A Holiday Bazaar at 18 Reasons
This year, we're saying an affectionate sayonara to the big box stores. Why shop there when you can pick up loads of adorably stuff, made locally, at any number of great shops? Get started at the Mini Holiday Bazaar at 18 Reasons tonight from 6-9 p.m., where you can pick up calendars, marmalades, home pickling kits and more for your foodiest friends.
Papalote has gotten nagged to put their famous salsa on store shelves so much that they've finally caved. Debuting at Whole Foods, Rainbow Grocery and on their salsa site tomorrow, December 1st, all you burritophiles out there will be able to get your paws on a jar to tote around with you anywhere you're chowing down. Know any burrito freaks who you don't have Christmas present ideas for? Grab a few jars and wrap' em up. You might also be popular on the secret santa circuit if you donate some jars to the cause.
Stuff We Like: Succulence Wall-Hangings, Bingo at Riptide, Population Salon, Nijiya Market, Seedstore and Real Estate Report
Welcome to our weekly 'Stuff We Like' blog, where 7x7 editors talk about...stuff we like. (Check out past week's 'Stuff We Like' posts here).
1. Succulent Wall Hanging from Succulence
I’m not one for bow-tied wreaths a la Martha Stewart but I’m all about this succulent wall-hanging ($225) available at Succulence, one of the coolest little stores in Bernal Heights. The shop which used to be tucked away behind Four Star Video on a back patio and cottage, has now expanded into the indoor arena too, focusing on terrariums (which are very hot right now, btw) and more indoor gardening projects. Pick up Home for the Holidays to watch while you’re at it.
Even the person who has everything won’t have this: Damien Hirst’s chopped up shark, floating in a bath of formaldehyde and viewed through a casket-like vitrine. You can yank the original out of Charles Saatchi’s living room, or buy the miniature version, by Bay Area-artist Byungjoon Shin, for a mere $89.99.
Shin’s work is among hundreds of artists’ tchotchkes, books, sculptures, media, and other creative output on sale at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Shadowshop, a pop-up art store where nothing costs over $250.
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.
Christmas trees are lighting up everywhere, and today the sparkle comes to 555 California, for their 4th annual tree lighting with two very special guests, pop singer Natasha Bedingfield and 49ers tight end (and this year's dashing Hot 20 Under 40 cover guy) Vernon Davis. Hussle down there at 4:15 pm to get a good view of all the action.
7x7 is happy to announce that Prisca "Asada" Chen is the winner of our burrito judge contest. She was up against some serious competition. But at the end of the day, there really was no other choice.
Was it was the fact that she has pictures of friends eating burritos plastered to her bedroom walls, or that her email handle has the word "burrito" in it, or the fact that she dressed up as a burrito (a very convincing one) for Halloween. Or maybe it was the fact that she did her senior thesis on burritos, accompanied by a documentary on burritos. This is no joke.
When we solicited your nominations for our prestigous burrito judge, we also asked that the nominees (and there were a lot of them!) divulge their top three SF burrito spots. We took these lists and compiled them for your reading pleasure. Best burritos in SF? Agree or agree to disagree.
Gordo Taqueria, 1239 9th Ave., (415) 566-6011
Papalote, 3409 24th St., (415) 970-8815
El Castillito, 136 Church St., (415) 621-3428
Fillmore Posters, Uncoded: Bid on Signed-by-Artist Posters From Grizzly Bear, Pixies, Death Cab for Cutie...
Bands give it all they’ve got at the Fillmore. With a history that’s seen epic performances by the likes of The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and The Who, the place is a rock temple. Even today’s arena caliber bands bring their A-game musicianship, should the ghosts of Fillmore past be listening.
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