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The Battle of the Marina Burger Joints

With Roam, Umami, and Super Duper slinging patties within blocks of each other in the Marina-Cow Hollow megahood, the city’s gourmet burger ghetto is officially defined. We took one comparable burger from each and sized them up.

Bring on the Cheer: The Perfect Holiday Cocktail

You’ve trimmed the tree, sharpened the cheese knife and queued Mariah Carey’s extra festive Merry Christmas album. Now all you need is a proper drink to welcome your guests.  Something strong but light and please, can there be bubbles? For this reason, God created the Champagne cocktail.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Harold McGee (Keys to Good Cooking)

Thursday, December 15, 7 pm, at the JCCSF (3200 California St.)

This Week's Hottest Events: Killing My Lobster Holidaze, Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale, and Renegade Craft Fair

Conversation
Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs
The man behind the Steve Jobs biography is here to tell all. Sneak out of work early and try to snag a ticket to one of these talks.   
When: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wed. 12/14
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. and Commonwealth Club at Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St.

Five Can't-Miss Live Shows

This is usually the time of year when music fans hibernate until NoisePop rears its eclectic, beautiful head. Not this year. Here we are, in the middle of December, and venues are still spelling out recognized and beloved names on their marquees. Here’s this week’s roster:

The Winner Of Our Favorite Charity Contest Is....

After all the hard work this city did to rally supporters, nominate causes it's passionate about and leverage votes for our second annual favorite charity contest, one clear winner emerged from the pool of seven finalists:

Glam Media Forges a Global Empire Focused on Women

Since launching over seven years ago in a Victorian house on Downey Street in the Haight, Glam Media has grown into a top-ten online media company with a global audience, mainly women, focused on its aggregated, curated lifestyle content.

Patton Oswalt on Charlize Theron, the Best Response to Bullying and 'Young Adult'

In Young Adult, Jason Reitman’s unsentimental portrait of a mean girl who clings to the memory of her high-school glory days – even in her late 30s – Patton Oswalt plays Matt, a misfit permanently scarred (literally and physically) by a run-in with homophobic bullies.



He’s just the sort that Mavis, Charize Theron’s aging beauty, would have ignored back in school, and she’d probably keep ignoring him, if not for her own desperate neediness. Returning to her small-town Minnesota home after a modestly successful stint as a ghost writer in the “Mini Apple,” Mavis finds companionship where she can, leading her time and again back to Matt’s nerdy man-cave.



Photos: Hendrick's Enchanted Forest of Curiosities in San Francisco

The Bay Area's gin fanatics were treated to an early holiday gift when Hendrick's Gin partnered with 7x7 to present the San Francisco edition of their Enchanted Forest of Curiosities. A multi-level raw space in SoMa was magically transformed into one of the most intriguing culturescapes of the season, captivating the city's impassioned gin-erati.

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. Today, we're cranking up the Christmas spirit big time.

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