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Stuff We Like: Succulence Wall-Hangings, Bingo at Riptide, Population Salon, Nijiya Market, Seedstore and Real Estate Report

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. Succulent Wall Hanging from Succulence
I’m not one for bow-tied wreaths a la Martha Stewart but I’m all about this succulent wall-hanging ($225) available at Succulence, one of the coolest little stores in Bernal Heights. The shop which used to be tucked away behind Four Star Video on a back patio and cottage, has now expanded into the indoor arena too, focusing on terrariums (which are very hot right now, btw) and more indoor gardening projects. Pick up Home for the Holidays to watch while you’re at it.

Why Do We Admire Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs But Hate The Ones in Our Own Backyard?

The first time I saw San Francisco, I knew I wanted to live here for the rest of my life. It was during the peak of the dot-com bubble, and I was a reporter on a two-week loan from a business weekly in Memphis. Those two weeks would turn into four, which would turn into more than a decade.

Much of my attraction had to do with the region’s celebration of entrepreneurship and culture of meritocracy—a huge departure from the old boys’ club of the South. No matter how big the bubble inflated or how bad the bust hurt, people in San Francisco were always entrepreneurial—even if they weren’t starting companies. I wasn’t surrounded by anyone punching a clock. I was among men and women who believed that if you didn’t like your reality, you should work hard every day to change it. I’ve always told people it’s something in the water here.

Your 7 Favorite Charities: A Good Idea

Weeks ago, we asked you to nominate your favorite local charities. Check out the seven you chose as your favorite in the city here, who will each be receiving a $700 gift from us.  We've also been profiling each of these on our website. Vote for your favorite to be featured as a "Charity You Love" in our February issue!

Nearly three years ago Jared Paul had a transformation, or as he calls it “a one-third life crisis."  But whereas most life crises just lead to break-ups, meditation or quitting a corporate job – all of which he also did – Jared’s inspired him to found a nonprofit called A Good Idea.  A Good Idea creates positive social change by connecting people who want to help with people in need specifically the homeless population. We asked Jared what’s happening at A Good Idea and if buying a sports car ever crossed his mind.

Stuff We Like: Showdogs, the Boonville Hotel, Royal Baths, Secrets of the Sommeliers and 3300 Club

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).

Stuff We Like: Snoa Lingerie, Falletti Foods, Bob Dylan, Tartine's Chad Robertson & Lobel's Meat Bible

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. Lobel's Meat Bible from Chronicle Books

I've just received Lobel's Meat Bible, because I'm really trying to drive a, um, a steak into the heart of my former vegetarian self. I'm not about to start butchering my own cows or anything, but I do want to start learning about the different cuts of meat.

Stuff We Like: Brunch at Piccino, Serena + Lily Blankets, Martin Macks and SF Write and Pitch Conference

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. Brunch at Piccino Cafe
The coffee is strong, you can get pizza with an egg on top, and unlike Just For You across the street, there's never a line. —Jessica Battilana

Stephen Elliott on Why Two Roommates and $25K at Age 38 Equals a Lucky Man

I don’t go to a job like most people, and I don’t stay home with the children. I don’t have children. As I’m writing this, I see a very pregnant woman step out of a Mini Cooper and into a cafe. I don’t have a car. I had one 10 years ago, but it died.

Pets Dressed Up for Halloween

Check out these fun photos from Howl-o-Ween, which benefitted the SF SPCA. Ruff. Meow. Rar.

Stuff We Like: Ragazza Take Out, Schweet Boks, Loving Hut, Creativity Explored

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).

Note: Robin and Jessica are taking a break from liking stuff this week. We're just going to say that both of them like the Giants.

1. Ragazza Take-Out Pizza
What's been really exciting in my life recently is the opening of Ragazza, just a block away from my apartment in the undefined cross-section that is Lower Haight/Haight/NoPa.  And now the news that they're going to start doing take-out (announced via their twitter last night)?

Chatting With The Love Guru: A Q&A with Spiritual Teacher Ram Dass

Ram Dass won’t be appearing in person at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Nov. 7 to promote his new book, Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart (HarperOne)—a follow-up to his 1971 bestseller, Be Here Now. He suffered a debilitating stroke 13 years ago, and now stays put in Maui, so he’ll be appearing by teleconference. But that won’t stop local metaphysical junkies from showing up to talk spiritual bliss with the iconic author and teacher.

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