If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an out-of-context quote is… something. Probably. It’s probably something.
Regardless, we’ve compiled a bunch of those below in what we’re calling the Year in Short. Yep, just a collection of quotes pulled from some of our stories from the past year, without any context whatsoever. It’ll be great.
Yes, 2015 has been very, very real so far. So it’s probably worth at least one fond-memory-driven slideshow chronicling its many splendors. We’ll call it the Best of 2015, and we’ll put it right about… here.
We say, “New Year’s resolutions.” You say, “Juice cleanse.” Then we shake you out of that nonsense
and present you with five significantly better ways to kick off 2016. One of which may or may not include
taking shots out of bones. Sorry for hypothetically shaking you back there.
RESOLUTION: EAT LESS SUGAR
Anti-Resolution: A $3K Ice Cream Sundae
Here’s a resolution for you: never eat an ice cream sundae again without a private string cello
performance. Even better if that sundae’s topped with syrups made from three rare dessert wines. And costs
more than three grand. Three Twins will happily oblige all of the above, by the way.
RESOLUTION: DRINK LESS
Anti-Resolution: Bone Marrow Luges
Taking shots may be a bit questionable in most situations. But not taking shots when they’re
served luge-style from a bone that was holding some smoked bone marrow that you just drank is… well,
RESOLUTION: JOIN A GYM
Anti-Resolution: Join This Clubhouse
Instead of joining a gym, maybe you should join the secret, members-only clubhouse behind the scoreboard at
AT&T Park instead. It’s where you’ll find a bunch of old-school Giants memorabilia, a bowling alley
and cocktails with baseball-shaped ice cubes in them. It was that or “circular” ice cubes.
RESOLUTION: BE ACTIVE IN NATURE
Anti-Resolution: Do Nothing in Nature
Big Sur is known for its beautiful redwood forests, rigorous backpacking opportunities and some pretty great
surf. The Surf & Stay package at the Post Ranch Inn is known for its champagne, nine-course dinner and
ocean-view house with a private hot tub. But you’re here to surf, remember?
RESOLUTION: MAKE SOUND INVESTMENTS
Anti-Resolution: So Much Fancy Barware
Your 401(k). Tesla stock. Sound investments, all. But you know what else is? Custom-designed barware
collections featuring $2,250 wooden boxes filled with glasses and tools, a $2,600 bar cart and all of the
high-end spirits you can imagine from the Bank at Wingtip.
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“I’m going north. The wind has called upon me. I must fulfill my spiritual destiny. I must live. I must drink hot toddies and play ping-pong high above the Pacific Ocean.”
1) Never say those things out loud. 2) Totally do those things.
Preferably at Timber Cove, a completely revamped Sonoma Coast hotel just north of Jenner that’s taking reservations now and opening tomorrow. Here’s what it looks like.
“Holy shit” is an appropriate first response upon seeing this striking, Frank Lloyd Wright–y structure. The original Timber Cove came to be in the early ’60s, and this renovation has preserved much of the original exterior. Smart.
The inside, though, has been fully gutted and updated. It’s got 46 guest rooms complete with turntables and the type of elevated rusticity you’d expect from rooms with turntables in them. They have eight suites, too. The suites are nice. Get a suite.
You’d do just fine spending time out on your room’s ocean-facing balcony, but it’s worth venturing over to their new Coast Kitchen for a grilled ribeye, and the adjacent tasting room for a sampling of Sonoma wines.
And then there’s the outdoor Living Room. It’s got a fire pit and whiskey-spiked chamomile hot toddies. It’s got ping-pong and pool. It’s got the ocean.
It’s that big thing of saltwater. Can’t miss it.
Found You a New Place to Drink Beer Outside
A Japanese-Style Beer Garden and a Mac-and-Cheese Festival Are Involved
For somebody, today is going to be the day they treat themselves to a vintage 18K-gold Rolex or an Omega Seamaster or a Cartier watch with a perfectly
weathered leather strap. And to that person, we say… “Damn,” and then probably text them that
WE HAVE A SITU’ATION
In Situ Does Dinner Now, Which Is Important
You’ll recall In Situ, Corey Lee’s big-deal restaurant at the MOMA that recreates dishes from the
greatest restaurants in the world. Right, well, they serve dinner now. Which means you have even more
chances to eat things from Husk and Noma. So that’s pleasant.
