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Look of the Week: SF Street Food Festival

The 3rd Annual SF Street Food Festival is upon on us and well, a girl's gotta eat! We say dig in -- and look good while doing it.

As ladylike as we know you are, when you're standing and eating saucy truck food with your hands all day, spills are bound to happen. Keep them minute with a printed frock (this one has a fitted bodice and forgiving tummy, too!). Also, keep your hands busy with food -- not fuss -- with a crossbody bag, and stand up to those spiced-up eats with a cool pair of black suede shoes. 

ZeroCater Takes the Pain Out of Ordering Your Company Lunch

A few years ago, Arram Sabeti was working for the startup Justin.tv, where one of his daily duties was ordering lunch. The company was hiring at the time, and went from nine people to thirty.

Looking back on that experience now, he recalls that dealing with everyone’s food preferences (from the carnivores to vegetarians to vegans) became “the biggest pain, the most draining thing I’d ever had to do.”

It may come as a surprise, therefore, to find out that today Sabeti is doing pretty much the same work, albeit on a far larger scale.

He’s running his own startup, ZeroCater, which arranges for some 14,000 meals a month to be delivered from 80 leading local restaurants to companies all over the Bay Area.

But the difference between how he did had to do this work back then and how his company does it now says a lot about how technology can turn formerly painful tasks into profitable new businesses.

And, it also helps explain why consumer-oriented startups are disrupting virtually every aspect of our lives here in the Bay Area and beyond.

'Exit, Pursued by a Bear' at Boxcar Playhouse

Nan Carter’s husband is a jerk. One who probably deserves a far more vehement descriptor than the one used for the Corolla driver who cut you off yesterday. Inspired by a single stage direction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Nan upends her life - and possibly saves it - by giving her abusive husband a crash course in Being a Decent Human. A sharp, funny revenge tale by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson, Exit, Pursued by a Bear boasts an audacious heroine, a house cat in peril, and plot twists that will make you want to stand up and cheer for both heroine and cat. 

Four Great Road Bike Rides That Avoid The Golden Gate Bridge

Most local riders think of Marin as the ultimate road biking paradise—and in many ways it is. No one can argue that its gorgeous vistas, ocean views and perfect rolling hills make for world-class cycling. But with the Golden Gate Bridge bike lane closed through September, it’s tougher to reach that paradise, especially if you don’t have a car. So with the help of the folks at Mash Transit, the newly opened bike shop on 14th Street, I pulled together four great rides that that will keep you off the bridge and on your saddle. 

Weird Art in Bars: 3300 Club in La Lengua

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

Owned by the Keane family for more than 50 years, the sunny corner bar 3300 Club is a complete diamond in the rough in La Lengua. Populated by devoted regulars and rabid sports fans, this watering hole is a no-frills home away from home for many.

The Bay Area's Coolest Carousels

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.

If you rode a carousel when you were little, you’ll remember what a magical experience it was. The thrill of the sparkling lights to the music to picking out what animal you would ride never got old. Why not treat your family to the same great memories of good old-fashioned fun? We’ve found the Bay Area’s best spots for a fun-filled carousel ride that will make you and your little ones giggle in delight!

Photos: The 'Big Lebowski' Cast Reunites at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom

Fans of Joel and Ethan Coen's peerless 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski assembled at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday night to celebrate the movie's long-awaited Blu-ray release with reunited cast members Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro and Steve Buscemi.

The 2011 7x7 Style Council

After following the SF fashion front for a decade, we know style when we see it. Below is our hands-down, no-holds-barred selection of the city's seven best-dressed denizens. Whether it's natural radiance or years of experience on the runway, killer taste or the kind of creativity that invents clothing lines, these seven style stars prove the point once and for all: SF is indeed a fashion town.

Reason to Love Wednesdays: Pork Happy Hour at Fatted Calf

Warning: Carnage to ensue. Vegans may want to skip this one. 

If you were wondering what the three happiest words in the English language are, wonder no more: Pork Happy Hour.

Every Wednesday, Fatted Calf on Fell Street has a whole hog delivered in the morning. At 5:30, they throw open the doors to pour Magnolia’s Blue Bell Bitter and serve Mexican chorizo sausage to the hordes as they watch the ceremonial butchering of the pig. Developed to educate people about how meat is carved, Fatted Calf encourages picture-taking, question-asking, and generally making a nuisance of yourself as you watch and eat. 

Wooden Shjips' Free Show @ Bottom of the Hill, Tomorrow Night

San Francisco bands pretty much wrote the book on psychedelic music, thanks to its status as the nexus of all things trippy and acid-fried in the late 60s and early 70s. And because humans will always need an excuse to get totally zonked out and have a good time, Wooden Shjips proudly continue to carry the torch for anyone who digs their music hypnotic, sexy, impossibly loud and accompanied by brain-bending visuals.

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