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    Sweet Sauerkraut - Schnitzelhaus

    "Knocking your bindings loose, kicking the skis free and leaning them up against the wooden wall of the inn, the lamplight coming from the window, where inside, in the smoky, new-wine smelling warmth, they were playing the accordion." SOMA in springt...

    by Matthew Stafford on March 21, 2001
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    Side Dish - Left Bank to Left Coast

    East Meets West Harry hears that culinary guru Jean Louis Palladin met with Gordon Drysdale of Gordon's House of Fine Eats and Bill Upson of Real Restaurants to express a keen interest in our city's neighborhoods and business climate. Palladin's inqu...

    by Harry Coverte on March 21, 2001
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    Social Grace - The Streets of San Francisco

    Dear Social Grace, What happened to street-walking etiquette in S.F.? When you're walking up hills, or the address numbers are increasing, are you not supposed to walk on the outside of the sidewalk, closest to the street? And when you're walking do...

    by Social Grace on March 21, 2001
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    Cirque du Supper - Teatro ZinZanni

    Teatro ZinZanni gives you something interesting to look at when you go out to dinner. Since eating is only one important aspect of the dining-out experience, this feat is no meaningless accomplishment. Over the years restaurateurs have offered up eve...

    by Matthew Stafford on March 14, 2001
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    California Dreaming - Hawthorne Lane

    There's a subtle austerity in the air at Hawthorne Lane. A quiet, self-assured, practiced brand of elegance greets you in the tony courtyard and greets you again as you step through the door and behold deep, circular booths and an elliptical cherry w...

    by Greg Hugunin on March 14, 2001
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    The Mix - Tender Is the Night

    The global celebrity of the "World Famous" Overflo isn't apparent at first glance. It's announced on the side of the building, but inside, the place looks like any old bar: a pool table, dim lighting, and a crowd of about 16, three of whom sing a dru...

    by Greg Hugunin on March 14, 2001
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    Social Grace - Power Lunching

    Dear Social Grace, When you're having a business lunch at a restaurant, at what point should the chitchat end and the business begin? Is there an established rule on this? And I know you frown on cell-phone use in restaurants, but is it acceptable t...

    by Social Grace on March 14, 2001
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    In Full Bloom - Da Flora

    My friend John had one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction kind of nights. I won't go into all the details, but by the time it was over he had been driven at gunpoint to the East Bay (the only way I'd go), leapt from a speeding car onto the Bay B...

    by Greg Hugunin on March 7, 2001
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    Treasure Island - Kaleo Cafe

    On any given evening there are several perfectly viable reasons for abandoning the two-burner kitchenette, visiting the ATM, and going out to dinner. In the first place, there's the whole concept of someone other than you waiting in the checkout line...

    by Matthew Stafford on March 7, 2001
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    Side Dish - Blame Canada

    North of the Border Bacar has already had its first battle with the almighty tourist. A Canadian travel group of about 200 negotiated to rent the restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a promised $20,000 in spending. As the event ...

    by Harry Coverte on March 7, 2001
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    Paris in the Springtime - Grand Cafe

    Walking into the Grand Cafe is like entering a particularly attractive Paris brasserie during the heyday of Toulouse-Lautrec -- aperitifs, aprons, and all. The temporal contrast is especially striking if you've just spent half an hour on the 45 Union...

    by Matthew Stafford on February 28, 2001
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    In From the Cold - Sno-drift

    As when strip joints, airports, and awards ceremonies meet food, the combination of nightclubs and fine dining yields a twofold theory: 1) Assuming the kitchen space is adequate, there's no reason human beings can't assemble culinary ingredients in a...

    by Greg Hugunin on February 28, 2001
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    The Mix - Hidden Dragon

    Chinatown is the place where you can tie one on without running into anyone you know -- assuming, of course, that you're not a local, or a regular, or in some way affiliated with the Chinatown community. It's the neighborhood that gets eerily quiet a...

    by Greg Hugunin on February 28, 2001
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    Social Grace - Thanks But No Thanks

    Dear Social Grace, If you're given an expensive gift certificate ($300) for a spa package, how much are you supposed to tip? If you go with 15 percent, for example, that would be $45 you'd need to pay out for a gift -- something you might never have...

    by Social Grace on February 28, 2001
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    Carnival of Sorts - Monte Carlo Restaurant & Bar

    One stormy March night in 1699, a group of homesick French and Quebecois explorers found themselves near the entrance to the Mississippi River on the banks of a dark and forbidding swamp. Realizing it was the day before Lent, they named the place Mar...

    by Matthew Stafford on February 21, 2001
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    Fresh Eats - The Muscle Behind Masa's

    Movers and Shakers Executive Chef Ron Siegel skipped out on Charles Nob Hill to reopen Masa's, which just underwent a makeover from famed designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, who also designed glamour spots the Quail Lodge in Carmel and the Peninsula Hotel i...

    by Harry Coverte on February 21, 2001
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    Social Graces - Blind Dates From Hell

    Dear Social Grace, I am writing to you for correction and guidance; I believe I handled a bad situation badly, and I want to know what I should've done. A friend, "Brenda," recently set me up on a blind date. With great misgivings, I accepted the da...

    by Social Grace on February 21, 2001
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    International Death Match - Malee Thai & Vietnamese

    Perhaps five bites into our meal at Malee Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant & Bar, my friend Chloe and I decided Malee needs to relocate. The reason we came to this conclusion is that the current site -- a Travelodge on Lombard, of all places -- seems to ...

    by Greg Hugunin on February 14, 2001
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    The Mix - Togetherness

    "PleasureZone" certainly isn't for everybody, but judging by the 500-plus mostly twenty- and thirtysomethings who've packed the Manhattan Lounge for this Saturday night event, this monthly carnival of female-centric sexual expression has definitely f...

    by Greg Hugunin on February 14, 2001
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    Social Grace - What's That Smell?

    Dear Social Grace, We work in a small medical office (there are three of us, including the doctor), and there are patients that come in with extremely strong, sometimes obnoxious perfume or scented lotions. The whole office is filled with their pung...

    by Social Grace on February 14, 2001
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Kin Khao: Upscale Thai Tries to Sort Out Its Identity on Your Tongue Kin Khao: Upscale Thai Tries to Sort Out Its Identity on Your Tongue

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