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Film, "Question One": Maine's Gay-Marriage Battle

"Question One": Maine's Gay-Marriage Battle

In both California's Proposition 8 and Maine's Question 1, no meant yes and yes meant no: Voting "Yes" meant you were against gay marriage, and "No" meant you supported it. This cognitive dissonance permeates Joe Fox and James Nubile's documentary…
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Dining, SFoodie Black Cod Returns, Dude Jr. Abides, Foodborne Illnesses Plot a Comeback in Maine

Black Cod Returns, Dude Jr. Abides, Foodborne Illnesses Plot a Comeback in Maine

Notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other miscellanea dredged up from the food media. 1. Black cod season. In the past few weeks, I've been seeing one of my favorite ocean fish on menus: Pacific black cod,…
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News, The Snitch Maine Setback Won't Deter Californians Seeking Prop. 8 Repeal in 2010 -- Unless it Does

Maine Setback Won't Deter Californians Seeking Prop. 8 Repeal in 2010 -- Unless it Does

For those who support same-sex marriage, yesterday's defeat in Maine was both a head-scratcher and a stomach-punch. The "No on 1" campaign was well-run, well-financed, not hamstrung by, say, the mayor of Bangor crowing about "whether you like it or…
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Dining, Eat Loca-voracious


Ever contrary to certain kinds of politically correct food trendiness, I've already declared my somewhat cranky response to those who want to restrict their diet to foodstuffs sourced within 100 miles of where they live. I'm not going to give…
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Dining, Eat No Sign of the Colonel

No Sign of the Colonel

Everybody in town seems to know one thing about Spork: It's housed in a building that used to be a KFC. Perhaps it was the location that inspired the name — sporks, almost-all-purpose utensils that are spoon-shaped with an edge…
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Dining, Eat I'd Like to Thank the Ground Beef

I'd Like to Thank the Ground Beef

I don't watch a whole lot of the Food Network, despite an obvious affinity for its subject matter. And it's not because I don't watch a whole lot of TV; I do, much to my surprise. I blame TiVo, and…
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Music, Going Blank Again

Going Blank Again

The Blank Tapes' Matt Adams shows up for his interview wearing a worn, patched sweater, his hair a chaotic, sun-streaked tangle, his smile a sleepy, good-natured grin. He looks the way his band sounds. The Tapes' new CD, Landfair, is…
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Dining, Eat Dependable Pleasures

Dependable Pleasures

The realization came to me with a jolt. I'd forgotten to mention one of the best things I'd eaten at Scott Howard in my review, something we had all liked so much we'd requested seconds of it both times we…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best New Restaurant (Very Expensive)

Michael Mina Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell (at Geary), 397-9222, Michael Mina, in a lush room in the St. Francis, is the big-news opening of the year, with a tricky concept sure to intrigue and annoy foodies: A three-course…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Against Balls We're sorry for being such a bunch of dicks: I am compelled to object to your use of the word "balls" -- as in testicles -- to suggest strength, wit, and courage, as you did in the subhead…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Lobster Dinner

Best Lobster Dinner For lovers of the sweet ivory flesh of our favorite crustacean, there's a new place in town that treats the lobster with the respect it deserves. At 500 Jackson, you can tear into a carefully steamed 2-pound…
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Dining, Eat

East Meets Zest

When undertaking the task of reviewing a restaurant, the first step is to round up a troupe of fellow food-lovers, food-lovers who will have something interesting to say about the food they'll be devouring and who won't be squeamish about…
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Culture, Stage Big Bang

Big Bang

Why did I see this show? How come I rode BART out to Concord, suffered abuse from a suburban bus driver, got lost in a sprawling shopping center, and then sat still for a musical by the guy who scored…
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Dining, Eat Dinner in the Diner

Dinner in the Diner

The Universal Cafe is even further removed in style and substance from the original model; so far, in fact, it's of an entirely new genre altogether. It began life as an inexpensive yet upscale pizza-focaccia joint, so its roots are…
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Dining, Eat

Dante's Paradise

Silks Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 222 Sansome (at Pine), 986-2020. Open daily 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m.; lunch weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations advised, especially for lunch. Phone or inquire in lobby for wheelchair access…
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Dining, Eat

A Tale of Two Seafoods

The Old Clam House 299 Bayshore (at Oakdale), 826-4880. Open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 9 p.m. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible. Parking: usually feasible. Muni via…
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Dining, Eat

Fish for All Seasons

A yabbie is an Australian crawfish that resembles a small blue lobster. So I learned from a brief conversation with the host at Yabbies Coastal Kitchen on Russian Hill, a glorious new seafood restaurant whose menu does not, as yet,…
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Dining, Eat

Claws Celebre

"Who are these people?" the veteran city journalist asked as we walked into Anthony's one Monday night. A look at the diners -- tucking happily into mountains of pasta, carving steaks that spilled over their plates and declawing lobsters --…
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