she's still married to my dad) and can't wait to tell me all the lurid details. I've told her I don't want to hear them but even after I threaten to tell my father—who’s been a wonderful husband to her—she keeps the stories coming. How do I deal with her? And should I really tell my dad?
Pizza for Schools
Today's a good day to grab pizza for lunch. Ten percent of all pie sales at Patxi’s Chicago Pizza will go to support SF public schools through edMatch. Together, Patxi’s three locations in Noe, Hayes, and the Marina will match funds raised by school parent groups. Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Whole Pig Dinner
Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.
Now that the holiday season has come to a close, it’s time to replenish the wine cellar. Here is a short list of some of my personal favorites. Shop at any of these and you will not be disappointed. They all have good selections of fairly priced, interesting wines.
Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.
Is it a new way to exercise indoors? A better biking experience during these apocalyptically wintry days? An underground pastime for tipsy tech/bike nerds? Google Bike, invented by the folks behind instructables.com, is like a teleportation device into the virtual environs of Google Earth using the Streets view to navigate your way around town.
Last weekend’s No Pants Subway Ride convinced many a San Franciscan to drop trou and hit the streets (for evidence, just check out the cheeky results over at Muni Diaries). Commuting sans pants may be getting hype these days, but there’s at least one major reason to embrace pants anew right now: the return of local label Chaiken and Capone, a much-loved San Francisco brand that will resurface this spring after several years off the fashion map.
It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Slow Food Nation set up shop in San Francisco. Filling the void is the Good Food Awards, “the first national awards platform to recognize American craft food.” In this DIY era, it’s no shock that there were over 780 submissions from 41 states in categories from coffee to preserves to chocolate. Of the finalists, there are surprisingly only 16 from around here (and out of these, only four are from SF).
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