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Locked & Loaded: 5 Gifts for Coffee Achievers

Christmas is almost here. And if you haven't gotten your gifts yet, I hope you're freaking out. You should be! But perhaps the person whose gift you wish to wrap is a caffeine fiend. Or just likes tasty drinks, and well-designed gear to serve it in. Here are five gifts to delight the coffee lover in your life. Two are decidedly local, three are not. All are awesome.

Eat It: Champagne and Chocolate

Champagne and Oysters at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant!
One of the greatest pleasures of the winter season (or any season, really) is the classic pairing of ice-cold briny oysters and ice-cold bubbly Champagne. If you want to get your fix before New Year's Eve, head to the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant on December 15, for their second annual Champagne and Oyster fête. Choose from a flight of Grande Marques and Grower-Producer bubbles ($46 for 5 pours) or opt for the Non-vintage rosé flight ($18 for 3 pours). The Hog Island oyster cart will be rolling down the hall to serve you—$15 for a half-dozen, $27 for a dozen. The event runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cheers!

Saison's Dcantr: A Place to Blend Your Own Wine

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

Studio Gourmet: An Inside the Actor's Studio for Food Lovers?

I am a huge fan of Inside the Actor's Studio (I am also, relatedly, a huge fan of Will Ferrell's impression of James Lipton). The pensive moments, the long pauses, the seeming sincerity—good stuff. So when I heard that newcomer Studio Gourmet was posturing itself as a sort of ITAS for food lovers, I was curious.

Tea For You: 7 Spots to Drink & Buy

If you're not a coffee drinker--and we all know this is quite the coffee drinkers' town--you probably love tea. Here are our favorite places to warm up and get a sip. Where do you go to drink and buy?

Just In Time For Your Holiday Party, Learn to Make Classic Drinks This Wednesday

No doubt by now you've been to several holiday parties already, and are probably planning your own as well. This means you'll need to mix up some drinks to knock their socks off. Get ready for the big night with the help of a true pro, H. Joseph Ehrmann (proprietor of Elixir and Nightclub & Bar Magazine's 2010 Bartender of the Year), who's putting on a Mixology 101 class this Wednesday, December 15th.

Saturday Night At Hapa Ramen's New Stand

So I was headed to an event in the Mission District on Saturday night, when I came across a stand being set up by Hapa Ramen.

Meet Heretic, The Bay's Newest Brewery

Jamil Zainasheff had never planned to go pro. Over the past decade, he'd carved out a niche for himself in the growing homebrewing movement, authoring books on classic beer styles and yeast and hosting a popular Internet radio show, "The Jamil Show," on the Brewing Network. "I've always said I didn't want to set up a [commercial] brewery, because they're very expensive, and it's a lot of hard work," Zainasheff says.

Top Three SF Bars to Become a Whiskey Connoisseur

Bourbon and Branch
The whiskey options at this secret-password bar are surprisingly unclassified: Buy it by the straight pour (ask for their special Pappy single-barrel), in one of the pre- selected tasting flights (bourbon, rye, Irish, or Scotch), or in a mixed flight of half-pours of your own choosing.

TRON Legacy @ Kabuki Theatre Ticket Giveaway!

People, in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park: "Hold onto your butts". We've got up for grabs two pairs of tickets to see possibly the coolest movie of the year, TRON Legacy in 3D and Dolby Digital Surround Sound! They're for the midnight screening of Friday the 17th (so you can see it before all your pals).

You know the jist: Jeff Bridges is stuck in a trippy digital world, his abandoned son goes in to save him, all to Daft Punk's otherworldly soundtrack. Get ready to have your minds blown!

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