An Oakland Garden Patio for Your Consideration
Should you find yourself in Grand Lake anytime soon, you’ll want to swing by the new Grand Fare Market.
It’s full of things like housemade charcuterie and cheese, plus sandwiches and wines that you’ll
probably want to enjoy on their light-strung garden patio. Not to be too presumptuous or anything.
A Japanese-Style Beer Garden by the Bay
In Japan, you can get beer topped with frozen foam. And turns out, you can also get it at Chaya’s
summertime Matsuri Beer Garden, in addition to chicken wings on skewers and octopus tacos and stunning views
of the Bay Bridge. Japan doesn’t have a Bay Bridge.
An Entire Festival Dedicated to Mac and Cheese
This Saturday, a mac-and-cheese-off will happen. It’s basically where over 10 food trucks and restaurants
make you mac and cheese and you vote for whichever one you like the best. There’s also giant Jenga, beer
and live music. But mostly mac and cheese.
TAKE A HIKE
Alite + Welcome Stranger + The Great Outdoors
Camping and summer just make good sense. Especially when said camping involves gear from Alite and Welcome
Stranger’s Great Outdoors pop-up collaboration. Among your future findings: camp chairs, cooler packs and
other things you need for the woods. Or Dolores Park. Which still counts.
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The fog. The wind. The 50-degree temperatures. It’s enough to get you daydreaming about a cold beer on a warm beach.
Kind of like the one that just opened on Treasure Island.
Oh, indeed: Woods Beer, that ever-faithful cross-Bay brewery, now has a beachy new outpost at Clipper Cove. It’s called Woods Island Club, and here it is in pictures.
Right. A beach. A 4,000-square-foot one with sail shades and lounge chairs where you’ll sit when you’re drinking a Retro pilsner or a yerba mate IPA from the outdoor bar. Maybe bring your own beach blankets and stay awhile because, get this, it’s warm on this beach. Thanks, microclimates.
Or you could relocate to the big taproom inside a repurposed airplane hangar. You’ll find eight of their beers in there, with classics like Morpho, plus new barrel-aged experiments that are being tapped for the first time.
In the future, there’ll be things like pig roasts and food trucks. For now, they’re open a couple weekends a month, usually around the Treasure Island Flea. And on off days, you can rent the space out for your own party. Maybe get on that before September, when they’ll be open almost every weekend.
You know, real summer.
You’ve Got Your Work Cut Out for You This Weekend
Motown at Churchill, a Giant Unionmade Sale and Wet Hot American Summer: The Party
Smuggler’s Cove. Great bar. A bar where the tiki drinks are ample and excellent. So, when you hear that
the proprietor of said bar, Martin Cate,
wrote a book and would like to talk to you about it tonight at Omnivore, you’ll likely think,
“Rum.” Followed by, “That sounds interesting.” Good responses, both.
TAKE ME TO CHURCH
Churchill’s Turning Five. Bourbon and a Brass Band Ensue.
It’s important to support your beloved drinking establishments. Especially the ones that make you
excellent Old Fashioneds. Like Churchill, which is turning five tonight and throwing itself a birthday party
with a brass band, Motown DJs and drinks. The drinks may have been implied.
STATE OF THE UNION
Many Things Are on Sale at Unionmade
Summer, aka September, is fast approaching. So it’s awfully convenient that Unionmade is having a huge
end-of-season sale with an even huge-er selection of polos from Orlebar Brown and oxford shorts from the
Hill-Side and other things you like. Assuming you like things in general.
CAMP’S IN SESSION
Wet Hot American Summer: The Party
Maybe you’re going to Outside Lands. Maybe you’re not. Either way, you’re going to this Wet Hot
American Summer–themed Outside Lands after-party. DJs and summer camp attire will be involved. So
will you listening to DJs and wearing summer camp attire. It’s just how these things work.
