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    Spice of Life - Al Hamra

    The folks who run 16th Street's Al Hamra (a Pakistani joint) don't always come off as the most polished restaurateurs. "Hello?" answered a man when I called. "Is this Al Hamra?" I asked. "Yes." "Are you open on Sunday?" "This is a restauran...

    by Greg Hugunin on October 17, 2001
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    Chars and Stripes - The etiquette of flag burning

    Dear Social Grace, Since Sept. 11, my husband and I have been hanging a flag in front of our home. We usually do this on patriotic holidays and similar occasions. This week, someone set our flag on fire and burned the edges. This has started a debat...

    by Social Grace on October 17, 2001
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    Strike Zone - Curve

    Remember those final years of the 20th century, when the market was as vertical as the rent on a Russian Hill one-bedroom, recession talk was as meaningless as your standard Web site, and the air was filled with the scents of optimism and SUV exhaust...

    by Matthew Stafford on October 10, 2001
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    Service With a Grimace - The perfect retort to a rude diner

    Dear Social Grace, Tonight, while waiting on a couple at dinner, it was brought to my attention that I'd forgotten to bring their drinks. I apologized profusely, but I hoped the couple would understand. When I brought their drinks, the man said to m...

    by Social Grace on October 10, 2001
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    Swerving on Irving - Some bars in the Sunset are made for regulars

    The stretch of Irving Street to the west of 19th Avenue is a self-contained village of pho houses, Chinese restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and bars that people return to again and again. Case in point: the Silver Spur, a dependable little watering hole...

    by Greg Hugunin on October 10, 2001
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    Royal High - Koi Palace

    Sometimes it's nice to get away from the urban grind, to spend a few weeks in the Greek islands, a few days on the coast, or even a few hours in Daly City. When I first moved to San Francisco, I'd bop down to our southern neighbor every now and again...

    by Greg Hugunin on October 3, 2001
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    Side Dish - Live Free and Dine

    Eat Out Get ready to make reservations: Thursday, Oct. 11, is national "Windows of Hope Relief Fund" day. Restaurants around the country will join together to benefit both the 70 families who lost loved ones employed at the World Trade Center's rest...

    by Harry Coverte on October 3, 2001
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    Ciao, Italia - Splendido

    On Sept. 12, 2001, I sat down at the Splendido bar and had a drink. The beverage in question was a negroni, not only because the gin, Campari, and orange juice sounded soothing to my hangover-wracked body, but also because when I was in Venice in the...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 26, 2001
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    The Pleasures of Eaves-dropping - What to do with sensitive information you shouldn't have heard?

    Dear Social Grace, While sitting alone at a bar, drinking my weekday sorrows away, I overheard a rather loud conversation between two people next to me. The discussion, [to my] surprise, turned out to be about a friend of mine, and it was extremely ...

    by Social Grace on September 26, 2001
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    All That Glitters - Asia de Cuba

    The year 2001 started off as the least remarkable in recent memory. It's not like '98, when big things were coming and you could feel a certain excitement in the air. Nor is it like last year, when the big things were here and you either loved the do...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 19, 2001
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    Foie Gras for the Soul - Restaurants react to last week's attacks

    Food for Thought Harry would like to dedicate this column and send his deepest regards to Heather Ho and her friends and family. The pastry chef, who garnered critical acclaim at Boulevard and recently relocated to the World Trade Center's restaurant...

    by Harry Coverte on September 19, 2001
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    Coming Home - The House

    Grant Avenue stretches all the way from Market Street and the Financial District to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf, but it's at its most distinctive in the dozen or so blocks from the Stockton Tunnel to the base of Telegraph Hill. This strip of San Fr...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 12, 2001
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    Etiquette for a Small Planet - How to handle someone who's invading your personal space

    Dear Social Grace, I don't usually consider myself to be sensitive to things like this, but I have dealt with this situation many times since moving to the Bay Area, and I am in a quandary. It seems to occur most often at grocery stores: I will be i...

    by Social Grace on September 12, 2001
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    The Mix - The hottest and hippest new bars

    There's always something in the air when you step into a hot new bar. It might be excitement, attitude, marijuana smoke, or all three, but at Valencia Street's The Phoenix, the most striking thing is good old-fashioned heat. The place is sweltering a...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 12, 2001
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    Down on the Corner - 26's Corner

    The first time a friend told me about 26's Corner, I was reminded of the time a different friend told me about Sanraku: Once again I learned that there was a really, really good sushi place whose name and location a so-called friend wasn't about to r...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 5, 2001
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    East Meets Zest - Oritalia

    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 tofu, tenta...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 5, 2001
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    The Cocktail Charade - Is the Clift mucking with its martinis?

    Shaken and Stirred On the heels of a lawsuit alleging that the Clift switched valet services in order to present a paler-faced crew, Harry has heard another alarming accusation: An outraged 32-year-old customer claims one Redwood Room bartender confe...

    by Harry Coverte on September 5, 2001
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    Was It Something I Said? - What to do if you discover a co-worker's ad at an online dating service

    Dear Social Grace, I recently joined a gay online dating service that lets you post a photo online. While looking at photos of potential matches, I noticed a picture of a co-worker I have a friendly work relationship with, though we are not close at...

    by Social Grace on September 5, 2001
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    Walking on Water - Aqua

    When Aqua opened its doors 10 years ago, it was the only place in town where one could enjoy the city's esteemed seafood in a sophisticated setting. Before Aqua, the best places in the city to sample petrale, sand dabs, Dungeness crab, and other regi...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 29, 2001
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    Heart's Content - Mi Lindo Peru

    I've reviewed my share of restaurants during the past 2 1/2 years, from high-end destination eateries to homey little holes-in-the-wall, plus a revolving restaurant, a floating restaurant, a glass-enclosed restaurant, a strip club/restaurant, and (on...

    by Greg Hugunin on August 29, 2001
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