After weeks of jaw-dropping goals, even more jaw-dropping hair, bad calls, dramatic dives and vuvuzulas, the World Cup comes to a close this Sunday with a final show-down between Spain and The Netherlands. Whether you're for Orange (whoah, bright uniforms) or the Spaniards, you'll need a drink (or a few) to get through the high-drama.
Our pals at Liquor.com have corralled recommendations from some of the top soccer-watching spots in the country, including SF's own, The Elixir, for the final moments of the world's greatest sporting event.
So get your last World Cup kicks on with these drinks:
If you're like most San Franciscans, you're healthy, you're active and you like the outdoors. In fact, that's probably why you live here. So in the spirit of helping you walk the walk, we've teamed with the fitness gurus over at PacWest Athletics to highlight various inspiring outdoor locations around the Bay.
So here's one at quintessential SF pretty spot: Baker Beach.
When Steve Martin's not busy being epic on the big screen (Roxanne, Little Shop of Horrors, The Jerk...and can we get some love for George Banks?) or engaging in frenemy warfare with Alec Baldwin, he's been known to play the banjo. Pretty well. He's heading down to what's probably the chillest concert venue of the summer, Mountain Winery, for some bluegrass action (along with the Steep Canyon Rangers) on June 23rd.
Although it's lights off at lala today (which we're bemoaning over here at 7x7 HQ), June 1st also brings some good music news in the form of the final Outside Lands lineup. Ranger Dave continues his love affair with videos by announcing the entire Aug 14-15 lineup in video format. For those without the patience to watch the whole montage, here's the lineup in list form.
It's Memorial Day weekend, which signals the start of summer (nice 11th hour appearance, sun) and with it, festival and fair season. One we're particularly excited for is the CUESA Urban Eats festival at Giants County Fair on June 20th. We're big fans of CUESA (see their weekly Market Watch column) and our fabulous Eat + Drink editors Sara Deseran and Jessica Battilana will be judging the fair's local homemade and homegrown food contest.
Throughout their 11-year career, Brooklyn's The National has continually produced hauntingly beautiful albums that inspire both healthy rock outs and reflective broods. It's that breed of high/low that makes their latest release, High Violet, one of our favorites of the year and an album perfectly suited for this manic depressive weather.
Hot Chip is the electro-pop band from across the pond that everyone loves to love. And the hipster/raver types who were out in gyrating droves for their Fox Theater performance last Friday certainly didn't seem disappointed in their adoration. I mean, lead singer Alexis Taylor was rocking bright yellow pants. Coupled with the groups' signature driving beats, a bit of steel drum and rattle action and a lot on stage vertical jumping, it was enough to make anyone shake it a little.