Why You’re Going to Seven Stills on Sunday
You’ll recall Seven Stills, that glorious establishment that makes whiskey from beer and opened a taproom
a couple months ago. Well, they’re having a gathering this Sunday with a whole lot of music, BBQ, burgers
and… whiskey made from beer. You’ve got it from here.
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Sometimes, you just need a place to get shit done.
Other times, you just need a place to grab a coffee, eat a panini, drink a beer, take a shower, decamp to a nap room and… get shit done.
It’s a tri-level, 18,000-square-foot space, which is likely bigger than wherever you normally send emails from. Maybe. Doesn’t mater. You can pop in and rent a work space by the hour on the high-ceilinged, brick-laden first floor, or you can become a member to gain access to the top two floors.
High-to-very-high on the member benefits list: the ability to take a shower for absolutely no reason. Or to take a nap in the honest-to-God nap room for absolutely no reason. Anyone can grab a cup of Equator coffee and some avocado toast in the full-service cafe, though.
Oh, and come evening, there’ll be nine beers and four wines on tap, plus port flights and cheese-and-charcuterie boards.
Other than all that, yeah… pretty typical coworking space.
Wes Anderson movies: great. Robin Williams: also great. News that there’s both a Wes Ander-thon all
weekend at the Roxie and a Robin Williams fest at SoMa StrEat Food on Sunday: insert overly enthusiastic
word of choice here.
LONG, STRANGE TRIPP
There’s Ping-Pong, Beer and Birthday Cake
A fifth-birthday party might very well evoke images of cake and five-year-olds. But when it’s American
Tripps’ fifth-birthday party, which happens on Friday, there’s ping-pong and DJs and delicious frothy
beverages. And cake. There’s still cake.
A Great Big Beer Festival in Old Oakland
Here’s the part of Saturday where you stroll around drinking beers from breweries like Temescal and Evil
Twin at the Oakland Beer Festival. Maybe you head into the Trappist for a sour bitter fest, or to Umami Mart
for a Matsuri fest. Basically, you’re drinking beer in Oakland on Saturday.
Tacos + Luchadores = Your Saturday
Well, looks like you’re going to a La Cocina–hosted taco festival on Pier 70 this weekend. It also looks
like you’ll be watching masked Mexican wrestlers depicting good versus evil while eating tacos and
drinking mezcal. We don’t make the rules.
A Very Acceptable Pool Party at the Phoenix
A pool party with a great DJ and live bands and barbecue and drinks. You get to go to one of those this
weekend at the Phoenix. Just thought we’d let you know that before you carried on living your life without
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Your Weekend Diversions Include an Accordion Festival
New Beer, a Fifth Element Dance Party and Just So Many Accordions
If you’re thinking, “After work tonight, I’d like to taste a number of rare whiskeys and, what the
heck, pair them with some sliders,” then you’re in luck. Because that’s exactly what’s happening at
Barbarossa this evening. Sometimes things just work out like that.
BASQUE IN THE GLORY
The Spanish Get Happy Hour Right
Aatxe’s new Pintxo Hour is a nightly affair with $1 bites like chorizo deviled eggs, $5 patatas bravas and
$8 gin and tonics. If that doesn’t bring you happiness, well, maybe you walked into the wrong place.
PLEAD THE FIFTH
The Ol’ Fifth-Element-Screening-and-Dance-Party Combo
And then there’s this special screening of The Fifth Element in a revamped Chinatown theater that
involves multiple projectors, two live shows and, oh yeah, an epic dance party to follow. Bruce Willis
always insists on a dance party.
A New Reason to Drink Beer in Los Gatos
A quick jaunt down to Los Gatos sounds nice. Particularly when it involves stopping at Loma Brewing Company,
a new brewpub from the Youkilis brothers. Scott’s behind great SF spots like Hog & Rocks. Kevin is…
well, he’s the baseball-playing Kevin Youkilis. Anyway, they’re making beer now, and you should go drink
A Weekend-Long Accordion Fest: As Weird as It Sounds
Here’s a thing you never knew existed: a weekend festival dedicated to all things accordion, including
polka, zydeco and a pinup calendar filled with accordion-playing ladies. Strange. But nevertheless, it’s
happening in Cotati, there’s beer and real summer weather, and did we mention the fact that it’s an