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    A Temple to High Living - Elisabeth Daniel

    Elisabeth Daniel belongs to the grand old San Francisco tradition of elegantly presented, nouveau riche excess that dates back to the opening of the Palace Hotel 130 years ago. The city has lived up to that dizzying standard of silver-boom opulence e...

    by Matthew Stafford on December 13, 2000
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    Tie One On - Danko, Dine, and various anniversaries

    All About Me Happy birthday to Harry, happy birthday to Harry. Forgive the absence over the past few weeks, but it's been two years since the birth of Side Dish, and November was a month packed with restaurant anniversary celebrations. In other words...

    by Harry Coverte on December 13, 2000
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    Deadly Sin of the Week: Greed - Wedding gifts, heirlooms, and lost possessions

    Dear Social Grace, I enjoy your column and am concerned about today's general atmosphere of selfishness and lack of manners. After reading your response to the question from a soon-to-be-married couple who weren't registered but hoped for cash gifts...

    by Social Grace on December 13, 2000
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    Nosh Till You Drop - Union Square noshes

    Undulant masses of gloved, capped, parka'd people in pairs, trios, and alone edge forward with grim determination. Mounted police stand at the ready. New-millennium mimes in gold or silver or rusted-tin body paint distract and spook the captive passe...

    by Matthew Stafford on December 6, 2000
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    The Thai That Binds - Yamo Thai Kitchen

    Yamo Thai Kitchen doesn't serve the best Thai food in San Francisco, nor, for that matter, does it claim to. In fact, Yamo doesn't even claim to have the best Thai food in the Mission, but rather the best Thai food in "the area," which in Yamo's case...

    by Greg Hugunin on December 6, 2000
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    Social Grace - Sometimes a Co-worker Is Just a Co-worker

    Dear Social Grace, I was posed with a social conundrum this weekend: I was telling an acquaintance that I was planning on taking some friends, who are visiting from out of town, to Alcatraz. To my surprise, he informed me that I should let him know ...

    by Social Grace on December 6, 2000
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    Call It Fate - Destino

    If I had to choose the two things I love most about my friends Vincenzo and Alexandra, I suppose I'd select the following: 1) They're a happily married couple and exude the comfortable, satisfied aura of people who've found their ideal mates, and 2) ...

    by Greg Hugunin on November 29, 2000
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    Goop and Its Pleasures - Blackberry Ginger

    It took some doing, but a few hours before my dinner reservation at Blackberry Ginger I finally figured out where the hell the place was. The shadowy figure who recommended the restaurant was mysteriously incommunicado; Berkeleyites of my acquaintanc...

    by Matthew Stafford on November 29, 2000
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    Social Grace - Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner

    Dear Social Grace, I'm one to throw big parties. I love the holidays, and I'm now gearing up for my annual Christmas celebration. Every time I send out an invitation, I put "RSVP" and a phone number at the bottom -- but if I invite 50 people, I get ...

    by Social Grace on November 29, 2000
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    Soup's On - Just Won Ton

    Just Won Ton sounds like something out of a Saturday Night Live routine, the culinary equivalent of the store that sells Scotch tape and only Scotch tape. But despite its strip-mall/age-of-specialization moniker, Just Won Ton isn't just about wonton,...

    by Matthew Stafford on November 22, 2000
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    Building a Better Burrito - Tlaloc

    Having consumed hundreds of members of the species over the past two decades, I could easily fill this page with thoughts on the burrito (technically, just about anything wrapped in a flour tortilla). A highly portable, often disrespected stepchild o...

    by Greg Hugunin on November 22, 2000
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    Social Grace - The Gentle-Reminder Machine

    Dear Social Grace, Please help me. A pregnant friend has been in the hospital for the past month due to a high-risk pregnancy. Her baby shower was put on hold, and preparations were made for the imminent delivery of a premature baby. I visited her f...

    by Social Grace on November 22, 2000
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    How Blue Can You Get - Cobalt Tavern

    Two months after moving from San Francisco to Covina -- a suburban hamlet wedged between San Dimas and Pomona amid the pedestrian-unfriendly eastern reaches of Los Angeles County -- my friend Barrie paid me a visit and described her new home. Covina ...

    by Greg Hugunin on November 15, 2000
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    Tuscan Treasures - Caff Centro

    Late in the 15th century a Florentine scholar by the name of Bartolomeo Sacchi gave the blossoming Renaissance a culinary conscience in the form of his wildly influential cookbook, Concerning Honest Pleasure and Well-Being. In it, Sacchi urged upon t...

    by Matthew Stafford on November 15, 2000
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    Giving, Receiving, Returning - Gift-Giving Protocol

    Dear Social Grace, I would be so grateful if you could suggest a solution for this common etiquette issue! I was married in June, and there are still a number of guests from whom we haven't received gifts. It's just plain weird that we haven't yet r...

    by Social Grace on November 15, 2000
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    Well Seasoned - Perlot

    Living in the San Francisco Bay Area one finds oneself surrounded by wise guys from across the country whose favorite pastime is regional griping, especially about a) the local papers, b) the gargantuan, taste-free produce, and most especially c) the...

    by Matthew Stafford on November 8, 2000
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    In Full Swing - Baldoria

    I've never met a depressed Italian waiter. Granted, I've never been to Italy, but I've encountered at least a hundred Italian waiters over the years and have yet to detect a melancholy soul among them. I've met generous Italian waiters who plied me w...

    by Greg Hugunin on November 8, 2000
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    Side Dish - Hissy Fits and Harangues

    Mr. Bitter Remember Mark Miller? The man who was supposed to show San Francisco what good food was when he opened the short-lived Loongbar? Well, Harry spotted Mr. Miller at Delfina, dining with James Ormsby, founding chef at Bruno's and executive ch...

    by Harry Coverte on November 8, 2000
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    Social Grace - Old Friends, New Friends, Cheap Friends, True Friends

    Dear Social Grace, Here's the scenario: I belong to an outdoor-activity club for single people. A few of us from the club were invited to a surprise birthday party for one of our members -- to be held at an upscale Italian restaurant. I was able to ...

    by Social Grace on November 8, 2000
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    Package Tour - Roy's

    Of all the Hawaiis I've come to know during six trips to the islands, I'm most familiar with two of them. On the one hand, you have the relatively untouched Hawaii of soaring cliffs and lush, incredible jungles, of brilliant coral reefs, perfect, gol...

    by Greg Hugunin on November 1, 2000
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