The definitive cure for world-weariness has opened in Noe Valley. No matter what year you were born, something in Buttons Candy Bar will stop you dead as you suddenly remember the last time you got your paws on one. (For me, it was a Chocolate Charleston Chew, the long kind, the airy gumminess of wh ... More >>
Alanna HaleChucky Dugo, Slanted Door's head pastry chef, clearly receiving inspiration from the heavens.Chucky Dugo, pastry chef for Charles Phan's restaurants -- including Slanted Door, Out the Door, and Wo Hing General Store -- started his career in San Francisco, but talked his way into ru ... More >>
Bacetti means "little kisses" in Italian, and it's an apt name for a local line of bites of clean, creamy gelato painted with chocolate. An inch-and-a-half square and wrapped in pretty paper, they're miniature Klondike bars that went to finishing school. Sister-and-brother team Alexandra an ... More >>
By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>
The Holy Book LP
Eating fire, swallowing swords, playing old-timey tunes -- the Yard Dogs offer medicine for the soul. And they'll even work for booze.
The gloriously unambitious world of John Patrick McKenzie, who doesn't care that he's a rising star in the visual arts. And who, as it happens, is autistic.