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Celebrate SF's Up-and-Coming Mobile Food Vendors at Taste Of Microfinance, September 27

Next week, you'll finally get to a chance to experience the taste of microfinance. Allow us to explain: it tastes like a dream–big or small–like launching a business in a bad economy. Venerable organizations like La Cocina can help with that, but sometimes an extra nudge helps even more. That's where Opportunity Fund comes in. They provide affordable financing to local food vendors we all know and love, like Onigilly and El Buen Comer, to allow them to thrive and do what they love the most!

White Caps & Night Caps 2011 To Benefit St. Francis Memorial Hospital

This month on September 23rd, raise a glass to the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, an institution that has served SF's most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods for more than 100 years. In honor of their swanky, annual White Caps & Night Caps event, break out your best cocktail attire (nautical styles preferred!), strap on your sea legs and get ready for a floating evening gala that embarks from Pier 39.

Pop Quiz! An SF Pop Culture Pop Quiz from popchips

Every Tuesday this summer (in July, August and September), in partnership with our friends over at popchips (which is headquartered over on Montgomery and Clay), we'll be testing your local knowledge with SF Pop Culture Pop Quizzes from popchips. Follow and tweet to @popchips and @popchipsSF for your chance to win a...wait for it...month's supply of popchips. Your party-snack shopping for the rest of the summer? Done.

Here's this week's question:

Moshi Moshi's Recipes for Art in the Age's Root & Snap Liqueur

Brewed from a centuries-old American recipe handed down from Native Americans, the new hand-crafted, organic Root is the first "authentic" liqueur to be produced in this country since pre-Prohibtion. 

The recipe for ROOT has been resurrected by DIY collective Art in the Age. They've also created another liqueur, SNAP, that's more earthy. And now Moshi Moshi's bar manager Tiffany Doesken has used Root and Snap in two delicious recipes for you to try at home. For more recipe ideas, click here and here.

The Swedish Smile: Winner of SVEDKA and 7x7's Mixology Competition

You may remember our epic mixology competition with SVEDKA a few weeks ago, pitting SF bartenders against one another in the race to create the tastiest SVEDKA cocktail. We asked you to vote for your favorite, and you did. The winner by a landslide was Aom Aphiradee of Ozone Thai Restaurant & Lounge in SoMA, who created the tasty, ginger and basil-infused Swedish Smile, inspired by her Thai heritage.

Pop Quiz! An SF Pop Culture Pop Quiz from popchips


Our sister magazine SPIN and popchips have teamed up to support local bands through an initiative called popup live, a fan-driven competition designed to expose new music. Beginning this morning, they've published over 250 free tracks from bands in five cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco) that popchips and Spin think are poised to hit the big time. Check out which bands made the San Francisco cut on popchips' SF facebook page, and vote for your favorite tracks.

Every single download counts as a vote for that band, and on September 12th, the four bands with the most downloads from each city will advance to the semi-finals and win $500 cash prize as well as a "pop up live kit" to help them create their own unique pop up live concert. So cast your vote for the local band you think is going to be the next big thing! 

And for this week's popchips pop culture pop quiz we're paying homage to Bay Area-bred bands who have made it big time. (Every week this summer we're testing your local knowledge with SF Pop Culture Pop Quizzes. Follow and tweet to @popchips and @popchipsSF for your chance to win a...wait for it...month's supply of popchips.)

Here's this week's question:

Get Flossy For SF Opera's 2011-12 Season Opening Gala, Featuring Puccini's "Turandot"

Operaphiles, get ready for the SF Opera's 2011-12 Season BRAVO! Club Opening Gala next week on September 9. Get your hair done, don your fanciest attire and indulge yourself in a glittering night starting at 5pm with cocktail receptions and an elegant seated dinner accompanied by a performance of Puccini's classic, Turandot.

Photos: 7x7's Fall 2011 Nightlife Guide Launch Celebration at OSHA Lounge Embarcadero

On August 31st, 7x7 and cover-model venue OSHA Lounge Embarcadero joined forces to host San Francisco's most prominent figures in the nightlife and entertainment circles, celebrating the newest edition of our must-have guide to the city's bars, clubs, lounges and more!

VIP guests enjoyed complimentary specialty cocktails made with Pisco Porton; ice cold Sapporo beer; and delicious selections from Osha Thai's newly revised catering menu of exotic tastes.

Off The Grid Brings Its Biggest Food Truck Gathering Ever to Golden Gate Fields This Saturday

We've just stumbled upon an awesome new power couple: Off The Grid's food truck army and horse racing at Golden Gate Fields this Saturday, September 3. Time to dust off your Kentucky Derby hat and get ready for a day of throwing down bets with a cocktail in hand! They've partnered up for four entire Saturdays, so you can hustle over to the race tracks (if you've never been to GG Fields, you're seriously missing out) to get your fill of 30 of the Bay Area's finest food trucks–Hapa SF, Curry Up Now, 3-Sum Eats and more–while celebrating a classic American tradition.

Escape to South Lake This Fall with Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe

With Tahoe just a breath away from the Bay Area, it's easy to pop over for a long weekend of relaxation. The icing on the cake? A luxurious place to stay tucked in the mountains bathed in gorgeous fall colors on the shores of South Lake and minutes away from all the action. You can get that at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe, which offers a ton of travel packages so visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Tahoe and tailor their stays to their moods.

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