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Ask the Parking Guru: Can You Get a Residential Parking Permit in a Non-Permit Zone?

Dear Parking Guru,
Can I get a permit for parking on my street where it isn't a residential permit area? I understand that they will be installing meters here and in other residential areas.  Any help would save us $ in meters and in parking tickets.  Do you think we should go to our Supervisor???  Any info you have would be most helpful.

Hecho: The Point of No Return for Lovers of Sushi and Fine Tequila

When it comes to his two favorite things in life, chef Joseph Manzare has ruined himself. “Once you have good sushi, you can’t go back,” he says. Manzare would say the same about tequila. His new Union Square restaurant, Hecho—an improbable yet surprisingly synergetic concept that brings together tequila and sushi—is something Manzare’s been dreaming up for years. If it seems unlikely, consider that whiskey and sushi are a common pairing in Japan.

A Guide to Community Gardens Around the City

The plant-it-yourself movement in San Francisco is really picking up steam. But for anyone lacking a backyard or spacious deck perfect for sprouting plants and flowers, there's a bevvy of community gardens (like the Alemany Farm and the Hayes Valley Farm) dotting the city for you to live out your green-thumb dreams in. There are many more out there beyond the ones listed here. Find one in your neighborhood by clicking here.

Shiva Rea, Mickey Hart, Yoga, and Live Music at the Fillmore, May 21

This summer marks Wanderlust's third go at a yoga-and-music festival in Tahoe's Squaw Valley. Imagine lithe yogis practicing with top teachers (SF's Stephanie Snyder, Marin's MC Yogi, and more) backed by live music and then heading over to big stages to catch Girl Talk and Michael Franti. To get ready, the fest is taking over the Fillmore May 21. Tickets start at $25 and include two music-charged asana classes, sounds from the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, and a trippy Trance Dance performance from the Madonna of yoga, Shiva Rea. 

This Week in Fashion: Free Balenciaga Party at the de Young, Five Big Sales + Bacca da Silva Speaks at Mash-up

1. Half-off Express Treatments at Atelier Emmanuel (166 Geary St. Suite 1606), Now - Wednesday June 15.

The top-rated Union Square salon is offering 50% off express hair treatments with stylist Paul. With the discount, the express services will be around $30, and will even include a complimentary blow-dry. AE specializes in artful cutting, with an emphasis on great grow-out and, if you want, very little need for product. To schedule an appointment, call 415.362.8063.


Secret Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings from Leopold's

As children, brothers Albert and Klaus Rainer had their mom's chicken and dumpling soup every Sunday. At their Russian Hill restaurant Leopold's, they recreate the family recipe with tender, herbed dumplings floating in a clear chicken broth with diced vegetables. It's pure comfort food and one of our "Best of the City" picks in the June 2011 issue of 7x7.  

3-pound whole chicken

4 quarts chicken stock

3 onions

2 carrots

Scenes of the City: SF Bikes to Work

For this week's Scenes of the City we hit the streets for the 17th annual Bike to Work Day.

Photos and Copy by Joseph Schell

Hordes of people on bikes flowed down Market St. all morning.

Market Watch: Inspiring the Farm-to-Table Barbecue Menu at Wexler's

Charlie Kleinman was a man on a mission. When I caught up with him, this chef from Wexler’s was on the hunt for vegetables to inspire his spring menu which he calls a farm-to-table approach to traditional barbeque.

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