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I was never really into dinner theater. One of my best friends played an Oscar-worthy Maria in Joey and Maria’s Wedding in San Diego, but like many real weddings, the food took a back seat to the cheating cousins, tipsy bridesmaids and mouthy mothers-in-law.
I attended a different type of dinnertime drama this weekend when I went to Una Pizza Napoletana.
My latest fantasy home is a brand-new LEED-certified, 3-story townhouse tucked in the woods of the Presidio with 3 bedrooms, a garage and a heated roofdeck.
According to my Army doctor brother, being stationed in San Francisco at the Presidio—an option that was still available until the '90s—would be a dream assignment. And after touring Presidio Landmark, an adaptive restoration of the old U.S. Marine Hospital into luxury residential rentals, I can see what he means.
The estate sale this weekend at the old SFFD station on 117 Broad Street is filled with so many rare, valuable, historic and downright kooky collectibles, it will light a fire under your feet. Use that motivation to hot-foot it to this sale, because it's a can't-miss opportunity for people who want to own a bit of San Francisco history—or just something that's truly unique.
I was at a holiday party last week and in attendance were a large number of 20-something males. More than a few asked me what my plans were for the new year and I must admit I was expecting an eye roll or two when I told them that I'd be blogging for a home and design magazine. Shame on me! Not only did I get a good response and earnest questions of interest, one young professional whipped out his cell phone and showed me an image of a new coffee table that he thought was "the bomb."
I'll be the first to admit that the internet has ruined me for shopping in the real world. Online I can compare prices, see what's in stock, and don't have to worry about schlepping all those bags home afterwards. It's perfection. The one thing that keeps me tethered to real-deal, leave-the-house shopping, however, is the thrill of a good flea market. Alameda, Candlestick —these places offer unique pieces that can be terribly hard to find (particularly at a reasonable price) online. But now, thanks to the recent crop of local, independent furniture dealers popping up on the web, even the fleas are getting some stiff competition. At the moment, I'm particularly crazy about the selection of crave-worthy furniture at MidCentury Modern Finds.
Telegraph Hill is covered with quirky shingle houses and beautiful gardens. Because it was inaccessible, it's where the poor, the artistic, the writers, lived. Not any more.
When it comes to resolutions, I'm admittedly a pessimist. Go for a run every morning? Finish all my projects around the house? Pfft, not bloody likely. But if said resolution involves learning something fun, I'm a hopeless optimist. Sure, I'll take up sewing! Absolutely I'll be letterpressing like a pro by the end of the year!
But even if I'm utterly pumped at the idea of my as-yet-to-be newfound skill, making it happen can still be dicey. This year, I'd like to change that. So I've been looking up crafty workshops and classes to get me motivated early.
I like to think I get around town to check out the new restaurants, but truth is I’ve been a bit spoiled lately with all the tasty new places opening up within very convenient stumbling distance from my Civic Center condo.
Christmas came early at my house, and this lucky girl's now the proud owner of an iPad. My phone's too old to be one of those "smart" numbers and my computer mainly stays at home, so this is my first major electronic to sashay out of the house with me on a regular basis.