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San Francisco Too Harmless For A "Mancation?" Please.

CNN ran a piece today that essentially cornered San Francisco as a bland, too "healthy" destination for a proper "mancation"––a new breed of vacation described by author Brendan Francis Newnam as "a trip taken by a bunch of guy friends to blow off steam and remember why they are better off home with their families."

As Mr. Newman has obviously forgotten how to actually get torn up, we'll help him with some alternatives to his chosen route.

7x7 Celebrates El Salvador Next Week at SOM

Damp days like today naturally lead one's thoughts to lusher, more tropical climes—a leisurely jaunt to the islands, let's say, or across the equator. But instead of following the herds to the usual, overtrafficked stalwarts (we're lookin' at you, Costa Rica), we invite you to consider the sun-dappled secrets of El Salvador.

The more populous areas feature numerous festivals celebrating El Salvador's art, music and culinary delights. But more adventurous, sporty travelers will be drawn to the country's awesome vistas from atop highly-accessible volcanic mountain ranges, and the legendary Punta Roca surf break offers the best boarding in Central America.

Tap Water Refilling Stations, Brought To Us By The SFPUC and Global Tap

In an effort to promote tap water and demote the store bought, bottled variety, the SFPUC (in partnership with Global Tap) has been re-skinning what might normally be called "water fountains" into "tap water refilling stations."

The difference is not in the water (it's from SF's usual water source, Sierra snowmelt via the Hetch Hetchy), but in the way the dispenser looks and works. Its fountain is positioned to allow for an easy refill of your Nalgenes and Klean Kanteen while on the move.

What's the Sexiest Hotel Room in Los Angeles?

In honor of the month of amor, sister site California Home + Design is running a "Design Democracy" voting for the sexiest hotel room in L.A. Got a favorite? Head over there and weigh in.



Marimekko + Converse = a perfect Valentine

There's nothing better than two of your favorite things coming together at once: a mashup of Aretha Franklin and The Scissor Sisters, Baz Luhrmann directing The Great Gatsby or these cute new kicks, a one-two combo from Converse and Marimekko.

Parking Tips: The Romantic Side of Parking

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.

Says David: It being Valentine’s Day soon, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the romantic side of parking your car in San Francisco.  Here are some of my favorite romantic spots to park and umm…talk. 

Ask A Vet: How Do You Fix Terrible Dog Breath?

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q : My lovely doodle has horrible breath! What is the best way to brush/clean his teeth? Also, what are the dangers putting a pup under to get a full cleaning? And what other options do we have?

Transported: TransportationCamp Comes to SF in March

Welcome to "Transported," our weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.

Billed as an "unconference" spanning the entire weekend of March 19th, TransportationCamp is the perfect opportunity for Muni/BART/AC Transit/bicycle/car-obsessed San Franciscans to nerd out together and make change happen.

Photos: The Big Lebowski Party @ CELLspace

Here are some photos from the 8th Annual Big Lebowski party on Saturday night at Cell Space in the Mission. The party was part of the annual SF IndieFest. Read more here.


Photos by Joseph Schell

Caltrain Putting the Brakes on Service?

Caltrain has suffered from financial problems for years, but it looks like things are worse than ever. Facing a $30 million deficit at the current level of service, the Caltrain Board of Directors is set to vote on a declaration of fiscal emergency. Before taking action, however, the Board will give riders the opportunity to speak at four community meetings and a public hearing (more details). The proposed cuts include axing all non-weekday commute hour service—meaning the end of mid-day, weekend and post-Giants game service—and cutting service to "up to" 7 stations, including Bayshore, Burlingame, and Santa Clara. They would also need to eliminate some trains from the commute hours and possibly increase the base fare by 25 cents.

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