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Can the Tenderloin Change for the Better?

Before I cleaned up my act, the most time I spent in the Tenderloin was walking into, and stumbling out of, Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, the neighborhood’s drag-themed dive bar. Although I’ve survived a couple of physical altercations on these infamously colorful streets, living here has also been a bit of a pipe dream. The gorgeous historic apartment buildings, the unrestrained joie de vivre, close proximity to Union Square, public transit at a whim—it all comes together for a highly intoxicating siren song. But now, the TL is cleaning up its act, too. Apparently, others see my vision, and they’re moving in fast. Does San Francisco need another Divisa-lencia?

10 Questions for Melissa Perello, Chef-Owner at Frances and Octavia

Melissa Perello, Michelin-starred chef of Frances, is poised to reinvent her quaint neighborhood restaurant concept on a larger scale in Pac Heights. Perello will open the 54-seat Octavia this April in the former Baker & Banker space, where she’ll plate her trademark heartfelt dishes of fresh provisions from local farmers and fisherman, with hearty Josey Baker breads on the side. We asked the noted chef to share with us her thoughts on food trends (good and bad), last meals, junk food, and more. 

Say Goodbye to the Bay Lights (For Now)

Hear ye, hear ye: The Bay Lights, the famous Bay Bridge light installation by artist Leo Villareal, will be temporarily removed for maintenance in early March. With a jarring 25,000 LED white lights zipping along 1.8 miles across the bridge, the artwork proved quite the stunner when it was unveiled in 2013.

Philz Coffee Going National

Philz Coffee, San Francisco purveyors of mighty fine java, plan on expanding their operations after a new round of major funding was announced, according to TechCrunch. Aiding in the little coffee company's recent cash influx are a gaggle of tech types, actors, and musicians by way of angel investing.

Q&A with International Designer Stella McCartney

Designer Stella McCartney is famous for a number of things: Beatles offspring; gal pal of Gwyn and Madge; Order of the British Empire honoree. But now, she’s opened her first Bay Area boutique in Palo Alto and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

A Junk Food Addict Goes Gluten-Free to Find Out What the Fuss is About

I can consume an entire sleeve of Hostess Crumb Donettes from my local corner store in three-and-a-half minutes.The ritual is as appalling as it is delicious—not the fashionable diet of the day, to be sure. So, in the name of “investigative” journalism, I decided to go gluten-free. Gluten-free. My mission: to find out what, pray tell, all the grainless fuss is about. 

Joule Hotel Dallas: An Artsy Weekend in Texas

Dallas has evolved from its yee-hawing, barbecue sauce-slathered past into a modern-day cultural hub with international cred.

NIMBY Wants SF Slip 'N' Slide Banned

Because, alas, fun must be killed in San Francisco seemingly at every turn, an effort is underway to put the kibosh on San Francisco's upcoming 1,000-foot waterslide. Whose dry idea is this? A concerned citizen (understandably) worried about said slide's massive water consumption. 

Dave Pell's NextDraft Brings Bite-Sized News to Your Phone

We're really enjoying Dave Pell's NextDraft. For example, regarding Deflate-gate, which will be looked upon as sports journalism's dumbest moment of all time, Dave Pell says,

Meet Bianca Valenti, SF-Based Big Wave Surfer

While we're anxiously waiting for this year's Mavericks to happen (the big-wave, one-day surfing competition will occur sometime between today and March 1), we talked to 28-year-old Bianca Valenti, San Francisco-based professional surfer and first female Big Wave World Tour champion, about beaches, women in the sport, and more.

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