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Christina Argyres

The Last-Minute Guide to Mother's Day Brunch

Just because it only dawned on you 10 minutes ago that Mother's Day is Sunday, doesn't mean your love for her is any less. Not to mention, she'll never know if you reserve a table for brunch now (just tell her you wanted it to be a surprise). We called on your behalf and these restaruants all have tables still available.

Try brunch with a twist at Maverick. You can’t go wrong with the duck hash made with duck confit, russet potatoes, medjool dates, sunny side up eggs, mustard sauce and fresh picked herbs.

Easter Treats? A Guide to The City's Best

If you can only have one thing this Easter make it be this: Emporio Rulli Bakery's La Colomba Pasquale or “The Easter Dove”, a lighter, more citrusy version of panettone. The fluffy sweet bread made with candied orange peels, almond paste, and powdered sugar is baked in a dove-shaped paper mold. Amazing.

For kids, Cocoabella’s got the ultimate Easter basket ($50). The multicolor weaved basket features delicious milk chocolate covered gummi bears, a milk chocolate egg house, a chocolate bunny and crème brulee Eggs.

Passover: Everything You Need, Including the Martini

At a loss for what to do and how to prepare for Passover this year? Have no fear, we've got you covered. Just read on.

When the whole family gets together you might need a little more than red wine to take the edge off. Add Distillery no. 209’s sugarcane-distilled gin ($36) to your table for Passover this year. Most alcoholic beverages don't meet Passover regulations, but this San Francisco-based distillery has come up with the first Kosher For Passover gin. Martinis all around. Available at Blackwell’s Wines & Spirits.

Create Talking Photos with Fotobabble

So you're uploading a photo to Facebook and trying to think of a caption. This process would be soooo much more fun if you could add a voiceover, right? Well, now you can. Emeryville-based Fotobabble has created a way to make talking photos. The implications are pretty awesome here: singing telegrams, a play by play of a pee-wee soccer game...and um, lots of opportunities for pokin' fun at those "wow, maybe we had too much to drink here" photos.  You can share it all via Facebook, Twitter and even embed Fotobabble photos in your own web pages. Pretty sweet. Download the iPhone app for free here.

A Valentine's Day Chocolate Buying Guide

Whether you're celebrating with a sweetheart, a gang of single buds or by yourself, chocolate is in order. Here are our picks.

For your coworkers (aw, aren't you nice!)
Everyone in the office will appreciate the flavor focused “Hug Me Lazy Bite Me Tasty” treats from Tcho. Forty-eight mini bars in a nifty tin ($40) will keep your coworkers happily munching away. Pier 17, 415-963-5090

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