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Last Call SF: The 2011 Ultimate Late-Night Dining Guide

A San Franciscan's lament is often that there's no late-night dining in this town. But there is—and it reaches far beyond Nopa and greasy spoons. In fact, today it's standard for restaurants to (try to) stay open late.

Following is an impressively diverse list of restaurants that serve food—good food—until midnight, at least a couple nights a week, and often beyond.

Craving a late night snack of dumplings, pizza, meatballs, deviled eggs, kimchi ramen, pupusas, sushi … ? The city is your oyster. Come and get it.

Signifies restaurants serving food past midnight at least a couple nights a week.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar (Civic Center)
Eats: Beef tartare, California Lam Shoulder Confit, Coq Au Vin
Last call for food: midnight, Tues–Sat (Mon closed)

Betelnut (Marina)
Eats: lettuce cups, pork confit with scallion pancakes, Happy Buddha dumplings 
Last call for food: 11 pm, Sun–Thurs; midnight, Fri and Sat

10 Tips for Perfect Engagement Photos

When it comes to wedding photography, Vivian Sachs likes to get in on the ground floor, as in the engagement photo session. But these days, engagement photos—the pictures couples commission to announce the big event—have the rep for being outdated and somewhat tacky. Sachs, who specializes in pre-wedding photography that’s more sweet than saccharine, believes it’s time to take a new look at the old tradition.

Make Your Own Surfboard At Sunset Shapers

There are plenty of places in the Bay Area where you can buy a surfboard. And almost as many that offer customized boards, where you meet with the shaper and discuss the specific dimensions of a board you’d like. But Sunset Shapers, located in the Outer Sunset, is a totally unique surf shop, because you can shape your own board there.

This Week in Fashion: Men's Summer Sale Picks from Local Boutiques Around the City

Last week, we launched our Women's Summer Sale Picks -- this week, we thought we'd give some big love to SF menswear. From Unionmade to Goorin Bros, and covering everything from comfy denim to two-tone oxfords, we pulled the sharpest men's goods from local boutiques -- all on sale

Happy shopping, (ladies and) gents.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week at the Jewish Film Festival

The 31st Jewish Film Festival remains in San Francisco through the weekend at the Jewish Community Center on California Street, before moving on to exclusive stints at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley and the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. (Additional screenings at the Christopher B. Smith Film Center begin next Friday.) Among the week's highlights:

1. Eichmann's End: Love, Betrayal, Death
Where: Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949
When: Aug. 1

Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens' a Slight but Passably Diverting Genre Mash-Up

As high-concept adventures go, Cowboys & Aliens is a slick, efficient piece of filmmaking that delivers exactly what its title promises, and never aspires to anything more. It coasts on the rogue appeal of two leading men, Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, whose chaps are as leathery as their furrowed brows.
If the goal of every screenwriter – for Cowboys, producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard assembled a small army of them – is to grab our attention in the very first frame, well, mission accomplished. Here, we find a bloodied stranger, unarmed and alone in the Arizona badlands. An elaborate device, possibly alien in nature, clings to his forearm like a parasite.

Secret Recipe: Anticuchos from La Mar

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 Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

At La Mar Cebichería Peruana chef Gastón Aucrio makes these traditional barbecued skewers, popular at Peruvian street carts, with two sauces and fried potatoes. At home, they're great grilled (try mahi mahi, chicken, or skirt steak) and simply served with just one of Aucrio's sauces: a spicy panchita salsa.  

Raising Arizona: A Backpacking Itinerary Through the Grand Canyon

Growing up, my family took a lot of road trips through Arizona, often stopping at the Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor Center to stare into the mile-deep natural wonder. Get too close to the edge and the canyon could swallow you up, my mother would warn. So we stayed a comfortable distance from where the earth dropped off into the unknown and watched as backpackers headed down the trail to the Colorado River. Jealous, I’d drift into the line of hikers before my parents would notice and call out for me to climb back into their Jeep so we could get to our destination, usually Las Vegas.

Total Trash Fest 3 Takes Over the Rest Of Your Summer

With nights dipping into the mid-50s and creeping fog making it hard to see whether or not the corner store is still open, I need something to keep me from going crazy, stat. After all, it's "summer" (I can barely remember what that means), we should all be out doing stuff. Enter Total Trash Fest 3, the sweatiest, dirtiest, messiest rock fest that's sure to keep me out of the house until the end of August, guaranteeing nights of complete insanity (the good kind) at the hands of the country's best garage, punk, psych and rock n' roll bands.

Drinks Before Noon: Cocktail Recipes from Some of the City's Best Brunch Menus

The joys of a spirited brunch come in four shapes and glasses.

Nopa's Ramos Gin Fizz Nopa's Ramos Gin Fizz
Serves 1
    2 ounces Haymans Old Tom gin
    Juice of half a lemon
    Juice of half a lime
    1 ounce simple syrup
    1 ounce half-and-half
    ¾ ounce egg white
    Club soda
    Orange flower water

Add the first six ingredients to a shaker. Shake well. Add ice. Shake again. Strain into a chilled collins glass. Top with a splash of soda and orange flower water.

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