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Happy Bikesgiving, San Francisco

It’s been a great year for San Francisco biking, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. Today, as you prepare to stuff yourself with turkey or tofurky, raise a glass to some of our biking victories and our city’s exciting pedal-powered movement. And when you’re done gorging on mashed potatoes, you can give thanks that it’s never too cold to go for a bike ride in San Francisco. May I suggest the Butter Lap as a fitting ride for this gluttonous holiday? Without further ado, here are five bike-related things to be thankful for. I’ll make it brief—there’s a cranberry soufflé with my name on it.

 

Beaujolais Nouveau: Where to Get This Season's Best

While you may still catch a whiff of fermentation in the California air thanks to an incredibly late harvest, the 2011 vintage from one magical part of the world has already been bottled, boxed, and is hitting ports in our city by the bay.

Yes, it’s that time of the year: between the harvest and the holidays. The time for Beaujolais Nouveau. 

Major in Cheese at The Cheese School

Cheesemongers are great at their job if they successfully convey what the original purveyor would want us to know. The Cheese School thrives with these erudite cheese connoisseurs who teach a rotation of classes to the not nearly as cheese-educated among us. If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of cheese, seeking a unique date idea, or crave an atypical night out with friends, The Cheese School a delightful (and delicious) didactic destination makes.

Scenes of the City: the Bay Bridge's Final Piece

Last Friday, the final piece of the new Bay Bridge was laid (it weighed two million pounds). It marks the completion of the largest structure of its kind anywhere in the world. The new Bay Bridge is scheduled to open in 2013, so don't start revving your engines just yet.

So, You Want to be the Mayor of San Francisco?

It all started with a tweet. Or actually, two tweets.

On Wednesday night, Mike Monteiro (@Mike_FTW) tweeted “Dear SF Mayoral candidates, none of you has managed to convince me you don’t have your head up your ass. And you’re running out of time.” A few hours later, he had something new to add: “I am urging all San Franciscans to write-in “Mat Honan” for mayor. He’s passionate and he loves the city. Who’s with me?” 

And like that, an Internet meme was born.

Indian Summer Drinking: Bring on Beer Cocktails

Two words: beer cocktail. It might sound counter-intuitive, but you've probably had your fair share. Take, for example, the classic "shandy," equal parts beer and ginger beer, or the Mexican michelada made with beer, lime juice, hot sauce, and sometimes tequila. Bartenders love to take classic combinations like these and add their own epicurean spins. At Rye, co-owners Jon Gasparini and Greg Lindgren came up with Michelada rendition called the Tijuana Brass made with a can of Tecate, a splash of mezcal, fresh-squeezed lime and jalapeño syrup. "This is a great warm weather drink," says Lindgren. "So it goes up on our chalkboard as a special when we get some reliably warmer days like right now." 

New Parkwide Bike Share Program Launched

As New York City prepares for its citywide bike-share program, San Francisco is getting its own taste of bike-sharing. This week, the Recreation and Parks Department, in collaboration with three local bike rental companies, unveiled its newest project: Parkwide, a park to park rental service where you can rent a bike in one place and drop it off in another. 

Bike rental is nothing new in San Francisco. Places like Blazing Saddles, Bike and Roll, and Bay City Bike have been outfitting tourists with hybrids and tandems for years. But Parkwide’s flexible drop-off design sets it apart from the ordinary bike rental and puts it more in the realm of bikeshare.

'80s Night at Cat Club Still Rocks

Just as salsa dancing and tango waltzing attract their steadfast followers, so does ’80’s music. I’m serious.

Cat Club has been hosting Thursday night ‘80s night for as long as I’ve lived here (and possibly much longer). I know because it was a stop on one of my first dates in the Bay Area. The one where the guy, who smelled rank, made me drive, and we bounced from club to bar to club handing out flyers for some show he was trying to promote. Then he gave me $1 for gas. Terrible. 

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