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After Fall Comes ...



After fall comes... winter, of course.

I got my yearly dose of both in about a week, as Christie and I journeyed to Jackson Hole, WY to visit her brother and his family. Jackson was frigid—averaging about 8 degrees the entire time we were there—but beautiful snowscapes with flakes gently falling from the clouds and mountains are the perfect backdrop for . . . serious drinking. And Jackson’s no stranger to that.


Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

Life After Christmas


Cheap lunch at A16? Sign me up.

Here is my hint of the week. You’re all probably totally bogged down with holiday shopping, cooking and planning (and traveling!) but this is one of those early bird = worms type of situations that it would be a shame to miss out on. The seventh annual SF Dine About Town is on—January 15-31st. For those unfamiliar with the Dine Around concept, let me explain: participating restaurants offer special menus (for lunch, dinner or both) throughout that period for rock-bottom prices—a multi-course lunch for $21.95, dinner for $31.95.

Napa in Autumn

One of the few disappointing things about living in the Bay Area is the absence of clear-cut and dramatic seasons. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year (favorite month = October), but to get a feeling for it, you have to go up to Napa or some other place where more of the trees and plants actually drop their color-changing leaves. It's the end of the season up there, but there's still some nice action, as these amateurish pics from a recent trip display.



Top 7 Desserts of ‘07

Since I’ve started working here, I’ve noticed that everything in my life now runs in sevens or multiples of seven, so it’s no surprise that when I sat down to reflect on some of my favorite eats this year (2007—seven, get it?), I came up with… surprise… a list of seven. Here’s the rundown (in no particular order):

1. Strawberry rhubarb crisp at Universal Café—I forgot to take a picture of it before diving in; it was that good.


I'm Your Pusher, Man


Goodie Goodie Gumdrops: a bag of chocolate toffee
from Fiona's Sweet Shoppe

I guess you could say that visions of sugarplums have been dancing in my head. Well, kind of. My head has actually been feeling detached from my body, as I’ve recently been suffering through the flu—but during the long, dreadful bout of illness I found myself craving only two things: hot cocoa and chocolate milk (I guess that’s really one thing, two forms). I like sugar. So sue me.

In Hot Water

As a whole, it's just been one of those weeks. But Wednesday, the universe wouldn’t align no matter what I did. So, after work was over, I went through my usual laundry list of perk-me-ups:

• I went to the gym and did my little gym routine extra hard, while listening to The Prototypes on my iPod—really loud.
• I sat in the steam room and breathed deeply.
• When this didn't work, I drank—two stiff drinks at our office holiday party (a negroni and a gin martini, twist of lemon)—and danced (particularly to “How Do You Want It?” by Tupac, which was smartly requested by Melissa, our arts and entertainment editor).

But the universe was being stubborn that night. It wouldn't budge.

Another Trick for the Cheater's Handbook

I have a small problem—I frequently dream up these ambitious projects, usually food related, that have a nasty habit of taking over my life. Just last April, for example, I threw a lamb-themed party (in like a lion, out like a lamb…get it?), and wouldn’t rest until I had ordered lamb-shaped chocolates. I stopped short of buying armloads of sheepskins from Ikea…but only because my girlfriend drew the line in the sand.

Worth a Trip to Menlo Park

At 7x7, we focus on the relatively small area denoted by the numbers in our title. Sometimes I argue with the powers that be that we should extend coverage a bit. Not that there isn’t sufficient activity within city limits to supply our editorial needs, it’s just that there’s so much really cool stuff going on in the whole Bay Area that I feel bad in not writing about it.

Kona Blue


Me and the Kona Blue folks

Aquaculture gets a bad rap, and sometimes for good reason—there’s a lot of sloppy practices out there—but when many fish are becoming commercially depleted to the point of extinction, aquaculture needs to get more consideration. That’s why I was especially intrigued about Kona Blue’s Kona Kampachi®, who’s well-deserved slogans include: “Good for the Ocean. Good for You.” and “Sustainably Delicious.” I’d add: “Kobe beef of the ocean,” based on the care and effort that Kona Blue puts into the kampachi.

Cocktails on the Fly



I feel remiss, as I don’t know that I’ve done anything yet to promote one of the Web’s most engaging cocktail resources and one of the most creative and talented bartenders I’ve ever met.
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