We're a town of foodies and gadget freaks. Be both with this guide to the best smart phone apps for the food-obsessed. Note: many (not all) of these apps are still for iPhone, but are poised to spread to droid and Windows phones as well. The more downloads the more likely the switch! Which ones do you use and love? Tell us in the comments below!
Foodspotting Our homies at Foodspotting help you find the tastiest eats wherever you are based on what you're craving. Then you can share the stuff at specific restaurants you love via big photos and descriptions. You can earn street cred from friends or experts based on how many goodies you've spotted first. Their free iPhone app features our Big Eat, Burger Guide, Path to Ramen Enlightenment and this year's Big Sweet! Best of both worlds!
This weekend marks the frantic countdown to Turkey Day. To help you in your weekend preparedness errands, here's a collection of our Thanksgiving guides.
It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.
Running red lights. We all do it because we're impatient, even though it's kind of a death wish. Getting stuck with a ticket from a red light camera's no picnic either, so take this quiz (plus a bonus question!) to avoid one of the nasty slips of paper. Check back later, because we'll post the answers in a few hours!
How many red light camera intersections are there in SF?
When people ask Jonah Ward what type of artist he is, he’s often met with puzzled stares after he tells them that he “burns wood with glass.” But once Ward whips out his iPod and shows a short video of himself in the studio, the confusion quickly turns into bug-eyed fascination.
Now that it's turning pitch black at around 4pm every day (thanks loads, Daylight Savings!) there's no time like the present to invest in some more lights. Anthem, in San Francisco's Laurel Heights, is taking 20 to 30 percent of all lighting in the store (that's chandeliers, lamps, sconces – the whole shebang) from now through December 1st.
Because Black Friday is for procrastinators...
ARTWEAR in the Galleries: Knock out gifts for your artistic friends as four downtown galleries open their doors Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for this feel-good shopping event that features jewelry, clothing and accessories from 24 artisans with all proceeds benefiting ArtCare.
Conifer: Take 30% off pretty pieces from Steven Alan, Built by Wendy, Lauren Moffatt and more at the Cow Hollow shop's Pre-Holiday Sale.
Holiday pop-up shops are appearing everywhere these days, but at Gilman Village in Berkeley on the corner of 10th & Gilman streets, you can get fed while snagging gifts. From now until December 24th, you can get goodies from chic home boutique Trove, handcrafted haven Ethnic Arts, Show Place Art, and the special Gilman Village Pop-Up Shop, plus cocktails and delicious snacks from T-Rex BBQ like barbecued oysters, ribs, deviled eggs and hand cut fries.
Rather than draw out their long goodbyes in a single sitting, as Peter Jackson’s Hobbits did in his too-long Lord of the Rings finale, Team Harry’s swan song will unfold in two parts, a decision dismissed in some quarters as purely a marketing strategy.
Yet even at two-and-a-half hours, the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling’s conclusion to the saga of an orphaned wizard destined to battle a Hitler-like menace, sacrifices some particulars of the author’s story but emerges as the most faithful adaptation in the series. Readers expecting everything plus the kitchen sink – or, in this case, seven magical Horcruxes – should not be disappointed.
Get excited: The SF SPCA kittens and puppies are coming tomorrow to the Union Square Macy's windows. They're going to look cute and you're probably going to want to adopt one. Macy's gave us a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at their construction efforts this morning. Check back tomorrow for photos of the little guys in action in their new playpen.
The city is officially getting holiday-ified. Here's another example: The Westin St. Francis is rolling out one of the world's largest sugar castles next Wednesday, constructed by their Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Houdré. At 12 feet, 30 "rooms" and 1,200 lbs, you can probably get diabetes from just looking at it. Go check it out November 24-January 3, but only if you feel really secure in your gingerbread house-making skills.
The official unveiling takes place on Wednesday at 10 am, accompanied by (free) hot chocolate.
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