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This Week in Fashion: The Tropics Grand Opening, Indie Mart Returns, Jonathan Rising Collection Preview, 'What I Wore' Book Debut + More

1. Waller Block Garage Sale and Craft Show on Waller St. (Waller St. between Fillmore and Steiner), Saturday July 16, 11am-4pm.

Talk about community and strong neighborhoods in SF! The Waller St. hood is teaming up for a 15 unit garage sale with 5 craft vendors this Saturday. You'll find everything from furniture to leather wallets to fine art -- new and used -- at bargain prices. 

2. The Tropics Grand Opening at The Tropics (727 Leavenworth St.), Saturday July 16, 7pm-10pm. 

SF based artist, Hannah Stouffer, is opening a small, highly curated boutique in the Tenderloin. The artist is stocking many of her own collaborations, along with other artist-printed good from lines like Blood is the New Black, Living Proof and Juxtapoze. Check out the new space and all of the goods, this Saturday, at the launch party.

Secret Recipe: Blue Bottle Coffee's Pixie Tangerine Chiffon Cake

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.

In the August Eat+Drink issue, which hits newsstands July 28, we interviewed Blue Bottle Coffee pastry chef Caitlin Williams Freeman about her Alamo Square dining room. She also shared with us her recipe for a Pixie tangerine chiffon cake, artistically crafted in the style of painter Wayne Thiebaud. Pixie tangerines also happen to be the official fruit of her hometown of Ojai, near Santa Barbara.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

With the Silent Film Festival opening today at the Castro and the Jewish Film Festival just around the corner, it's a typically busy summer for Bay Area cinephiles. And if you'd rather avoid the hustle and bustle of the festival crowds, and the massive throng of Muggles lining up to greet Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, no problem – check out any of these indies for a quick cure to your summertime blues.

Seasonality Disorder Cure #2: Hawaiian Hangover Cake from Blue Stem

In SF, seasonality disorder is the intense confusion one feels knowing that it's summer despite San Francisco's week-long 55 degree temperature average. It's the effect on a person's brain that comes from eating a ripe peach while wearing a wool coat. If the duck soup I sugggested didn't make you feel better, try this on for size.

I finally made it to Blue Stem the other evening. It's the brand spanking shiny, two-floored, glass and light-filled new American brasserie that opened just a stone's throw from our Union Square office right on Market Street next to Amber India. The restaurant itself is a little corporate for my taste, but the food—which has a focus on steak—is solid. While I enjoyed my bavette steak and dug into my husband's chicken pot pie topped with a biscuit, I'm afraid all was overshadowed as the dessert menu arrived.

Bay Area’s Best Family-Friendly Dim Sum Restaurants

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

Rolling carts, mysterious bamboo baskets, steamy or fried bites filled with tasteful meats or vegetables – dim sum are the epitome of fun food and kids just love to experiment with the seemingly endless possibilities coming out of dim sum restaurants’ kitchens. Because of the food’s inherent ethnic origin, dim sum navigating can be tricky – authentic hangouts trusted by the Bay Area Chinese community have menus in Cantonese, are real holes in the wall, or feature specials only the locals know about. Follow our guidance and trust your eyes and nose so you can discover what it’s all about.

Top 7 Takeaways from “The Franchise” Premiere

Like the good Giants fans we are, we caught the premiere of “The Franchise” last night, the Showtime series chronicling the ball club’s post-World Series season and its quest to hold on to the championship. For those of you who missed it, here are the highlights:
 
   1. Barry Zito is not bitter about the difficulties that have plagued his pitching the last few years. To the contrary, Zito appeared philosophical, humble, and team-oriented. This may be due to his yoga practice, which looked surprisingly elegant. Zito held a stoic Tree Pose while his trainer watched, balanced impressively in Natarajasana, and his Warrior II was expertly aligned.

Look of the Week: Glitz and Glam for the 2nd Annual Salsa Festival on The Fillmore

The 2nd Annual Salsa Festival on The Fillmore will take over 11 venues, with 12 live bands, this Friday and Saturday evening. Each night begins with a free outdoor concert and beginner salsa lesson, so no excuses! And even if you can't quite step to the rhythm, looking the part is half the battle. Here's a glitzy little number, perfect for an evening of the best SF salsa.  

Market Watch: Biting Into Tomato Season with Chef Joanne Weir

It’s become a tradition for us to mark the return of tomato season with a tomato-centric recipe and cooking demonstration from local chef Joanne Weir. Joanne was here in the CUESA kitchen last Saturday to teach us a simple and delicious dish using the first field grown tomatoes of the season for the third year in a row. This time around she demonstrated her recipe for a BLT salad and shared stories with us about the origin of her love of tomatoes.

Trampoline Hall Answers Pressing Questions

When speakers aren’t actually experts on the subjects they're discussing, talks tend to get a lot more interesting. So it is with Trampoline Hall, the popular Toronto-based lecture series that asks the compelling questions of our time, like: How often should you call your mother? Why does your Macbook inexplicably perish on its third birthday? What is experimental music? Questions we all ponder and questions Trampoline Hall will answer, probably inaccurately. 

7 Off-The-Beaten Path Napa Valley Wineries

Many of 450 or so wineries in Napa Valley are too far off the beaten path for an easy day-trip from SF. But it might surprise you to learn how many of the best “off the beaten path” spots are actually only a stones throw away from the iconic wineries that line Highway 29. Here are a few new favorites:

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