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    Social Grace - Hits and Mrs.

    Dear Social Grace, If I were introduced to Jada Pinkett Smith (actress and wife of entertainer Will Smith), would I address her as Ms. or Mrs.? And would it be Ms. Pinkett Smith, Ms. Smith, or Ms. Pinkett? I wouldn't want to get off on the wrong foo...

    by Social Grace on October 11, 2000
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    Until We Eat Again - Cafe Monk

    My friend Barrie is moving from San Francisco to Covina. Yes, that's an utterly incredible statement, and about as easy for me to swallow as a fist-sized lump of coal, because Covina is somewhere east of Los Angeles, and a long, long way from here. ...

    by Greg Hugunin on October 4, 2000
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    Side Dish - No Such Thing as Bad Publicity?

    Say, You're Welcome Good news from Magnet Communications, PR flacks for my friends over at the Black Cat. In a recent e-mail from Magnet, the sender wrote, "You'll be interested to know that business is up at the Black Cat since your column last we...

    by Harry Coverte on October 4, 2000
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    Social Grace - Conversationally Speaking

    Dear Social Grace, Soon I must attend a very formal dinner party. The last time I had to attend such an event, I was very uncomfortable because I couldn't figure out how people knew to stop talking to the person on their right and begin talking to t...

    by Social Grace on October 4, 2000
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    Home and Away - Cafe J

    Cafe J looks like the contents of a gaudily wrapped package spilled open on Christmas morning. A dozen tables in Kool-Aid red dot the narrow, cozy interior. Others in limeade green splash out onto the front sidewalk and a pocket-sized patio in back....

    by Matthew Stafford on September 27, 2000
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    Going Public - Venture Frogs

    I suppose I should just come right out and say it: In my opinion, "Venture Frogs" is not the best name for a restaurant. Sure, I can think of worse names. "Dog" would be a bad one; "Old Sock" would surely fail; "Squeegee" might earn some giggles, but...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 27, 2000
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    Martha Stewart's Dining - Chaya Brasserie; Butterfly; Rouge; TwentyFour

    It's a Good Thing Enjoying yet another evening at Chaya Brasserie had Harry all aglow when, looking across the room, I caught the gaze and smile of none other than the queen of entertaining: Martha Stewart herself, dining with friends. Being a big ...

    by Harry Coverte on September 27, 2000
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    On Twirling and Passing - Eating pasta gracefully

    Dear Social Grace, You recently outlined the correct "twirling" technique for eating pasta (Aug. 30), but you didn't address a problem I'm having quite often as noodle bars pop up all over town. How do you eat long Japanese noodles served in huge bo...

    by Social Grace on September 27, 2000
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    Many Bites - Azie

    Of all the restaurants I've eaten at this year, I don't think any proved as tantalizing in advance, as exquisite to anticipate, as LuLu's upscale little sister, Azie. "Exquisite" is a word that should be used a lot when describing Azie, which is almo...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 20, 2000
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    Mixed Up - Ninna

    Back in his stand-up days, Dick Cavett told a joke about a trendy new Chinese-German restaurant where "the only problem is that an hour later, you're hungry for power." Ninna, a snug little eatery in Oakland's Piedmont District, sounds like the setup...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 20, 2000
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    Trust in Schrager? - Clift Hotel; Roy's; Perlot; Jardinire

    Gentlemen in the Back Row After much ballyhoo around town from all our politically correct goody-two-shoes, the auction at the famed Clift Hotel began last Tuesday at 10 a.m. If any of you are thinking, "Yeah, so -- another hotel remodel. So what?"...

    by Harry Coverte on September 20, 2000
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    Christmas in September - Gift-giving protocol

    Dear Social Grace, I respectfully disagree with you about the existence of a "standing rule" ("Standing Order," Sept. 6). While some men may stand when women come to their table or enter a room, it is an unfortunate ritual left over from days when w...

    by Social Grace on September 20, 2000
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    The Long Hello - Emma revives the grand North Beach tradition of family-style dining

    When I was recruited to work on the Weekly's Best of San Francisco issue last spring I knew that somehow, somewhere, I would have to mention Emma. This was back before the restaurant half of the operation had opened for business, but the bar had alre...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 13, 2000
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    Floats Like a Paperweight - Butterfly Mission Jazz

    This summer, I had an experience that made me wonder if reviewing restaurants was hampering my ability to enjoy life. The time: a frigid afternoon in early July. The place: a good friend's wedding. The vibe: quite festive -- after all, it was a weddi...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 13, 2000
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    We're No. 1 - SF is Travel & Leisure's favorite city, Destino, Teatro ZinZanni

    They Love Me, They Love Me Not ... The September issue of Travel & Leisure features the magazine's World's Best Awards. When readers were asked to name their favorite cities, San Francisco came from behind to take No. 1 overall. New York pulled int...

    by Harry Coverte on September 13, 2000
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    Just Desserts - Is there a proper way to eat dessert?

    Dear Social Grace, I have a friend who's educated, from a well-off family, stylish, and old enough to understand good table manners. My friend recently told me that her new mother-in-law (better educated, from a wealthier family, more stylish, and o...

    by Social Grace on September 13, 2000
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    Three's Company - Three Seasons

    I knew my hairstylist Christine and I were meant for each other when, back in the early days of our relationship, she told me she'd become a Master of Tequila at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant. Intrigued, I immediately drove out to Tommy's and downed 18 ...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 6, 2000
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    Real San Francisco - Hyde Street Bistro

    The Hyde Street Bistro is what you'd call a real San Francisco kind of place. It's one of those little neighborhood eateries you might see tucked away on a foggy side street in Bernal Heights or Noe Valley or the Richmond where each of the dozen or s...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 6, 2000
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    Standing Order - The standing rule is still in effect

    Dear Social Grace, I recently joined several friends for dinner at a trendy restaurant in San Francisco. One of my dinner companions was an older (to me) woman. I am a man. The woman I am speaking of got up from the table several times to chat with...

    by Social Grace on September 6, 2000
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    Umbrella Drinks - Trader Vics

    I was preparing for an evening of gulping and masticating when I happened to notice that I was putting on a necktie. Since I've donned a tie on fewer than half a dozen occasions during my dozen years as a restaurant critic, it was a noteworthy moment...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 30, 2000
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