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I met this parrot outside of Golden Boy tonight. His sweater looks like a beer cozy and apparently he’s got dozens of outfits! What a little fashionista.

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Blogger 40 Going on 28 decided to compare San Francisco neighborhoods to Impressionist painters and/or highly-salted snacks. While the Upper Haight, he proposes, is akin to Cool Ranch Doritos, he nominates Russian Hill a sibling of Monet and Rold Gold Classic Style Rods. Timeless, straight, narrow, glossy, overtly salty, and trans fat-free, the pretzels are a snack that few can make a fuss about.

Do you agree that Russian Hill is the Rold Gold of SF?

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About a month ago, I swung by Marine Layer‘s former loft space at 1932 Polk (at Pacific) for a happy hour. I drank wine, met some nice people, and played a game of shuffleboard; in other words, it was a wonderful start to my weekend. The t-shirt label has since moved on to a new home on Chestnut Street, leaving the long wooden table behind and me a bit dismayed. But now I’m pleased to hear that another dapper men’s apparel company has taken over the space.

Taylor Stitch produces custom and ready-to-wear men’s cotton “button-up” shirts. Using high-quality cotton; sustainable Corozo buttons; thoughtful details like the lack of superfluous pleats; and sophisticated stripes, plaids, and solids, TS makes a man look good. And the proof is in the pudding . . . local personas (likely friends) like Thrillist SF editor Nick Elliott, the Mariani bros of Scribe Winery, and Four Barrel coffeemaker Jeremy Tooker model the threads on the website, and they certainly all do look handsome. So good work and welcome to the neighborhood, Taylor Stitch. As for the shuffleboard table, TS has already extended an invitation to us all to swing by and play a game if we’re looking to kill time, and you know I don’t need any convincing.

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Great typical French brasserie. Thonet bentwood chairs, dimly lit, and chic menu typography. La nourriture…c’est TBD.UPDATE on Cafe des Amis (2000 Union at Buchanan):

  • Sauvignon Blance aux pichet (by the carafe!) . . . delicieux!
  • French onion soup . . . to die for!
  • Hanger steak-frites . . . overcooked (medium was medium well), semi-bland, but bearnaise sauce was scrumptious.
  • Upside down almond cake with plums . . . indulgent!
  • Complimentary mini 1″ square salted brownie . . . perhaps the definitive reason I’ll be returning asap!

P.S. The lovely Eggplant Elephant was my dinner date!

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    Antica Trattoria (2400 Polk at Union) is set to close sometime in the next four months and will be replaced by a casual neighborhood hangout called Leopold’s. Tear! I’m booking a reservation ASAP! Inside Scoop has the details.

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    It’s been one year since Polk Sheet was founded! Last August, Lombard Street became Candyland for a day, Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano shopped on Polk, and I was blessed with bottomless mimosas at Bar Johnny’s.

    This August, Polk Sheet makes its foray into Facebookland. If you please, “Like” Polk Sheet’s new Page and suggest it to your local friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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    WordPress’s blog statistics dashboard has a feature called Search Engine Terms that shows you the keywords people are using to find your blog. The ones that generally show up on my dashboard are much to be expected. Common terms are things like “Russian Hill,” “Bullitt,” and “Nick’s Crispy Taco Tuesday,” that are directly related to posts I’ve written — about the neighborhood or local businesses. So this morning I opened up the dashboard and was greeted with this fine image. I couldn’t resist sharing it. If you’re trying to learn “how to pick up hookers in San Francisco,” apparently Polk Sheet is a must read.

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