This weekend on November 20-21, a big, shiny new wine event is coming to Fort Mason, just in time for holiday celebrations and present-giving. The SF Vintners Market transforms the pier space into a massive tasting room where over 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and beyond will be pouring and selling their bottles.
Now that we've provided you with Turkey 101 (you have ordered your bird, right?), it's time for our Pie Primer. Because, really, when you think about it, if you have a great finale to the meal, your guests will forgive any transgressions that occur before dessert (for some holiday "horror" stories, click here).
Tartine Bakery has a full compliment of holiday pies and breads. Maybe you want a classic pumpkin, an apple nougatine, or a frangipane tart with cranberries and orange zest (all $38)? Yeah, we didn't think you were planning to make that one at home. You can also preorder bread (country, walnut and olive with herbes de provence), cornbread, gougeres and a host of other delights.
Although this 80 degree weather is a welcome November surprise, here's to hoping it won't melt the ice at the Embarcadero and Safeway Holiday rinks, which are now open for you to get your Kristi Yamaguchi on. Check out our Look of the Week to get outfitted for apres-skate.
And this Friday at the Embarcadero, national hero Captain B "Sully" Sullenberger will lead the annual holiday lighting of Embarcadero One, Two, Three and Four (followed by fireworks), to ring in the holiday season in the FiDi.
Here’s one way to build up an appetite and whip yourself into shape this Thanksgiving—sign up for the eighth annual Turkey Trail Trot, the city’s one and only T-day race. Head over to Golden Gate Park’s polo fields bright and early (start time is 8:30 a.m.), and you’ll find yourself among a few hundred holiday enthusiasts decked out as pilgrims, Native Americans, and giant turkeys. The perks? Expect a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, prizes, and the satisfaction of knowing that your entry fee benefits Lowell High School’s track and field team. If the sheer good of it isn’t enough to entice you, perhaps the numbers will—the five-mile run burns 600 calories; the three-mile walk burns 300.
Wait, wait! Stick with me for a second. If the title of this week's Craigslist Deal hadn't declared "Not Tenderloin!" in large print, I might have skipped it too. But this true Lower Nob Hill unit is just a few blocks shy of 'Loin potential, and in this city, you know even a block or two can be a world of difference (and a completely different neighborhood).
Skyline, in which an army of airborne aliens comes up with the novel idea of storming Los Angeles in search of fresh human brains, shatters the unintentional comedy scale with its clunky dialogue and laughably straight-faced treatment of B-movie schlock.
As a showcase for brothers Colin and Greg Strause, visual-effects specialists with a single directorial credit to their names– the middling Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) – the film confirms their ability to create a diverting spectacle on a limited budget, but speaks little to their storytelling acumen.
Here's some local knowledge to send you on your merry way this Friday afternoon: The Salvation Army Holiday Kettle campaign started back on the San Francisco wharfs in 1981. The first buckets? Crab pots.
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