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.
A few weeks ago, we asked you to nominate your favorite local charities. Check out the seven you chose as your favorite in the city here, who will each be receiving a $700 gift from us. We've also been profiling each of these on our website. Don't forget to vote for your favorite to be featured as a "Charity You Love" in our February issue!
Romantic Comedy: Nora Ephron
Admit it—you know every line of When Harry Met Sally by heart. You're embarrassed to say that you own Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, and Julie and Julia is on your holiday wish list. Well, tonight you can writer and director Nora Ephron in person. You know you want to. $20; Monday 11/22; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., cityarts.net
Music: Pretty Lights
What do you have to do to get in? Just cross those fingers and click here. 161 Eerie Street is where our favorite new Mission chill spot Public Works hides, so there will be plenty of space for you to punch the air and shuffle those feet.
Need a primer? Download local guitar wizards Thee Oh Sees' The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (Castleface/Tomlab), Bare Wires' jittery, loved-up punk style on Seeking Love (Castleface) and the Black Lips' (who are known to let their freak flags fly live) Good Bad Not Evil (Vice).
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