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Best of the City 2009: Day

How to spend a day in San Francisco? We’ve got a few (dozen) ideas—go sailing, picnicking and hiking, walk like an Egyptian, settle in for story time or grab a bleacher seat to watch the Giants take the Astros to the cleaners.


Best Dog Day

Best of the City 2009: Fashion


Best Children's Wear Collection: Modaspia

Best of the City 2009: Design


Best Flowers: Sweet Nest Bouquet from Rose and Radish

If sorry seems to be the hardest word, let a Sweet Nest Bouquet from Rose and Radish—a delightful pairing of fresh flowers in a collectible Nymphenburg porcelain vessel —do the work for you. The Hayes Valley retail store recently closed its doors, but its art-driven perspective continues on its Web site, now featuring an online gift registry.

Best of the City 2009: Day

Best Dog Day

The city’s newest doggie day care is the eco-friendly High Tail Hotel, which uses plants, grass, natural light and an oxygen system to re-create the outdoors in its 5,000-square-foot indoor facility. Think of it as a biodome for man’s best friend, a romper room where they get to munch on tasty organic kibble. The best part? You’re not on cleanup duty.

Best Day in the Park

Hot 20 2009: Monique Jenkinson, Performance Artist

Photography by Erik Almås.

Monique Jenkinson claims that her parents have been grooming her to be a gay man since birth—odd considering her upbringing in the “white Christian suburbs” of Denver. “My mom was really into old movies, camp and disco,” says Jenkinson. “At a very young age, she put in my little hands Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life and DV, the autobiography of Diana Vreeland. My father would dress me as Raggedy Ann just for fun.”

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