When it comes to beach weekends, getting there and dealing with the crowds can sometimes take up half your time. Not so with Redondo Beach, a sleepy little enclave just eight miles south of LAX where you can get in quick, avoid the crowds and traffic further north in Venice or Santa Monica, and get busy relaxing.
Perbacco, SPQR, A16, Delfina, Cotogna—no corner of San Francisco is without its take on the California-Italian restaurant with expertly sourced local ingredients. Show me a street corner and I can show you a perfectly al dente noodle with a shaving of fresh seasonal asparagus. But the true unadulterated flavors of Italy are hard to come by.
Mike Krieger, 25, and Kevin Systrom, 27
Photographed by Cody Pickens in Instagram’s SoMa office
Aldea Home invites you to their new location on the Valencia Street corridor during Earth Day weekend to meet British-born San Francisco writer Billee Sharp! Her new book, Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping, is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to shift their lives to a more planet-honoring paradigm with "tools to reclaim a purer, tastier, healthier and less expensive way of life."
Faux-chella — that wondrous time of year where we NorCal leaches suck from the teat that is Coachella — has arrived. There are some major must-see shows this week if you’re not heading south for the big party in the desert this weekend (or, for that matter, weekend No. 2): Radiohead at HP Pavilion (Wednesday), M. Ward at the Fillmore (Wednesday), Andrew Bird at the Fox (Friday), Damien Jurado at Bottom of the Hill (Friday), and on and on…
Last week, we caught up with vintage boutique owner, Stephanie Madrinan, at her Bernal Heights shop, 31 RAX. The 31 refers to Stephanie's birthday (December 31), while Rax holds a double meaning. "'RAX' was supposed to be 'racks', but I stuck with the 'x' because it's different and, in the dictionary, 'rax' means to extend a hand or to stretch," said Stephanie. "31 RAX is an extension of my previous business, Steph's Closet."
Philip Rosedale grew up glued to his computer, more interested in the code on his screen than in the world around him. Hence his best-known endeavor, Second Life, a virtual reality world that took off at the turn of the millenium and allowed avatars to trade mock property, money, and services. Then the recession hit, bringing on layoffs and a bevy of new freelancers. In response, the Pacific Heights resident is now geeking out on ways to help contractors make money in real life.
Coffee & Power, which launched in November, is an online marketplace where skilled freelancers can post and find small jobs.
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