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The Perfect Weekend in Downtown LA

A close look at downtown Los Angeles, the freeway-encircled nexus where a handful of skyscrapers rises from the suburban tundra, reveals a business district on the verge of a swanky metamorphosis, thanks to a cadre of ambitious hoteliers, loft developers, and restaurateurs. And now the area’s got an acronym, DTLA—a distinction that usually equates to NBT (next big thing) status.

5 Weekend Escapes From San Francisco

Ready to get out of SF? Whether you're craving white sands and warm beaches or the heat of the big city, here are five postcard-worthy escapes for true weekend warriors. Start packing!

Magnolia Dogpatch and Schroeders Duke it Out in a Pub Brawl

Two storied city drinkeries get a refresh. We let them duke it out for the title of Top Brewhaus.

The Big Drink 2014: 50 Cocktails to Try Before You Die

Cocktail hour is a BFD—and in a town that has loved its liquor since time began, it can offer an insightful snapshot of the city’s spirit if done just right. We’ve distilled the essence of San Francisco down to 50 drinks to try before you die—the 2014 edition.

Secret Recipe: Blue Plate's Macaroni and Drunken Spanish Goat Cheese

7x7 asks the Bay Area's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email schuyler@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Editors Pick Their Must-Have Items for July and August

7x7 editors pick their favorites from the latest shops, goods, and happenings in the Bay Area and beyond.

5 Cravings, From Meaty Burgers to Pineapple Julep

Editor Schuyler Bailey, who mows her way around town for the sake of the Eat + Drink section, is hungry. Here's what she's hankering for this month.

Bug Out: Clever Cooks Integrate Insects Into Their Cuisines

Creepy crawlers are landing on our plates. (No, the photo is not a shot from the set of Fear Factor.) Late in 2013, the United Nations released a report tracking the consumption of insects around the world as climate change begins to lead to food shortages. Which means bugs might be our culinary saviors in a time of crisis.

Flavor Profile: Belcampo Meat Company's Bronwen Hanna-Korpi

The Slow Food vet, who runs Belcampo’s retail and restaurant arms, has been busy spreading the gospel of meat, overseeing outposts in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and Palo Alto, not to mention the newly opened restaurant–cum–butcher shop in lower Pac Heights.

Woodworker Aleksandra Zee Transforms Scraps Into Intricate Sculptures

Nature has always been a key element in artist Aleksandra Zee’s life. The Laguna Beach native spent her childhood oceanside, of course (it shows in her permanently sun-kissed mane), not just surfing and swimming, but also drawing and painting.

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