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Hitting Bottom: When a Liberal Parent's Hand Meets Her Toddler's Behind

The Bay Area’s liberal politics extend beyond the Keen-sandal-wearing, Prius-driving hippies who run the city councils. There are also strong opinions about the way you should raise your children. Begin with a drug-free birth, carry your baby in a sling, and breast-feed and co-sleep until the kid goes to college. No television, no sugar, no plastic toys, and absolutely no spanking. Make all your own baby food using local organic produce, and don’t put anything on your child’s skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth.

Wedding We Love: True Blue in Calistoga

Sarah Barnett & Douglas Bria
August 28, 2010 Calistoga

On Doug’s bookshelf, you’ll find The Official Preppy Handbook and The WASP Cookbook, so no one was surprised when he married Sarah (who shares his aesthetic) in a prepster wedding that would put a smile on a Lacoste alligator’s face. It was fitting that their faithful sidekick Cupcake, a white English bulldog, not only walked down the aisle but lay at Sarah’s feet during the vows.

Yep, that was an earthquake. Tweets galore.

Stuff We Like: Cavalia, ATYS, Asuka Ramen, Flip & Tumble Reusable Bag

Welcome to our weekly 'Stuff We Like' blog, where 7x7 editors talk about...stuff we like. (Check out past week's 'Stuff We Like' posts here).

1. Flip & Tumble Reusable Bag

"Christmas With Walt Disney" Brings The Iconic Founder Back to Life

If there’s one time of year when you can let the fond memories of Disneyland Christmas parades, Fantasia, and Swiss Family Robinson tug at your heartstrings, it’s now. Starting Nov. 26, the Walt Disney Family Museum presents Christmas With Walt Disney, a film that brings the iconic founder back to life alongside your favorite Disney faces. Directed by veteran filmmaker Don Hahn (known for his work on The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast), the film intersperses rare family footage of Disney himself with clips from the studio’s movies and television specials.

Stuff We Like: Fried Chicken Sandwich from Showdogs, Sports Club/LA, House Concerts & Lilac

Welcome to our weekly 'Stuff We Like' blog, where 7x7 editors talk about...stuff we like. (Check out past week's 'Stuff We Like' posts here). 

1. Fried chicken sandwich at Showdogs
I’m digesting this as I write, having just scarfed down the perfect fried chicken sandwich ($7.50) from Showdogs (brought to us by the Foreign Cinema folks). Foreign Cinema’s fried chicken has received deserved accolades, but set between two soft buns, topped with cole slaw touched with fresh chilies to give it some heat, and slathered in lemon-cayenne aioli, this sandwich has that soft/hot/crunchy/just a little bit spicy thing going on that is hard to put down. Diet be damned.--Sara Deseran

More Bang For Your Bubble: Sparkling Wine Vs. Champagne

So a guy walks into a wine shop and thinks: ’Tis the season for Champagne—until he looks at the price. He gulps and regroups: ’Tis the season for sparkling wine!

Get Ready for 2011, San Francisco: What's In Store Next Year

1. Ghirardelli Square
Though the businesses in the Square are in foreclosure, Gary Danko asserts he’s still going to open his long-awaited American brasserie.

2. Pier 35
Get ready for the tourists: San Francisco port officials predict a 39 percent increase in the number of cruise ships docking in the city this year.

3. Golden Gate Park/
Ocean Beach
For the first time in history, Bay to Breakers will ban alcohol from the race, making it much harder to lower your inhibitions and run naked.

'Tis the Season: Your Seven Favorite Charities Event @ Gump's

The 7 finalists in our first annual "'Tis the Season" charity voting feature -  KEEN, Summer Search, DISH--Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing, The Shanti Project, Project Night Night, SF Child Abuse Prevention Center and A Good Idea - were honored yesterday at Gump's. Each of the 7 finalists (narrowed down from 61 nominations) were given $700 from 7x7.

Stuff We Like: Somerset, The Strawberry Lodge, Banana Cream Pie from Mission Pie, The Bad Plus...

Welcome to our weekly 'Stuff We Like' blog, where 7x7 editors talk about...stuff we like. (Check out past week's 'Stuff We Like' posts here).

1. Banana Cream Pie from Mission Pie
I've long heard the banana cream pie is Mission Pie's calling card, so in an effort to keep warm lately, I've been indulging in a couple of shared slices with my boyfriend after dinner.

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