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Department 17 Moves its Menswear to Hayes Valley

Department 17 is starting 2012 with a fresh coat of paint. The indie menswear store is moving from Nob Hill to Hayes Valley, into a larger space, large enough to integrate some womenswear into the mix.

Bay Area Kids Love the Pacific Pinball Museum

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.

Go Off the Grid in Mexico's Riviera Maya

Fortify yourself with Tulum’s authentic eats before exploring ancient ruins.

If you’re a lover of the town of Tulum and the surrounding Riviera Maya, you’re likely not a fan of a certain type of Mexico vacation—one that involves thumping nightclubs, body shots, and not a whiff of true Mexican culture for miles. If so, the minute you step foot in the Cancun airport—the main hub for Yucatan Peninsula vacationers—you’ll want to immediately rent a car and hightail it out of there.

Foodie Agenda: The Good Food Awards Marketplace

Thursday, Jan. 12

Need a place to wait for your table at Delfina? Take a seat at the communal table across the street at Mission nonprofit 18 Reasons, which is opening its doors to the first 18th Hour Café. From 5 to 9 p.m., wine and beer will flow, and cheese, charcuterie, and Tartine bread and butter will be served. Everything's under $16, and all proceeds support 18 Reasons’ classes and community service work. 

Friday, Jan. 13

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Two Sisters Gets a Liquor License: Two Sisters, the charming, sibling-run Hayes Valley gastropub and lending library, has finally snagged a liquor license. With the help of bartender Michael Cicconi, they've devised a cocktail menu that includes four different kinds of Manhattans-- perfect for sipping alongside some savory bread pudding on a winter evening. (Tuesday-Thursday 4-11 pm, Friday 4 pm-12 am, Saturday, 1 pm-12 am, and Sunday, 11 am-10 pm; 579 Hayes St., Hayes Valley.)

SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic & Spa's 7 Anti-Aging Tips

Bay Area ladies have long been loyal to SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic & Spa, which has three thriving locales in our region: Just steps away from Stanford University in the heart of Palo Alto, the Mercer, in Walnut Creek’s thriving downtown, and the delightful Strawberry Village in Mill Valley, all offering products and services with integrity. Even with such a lofty reputation, the kind folks at SkinSpirit are still game to share their secrets and tips on how to take the best possible care of your skin.

Crab, Wine, and Mendocino Are A Match Made in Heaven

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

No Snow is No Excuse for Beginners During Tahoe's Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Despite the worst snowpack in decades, Tahoe resorts are still offering plenty of open trails and man-made fluff for beginners to practice and perfect their turns (or snowplows) and, even better, to do so at ridiculously reduced rates.

In One SF Block, 3 Stellar Home Stores

Every city has those magical blocks that, by chance, happen to house awesome store after awesome store. In San Francisco, there are plenty of these little gems. Lately, our favorite has been Valencia Street between 19th and 20th Streets.

Two Sense: Should I Be Mad My Ex-Husband Untagged Me On Facebook?

I recently noticed on Facebook that my ex-husband has removed pictures he previously posted of the two of us and un-tagged himself from photos posted by others where I’m also in the shot. It’s certainly his right to do this, but emotionally it struck me as something out of 1984’s Ministry of Truth, where records of an inconvenient past were stuffed down a memory hole and a new narrative created to replace it. Why do people feel the need to erase a past they were once so proud of? BTW, We were together for 14 years, had an amicable divorce and are still friendly.

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