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Photos: The W Hotel's Elevated Happy Hour with Brugal Rum and more

On November 17, our friends at W Hotel San Francisco (181 Third St.) hosted a very special Elevated Happy Hour with special partners Mojo.com and StraightMaleFriend.com.

Special guest DJ C Bass rocked the lively crowd, who posed in front of a fun step-and-repeat while enjoying specialty cocktails with Brugal Rum, and delicious bites from the new Trace restaurant in the hotel!

Photos: Quincy Stamper | Quincy Stamper Photography

Supermarket Street Sweep: Ride Your Bike for the SF Food Bank!

On December 3, San Francisco's cycling community will come together once again for the 6th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep, a charity event to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. The race brings together all types of cyclists—casual riders, commuters, messengers, competitors, etc.—to help feed the city's hungry by picking up food from various grocery stores around town. This year, there are two ways that you can participate: ride in the race—speed or cargo—or fundraise at Firstgiving. To ride, just show up at Cupid's Span (Folsom & Embarcadero) on Saturday, December 3 at noon.

Holiday Wine Buying Guide: Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon

Celebrate the season with California’s best wines and food pairings.


Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon is a Cab so big we had a hard time fitting it in the bottle. It's a Cab drinker’s staple with deep red color and a bold, full bodied structure. This is what happens when you take a sledgehammer to Cabernet grapes – an explosive wine that packs a powerful punch to the palate. Enjoy it's fully integrated flavor that is truly ground breaking.

Atelier Swarovski's High-Dazzle Holiday

Swarovski is always thinking outside the crystal box. For their ninth Atelier Swarovski collection, they enlisted designers from the worlds of fashion, jewelry, architecture and costume design to create cutting edge collections. You can find some items by Rodrigo Otazu, Arik Levy, and Mary Katrantzou in the Swarovski store on Geary, and you can peruse the others on their website. Here's a selection of some sparkling favorites that would make extraordinary stocking stuffers.

Win Tickets to the Last FRINGE Dance Party of 2011!

If you had a chance to cut a rug for one more night in 2011, where would you go? We'd hit up FRINGE in a heartbeat, the best dance night in the city, where DJs Blondie K & subOctave spin the best modern indie rock and electro pop from Daft Punk to The Strokes to The Rapture. And it doesn't stop there–they do it up with giant video projections, which means for one night a month, you can pretend the glory of MTV never died. For only the second time this year, it takes over DNA Lounge, which means more dance floor square footage, more mind-bending projections and more drinks to go around.

Everything but the Bird: Tasty Additions for Your Thanksgiving Feast

November brings with it a flurry of holiday traditions as well as a stack of spanking-new cookbooks published by some of the city's best chefs and authors. In this series, we put two and two together and created the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner. The only things you're in charge of are the turkey and the stuffing. Today, we feature a dessert and wine suggestions.

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.

1. 25% Off at Twenty-Five Lusk: Considering that it draws more celebrity sightings than practically any other restaurant in the city, it's not a surprise that Twenty-Five Lusk isn't really into the whole discounting thing. But they're getting into the spirit on Black Friday, offering a 25% markdown on their entire bar menu-- both food and cocktails. It's still not cheap ($5.25 for a soft pretzel, $8.25 for a grapefruit gimlet), but if Clive Owen and Gerard Butler can swing it, you probably can too. (Friday, November 23, 5-7 pm, at Twenty-Five Lusk, 25 Lusk St., SOMA.)

Rock Solid Gems From Local Indie Wedding Ring Designers

From vintage-inspired to nature-inspired, we’ve tapped San Francisco’s top-notch indie jewelry designers for what’s new, unusual, and finger-popping hot in wedding rings this month. Whether you are adding flash to your frock or seeking digit-dazzling engagement baubles, check out these rock-solid gems.

Foodie Agenda: Dining Out on Thanksgiving (and more)

Today, Nov. 23

If you're running low on time for cooking tomorrow's feast, Hayes Valley's Arlequin Café is taking orders (call 415-551-1453) for last-minute pick-ups of their brown sugar and maple ham, herb-roasted leg of lamb, pecan pie, pumpkin bars, and pumpkin and ginger pound cake. 384 Hayes St.

Thanksgiving Parking Tips To Remember This Weekend

While you're traveling about town this Thanksgiving weekend, know all the ins and outs of holiday parking so you don't get stuck with a nasty ticket on your windshield. David LaBua, author of city parking bible Finding the Sweet Spot has all the info you'll need.

Parking enforcement rules on holidays in San Francisco are simple and straightforward except for one thing....they're not.  The SF Department of Transportation lawmakers are lovers of the asterisk.  However, fear not, I will expound on the asterisk that spoils the simplicity of what could be a simple holiday parking enforcement schedule.

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