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Look of the Week: Women's Cold Weather Accessories We Love

From two-tone Cuban heel tights to Hi-5 mittens and fancy knits to faux furs -- keep warm and stylish this winter with these six treasures.

A Few Things To Do With Your Out of Town Guests

The question always looms when visitors come to town – what are we all going to do? It should be an easy answer considering there are eight million things to do (and more) in San Francisco. Here are a few ideas to get you started...

Grab an almond croissant and a big bowl of coffee at La Boulange. Quiche, open-faced sandwiches, and lots of other decadent treats beckon from behind the glass.

If your visitors insist on seeing Fisherman’s Wharf, stop at the Musee Mechanique. It’s quirky, fun for kids (and adults), and free. Bring quarters to play the dozens of turn-of-the-century carnival games. A sourdough bread soup bowl is just outside the doors.

Happy Bikesgiving, San Francisco

It’s been a great year for San Francisco biking, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. Today, as you prepare to stuff yourself with turkey or tofurky, raise a glass to some of our biking victories and our city’s exciting pedal-powered movement. And when you’re done gorging on mashed potatoes, you can give thanks that it’s never too cold to go for a bike ride in San Francisco. May I suggest the Butter Lap as a fitting ride for this gluttonous holiday? Without further ado, here are five bike-related things to be thankful for. I’ll make it brief—there’s a cranberry soufflé with my name on it.

 

Thanksgiving Weekend Events for Bay Area Kids

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.

Now that you've decided between turkey or tofurkey, candied yams or sweet potatoes, and pecan versus pumpkin pie, all you have left to figure out is what to do with the kids on their 4 days weekend.

A Diva Returns: Miss Piggy Hogs Spotlight as Muppets Make Big-Screen Comeback

She’s a classic diva, self-obsessed and desperate for attention. She’s famously voluptuous. And her first marriage lost its luster not long after the honeymoon, if even there was one.
 
We’re not talking about some basic-cable reality queen. We speak, of course, of Miss Piggy, the blonde, blue-eyed star of Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show who ranked 23rd on TV Guide’s 1996 list of the 50 greatest television stars ever – right behind Edward R. Murrow.
 
It’s the kind of snub that would normally provoke the hot-tempered swine to turn up her snout – she wanted the top spot – except that Piggy has been largely MIA since 2005, when the Muppets briefly reunited for the made-for-TV Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. But her luck is about to change.



Photos: The W Hotel's Elevated Happy Hour with Brugal Rum and more

On November 17, our friends at W Hotel San Francisco (181 Third St.) hosted a very special Elevated Happy Hour with special partners Mojo.com and StraightMaleFriend.com.

Special guest DJ C Bass rocked the lively crowd, who posed in front of a fun step-and-repeat while enjoying specialty cocktails with Brugal Rum, and delicious bites from the new Trace restaurant in the hotel!

Photos: Quincy Stamper | Quincy Stamper Photography

Supermarket Street Sweep: Ride Your Bike for the SF Food Bank!

On December 3, San Francisco's cycling community will come together once again for the 6th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep, a charity event to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. The race brings together all types of cyclists—casual riders, commuters, messengers, competitors, etc.—to help feed the city's hungry by picking up food from various grocery stores around town. This year, there are two ways that you can participate: ride in the race—speed or cargo—or fundraise at Firstgiving. To ride, just show up at Cupid's Span (Folsom & Embarcadero) on Saturday, December 3 at noon.

Holiday Wine Buying Guide: Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon

Celebrate the season with California’s best wines and food pairings.


Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon is a Cab so big we had a hard time fitting it in the bottle. It's a Cab drinker’s staple with deep red color and a bold, full bodied structure. This is what happens when you take a sledgehammer to Cabernet grapes – an explosive wine that packs a powerful punch to the palate. Enjoy it's fully integrated flavor that is truly ground breaking.

Atelier Swarovski's High-Dazzle Holiday

Swarovski is always thinking outside the crystal box. For their ninth Atelier Swarovski collection, they enlisted designers from the worlds of fashion, jewelry, architecture and costume design to create cutting edge collections. You can find some items by Rodrigo Otazu, Arik Levy, and Mary Katrantzou in the Swarovski store on Geary, and you can peruse the others on their website. Here's a selection of some sparkling favorites that would make extraordinary stocking stuffers.

Win Tickets to the Last FRINGE Dance Party of 2011!

If you had a chance to cut a rug for one more night in 2011, where would you go? We'd hit up FRINGE in a heartbeat, the best dance night in the city, where DJs Blondie K & subOctave spin the best modern indie rock and electro pop from Daft Punk to The Strokes to The Rapture. And it doesn't stop there–they do it up with giant video projections, which means for one night a month, you can pretend the glory of MTV never died. For only the second time this year, it takes over DNA Lounge, which means more dance floor square footage, more mind-bending projections and more drinks to go around.

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