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Coqueta A flirt with Spain featured

Marking Michael Chiarello’s first food-related foray into San Francisco, Coqueta is the product of its award-winning, TV show hosting, perma-smiling patron’s flirtation with Spanish cuisine. And by all accounts Chiarello’s got the sort of seduction skills that could bag you the finest flesh on the pier—culinarily speaking of course. Focusing on regional dishes from Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and beyond, Coqueta’s menu is a fiesta of hot and cold tapas (including choice cuts of Iberico pork and whole Monterey calamari) and other Spanish classics—including a sharing Paella that’s so good you’ll definitely try (and probably fail) to eat it all yourself. And the cocktails ain’t half bad either, mixed using homegrown shrubs, tonics and enough sherry to drown the Armada.

Bell Jar Gorgeous little things featured

The owner’s penchant for descriptors, such as ‘darling’ and ‘lovely,’ indicate the Bell Jar’s governing mission—to sell gorgeous little things for women with discerning, artistic, whimsical (and expensive) taste. With a shop name that pays homage to one of tortured poet Sylvia Plath’s feminist odes, the Bell Jar offers flouncy, whimsical, usually haute-couture apparel hand-crafted by local fashion renegades; old-fashioned, fancy home decor, such as a vintage ceramic horse statue and a taxidermy double-headed chick; and curiosities ranging from a shark-tooth, gold-chain necklace to fabric embroidery of a gutted venison. Come to be amazed and empty your wallet.

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