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Dining, SFoodie Eating Our Way Through Outside Lands, Day 2

Eating Our Way Through Outside Lands, Day 2

It's hard but not impossible to eat vegetables at Outside Lands. I was very excited to see Radiohead, because OK Computer was the CD that I listened to on repeat-all 1,000 times at the peak of my alienated-adolescent phase, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Eating Our Way Through Outside Lands, Day 1

Eating Our Way Through Outside Lands, Day 1

With 100-and-something vendors, Outside Lands's food side has never been bigger. There are mainstays that become an obligatory pilgrimage year after year — hello, porcini mushrooms from Rich Table — but this year, there's lots of new stuff that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Confessions of a 42-Year-Old Pride Virgin

Confessions of a 42-Year-Old Pride Virgin

I was born in San Francisco, but it took me 42 years to go to the Pride Parade. That’s really because I am small and have big claustrophobic tendencies, which is ironic since I’ve reviewed arena concerts and festivals professionally…
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News, Feature Octopocalypse Now!

Octopocalypse Now!

Why do all chefs in San Francisco have an insufferable hard-on for octopus? This is a ladylike question that confronts me weekly as a professional food writer who frequently visits both new and established restaurants in the city. I see…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Pop-Up to Permanent Restaurants

After 20 years spent perfecting the art and science of pizza, including almost five years selling below the legal radar on the streets with the help of a modified Weber grill that cooked dough at up to 1,000 degrees,…
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Best New French Restaurants That Aren’t Totally French

French restaurants in San Francisco have typically been the exclusive dominion of actual French chefs and owners like Hubert Keller and Roland Passot, but this was the year when non-French chefs in the city tapped into the classic cuisine…
Music, Hear This Janelle Monae: Show Preview

Janelle Monae: Show Preview

With its Prince and Erykah Badu collaborations, Janelle Monáe's second album, The Electric Lady, solidified the singer's reputation for breaking boundaries within music. Her last appearance in San Francisco was earlier this year at Davies Hall, where she fronted the…
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Music, Hear This Live 105 Spookfest: Show Preview

Live 105 Spookfest: Show Preview

If you can't get enough Halloween, you can celebrate the holiday a week early at Live 105's Spookfest: Subsonic Halloween Massive 2013. The radio station's electronic dance music program Subsonic has grown from a specialist weekend show to the inspiration…
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Calendar, Night&Day My, that's some lovely garbage

My, that's some lovely garbage

The Exploratorium's new waterfront home comes complete with fun summer activities for all age groups. One endeavor that should be on your radar right now is the Market Days series, which takes place on the third Saturday of each…
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Dining, SFoodie Hostess Is Back: Taste-Testing the New Twinkies and CupCakes

Hostess Is Back: Taste-Testing the New Twinkies and CupCakes

After Hostess Brands went into liquidation at the end of 2012, we despaired that we'd never again know the taste of Twinkies. But now that the rights have been purchased by private equity companies, the treats are starting to…
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Dining, SFoodie Malt Is The Flavor of Sweet Summer

Malt Is The Flavor of Sweet Summer

We've noticed a few things while out in the field doing copious amounts of confectionery research (strictly for the people) this summer. We've been getting serious Eighties Ovaltine flashbacks because dessert vixens are using malt a lot right now. A…
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Dining, SFoodie Got PMS? Overrule It With Chocolate and Gourmet Treats

Got PMS? Overrule It With Chocolate and Gourmet Treats

A woman-owned, San Francisco-based company called Juniper offers a subscription of monthly deliveries of chocolate, gourmet snacks, and the recipient's feminine product of choice from major brands for the clever amount of $28 per month. Listen up, ladies and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Say OM

Say OM

Orgasmic meditation, or OM for short, is kind of like a pleasure cult that has quietly been sweeping the nation. The term is credited to San Francisco-based OneTaste, a 12-year-old company often referred to as the low sex analogy to…
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Dining, SFoodie Discover Three Croissants You Can Trust

Discover Three Croissants You Can Trust

We've all heard about cronuts until we're blue in the face, especially since we can't get them out here yet and there are no worthy knockoffs to speak of, but the New York craze of the summer has thrown some…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bobbing for Comedy Gold

Bobbing for Comedy Gold

FRI 8/2 Comedy Bobcat Goldthwait has been making people laugh for more than three decades, first as a brash, nonsequitur'd stand-up comedian and later as a writer and director of feature films in Hollywood; last year's God Bless America…
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Dining, Eat

B. Patisserie: Remixing the Kouign-Amann

Belinda Leong's kouign-amann, a Breton cake made of layers of butter and sugar-slathered pastry dough baked up into a delicate celebration of caramelization and custard, had the potential to be this city's version of the cronut. When she opened B.…
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Dining, SFoodie Kouign-Amann Remixes Reign at B. Patisserie

Kouign-Amann Remixes Reign at B. Patisserie

Belinda Leong's kouign-amann, a Breton cake made of layers of butter and sugar-slathered pastry dough baked up into a delicate celebration of caramelization and custard, had potential to be this city's version of the cronut. When she opened b. patisserie…
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Dining, SFoodie Class Alert! Free SF Chefs Demos and More

Class Alert! Free SF Chefs Demos and More

There are two classes left in the free demonstration series presented by SF Chefs and CUESA at the Ferry Building. AQ pastry chef Maya Erickson leads a session on using herbs in desserts on July 20, and Fifth Floor executive…
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Dining, Eat

Xiao Long Bao Shop: More Dumplings for the Richmond

Xiao Long Bao Shop is a new addition to the crowd of dim sum options on Clement Street in the Richmond District. It's strictly no-frills, with no profound whiff of newness besides the "Grand Opening" banner outside. There are tables…
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Dining, SFoodie Xiao Long Bao Shop Arrives on Clement Dim Sum Scene

Xiao Long Bao Shop Arrives on Clement Dim Sum Scene

Xiao Long Bao Shop (635 Clement) is a new addition to the crowd of dim sum options on Clement Street in the Richmond District. It's strictly no-frills, with no profound whiff of newness outside of the "Grand Opening" banner outside.…
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