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Major in Cheese at The Cheese School

Cheesemongers are great at their job if they successfully convey what the original purveyor would want us to know. The Cheese School thrives with these erudite cheese connoisseurs who teach a rotation of classes to the not nearly as cheese-educated among us. If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of cheese, seeking a unique date idea, or crave an atypical night out with friends, The Cheese School a delightful (and delicious) didactic destination makes.

Scenes of the City: the Bay Bridge's Final Piece

Last Friday, the final piece of the new Bay Bridge was laid (it weighed two million pounds). It marks the completion of the largest structure of its kind anywhere in the world. The new Bay Bridge is scheduled to open in 2013, so don't start revving your engines just yet.

Ditch Delicate + Get Bold In Menswear-Inspired Watches

Techies, take note—the watch is making a comeback. Strap on one of these
gender-bending timepieces and go.

Chef Ron Siegel Announces Parallel 37, Nob Hill's Newest Eatery

One of San Francisco's most accomplished chefs, Ron Siegel (he was the first US citizen to ever win Iron Chef!) will helm the kitchen at Nob Hill's just-announced, highly anticipated new restaurant Parallel 37, inside The Ritz-Carlton. True to its name–its inspired by the geographic latitude running near the San Francisco Bay Area–the spot already prides itself on a menu chock-full of locally sourced ingredients as well as sustainably produced wines from Sonoma and Napa.

Snow, Beer and Wine Junkies Collide at This Weekend's SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival

The calendar says winter is still a couple of months off, but it’s not too early to get ready for the approaching ski and snowboard season.

And one good way to get a jump on snow time is head over to Fort Mason in San Francisco this weekend for the fourth iteration of the SnowBomb Ski and Snowboard Festival.

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 Grand Tasting: The Drink Me magazine version of a Mad Hatter's tea party features a lot less tea, a lot more booze, and approximately the same amount of funny hats. For just $20 ($30 at the door), attendees will get a full-sized cocktail and tastings of a wide range of libations, from Knob Creek and Laphroaig to Ninkasi and Blue Moon brews to wines from 53B and Michael David. A DJ will spin, and food will be available for purchase; all you have to do is remember to wear your craziest chapeau. Tickets are available here. (Friday, November 4, 5:30-9:30 pm, at 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., SOMA.)

Head to Public Works on November 5th to Party With Professional Surfers

The noticeable presence of pro surfers in the city means that San Francisco surfers are doing their best to show off the city’s party side. Almost every night during the November 1-12 contest window of the Rip Curl Pro Search, there is something surf related happening somewhere in the city. While each party has its own unique flavor, one of the hottest events where you can mingle with the world’s best surfers is the Surfbreak Rentals Launch Party on November 5 at Public Works.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Alan Kaufman (Drunken Angel)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Wantful Aims to Bring the Pleasure Back to Gift-Giving

Inside a bustling Victorian flat on Haight Street, a team of merchandisers led by serial entrepreneur John Poisson has just launched a service to “help solve your gift-giving dilemmas.”

Didn't think you had any such dilemmas? Think again.

Local Chefs Take the Stage on Studio Gourmet

Born and bred Bay Area boy Brad Lev knows how to dig deep into the psyche of celebrated San Francisco chefs. He does just that as host of Studio Gourmet, a monthly food talk show involving three ingredients – a live cooking demo, an intimate Q&A, and a tasting. 

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