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Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion' Presents Chillingly Plausible Doomsday Scenario

Maybe this is how the world ends – not with a bang but a wheeze. Paranoia seems almost sensible under certain circumstances – a late-night stroll through a dark, deserted alley, perhaps – but what about riding the bus to work, where killers could be sitting beside us, polluting our space with their germs?
 

Secret Recipe: Sweet Corn Paletas

7x7 asks the city's 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 lauren@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

With Labor Day weekend still fresh in our minds and an abundance of leftover kernels from Monday's barbecues still in the fridge, why not celebrate the beginning of Indian summer with sweet corn paletas. Bay Area cookbook writer Charity Ferreira's recipe in her new book Perfect Pops makes six to eight paletas that are creamy and sweet. (Recipe used with permission from Chronicle Books.)

The Swedish Smile: Winner of SVEDKA and 7x7's Mixology Competition

You may remember our epic mixology competition with SVEDKA a few weeks ago, pitting SF bartenders against one another in the race to create the tastiest SVEDKA cocktail. We asked you to vote for your favorite, and you did. The winner by a landslide was Aom Aphiradee of Ozone Thai Restaurant & Lounge in SoMA, who created the tasty, ginger and basil-infused Swedish Smile, inspired by her Thai heritage.

Market Watch: Bix’s Bruce Hill and Team’s Picks From the Farmers Market

Chef Bruce Hill is a busy man. Despite juggling four restaurants he has agreed to once again act as Event Chair for CUESA’s 9th annual Sunday Supper. He’ll be in good company on October 2nd alongside heavy hitters like Melissa Perello of Frances, Ravi Kapur of Prospect and Michael Tusk of Quince as he generously gives his time and effort to help support CUESA, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and our educational programs. Bruce’s Larkspur based restaurant Picco, will also be represented at the dinner with a course of mesquite grilled calamari, herbed shelling beans and a roasted pepper relish prepared by Picco’s Chef de Cuisine Jared Rodgers.

Weird Art in Bars: Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

The interior of this North Beach institution is true to its name: it's a dusty museum of relics and sentimental objects collected throughout the alley bar's decades as a hangout for salty old men and young, thirsty drinkers reveling in its former status as a major headquarters for beatniks.

Party Time in Napa Valley: Harvest Celebrations and Grape Stomps

It's harvest in the wine country and for a winemaker that means it's time to start picking grapes (determined primarily based on the sugar content, measured in Brix) but for the rest of is it’s all about picking the right harvest parties to attend. Most wineries have at least one harvest party, starting as early as September and running through November, which range from grape stomps to black tie formals. These are almost always the best parties of the year and usually require reservations. Here are some of our top recommendations this year:

Look of the Week: Fashion's Night Out + Young & Free at 941Geary

Ladies and gents, Fashion's Night Out is tonight. It'll be a night of epic mingling, partying and, of course, shopping. Since we're betting you'll be in and out of fitting rooms, opt for an easy, printed dress and minimal jewelry (in our experience, necklaces tend to tangle and earrings fall out). Also, do yourself a favor and keep your purse light – you'll be hauling shopping bags soon enough! And for the ultimate comfort-meets-mad-style footwear, try a pair of architectural cork wedges.

Rita Moreno’s Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep

Struggling artists, take heart. Rita Moreno - one of the few performers to line her shelves with an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and two Emmys - labels her early Hollywood career as “horrifying.” Tony Taccone, writer of Ms. Moreno’s new one-woman show at Berkeley Rep, says “There’s a lot of humor in failure.” Meaning, you get to laugh and be buoyed by the thought that one of the most lauded performers in show business history spent time swimming around in the primordial Sea of Failed Attempts. Just like the rest of us. 

Pop 2.0: GIVERS Giveth at the Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday Night

“Look at all you people. What are you doing here?” Taylor Guarisco asked the crowd when he and his fellow bandmates from GIVERS hopped onstage Wednesday night at the sold-out Rickshaw Stop, as if he thought his band was the butt of some flashmob public stunt joke. Of course, there was a time when that would have been a reasonable question, before word got out about this magical pop quintet from Lafayette, Louisiana.

Google Acquires Zagat (the Universe Next?)

You know times are changing when Google envelops something that has its history in print. And today, it acquired Zagat—a coup for the publisher that launched in 1979, truly the O.G. of user-generated reviews (sorry, Yelp).

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