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China Girl and Other Stories

China Girl and Other Stories is local author Ho Lin‘s most current release. The very last story, “Charge”, is my favorite, beginning on a BART car and walking the reader through some very recognizable Bay Area relationships. China Girl on the whole is strong because of its relatability, but reading something that makes you think […]

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City Arts & Lectures

There are several ways to take in City Arts & Lectures‘ content, but their YouTube channel in particular is fantastic, offering the expected deep cuts from local and otherwise familiar faces. My favorite of these is Boys & Sex with Peggy Orenstein & Daniel Handler, who I studied in a “Women and Media” course and […]

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Ant-Man (2015)/Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Both Ant-Man movies spend a good amount of screen time in the Pym family’s Victorian, which is all royal purple and dark wood inside and out. There are also quick and Disney-money-beautiful shots of the Haight, the Presidio, and, in Wasp, a long sequence at Pier 39, as crowded as ever. Oh, and a guy […]

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Wild About Mushrooms

The Mycological Society of San Francisco has made their cookbook available online! I can personally vouch for the miso-baked mushrooms: the salt in the soy product plays excellently against the mushrooms’ natural earthiness, and the baking time is short enough that they stay firm without drying out. For some excellent mushroom recipes, try Wild About […]

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

I took the overnight Amtrak route whenever I went home as a student. I’d reach my parents’ house at a barely reasonable hour, and the last leg of the trip would coincide with the sun coming up over the ocean. The railway out there is literally on the coast. Those early morning sunrises are the […]

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Three Babes Bakeshop

The Bay Area is an excellent place to be gluten intolerant. I have very little difficulty ordering at restaurants or finding alternate ingredients for standard meals. Baking, however, is a thorn in my side. Gluten-free flour absorbs moisture very differently than wheat flour does, and it feels like every GF flour brand absorbs it uniquely. […]

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I Don’t Even Own a Television

Earlier this year, I got completely hooked on 352 Pages We’ll Never Get Back, a podcast by RiffTrax alums that began with tearing Ready Player One to shreds and continued through all kinds of schlock. It’s delightful, but requires a bit of commitment: episodes cover only a few book chapters at once, and the age […]

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Comix Experience

Here’s my favorite panel from my recent Comix Experience haul: Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu is a pretty fun read. A full-time horror mangaka documents becoming a cat owner, and, as you can see, does not change his illustration style at all. What’s not to love? Anyway: someone on the Comix Experience team […]

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Recipe: Blueberry almond cake

Boyfriend got a little bit mesmerized by Delightful Crumb‘s description for this recipe: “reminiscent of a muffin top“. Truer words were never written! Bake it in the recommended tart pan rather than the loaf, and you’ll wonder where the rest of the giant muffin went. Almonds and blueberry pair just beautifully. Find the blueberry cake […]

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Ambiance San Francisco

My little sister has been on a sock kick (heyo) recently. Specifically, she wants things with patterns that she can show off in Birkenstocks. I’m frankly too unhip to get it, but Ambiance isn’t. I treated myself to some boutique clothing more appropriate for my age and found some perfect matches for her in their […]