When the planned development of a large housing and retail project in the heart of San Francisco ground to a halt along with the economy, it seemed that the neighborhood would be forever stuck with the fenced-in, gravel-covered lots lining the newly refurbished Octavia Boulevard. But architect Douglas Burnham and his staff at Envelope A+D—the designers of one of the structures that had been put on hold—decided that if they couldn’t reshape the economy, maybe they could reshape the building process. For the in-limbo lots, Envelope A+D designed Proxy, a temporary structure of reskinned shipping containers—their solid metal walls replaced with expansive sheets of glass—that could go up (and be taken down) quickly and inexpensively. Proxy features a rotating roster of vendors, from coffee bars to retail stores to an open-air movie theater.
Local sports luminaries, 7x7 and other sponsors are banding together at AT&T Park on Tuesday, December 7th to raise awareness for children in need this holiday season.
Every week, we ask the city's favorite 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 email@example.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
Okay, there might not be a lot of snow right now in the Bay Area (Seattle is another story), but post-Thanksgiving marks the time to bundle up, grab some bungee cords and head out to find your perfect Christmas tree. Here are some places to chop a dandy.
WallinFarm 840 Ferguson Road, Sebastopol, (707) 823-6973
Opening on Black Friday, avoid the city chaos and head to this cozy, 6-acre mom-and-pop farm in rural Sebastopol. It's a peaceful setting, perfect for spotting a picturesque Douglas fir for your living room. And you won't have to sacrifice a few Christmas presents to be able to afford one of their trees. For a tree about 9 feet tall, you won't have to pay more than $70. Their last day of chopping is on the 22nd of December.
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.
How could you not love a holiday that is based around dinner? Here are some of my ideas on what to drink—and what to avoid.
Tahoe snow chasers (hello to 6 feet at Squaw Valley!) know the woes of I-80 East (which is reportedly now closed from Gold Run to the NV state-line due to snowy conditions). And apparently, so does the Weather Channel.
There's nothing better than the joy of feasting with family and friends. Rather than worrying about if everyone likes their gifts, this week's stress-free holiday is all about sitting back, relaxing, and tucking in to a boatload of food in the company of loved ones. So why would anyone would want to ruin the post-Thanksgiving buzz with a 3am wake-up call, crushing crowds, and flying elbows on Black Friday?
Here's the perfect antidote: a pop-up shop at 3 Fish Studios.
Holiday music be damned! At this point, it's increasingly impossible to get away from it in coffee shops, cabs and customer service hold lines. Enter the Wu-Tang Clan to rescue our poor ears (and maybe do some holiday rhymes of their own?) from this onslaught of jingle bells.
Our friends at Liquor.com call port the fruitcake of alcohol. Holiday guests will bring you a bottle and because few people know what to do with it, it gets shoved to the back of the liquor cabinet and forgotten. But they've dug up a very good reason for you to dust off that old bottle you've had and finally uncork it.
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