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Robin Williams Nesting Dolls Are Now A Strangely Awesome Thing (POLL)

Looking for a novel way to honor San Francisco's favorite comedian and actor? Look no further than these Robin Williams-themed nesting dolls from local artist Andy Stattmiller.

Local Lyft Driver Asks Riders to Write Heartfelt Notes for the Next Passenger

Lyft Driver Notes

One local Lyft driver is spreading the love around San Francisco, leaving a trail of heartfelt messages via a series of anonymous handwritten notes by his riders for the next lucky passenger.

The Big Eat Oakland: 50 Things to Taste Before You Die

After years of putting together the annual Big Eat San Francisco, in 2014 we expanded our famous culinary listicle across the Bay Bridge. From the chilaquiles at Grand Lake Kitchen to Hopscotch's Yonsei Oyster, here are 50 things you need to try in the Town before you die. 

The 8 Best White Glove Apps in San Francisco

Whether you're busy, bed ridden, or just plain lazy, it's a dream to live in a city where everything from premium Napa Valley wine to gorgeous flower bouquets can be delivered to your door step same day. That's why we rounded up the best white glove apps around town. Because why would you do it yourself when there's an app for that? 

Secret Recipe: Chile Pies' Country Peach Pie and Pie Shake

What in the world could be more heavenly than a Pie Shake—a piece of your favorite pie blended with ice cream and milk and then slurped through a straw?

Neighborhood Guide: What to Do in Grand Lake, Oakland

Once just a swampy divide between downtown and East Oakland, Lake Merritt, nexus of the Grand Lake neighborhood, is now a destination-worthy cultural hub, thanks to a $122 million renovation. With fresh green expanses, a revamped bird sanctuary, and one heck of a beautified lagoon, you’ll come for the nature but end up staying for the food.

Secret Recipe: Huxley's Charred Squid Salad

The 25-seat Tenderloin bistro Huxley, which opened last fall, is the debut effort of Kris Esqueda (Saison, Sons & Daughters) and executive chef Sara Hauman (Bar Agricole). Its rustic, heartfelt menu includes the charred squid salad, full of California staples such as avocado, cilantro, and mint. The simple dish can be tailored to fit any season: Substitute chickpeas with lentils or quinoa for a hearty, cold-weather meal or, Hauman recommends, wait for summer to add sweet tomatoes for the perfect picnic salad.  

Spaces: Designer Catherine Kwong’s Office Blends High Glamour with Restraint

Transforming the old Sarlo showroom in the San Francisco Design District into her own creative command post required a bit of a mindshift for designer Catherine Kwong. “Decorating my office needed a much different approach compared to how I work with residences,” she says. Kwong has become known for her gorgeous interiors, filled with sophisticated mixes of graphic patterns, offbeat vintage finds, and eye-catching art. But for her headquarters, she wanted to get down to business.

Hunger Games: Three Fad Diets Attempt to Hack Your Body for the Better

It’s the stuff of science fiction: Futuristic diets, with seemingly magical ingredients, promise a complete body overhaul—more energy, slimmer figure, longer life. Local techies may laud the diets’ transformative abilities, but these new trends beg the question: Can man survive on butter-fortified java?

Secret Recipe: Doña Tomás Chiles Rellenos with Cauliflower Sauce

At Oakland’s Doña Tomás, a stylish bastion for upscale Mexican fare (Oakland is ahead of the curve in this category), authentic chiles rellenos steal the show. Inspired by the traditional dish from Mexico City, chef Thomas Schnetz adds a healthy twist by serving the goat cheese-and-spinach-stuffed chiles baked, on a bed of creamy cauliflower sauce, with a drizzle of crema and a bright garnish of pomegranate seeds.

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