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Best of the City 2011

Photos: 7x7's Best Of The City 2011 Party at Ghirardelli Square & Fairmont Heritage Place

On June 9, 7x7 assembled San Francisco’s most acclaimed and prominent stars to commemorate our selections for the best people, places and things in the city, staging a singular VIP event co-hosted by Ghirardelli Square and Fairmont Heritage Place.


Best of the City 2011: Out + About

Best Modern Dance: Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet

Next year marks Alonzo King’s LINES’ 30th year as San Francisco’s classical-meets-modern ballet company. King’s choreography is known for its experimentation. For this spring season’s Triangle of the Squinches, he collaborated with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, who composed ethereal music, and architect Christopher Haas, who built several large pieces, including a cardboard wall, on which the company performed. In other words, don’t hold out for Swan Lake come October, when King’s next program will have its world premiere set to traditional Sephardic music. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., 415-863-3040

Best of the City 2011: Home + Design

Best Lighting: Anzfer Farms

We may see flotsam and jetsam, but SF designers Joseph Ferriso and Jonathan Anzalone see works of art in the ocean-tumbled beach woods that wash up on the shores of San Francisco. “We see beaches as places that replenish creativity,” says Ferriso. The low-watt globe bulbs—a fragile counterpoint to the resilient, raw-edge timber—that adorn the duo’s Branch floor lights and Fragment table lights provide a romantic, candlelike glow that beautifies any space or face.

Best Coffee Table Book: Handcrafted Modern: At Home With Mid-Century Designers

Best of the City 2011: Fashion + Beauty

Best Affordable Vintage: Minxy Boutique

Chances are good that the ’70s minidress and ’80s bedazzled clutch you’ve been scouting await you at Minxy Boutique. This new vintage vault in the Mission is chock-full of coats, boots, dresses, and handbags from various decades. Owner Tuc Luong—who bought and sold vintage wares on eBay for years—sees to it that all pieces are in top form, mending and laundering each garment herself before it hits the floor. Styles fit easily into a modern wardrobe, and prices are low enough to keep you coming back for more. 3043 24th St., 415-874-9617

Best of the City 2011: Eat + Drink

Best Sugar Fix: Peanut Brittle from Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous

There are cookies in this world, and then there are cookies. The peanut brittle specimen at Dogpatch ice cream shop Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous is of the latter kind. As if their house-made peanut brittle wasn’t addictive enough on its own, they chop it up and mix it into cookie dough to make a salty, sweet, chewy, nutty cookie that defies reason. These treats might be huge, but get two—you won’t want to share. 699 22nd St., 415-970-0750

Best Sustainable Fish: I Love Blue Sea

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