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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Tempts Fate at Top of the Mark

Bouncer Tempts Fate at Top of the Mark

Let's start with a little history about Top of the Mark, because I rarely lead with facts and I'm feelin' frisky. The hotel was built in 1926 on the site of the Mark Hopkins Mansion, which burned to a cinder…
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Calendar, Night&Day Critical Practice

Critical Practice

Not interested in heroicizing the four Western doctors it follows through their missions in the Congo and Liberia, or even in whitewashing the ethical challenges of an organization like Medecins Sans Frontieres, Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders…
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Culture, Books Secret Fiction

Secret Fiction

It didn't start off promising, but by evening's end it was worth the trip. On my way in to dinner, the rain was pissing down (doesn't it ever just fall softly?), and I had trouble finding parking near the Thai…
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Music, Bouncer

Hill Street Blues

There has to be a phrase for feeling nostalgic for things that never were. Or maybe that is actually the very definition of nostalgia. At any rate, that was the mood I was in: I had a bittersweet longing for…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Sissy-Drink Bar

Top of the Mark InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California (at Mason), 616-6916, When the Top of the Mark opened its 360-degree vistas to the public in 1939, candied violets, pomegranate juice, and lemongrass weren't in your standard…
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Dining, Eat

The Longest Fast

An old friend of Dog Bites had a barbecue at his parents' house in Lafayette. Friends flew in from New York and L.A., the kitchen island was laden with jugs of Mojitos, semiclad revelers choked the hot tub, dogs chased…
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Dining, The Mix

Checking In

It's hard to beat a fancy hotel bar when you want to drink from the fountain of swank, and if you'd like a chaser of sleek, sensuous, dare we say deliciously surreal design, get your highfalutin heinie down to the…
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Dining, Eat The Big 4

The Big 4

By its narrowest definition Independence Day celebrates our decolonization from the British Empire, but in a broader, happier sense the Fourth of July is nothing less than one big national birthday party. At a birthday party we contemplate the guest…
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Dining, Eat

French Connection

For those who think San Francisco's best days of grace and amenity are behind her, Meribel will give a pleasant shock. The restaurant (which occupies the space formerly filled by Alexis, where Nancy Oakes, among others, worked) is entirely at…
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