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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers August 28-September 3, 2013

The Beer Hall: This mid-Market bar and bottle shop is certainly poised to get traffic from the nearby Twitter headquarters. 20 California beers tap, a few wines, and a cool-looking wall plastered in bottle caps. 1 Polk, 800-7416. thebeerhallsf.com. The…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers August 21-27, 2013

Aliment: Taking its name from an ancient word for nourishment, this new restaurant serves upper-crust comfort food including hanger steak, fried chicken with charred escarole slaw, and fried Brussels sprouts with fish sauce. 786 Bush. The Beer Hall: This mid-Market…
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Dining, Eat A Spot of Tea at First Kettle Whistle

A Spot of Tea at First Kettle Whistle

Naivetea and Tell Tale Preserve Company launched Kettle Whistle, their monthly tea event showcasing a range of oolong teas imported from Taiwan, last weekend at the Burritt Room. Naivetea is a Burlingame-based husband-and-wife operation just now making inroads into the…
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Dining, Eat Don't Shop Till You Drop

Don't Shop Till You Drop

Navigating the sidewalks, department stores, and boutiques of Union Square during the daunting weeks of the holiday season takes a lot of protein and high-sugar carbohydrates, even though the shopping isn't as rambunctious as it was back in the pre-recession…
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Film, Royally Screwed

Royally Screwed

The Duchess is the best women's movie of the summer. Don't get too excited: Sex and the City, Mamma Mia!, and The Women set the bar so dismally low that almost any film with a dame in it who doesn't…
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Dining, Eat The Grill Most Likely

The Grill Most Likely

I didn't have big expectations for our meal when I invited Ron and Dinora to dinner at the new Fillmore Grill, largely because of the restaurant's name. The word "grill" is usually code for short-order cooking, steaks and chops and…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Dessert Menu

Dessert is almost always the best part of the meal, any meal, but at Citizen Cake, the bakery-cum-restaurant in Hayes Valley, the sweet stuff is especially magnificent. Executive Pastry Chef Elizabeth Falkner and pastry chefs Shuna Lydon and Sara Cameron…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Tea and Scones

At least half of the high tea experience has to do with the surrounding mood and milieu, and you can't get much more white-glove proper than the Rotunda atop the Neiman Marcus department store. Starched linens and polished silver gleam…
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News, Night Crawler Making Scents

Making Scents

It is said that a human being can recognize 10,000 separate smells, one-tenth of what we are offered, and yet there are few words to capture and quantify fragrance. We have color wheels and musical scales, but there is no…
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News, Night Crawler Gnome Sweet Gnome

Gnome Sweet Gnome

According to the Rosicrucians, a secret society of cabalists, occultists, and alchemists that appeared in 1459, gnomes are "misshapen elemental spirits" who dwell in the bowels of the Earth and guard mines and quarries. But according to Wil Huygen, author…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Selection of Truffles

Open since late 1998, XOX Truffles is owned and operated by Jean Marc Gorce, a classically trained chef from France who spent five years as chef de cuisine at the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Fringale, followed by a stint as…
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Dining, Eat

Reality Dines

According to Henri Bergson, the philosopher after whose catch phrase the restaurant and wine bar Elan Vital is named, reality cannot be accurately described or symbolized; it must be experienced firsthand, and its nature intuited. This tends to put the…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Best days this month for romance and friendship: 11, 12, 19, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28. Best days for home and family: 10, 11, 15, 17, 18. Best days to look for a stash of hundred-dollar…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): It's 1 a.m., smack in the middle of my workday. Empty wrappers from organic chocolate bars surround my computer. Two cups of Earl Grey tea have more than fortified my synaptic activity. In other words, I'm…
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