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Recchiuti Confections

The Craft Chocolate Experience was the week before the first shutdown this year. Boyfriend and I were sure to make note of all the local chocolate producers: we were roundly and thoroughly impressed. Chocolate is Recchiuti‘s mainstay, of course, but they also have a shockingly gorgeous ace up their sleeves: Pates de Fruits. Don’t let […]

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

We watched this a few weeks into Shelter In Place, and I could not get over the emptiness of the Financial District. At the time, it seemed wildly inaccurate… but the joke appears to be on me. Roughly the last third of Sonic the Hedgehog takes place around a vacated Market Street, and I’m noting […]

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Oakland Symphony

Oakland Symphony has a page for videos of past and current performances! The archives update Fridays at six- an hour after this update will come out. It’s very easy to lose that amount of time on the site. I’m really impressed with the editing behind “This Land Is Your Land”, filmed from several homes and […]

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Gump’s

If you’re in the market for holiday ornaments, Gump’s has some real winners. They’ve given me both the most interesting thing on my tree and possibly the best photo I’ve taken this year: Show Gump’s some love!

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San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony’s Music Connects page features several concerts performed from home by the musicians. This is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears: the videos are edited almost exclusively on-beat, and the effect is almost as immersive as a live show. Show the San Francisco Symphony some love!

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Recipe: Hakka chicken and mushrooms

Local food writer Linda Lau Anusasananan offers a number of Hakka recipes on her website, The Hakka Cookbook. Her chicken and mushrooms are so good that they’ve made it into our regular rotation. This dish is very accessible if you’re not too used to cooking Asian food; the final product tastes restaurant-quality. For delightful, easy-to-follow […]

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Emmy’s

Emmy’s is our go-to place for delivery Chinese, so immersed in our monthly routine that I forget that perhaps people haven’t heard of it. The food is consistently good and the delivery is usually early. For a long time, their half-Roast Duck was a mainstay for me, and I still think it’s one of the […]

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beekind

I discovered beekind honey years ago, to help with Boyfriend’s and my seasonal allergies. The theory goes that ingesting bee-processed pollen from your area will ease your body into accepting raw pollen. Aided by beekind’s highly specific source regions, we’ve definitely seen some improvement. If allergies and regions are not concerns for you, the San […]

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Recipe: Triple chocolate chip cookies

Guest post by Boyfriend! Shikha la mode’s Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a great deviation from the usual chocolate chip recipe. The bread flour and mix of chocolate chips keeps the dough together for a taller cookie with more variety. Do keep in mind, this recipe makes for a very large batch – almost […]

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The Long Now Foundation

There’s nothing so singularly enjoyable as watching someone explain something they’re passionate about. The Long Now Foundation, I’ve noticed, has intensely dedicated members, and the best of their projects can be found on their YouTube channel. I grew up close enough to the La Brea Tar Pits to visit at least annually; Holocene mammals happen […]