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The 2012 Eat + Drink Reader’s Choice Awards

The 2012 Eat+Drink Reader’s Choice Awards are here! It's time to vote.

Voting has now been closed! Please check back to see the results!

We know that voting for the best restaurants in this town is akin to choosing your favorite child. But choose, you must.

We’ve added a category—Best Food Truck—and refined some others. Check out last year’s winners if you need some inspiration. Best Newcomer must be a restaurant that opened in 2011.

Gingerbread House Decorating in the Bay Area

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.

Real Estate Report: The Perfect Kitchen For Holiday Entertaining, No. 1

If you're like us, you've been looking around your kitchen, thinking about the holidays, and wondering how you're going to pull it off. This week we'll be looking at entertaining-ready kitchens that you may not find under the tree but can still go on your wish list. First up, some rare Streamline Moderne in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

The Basics: A 3-bed, 3.5-bath house built in 1938 and beautifully renovated in the past few years. Asking $3.3M, it's been on the market for three months. We looked at it last March 2011 just before the current owners purchased it for $3.2M. Change in plans?

Sonoma’s Best Eco-Friendly Wineries

Everyone seems to have an eco-friendly angle these days, but the wineries of Sonoma (and the area itself) have long been committed leaders within the movement. Many Sonoma wineries use a combination of green techniques like solar power and organic farming, while others have taken it to the next level using biodynamicsHere are our favorite eco-friendly wineries and the tour companies who will take you there:

Moonlight Flight: Catalina Island Opens Night Zip Line

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

Zip lines? They're adventurous, all right. They cater to those who want to leave the ground and move fast. But we can all agree that, for the most part, zip lines run between a Point A and a Point B. Meaning? If you want to mix things up, you do things like send Santa Claus out on the line and you introduce nighttime zip-lining.

Celebrate Cabernet Season at the Westin Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Now's the time to escape across the bridge to Napa Valley and celebrate Cabernet season amongst the rollings hills of vineyards and world class restaurants. Make it easy: just grab a few friends, hop in the car and head to the Westin Verasa Napa, where you can enjoy their special Cabernet Package, available through April 15, 2012, to kick off your luxurious getaway in Wine Country.

Is That Squash In My Cake?

Pastry chefs are reaching for unexpected ingredients—from bitter honey to smoky cardamom—with sweet results. Sugar and spice and everything nice are so last season.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

Editor's note: This will be the last edition of Lowering the Bar. Starting next week, this column will be transformed into Drink Here Now, which will focus on enticing new drink options for a variety of budgets. Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy the new column!

Foodie Agenda: Per Diem Opens Downtown (and more)

Thursday, December 15

Culinary world hero and NY Times columnist Harold McGee comes to the Jewish Community Center of SF to enlighten foodies and speak on the science behind cooking and all things gastronomic. It's sold out, but trolling Craiglist is always an option. 3200 California Street, 415-292-1233.

Thursday, December 15 & Friday, December 16

Looking for the perfect place to get in on Dungeness crab season? Head to the Bernal Supper Club & Whole Beast's Whole Dungeness Crab Feast, which is a five-course tasting menu celebrating everyone's favorite local crustacean. Look forward to crab bisque, crab salad, deep fried crab and much more. $48 per person at the Winemakers Speakeasy at 1152 Valencia Street, 415-401-7258.

Two Sense: When Can I Start Accepting Gifts Without Being A Gold-Digger?

I've been seeing a man for several months. He has gobs more money than I do, which is fine, but I am uncomfortable when he offers to pay for expensive things I could never afford on my own (i.e. airfare, hotel rooms, iPods). I keep resisting these offers, and he keeps insisting he doesn't at all mind paying for me. At what point in the relationship is it okay to start accepting big gifts from him without thinking of myself as a gold-digger?

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