Dear Parking Guru,
Last Saturday I was driving down Broadway toward its intersection with Columbus and I saw a single vacant parking spot on the corner (every other spot was taken). It was about 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday night in North Beach, I thought, wow I am lucky to get this spot.
Later when I came back from the restaurant, my car was missing. It was towed by AutoReturn. I checked the meter. The sign on the meter said that it was in effect only from 9 am to 6 pm, so, WTF? I found out later there was a sign way down the street that stated, "Towing after 8 p.m.".
My question: Is there any way for me to fight the towing ticket based on the fact that I was deliberately mislead by parking authorities? Is this not a clever misleading trap for a motorist? Any person with common sense could have parked there, couldn't they?
San Luis Obispo, or SLO as the locals call it, has multiple personalities: meeting point between SF and LA, outdoorsy collegiate town, oenophile getaway perched 30 miles from Paso Robles. They all converge into an ideal and easy-to-do weekend for anyone who loves food, wine, mountains, and ocean—which is to say, most of us.
For convenience, base yourself at Petit Soleil, a B&B that’s walkable to downtown and looks like a Motel 6 made over as a Provencal inn. Funky, friendly, and charming, it offers delicious breakfasts like baked eggs and chocolate-chip pancakes along with free wine tastings each afternoon.
In addition lacing up your White Buck Oxfords, Memorial Day weekend is also the time to officially scrub down and fire up the grill. And while there is season enough to put a flame under eggplant slices, skewered tofu, marinated portabellas, and the like, for this weekend I want a slab of something substantial, sentient even. But what brew to serve? I went deep to some local experts and got the following beer pairing recommendations for 2011’s opening salvo in the war on underindulgence:
If You're Grilling: Beef, Sausages, Ribs
Pair it With: 21st Amendment's North Star Red (an American Amber Ale) or Back in Black (a black IPA) or Magnolia Pub & Brewery's Spud Boy IPA
If you're not jetting off to some tropical locale or retreating to the woods this Memorial Day Weekend, pack some earplugs and head to the Rickshaw Stop for SF Popfest's Slumberland Records Showcase tonight and Saturday. Oh, and don't forget to honor our fallen war heroes with plenty of stiff drinks, ice cold beers, and maybe a cheeseburger along the way.
This Week in Fashion: Custom Leather at The Factory, Chillin' Turns 13, The 2nd Annual Beauty Expo + Mega Memorial Day Sales
1. Custom Leather Jacket Event & Memorial Day Sale at The Factory (370 4th St), Saturday May 28, noon-4pm.
Choose your leather, add custom details and come out with a one-of-a-kind jacket you will keep forever. Prices range from $300-$700. Bonus: All Factory label designs, from basics to the Summer Silk Capsule collection, will be 30% off during the event.
The wait is over. After a brief, regrettable hiatus, the Indie Theater Roundup is back, locked and loaded for a long summer, ready with the antidote to the foppish banality of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the calculated naughtiness of The Hangover Part II. So, without further ado:
1. A Place in the Sun
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: May 28
There are tons of summer celebrations in Napa Valley, but what do you do when the wedding reception's over, the wineries are closed, or you want another drink or two after dinner? Not long ago, the answer would be to pop a cork in your hotel room, but these days the Valley has plenty of options for night owls.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building Marketplace makes their egg salad ahead of time and then assembles the sandwich short-order style using Acme focaccia. The secret's in their house-made bagna cauda butter, which they spread on the focaccia slices before topping them with the egg salad and aged provolone and toasting it all open-faced before serving.
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