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Weekend Guide: Bay Area Gift Swap, Procrastinators Rejoice, Vita Fede, & More

Want a white elephant present delivered with lunch? Read on. 

Check Out the Best Local Holiday Chocolates

Only a couple of weeks remain until Christmas, sure, but you still need to show up at holiday parties with a nice host gift (a classy move). At the very least, you'll want to give something sweet to people you care about, like your brilliant hairstylist. And chocolate is rarely the wrong answer (like, never), so here’s what some of our local confectioners and chocolate-makers are offering for the holidays.

Drink Here Now: Creamy Cocktails and a Bartending Pioneer

If ketchup is a vegetable, then a Bloody Mary is a salad.

Foodie Agenda: New Juice Bar, Hot & Sour Ramen, the Whole Hog, & More

From savory head cheese to gorgeous hot & sour ramen, these events will blow your food-loving mind. 

6 Apple Cider Cocktails to Try Right Now

The only thing cozier than warm apple cider on a cold day? Adding a generous helping of spirits. 

Win a Meal at The French Laundry with Lottery Scratchers

The California Lottery is dealing in more than just money these days. Starting in January, you can win a weekend culinary experience that includes a meal at the Michelin three-starred French Laundry, just by playing scratchers. 

Where to Get Tamales for Christmas in the Bay Area

If you don't have a Mexican grandmother/mother of your own, here's where to get the best tamales in the Bay Area to unwrap on Christmas Eve. 

Secret Recipe: Locanda's Duck Fat-Fried Latkes with Quince Conserva

With Hanukkah right around the corner, it's time for Jews and gentiles alike to partake in the holiday tradition of devouring latkes. We're partial to the perfectly crispy-on-the-outside-pillowy-on-the-inside version fried up by Locanda chef Craig Stoll. Enjoy them at home surrounded by family and friends ... or all alone with Netflix, we're not judging. 

Flavor Profile: Super Duper's Adriano Paganini

Restaurateur extraordinaire Adriano Paganini (Beretta, Lolinda Steakhouse, El Techo de Lolinda, Delarosa, Starbelly, Super Duper, Pesce, Uno Dos Tacos) is aiming to open Delarosa's downtown location in April 2015 (complete with fried-pizza options), and it doesn't end there—he's ruminating on a Spanish concept and dreaming of another steakhouse.

Scrooge-Proof: The Christmas Spirit, Bottled

Anchor Distilling's Christmas Spirit

When it comes to celebrating this holiday season, it's time to ditch the store-bought eggnog for something a little more interesting. Every November through mid-January, Anchor Brewing releases its coveted Christmas Ale—a rich, dark, boldly spiced delight with a top-secret recipe of malts, hops, and spices that changes slightly every year. Now, the Anchor team has distilled the ale down to the 2014 Christmas Spirit, a deliciously festive libation that's sure to put a twinkle in your eye, thanks to flavors of bright holiday spices, orange peel, and poached apple.

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