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Real Estate Report: Open Sky Views and Walls of Glass in this SOMA Penthouse, $1.199M

Not everyone's image of San Francisco living, but this condo is only a block from the Embarcadero, Pier 30 and the planned America's Cup Village, the ballpark, and South Beach Park.

The Basics: A 2-bed, 2-bath, 2-parking space condominium on the top floor of 200 Brannan Street in San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood, asking $1.199M, on the market almost two months, and just went "pending" a few days ago. Monthly HOA dues are $650.00. 

The BADA BING BOT: Cocktail #3 in SVEDKA and 7x7's Mixology Competition

To celebrate the last month of Summer 2011, 7x7 and SVEDKA are teaming up to honor the city's bartenders and their skills of invention with an epic mixology competition! You can vote for your favorite featured bartender and their lascivious libation from August 1st through August 31st. You (yes, you!) will be entered to win a $50 bar tab at the winning watering hole. The winner of the San Francisco contest will be revealed on September 7th. Have fun trying all the great cocktails!

Celebs Invade Napa for Food, Wine & Film this Fall

The first-ever Napa Valley Film Festival debuts this November in a five day "extended weekend" run of the best of new independent films, studio sneak previews, and conversations with actors, directors, producers and writers, giving you one more reason to cruise up to the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. It's set to be the perfect storm of film buffs, food and wine lovers attending unforgettable parties, tribute and awards programs, culinary demonstrations, wine tasting and late-night lounges.

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. Drink Me Bar Hop: In keeping with Drink Me's Lewis Carroll-inspired theme, their bar crawl is all about following the White Rabbit. He'll be kicking off the evening at R Bar with $3 Sauza Blue margaritas, and continuing down Polk St. until 10 pm, spreading discounted drinks in his wake. Start the crawl and follow the Drink Me folks from bar to bar, or get the latest on their whereabouts from Twitter. (Thursday, August 4th, 6 pm, at R Bar, 1176 Sutter St., Tenderloin.)

Hanz De Fuko: Your Sexy Hair Expert

Hanz De Fuko hair product

“Today’s man is more discerning than ever, his lifestyle is his own and his style should always make its mark.” Motivational man speak by David Alfonso, the creator of hair product line Hanz de Fuko. At a time when male grooming is booming in SF and beards are aplenty, Hanz de Fuko was ahead of the game with the launch of sexy, 100% organic styling solutions five years ago.

This Week in Food: Louis' Reopens, Charity Cook-Off, Pastry Pop-Up, and More

Today, August 3

Family-owned Louis' Restaurant reopens after a complete renovation and is taking menu suggestions on their Facebook page. This Sutro Heights landmark has been serving good-eats for the past 74 years and really rallied up thousands of San Franciscans when the National Park Service nearly ended the restaurant's lease back in February. 902 Point Lobos Ave. 

Saturday, August 6

August Classical Music Roundup

Turtle Island String Quartet at Yoshi’s

Called the future of classical music, Turtle Island String Quartet lends a fresh slant to the standard chamber sound. Melding the bright virtuosity of classical with contemporary music styles, Turtle Island Quartet has won two Grammys for Best Classical Crossover Album. They've also been endorsed by Yo-Yo Ma, who calls it “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground - a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” 

August 7. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore Street. Tickets are $28 at 415-655-5600. 

 

San Francisco Opera at Stern Grove

10 Beach Essentials to Hit the Sand in Style

1. Juicy Couture Hat
Shield your face from harmful UV rays with this Lurex woven raffia floppy hat. Subtle metallic thread and crochet detailing complete the boho-chic vibe. $78 at Bloomingdale's.

2. Heimstone Jumpsuit
Romp from dawn to dusk in this no-fuss jumper. It doubles as a beach cover-up and a standalone summer ensemble. $429 at Elizabeth Charles, 2056 Fillmore St. (at California), 415-440-2100

Two Sense: My Boyfriend Hacked Into My Email

Last weekend I went to a party with some friends, and the next day my boyfriend asked how it was. I hadn't mentioned the party to him, but it turns out he read it in my calendar! He told me that he knew my password and had been reading my email for months. I was floored and pissed. He said it was no big deal, that he was just seeing if I was being straight with him. He also said he didn’t have any secrets and offered to let me read his email anytime I wanted. I'm seriously thinking of ending the relationship over this but am not sure if I'm overreacting. Is this common?
 

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