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My Week in Food: Blue Bottle, Empanadas, The Perfect Costume

Last night, I came up with the perfect idea for Halloween and since I'm not into dressing up myself, you can have my ultimate mixologist costume. All it entails is a mustache, suspenders, a page boy cap, a shaker, and an ice pick for making perfect ice. Obscure bitters would be good. For a little gore, add some fake blood to the tip of the ice pick which you can say is from the customer you stabbed when they asked for a vodka tonic.

SF Street Style: The Man in The Red Bow-Tie, in The Mission

I caught up with visual designer Shawn Carrico, while standing in line at the SF Street Food Festival, last Saturday in the Mission. His red bow-tie and wicked-sharp glasses immediately caught my attention but, while he's incorporated great details, his outfit is still refreshingly casual -- and thus, street food appropriate. Shawn said his favorite eats at the festival were the Penang Curry Bomb Bun and Sharbat from Azalina's

Local, Indie Fashion Event: Project San Francisco at The Summit

If you're looking for San Francisco's next rising fahions stars, the best view will be from The Summit. The Mission's buzziest new community space is being taken over by the local design community tomorrow night for Project San Francisco, an annual fashion event spotlighting the newest talent on the fashion scene.

The event also benefits a well-loved organization, Dress For Success San Francisco, as well as the the San Francisco Fashion & Merchants Alliance (which is producing the show.)

Artillery AG: Local Fashion is Good For You

Upon stepping into Artillery Apparel Gallery, you're immediately faced with a huge, gold framed easel, holding a t-shirt, stretched like canvas, in various stages of painting. This is no upright screen-print job, but rather, hand-painted t-shirts by Artillery AG's owner, Ivan Lopez.

Lopez is straight up, born-and-bred Mission hip. After studying Industrial Design at Pratt and selling his shirts on street corners in NYC, he returned to SF and open Artillery AG right in his hometown hood -- the Mission.

Minxy's Brings Affordable Vintage to the Mission

The Mission has many, shall we say, interesting smells. The one we like best? The oh so distinct scent of vintage clothing

And while we have a soft spot for that musty scent, we love Minxy's Boutique even more for not having it. Minxy's is a one-stop vintage shop that flaunts everything from pointy 80s pumps to bold 60s costume jewelry, with decades of clothing in between.

Photos: Aldea Niños' Halloween 2010 Family Ball

There was a parade of cuteness on display as Valencia Street's "small village" celebrated the grand opening of their new baby-centric location, Aldea Niños, at 1017 Valencia! Tasty treats were on offer, as well as special prizes for the costume contest run by the Mission District Family Committee.

Photos: Jessica Skloven

Video: Mission Goes Wild After Mexico Beats France

After their draw with South Africa, Mexico needed a win, and for more than a morale boost. As soon as the Mexico v. France match ended, the horns of celebration started up in the Mission. If you don't have a team yet, Mexico is a good choice if only for the sheer joy in the Mission when the team wins. The Mission was in full-on celebration mode for about an hour. Mexico's next match is against Uruguay on Tuesday, June 22, so call in to work with car trouble or food poisoning and find a bar open for the match at 7am PST. Mexico only needs a draw to advance. Video after the jump... El Farolito

New 24th Street BART Hot Dog Vendor: Who's Been?

The 24th Street BART station is my regular stop on the way home to Bernal Heights and lately, it's become much more colorful in a very Mexican way. Not only are there the usual tamale ladies and flower vendors, and guys selling strawberries in season, but now you'll find a bevy of stands selling sunglasses and more on the weekends, like a little market. There's also there's a new chicharrónes vendor and now this new hot dog vendor (very official looking, generator and all), like a beacon, illuminating the cold nights. (From what I can see, the woman working it also sell huevos—in what form, I'm not sure.)

We're wrapping up the Big Eat as I type. So, let's hear it: Has anyone tried the hot dog stand out? Worth it or not? You tell us.

Precita Eyes: Mission Muralismo at the de Young

The de Young Museum and Precita Eyes muralists have teamed up to bring a bit of the Mission to Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young. The partnership kicks off this Friday, November 6, starting at 5pm with a free book launch party for Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, a photographic archive of some of the Mission's most vibrant and notable murals, edited by Annice Jacoby with a foreword by Carlos Santana. The party will feature poetry, music, and a talk given by the book's editor.

Easy As Pi Bar

If I were to lay all the pizzas I have eaten in San Francisco end-to-end, chances are they'd nearly reach back to my old East coast stomping grounds. OK, maybe not—but the point is, I have eaten a lot of pizza since moving out here. And while New York may be widely considered to be the hometown of pizza, SF comes in a not-too-shabby close second. Evidence of its popularity is everywhere, including in the build-up to the opening of Pi Bar, which opened two weeks ago in the former Suriya Thai space on Valencia.

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