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It's a Hard Knock Life for an Ocean Beach-Loving Dog

My favorite time to walk my dog on Ocean Beach is during a negative low tide, when the ocean pulls back into itself and reveals a wide-open expanse of wet sand. You can walk south towards Fort Funston and basically go forever. It’s even better if it’s just after a rain, because then the beach is empty. Just me and the dog. I love it.

But that’s probably going to change.

SFpark: How We The People Can Influence Our Parking Future

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Well, last week’s post about SFMTA raising the prices of parking meters in SF generated quite a few comments. I think that the comments embody representation of all sides of the issue. I want to thank everyone for writing. I find most of the comments on my posts from both sides to be quite thoughtful, which is far from what’s typical in comment sections. In this post I would like to continue the discussion about SFpark, distill the information further, try to come closer to an agreement on the issue, and then perhaps influence policy.

Secret Recipe: Shrimp and Grits from 1300 on Fillmore

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.

1300 Fillmore's chef David Lawrence dresses his shrimp and creamy grits in a buttery sauce that has just a hint of Southern-style barbecue. Any stone-milled grits will work in this recipe, but Lawrence recommends Anson Mills coarse white grits, which you can find here

Billie Joe Armstrong's Son's Band Plays Tonight at Oakland's Uptown

Everyone knows Green Day is a big part of the Bay Area's music lore: They cut their teeth at Berkeley's 924 Gilman in the early 90s, then went on to conquer the world. So it was only a matter of time before their spawn grew up to follow the same path. And that time is coming...this weekend. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's teenage son Joey's got his own three-chord pop punk project now called Emily's Army, which is staging their record release party tonight at the Uptown in Oakland.

Pop-Up Shop Robert Trickey on Noe Opens in the Castro


Shopping antiques and vintage collectives can be tricky business. You expect unique wares at good prices, but sometimes you get medicore stuff at sky-high mark ups. That's why Robert Trickey on Noe, a pop-up shop run by four interior designers, is a breath of fresh air.

Robert Trickey, Jim Coch, Nathan Hawley and Tsuruko Wantanabe have pooled their vintage finds, antiques, art and fabrics and are selling them in their flash venture. The eclectic wares reflect the diverse interests of the designers, and you'll find everything from Fortuny upholstery fabrics to Asian antiques at discounted prices.

From Whole Hog to Sausage Making, The Butchery Education Continues

In the past, say, three years, foodists have become increasingly blasé about being presented with a freshly killed whole beast and a big knife. Butchered a whole pig? Been there done that. Give me the cow.

7x7's Pride Happier Hour @ The Lookout!

This week, San Francisco will be exploding with rainbows and the spirit of Pride, culminating in the city's always completely-bonkers Pride Weekend at the end of June. But first, warm up your liver at 7x7's very own Get Frenched: Pride Happier Hour, soaring high above Market Street at The Lookout, with steamy soul party music from the folks behind Hard French, drink specials and tasty bites from The Lookout's new lounge menu.

This Week in Fashion: Benefit Flash Sale, Sexy Fashion at Supperclub, Gilt's Juicy Event, WIRE Recycled Fashion + Big Sales at Carrots, Y&I and More!

1. Benefit's They're Real Flash Sale at Macy's (170 O'Farrell St.), Friday June 10, 10am-9pm.

Show off your real lashes with Benefit's new mascara, They're Real. The super sexy mascara features a custom brush that separates, while the unique formula sets a glossy finish. They're Real doesn't hit stores until July, but you can score it today only at Macy's Union Square (one of 6 US locations participating in the one-day preview!). 


2. Caudalie Event at Sephora (2083 Union St.), Friday June 10, 4pm-7pm, Free.

 Last week, we featured Caudalie's Beauty Elixir as one of our summer beauty must-haves. Today, Caudalie founder, Bertrand Thomas, will be in the Marina, talking on sun and skincare at Sephora. The French skincare line is full of sun-friendly products for achieving radiant summer skin. Don't be afraid to ask Bertrand which products are best if you like to tan, and which products work for the summer acne-prone.

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