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How to Drink on New Year's to Avoid a Hangover

Ah New Year's Day, a time for resolutions, bowl games and... hangovers. For those who want to feel on top of the world on 1/1/11, try these drink recipes from the Trader Vic's Bartenders Guide to keep a slow buzz going all night.

 

The San Francisco
Adapted from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide, Revised

.75 oz The Bitter Truth Sloeberry Gin
.75 oz Italian vermouth
.75 oz French vermouth
1 dash The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters
1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
Shake ingredients with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Parking Tips For New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

New Year's Eve is all about parties, so it's the last time you want to be worrying about your car. Make sure your auto is safe with these indispensible tips from David LaBua, and have fun!

Workshop's Black Jet Bakery Pie & Pop Tart Pop-Up

Back by popular demand, Workshop SF is throwing a pie and pop tart party with Black Jet Bakery this Thursday, perfect for your holiday fiesta or last-minute attempts to indulge before tightening your belt come January. When they threw a pie pop-up shop for Thanksgiving, their baked goodies sold out in 3 hours, so drop by as soon as it starts, at noon, for the best stuff.

Liquor.com's High-Roller Holiday Gift Guide

If there's someone extra, extra special on your gift-giving list this year, our friends at Liquor.com have just the thing: rare, mega-expensive and delectable spirits. Whoever's the lucky soul on the receiving end of these presents will thank you in a big, big way.

Black Tot Rum ($1,000):

7 Quirky/Awesome Books to Gift From Chronicle Books

I constantly find myself drooling over the titles published by sister-company Chronicle Books. Now that it's Christmastime, I have the perfect excuse to splurge on books for myself and the people I love--and then "borrow" the books I give them (indefinitely). Here are some I'm looking to wrap up and top with a bow:

SURFER Magazine: 50 Years, ($40)

A Homemade Eggnog Recipe: Shaken Not Stirred

Last year, our former wine and spirits editor Jordan Mackay wrote up a fool-proof eggnog recipe guaranteed to yield a Merry Christmas, if you catch our drift. With three kinds of alcohol in it, there's no way you won't have a good time. That's why it has become our go-to recipe for holiday parties, mellow nights spent trying to warm up, and all-around Christmas cheer:

Boozy Eggnog

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!

Gifts From Gump's: Golden Gate Puzzle

Celebrating 150 years in San Francisco next year, Gump's is an institution. Today the Union Square shop offers exclusive collectibles, artwork, antiques, jewelry and a range of tableware, books and furnishings.

It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for CH+D and 7x7 readers.

Gifts from Gump's #10: Tom Killion 'Golden Gate at Sunset' Puzzle

Gifts From Gump's: Origami Crane Candle Holder

Celebrating 150 years in San Francisco next year, Gump's is an institution. Today the Union Square shop offers exclusive collectibles, artwork, antiques, jewelry and a range of tableware, books and furnishings.

It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for CH+D and 7x7 readers. We will feature one Gump's gift per day through 12/10.

Gifts from Gump's #9: Porcelain Origami Candle Holder

Bay Area Power Couples: Michael & Jacky Recchiuti of Recchiuti Confections

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

The first time Michael and Jacky Recchiuti met, they didn't hit it off. Then, on a blind date, they met again and realized they actually liked each other. Clearly meant to be together, they channel their chemistry and boundless creativity into making the chocolates and treats in the Recchiuti Confections family.

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