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Top Five San Jose Holiday Happenings

The calendar’s turned to December and the countdown to the holidays is on. If you need a little help getting into that jolly state of mind, take a break from shopping, grab the kids and find your way to San Jose. There’s some holiday happenings going on even Scrooge would be impressed with.

Holiday Events in Lake Tahoe

Though the weather outside is frightful – it’s not snowing and the prospects for any significant snowfall in the immediate future are grim – the Lake Tahoe area is still a delightful place to visit during the year-end holiday season.

Macy Dresses by Giambattista Valli Provide Your Party Dress Solution

Allow me to light a fire under you to get to the nearest Macy's and swoop up at least one Giambattista Valli for Macy's party dress — or leopard tuxedo pant — for the holidays. Here are your directions: Impulse department, or lift a finger at www.macys.com/impulse, veer right, sharp left, look out for the draped and ruffled, dead sexy confections in ruby red, classic black, and glamorous leopard.

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!

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