Where do you find gifts for less than 10 bucks? Dandy-grade designer duds? Hip furnishings for your teensy Mission studio? We've launched our new Best of Citysearch campaign to find your favorite shops in San Francisco chic clothes, furniture, books and more. Tally up your much-loved spots, look up their listings on our site, click on the "Nominate for Best of Citysearch" tab and vote. We're spilling our shopping secrets; it's time for you to share yours, too.
If you think the recent vampire craze stops at the Twilight movies and Trueblood series, think again. With the new Vampire Diaries TV series airing this coming fall and no fewer than four vampire themes novels on the NYT's top 20 bestseller list, vamps are more popular than ever. In light of all this thirst for blood we've decided to put together places around the city for the vampire-obsessed to sink their teeth into.
Free WiFi at coffee shops, once a touted amenity, is now so ubiquitous it's hard to find a cafe that doesn't serve as an ad hoc office. For anyone tired of stumbling over power cords, not being able to find a table and getting dirty looks for chatting in some unemployed guy's "workplace," the following cafes are some of the few Internet-free bastions where you can enjoy that lazy day latte-plus-NYT combo in unproductive peace. (Photo: The blissful, internet-free Four Barrel)
Bonuses, and even full paychecks, are so 2007--thank goodness there's still the occasional expense-able meal or some of us would have to eat every meal out of a brown bag. For wining and dining clients or schmoozing your head honcho, check out these impressive hot spots for your three-martini lunch (or dinner), and make sure to over-order so you can take home a doggie bag--not classy but totally acceptable during times like these.
We love the nightlife. And we know you do too. That's why we've launched our new Best of Citysearch campaign to find out where your favorite places are for after-hours fun. Know of the absolute best mojito in town? Coolest hotel bar? Happy hour haunt you just can't live without? Just go to that business listing on our site, click on the "Nominate for Best of Citysearch" tab and vote! To get you in the spirit, here are a few of our personal favorites...
After hearing the sad news of Farrah Fawcett's tragic passing, Michael Jackson's untimely death is about all pop culture fans--particularly those who grew up in the '80s--can possibly take this week. Pay tribute to the legendary King of Pop in a way he would have approved of, by belting one of his hits or moonwalking your way through this list of MJ-themed events.
"The key to failure is trying to please everyone"--Bill Cosby, presumably during his dark, post-Dr. Huxtable, pre-Jello spokesman phase. And Bill was right: While the ambition of the latest Asian-Italian fusion bar/restaurant-cum-lounge & charcuterie house is admirable, there's something to be said for finding your forte--doing one thing and doing it well. Enter the ultra-niche specialty spots on this list, which thrive by being the best, or at least the only, place in the city to get selvedge Japanese denim, Shaggy Mane mushroom spores or a convincing head-to-toe pirate getup.
(Photo: Nothing but macarons at Paulette)
Love 'em or hate 'em (or only love 'em wrapped in bacon when you're drunk in the Mission), hot dogs are huge these days. But there's good news, San Francisco: the new generation of wieners aren't all lips and snouts (or they're at least made from organic, sustainable lips and snouts), and are getting the gourmet treatment from top-notch chefs. Revisit the ball park classic with this list of the best sausage spots in town. (Photo: Wild boar sausage with grilled onions and peppers at Rosamunde)
Does the mere mention of something as simple as milk and cookies send you skyrocketing into sugar-coated bliss? Do you sleep at night with visions of gummy bears dancing in your head? Do you believe some ice cream sundaes are better than sex? Well, then: You. Are. Not. Alone. That's why we've created a finger-licking online lookbook called SugarBomber, the ultimate go-to guide for dessert devotees. Here is a sampling of San Francisco's finest, plus where you can go get 'em. And if you've already found a sweet spot on your own, make sure you submit it through the site! Who knows? We might feature your pick next. Bombs away!
(Photo: Jessica Zdeb)
De-tiaraed. Un-sashed. Stripped ... oh wait, she did that to herself. Either way, Carrie Prejean lost her Miss California USA title this week for failing to perform pageant-related duties--understandable, considering that the pageant organizers bought her the set of knockers that allowed her to win. But, like so much of America, Prejean is now unemployed in an extremely tight job market, and with no obvious talent, she's going to need some help finding a way to pay those tooth-whitening bills. Here are five solid leads.