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The Ultimate Coit Tower Stair Workout

You've admired Coit Tower from afar. Now it's time to do a workout on it. 

Dallas Reporter Newy Scruggs Thinks We're All Potheads

Gawker has a hilarious post this morning of a broadcast from before last night's game by Dallas NBC sports reporter Newy Scruggs. Basically, he thinks we're all potheads. "People are nice here...they want to see their team win, but they're all half buzzed out." Watch the clip.

Tom Waits (!) Revealed as Litquake "Surprise Guest"

Litquake's website has been teasing us for a while now by saying that Oct 2nd's Barbary Coast Award (which honors Lawrence Ferlinghetti) will feature "a very special guest indeed." And now we know who it is...none other than Mr. Tom Waits. The prolific singer-songwriter will be in attendance this Saturday at Herbst Theatre, along with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Winona Ryder, Michael McLure and New Yorker cartoonist Eric Drooker. Yes, very special indeed.

Get tickets here.

Aloha-Out to Win Trips to Hawaii

Do you know what sounds really good right now? Hawaii. And do you know what sounds even better? Going for free.

We were just alerted to Starwood Hawaii and Sony's "Show Your Aloha" photo contest, wherein the best photos of you Aloha-ing out win fabulous vacation packages to the islands. Just upload photos that showcase "what Aloha means to you" to the Starwood Hawaii Facebook page between now and September 30 for a chance to win trips plus Sony camera gear.

Do it. It's hump day. This will give you hope.

Bay Area "Power Couples:" Lara and Gar Truppelli of The Beach Chalet

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Because it's almost Labor Day, it seemed only appropriate to honor Lara and Gar Truppelli, founders of some of the most quintessential Bay Area summertime restaurants: The Beach Chalet, The Park Chalet and The Lake Chalet. We chatted with the duo about starting a restaurant in arguably one of the prettiest spots in the city, first dates and proposals and the craziest thing a tourist has ever done.

The Morning Benders Release Video for "All Day Day Light"

Local favorites The Morning Benders, whose critically acclaimed 2010 release, Big Echo, has been on a solid rotation in our offices, debuted their music video for "All Day Day Light" today. The video's perfectly timed to the schizophrenic weather we've been having this summer. It's also karaoke-ready, if you're into that.

The band's about to embark on a European tour, and will touch back stateside in October, playing Austin City Limits and then headlining (!) the Fillmore on October 16.

Check out the video below. It's a great one to carry you into your Labor Day festivities.

Happy 80 Degrees! A Tequila and Watermelon Cocktail Recipe from Jardinière


Jardinière chef Traci des Jardins tells today that she's "pleasantly surprised at how food-friendly tequila is." Interesting.

Not convinced? Try out her theory by pairing her Black Mission Fig Salad recipe with mixologist Brian MacGregor's watermelon and tequila cocktail.  Their recipes (below) are perfect for a hot day like today.

Win Tickets to the Tyler Florence-Hosted "Paso Glow" Dinner in October

Sometimes it's okay to cheat on Napa with California's other wine country destination, the Central Coast (especially since Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church made it look pretty fun in Sideways). And Sunset Mag's four-day SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine festival is the perfect chance to do it. The city of Paso Robles is running a contest on their Facebook page to win tickets to Savor’s grand tasting on Oct 3rd and two tickets to the "Paso Glow" dinner on Oct 2nd (a total value of $420).

'Orange is the New Pink' Tomorrow Night at the Giants Game

Tomorrow is ladies night at the Giants game, of the power-suit variety. 7x7's Executive Publisher Susie McCormick will be speaking at the "Orange Is The New Pink" (yep) 1st Annual Women's Networking event, a mix and mingle affair for Bay Area women across all industries.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and a $20 ticket gets you a Giants-themed cocktail, a ticket to the game and knowledge from fellow Bay Area power women.

Get tickets here.

Pop-Up Magazine "Issue 4" Tickets Go on Sale This Thursday

Tickets for Pop-Up Magazine's just-announced 4th performance will go on sale this Thursday at 12 pm. The last go-around sold out in less than an hour, so we'd recommend setting a reminder to snatch some up.

For those of you who don't know what Pop-Up Magazine is all about, meander over to our last-October write-up on the phenomenon. The concept is basically a magazine-turned-performance, with short pieces up front, longer features at the end. It's the brainchild of Douglas McGray, Pop-Up's "editor-in-chief" and contributor to both This American Life and The New Yorker.

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