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Holiday Theater Preview: 'Tristan & Yseult,' 'Book of Mormon,' and 'A Christmas Carol'

It's a time of year for dinner dates and holiday gifts and roaming Union Square amid the bustle, so you may want to consider a couple of options for some December theater-going.

Six Addictive New Bar Snacks to Eat Whilst Drinking

More and more fine drinking establishments around the city have learned that the key to selling that second or third cocktail is giving the customers some fun things to munch on in between.

Foodie Updates: Marla Bakery Opens a Mission Window, Reveille Coffee en Route to the Castro, and More

This week's food news includes a new location of one-year-old Reveille Coffee Co., which is opening a second cafe in the Castro; the addition of an ice cream bar at Daniel Patterson's soon-to-open Alta CA; chef George Morrone has a new restaurant; and a new bakery window in the Mission for Outer Richmond-based Marla Bakery.

Seven Holiday Splurges to Blow Your Bonus On

Maybe you have a boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse you'd like to surprise this holiday season with a lavish overnight getaway to Napa, or maybe you've got a bonus check coming and you've been dying to check out one of the many event dinners that happen around the Bay, especially this time of year, that you couldn't normally afford. Whatever the case, we have some suggestions for those of you looking to do it up big next month.

Foodie Updates: Penrose Arrives in Oakland, Merigan Sub Shop Arrives in SoMa, and More

Topping the food news this week is the impending opening of the long-awaited Boot & Shoe Service/Pizzaiolo spinoff, Penrose (which won't be a pizza place), as well as the opening of a new sandwich spot from former A16 chef Liza Shaw, anniversary dinners at Quince, the return of Maverick brunch at Hi Lo, and the debut of Sabrosa in the Marina.

La Urbana Puts a Modern Spin on the Mexican Restaurant

Chic might not be the first word that springs to mind when you think of Mexican food, which in San Francisco is often defined by Duraflame-sized burritos.

Three Bars In Expansion Mode: Hi Tops, Range, and Bar Agricole

The coming months are going to be bringing sister business for three popular cocktail spots in town. First up will be The Third Rail, the Range spinoff opening before the end of the year in Dogpatch, but that will be followed by a new Mexican project from the team behind Hi Tops, and the long awaited Bar Agricole spinoff on New Montgomery Street, now named Trou Normand.

Foodie Updates: Another Top Chef Coming to Town, Lers Ros Closed by Health Department, and More

Top Chef Season 3 runner up Casey Thompson dominates this week's food headlines, with the news that she's finally opening a long-planned Bay Area restaurant of her own. Also up, Lers Ros in Hayes Valley gets shuttered by the health department, and former Oenotri chef Curtis di Fede is opening a ramen shop in Napa.

Six Specialty Beverage Stores You Should Know About

Where do you go if you need to find cardamom bitters, a rare rye whiskey, or some sarsaparilla soda from the Philippines? We know just the places.

Foodie Updates: A New Top Chef Comes to Town, Box and Bells Debuts in Oakland, and More

The big food news item of the week is that Top Chef Masters contender Suvir Saran is opening his first West Coast restaurant in San Francisco, on Mid-Market, sometime next spring or summer. But we also have news of the opening of James Syhabout's latest project in Rockridge, and a new Greek spot headed to Hayes Valley.

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