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The books, restaurants, and spice stores that San Francisco staffers are geeking out about this week.

 

Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: Ian Port, SF Weekly's music critic is CRUELLY leaving SF for New York, and his farewell piece—a feature-length discussion of San Francisco's music scene, past, present, and future, on newsstands and the internet today—is, predictably, completely excellent: Incisive, cogent, evocative, smart as hell, appropriately critical of Train.

Rebecca Flint Marx, Senior Editor: Spice Ace. It's a spice store tucked away on Steiner Street in lower Pac Heights. I love this place: the owners let you taste everything, their prices are reasonable, their selection is extremely comprehensive, and they're really nice to boot.

Scott Lucas, Web Editor: I'm reading Francis Fukuyama's new book, Political Order and Political Decay. History might have ended, but the Stanford professor still manages to wring out more than 500 pages that touch on everything from Prussian forestry regulations, the architecture of private homes in Greece, and how the United States has gotten stuck in a "bad equilibrium." 

Jon Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief: A couple of weeks ago I saw San Francisco-born shapeshifter and storyteller Dan Hoyle's genius one-man show "Each and Every Thing" at the Marsh. I'm still thinking about it. His run just got extended through August 24, so take my word for it, and go check Mr. Hoyle out.  

Adam Brinklow, Editorial Fellow: The most urgent problem in San Francisco: There's nowhere to pee. That in mind, a local nonprofit is taking their mobile bathroom to the streets so that the homeless can get down to business in relative private. (It's a converted Muni bus, so presumably these are not the first leaks taken in it).

Sofia Perez, Editorial Intern: Sprouted seed bread at Verbena. The crisp and thin bread is served in slender pieces, marbled with nuts and seeds and beside a dollop of chèvre and purple sauerkraut. When the meal was over we nearly ordered the bread again to finish our cocktails with, but wisely ventured to try an actual desert instead. Sure it wasn't cheap, but it was damn good toast.

Andrea Powell, Editorial Intern: Last week one of our editors, Ellen Cushing, wore Drake all over her body for a day. Everyone in the office thought it was a flower print, but upon closer inspection we realized it was beauty of a different nature.

Carly Salzberg, Editorial Intern: Terrapin Crossroads is a vibe little music venue that detours into a restaurant. I went to a show last weekend with friend. The venue has awesome shows and, best, a wood burning oven that they make good use of it.

Kate Van Brocklin, Editorial Intern: There are few things that are cuter than succulents (little cactus babies that sit on your windowsill and look very adorable). I discovered Succulence in Bernal Heights, where you can build your own terrarium soils, pebbles, sands, mosses and plants. It's an easy way to liven up your apartment—and you only have to water them once a month, so they're great for the neglectful plant owner.

 

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