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Hipster or Homeless? New Website Asks to Raise Awareness About Homelessness in SF

Hipster or Homelessan SF-grown site which launched on Monday, is the latest ammo for anyone who loves to hate hipsters. In a comic nod to ridiculous hipster fashions, the site asks you to decipher between photos of hipsters and homeless (even Rebecca Black and Jared Leto have fallen victim).

The Week in Food: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Venga Empanadas, Breastfest Beer Festival, and a BBQ Rib Throwdown

Today, June 29

See Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer, founders of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, at Omnivore Books as they present their cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. The reading starts at 6 p.m., and the authors are bringing with them scoops (like Bangkok Peanut and Rusted Pumpkin 5-Spice) from their Ohio ice creameries. 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church)

Friday, July 1

Chef Manuel Godino officially opens Venga Empanadas. His Argentine empanadas are baked every morning, and added to the menu are soups, salads, Spanish flan, alfajores (dulce de leche-filled cookies), and pastafrola (quince shortbread). 443 Valencia St. (at 15th St.)

18 Key Players in Mid-Market's Transformation

Can the forlorn stretch of boarded-up theaters and neglected storefronts known as Mid-Market be transformed into a destination for the arts? The city is putting $11 million into it through the Central Market Cultural District Loan Fund. Below, the key players that are helping to transform the area. 

5 Quintessentially American Cocktail Recipes for July 4th

It's our nation's birthday next Monday! It's time to put aside politics, celebrate the three-day weekend and just rage. Rumor has it that it's going to be gorgeous this weekend, so cool down in the heat with these distinctly American cocktail recipes from our friends at Liquor.com. Enjoy!

1. Manhattan

2. Ramos Gin Fizz

Sonoma Woodworker Turns Wine Barrels Into Modern Candle Holders

Wine barrels may have been invented to age wine to perfection, but creative designers have been finding inspiring new ways to repurpose the rustic wood containers beyond their grapely duties. One such designer is Sonoma-based wine industry veteran and woodworker George Sachs who has taken his love for the libation and transformed it into uniquely hand-crafted candle holders made from recycled oak wine barrels.

Two Sense: Is Lack of Ambition a Deal Breaker?

My live-in boyfriend inherited a lot of money from his uncle five years ago, so he’s set financially. He doesn’t need a job right now, but it bothers me that he doesn’t have one. He pays his bills and his half of our dates. Still, I feel uneasy about committing to a man without a plan. Lately, I’ve been feeling resentful when I’m at work and he’s spending all day on the golf course.

He Said: Billionaire Warren Buffett once advised that the perfect amount of inheritance was “enough money so they would feel like they could do anything but not so much that they could do nothing.” If your boyfriend has been unemployed and screwing off for five years, I’d be concerned too. Even fortunate people who don’t need to grind out a paycheck should have enough passion to want to do something productive. The quality of life we enjoy now is the result of the work of our forebears, and to spend your life not trying to somehow improve the world is lazy and ungrateful.

New Fashion Blogger Bible 'Style Yourself' Features Local Style Scribes

We all know that getting that perfect mix of high/low is tougher than it looks. Which is exactly why 95 trusted international fashion bloggers, led by Jane Aldridge (Sea of Shoes), created the book Style Yourself: Inspired Advice from the World’s Top Fashion Bloggers, which hits shelves July 1. Published by local house Weldon Owen, the book features several of our local style bloggers, including Dyanna Pure (The SF Style), and SF turned NYC blogging sensation, Jannine Jacob (The Coveted).

Three Expert Chefs, 7 Delivery Pizzas, and Two Winners

It’s raining, hovering in the 50s and it’s … June? This calls for therapy—of the delivery-pizza kind. A cardboard box filled with a steamy, cheesy, salty, heart-clogging-yet-lifting cure for everything that ails you. But who to call?

Glad you asked. Yesterday at 7x7’s offices, we brought in seven of some of the most popular delivered pizzas based in different neighborhoods around town. 

Outgoing.me Throws Dinner Parties Around Shared Interests at Local Hotspots

The Brothers Morin — Jeff and Dan — as business partners fit together like peanut butter and jam, which is a good thing because the company they've built, Outgoing.me, organizes dinners for people with shared interests to meet up and talk.

This Thursday night, for example, at the Ironside, there are still a few seats left for a chat with Dan Nguyen-Tan of Public Bikes, where the conversation will revolve around cycling and high-end design. But that's just one of six to seven dinners each week organized by the Morins and their team around themes ranging from nonprofits to photography, wine tasting, hiking and running.

"We're about helping people, especially people new to the city, to meet other interesting people like them," says Jeff Morin. "It can be hard to meet anyone outside of your workplace at first. This beats going to the bars alone on a Friday night."

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