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You know you're in San Francisco when the bartender pours your martini with organic vermouth. When you see Lawrence Ferlinghetti at the Farmers Market, entranced by the beet poetry. When a guy shows up at a four-star restaurant wearing a tie-dyed ...
We have just arrived in San Francisco for the weekend, and the desk clerk at the game-themed Serrano Hotel invites us to roll the dice for an upgrade. We're allowed three tries; on my last I hit double fives. Yes! My friend Tracy and I check into ...
We eat many of our 30 billion—plus burgers a year as Slyders, Hockeyburgers, or Liplockers at places like Bob's Big Boy or In-N-Out Burger—or hot off the backyard grill. If you're looking for something more grand, here's where to find high-end bli...
The eighties slogan has been replaced with "Worship your body, nourish your soul." To that end, temples of fitness are reinterpreting what it means to work out, focusing on healthy living rather than just feeling the burn. Along with treadmills, N...
Converting pagans. Raising the dead. Chasing every last snake out of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known, by history and by legend, for many things, but to Americans he is the patron saint of partying. Nevertheless, Boston, America’s home to all thin...
Marylanders love their soft-shells, while Mainers tout the peekytoe; Floridians insist on stone crabs, Alaskans flaunt their long-legged kings. But ask any native of California, Oregon, or Washington State, and we'll tell you the truth: Dungeness ...
(01)Haggerstone IslandFar away in Australia So you want to escape civilization and flee to that mythical undiscovered beach, a place where it's just you, the sand, and the sea (okay, and a nice meal after a sunbaked day)?Well, we've found it, but...
These days, a monogram isn't enough. Women around the world are customizing their handbags—picking the style, skin, and size of their arm candy. At the sunny boutique April in Paris (55 Clement St., San Francisco; 415/750-9910; www.aprilinparis.us...
Maybe they need a change of pace, or just a break from the stove: hotshot chefs across the country are trying their hands at preparing sushi and sashimi. BOSTON Onetime pastry chef Kenneth Oringer has been flirting with Asian ingredients at his Fr...
The brainy chef behind French Laundry in Yountville, California, is known for reinventing such iconic American pairings as macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and coffee and doughnuts. Lately, Thomas Keller has been away from his Napa Va...
Since art deco began looking good again in the 1970's, the French, in that endearing French way, have convinced themselves and the world that they were solely responsible for it, that it was introduced in 1925 at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs...
Next time you’re in the City by the Bay, you can all be like kids in a candy shop at the new Miette Confiserie. Tucked among the art galleries and design stores of happening Hayes Valley, the emporium is the place to taste-test Dutch licorice, sam...
A foodie face-lift in the Marina District—on the bay between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz—has San Franciscans riding a post-recession buzz. The main thoroughfare, Chestnut Street, is known for restaurants like A16 (No. 2355; 415/771-2216; d...
In an effort to curb traffic, cities across America are following San Francisco's lead and reinstating their cable car systems. Philadelphia's Girard Avenue trolley operated for a century before it came to a halt in 1992; now World War II-era cars...
OCCUPATION Screenwriter and director HOME BASE Santa Monica, California GOLDEN GATES The Canadian-born television writer turned filmmaker, best known for his Oscar-nominated script for Million Dollar Baby, recently attended the San Francisco Inter...