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Facebook Moves Into Cool New Frank Gehry-Designed Headquarters

Billed as a place that's "a direct reflection of Facebook's open and transparent culture," Facebook employees moved into their new headquarters today. Why so special? For starters, the new Menlo Park campus (heretofore known as "MPK20") was designed by Frank Ghery (NYC's 8 Spruce Street, LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall), and it features a half-mile loop through nine acres of greenery. What's more, much like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sartorial efforts, the new digs are consciously dressed down. 

Secret Recipe: El Techo de Lolinda's Chicharrones de Carne

El Techo

It's no surprise that El Techo de Lolinda's chicharrones de carne are the stuff of legend. While inspired by Latin street food, these crispy morsels are not your basic sidewalk cracklins—El Techo's chicharrones are roasted and fried chunks of pork shoulder, and taste best when shared with your friends over a long (and margarita-filled) evening. Bottoms up.

We Wanna Be Friends With the Humphry Slocombe Boys

When Jake Godby and Sean Vahey opened Humphry Slocombe six years ago, little did they know that their unique flavors (e.g., Jesus Juice Sorbet, Apple Coded Bacon, and their now famous Secret Breakfast), would garner worldwide attention, landing them in The New York Times and Vogue. We talked to the sweet treat-pushing duo about their favorite junk foods, future plans, lazy Sundays, and more. 

Foodie Agenda: Tater Tot Casserole, SPQR for Sprig, & a Foie Gras Cocktail

Here's what you should be putting in your mouth now, from tater tot casserole to a James Beard nominee's menu for Sprig.

Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, St. Vincent to Headline Outside Lands 2015

Sure, there are some clunkers (Elton John?), some pretentious festival cliches (oh great, Wilco), and at least one ostensible punchline for the GenX set (Billy Idol!), but with names like Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, and Toro Y Moi, this year's Outside Lands is a must. 

Instagram Introduces Layout, a Better App for Photo Collages

Of the three most important social media apps available — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — the latter is by far the best. Not only does it give us the peace of mind that Facebook can no longer deliver (too many people addicted to being offended by absolutely everything), it comparatively eliminates the popularity contest of Twitter (verification is so very "we wear pink on Wednesdays"). Instagram's beauty is in its simplicity. Neither fuss nor muss. Just a tranquil stream of images to peruse. Instagram's new app, Layout, will make said stream even prettier.

'So You Think You Can Lap Dance?' Comes to the Tenderloin

While others among the 7x7 editorial team instantly deleted an email this morning with the subject line, "So You Think You Can Lap Dance?" I, for one, saw promise. Turns out, the attention-grabbing one-liner is also a new monthly event at PianoFight in the Tenderloin.

Catch "Game of Thrones" Premiere at SF Opera House Tonight

Although the official premiere of HBO's wildly popular Games of Thrones happens on April 12, tonight San Francisco gets an early peek. The season 5 premiere party will happen tonight in SF, with the hopes of wooing our city's tech ilk and geek populace. Smart move, Home Box Office. Fans of the show should head over to the War Memorial Opera House at once to see producers and stars of the fantasy drama IRL. Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage — they'll all be there.

Check Out the Innovations Coming to the Market Street Prototyping Festival

Last year, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), the San Francisco Planning Department, and the Knight Foundation invited San Franciscans to dream up innovative ideas to turn Market Street, from Van Ness to Embarcadero, into a better place for us denizens to connect. Enter the Market Street Prototyping Festival.

7 Alternatives to the Tech Office Ping-Pong Table

We here at 7x7 are inundated with requests to publish images of radical new tech offices. But one thing we find decidedly unradical about most of these workplaces is ye olde ubiquitous ping-pong table. Like the male bun, it is so last year. It's time for your tech company to burn some of that sweet VC funding on a new signifier of the modern office. Here are a few ideas that spring to mind.

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