Bourbon and Branch
The whiskey options at this secret-password bar are surprisingly unclassified: Buy it by the straight pour (ask for their special Pappy single-barrel), in one of the pre- selected tasting flights (bourbon, rye, Irish, or Scotch), or in a mixed flight of half-pours of your own choosing.
I won't lie; retro tile gets me every single time. I can't pass up a good turquoise or checkered motif, even if the condition isn't tip-top or the color combination is less than ideal (pink, anyone?). But you can't live on – or, rather, around – charming tile alone; sleeping in the bathroom simply won't do.
People, in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park: "Hold onto your butts". We've got up for grabs two pairs of tickets to see possibly the coolest movie of the year, TRON Legacy in 3D and Dolby Digital Surround Sound! They're for the midnight screening of Friday the 17th (so you can see it before all your pals).
You know the jist: Jeff Bridges is stuck in a trippy digital world, his abandoned son goes in to save him, all to Daft Punk's otherworldly soundtrack. Get ready to have your minds blown!
Celebrating 150 years in San Francisco next year, Gump's is an institution. Today the Union Square shop offers exclusive collectibles, artwork, antiques, jewelry and a range of tableware, books and furnishings.
It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for CH+D and 7x7 readers. We will feature one Gump's gift per day through 12/10.
Just before lunch, our parking guru David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked just how hard it is to get your car back once it's been towed, because, let's face it--it is. He also made a cool flowchart to help you through the confusion and panic that immediately results after realizing your car is gone. Check out the quiz answer and flowchart below!
How Many Steps Does it Take to Recover Your Vehicle if it is Towed?
C) 33 1/3
E) All of the above and possibly none of the above
Chef Anthony Strong, one of 7x7's 2010 "Top 20 Under 40", returned recently from a two month trip to Rome where he got paid to learn the ropes (mostly at Osteria di San Cesario), a chef's dream come true. Lucky for us, though, he'll be applying his newfound knowledge to Delfina's next restaurant, Locanda, when it opens on Valencia Street in the spring of next year. Delfina just sent out its newsletter where Strong details the highlights of his trip. If you know Strong, it's so very him. Funny, quirky, offally.
When is comes to cooking, many of us try and recreate homey dishes “just like mom used to make.” But for Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty, who serve up a next generation menu at their San Francisco restaurant Sons & Daughters that mixes classic French technique, molecular gastronomy and a little rebellious reconfiguring of local, seasonal ingredients, Mom’s casserole didn’t make it anywhere near the kitchen. In this case, what mother knew best was design.
If you're more prone to appreciating charming scenes of glowing Christmas trees ascending to great heights or small children humming along with the symphony than the friend who told me, "I don't need ballet tickets to crack nuts," check out San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker. (He would've been charmed too, he was just jealous he was missing out on the prancing sparkle ponies.) (Note: Clara's sleigh is towed by prancing sparkle ponies.)
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 LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.
Last week's parking quiz raised a lot of questions and concerns about just what the heck to do once your car's been towed. How do you get it back? Are you sure it's been towed? David La Bua has crafted a handy flowchart (to be revealed in a few hours) and quiz to help you through tough times. Answers after lunch!
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