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Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year!

Live from Bullitt! Oops I did it again.

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I promised myself that I’d never write about The Wine Bar (2032 Polk St. at Broadway) for the sheer fact that I hate the place, but this one is just too good to pass up. SFist has noted that TWB’s license has been suspended for 10 days due to “consumption and/or sale of alcohol after hours.” From the looks of the ABC notice, the bar should be reopening today.

This really doesn’t surprise me. It’s been a while, but I’ve spent countless nights drinking wine and listening to music in there after 2 a.m. I wouldn’t say it’s common for the aging hipster bartenders or the headband-wearing owner to sell drinks in there after hours, but they do make a habit of serving in there until 4 or 5 a.m. I guess when you don’t have a real job to wake up for, sunrise is a habitual hour to hit the lights.

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Zarzuela Is Loved

Vin Divine calls it how it is: “Zarzuela is the best mother f’ing Tapas in ‘Frisco.”

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Here are some remains from Santacon strolling down Polk:

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I’m in mourning over Bar Johnny. And I’m not just ready for a rebound. Over night, Bullitt shot into 2209 Polk’s black brick fa├žade, painted some stripes, and changed the light fixtures. Poof! The moist and crunch croutons have vanished. So long truffle oil fries. Sayonara pork sliders.

I know Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I don’t like where things are going. The six-pack containers carrying ketchup and mustard scream Applebee’s, and are practically sinful with rich wood paneling and marble countertops as a backdrop. The menu rarely ventures beyond typical American bar food. And don’t get me started on the Olde English in brown paper bags for nine dollars!?

But! I will concede that the $15 bottomless mimosa special lives on, which is all it takes for me to park anywhere for five hours. So, Bullitt, I’ll be back, but I may not be eating. Okay, well, I can’t resist the curly fries.

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Just in time for the holidays, Russian Hill artist and stylist Danielle Goodman, has launched her debut apparel collection, Anomaly Threads, online today. With tees for guys and dolls bearing images of elegant elephants and inspirational catch-phrases, the goods are must-haves for under your cardigans this season. Next up in 2010 is a kid’s collection, but for now, I’m happy these trix aren’t for kids.

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It’s Phonebook Season!

The latest and greatest phonebooks have been bagged, knotted, and delivered to our doorsteps in Russian Hill and beyond. For those of you who are unfamiliar with phonebooks, they’re like Yelp, on paper, without the snarky comments.

Let’s see how many days it is before they’re moved to the recycling bins. Bets, anyone?

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