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What We're Obsessed With Right Now

The apps, restaurants, work outs and more that San Francisco staffers are geeking out about this week.

Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: If you need to find me on any given Tuesday night between now and, say, October, your safest bet is probably at Taco Tuesday at the Lake Chalet in Oakland, during which the venerable lakeside bar and restaurant offers up $4 beers, $3 tacos, half-price margs, and the best view of Lake Merritt in the known universe out on its dock from 3 pm til closing. I went last night and it was perfect.

Rebecca Flint Marx, Senior Editor: The new Humphry Slocombe outpost in the Ferry Building. I went a couple of evenings ago, after the crowds had dispersed, and got a double scoop of chocolate smoked sea salt and cinnamon brittle in a sugar cone, which was possibly the best dinner ever.

Scott Lucas, Web Editor: I've been on a yoga kick for the last year or so (I'm almost able to touch my toes in a forward fold. Almost.), but like many people, I know absolutely nothing about the actual traditions. So I picked up the book that goes along with the yoga exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, and I love it. I think Patanjali would have totally been down with Lululemon pants.

Jenna Scatena, Associate Editor: I'm anti-obsessed with the new FitMob bootcamp that just launched this month. I'm all for anything that gets people exercising, but their Richard Simmons-on-the-Embarcadero approach (instructors wear headsets with booming speakers and claim public space with neon FitMob flags) just doesn't jibe with San Francisco's relaxed outdoor exercise culture. I just can't bring myself to willfully sign up for workouts titled "Weapons of Ass Reduction," "Twerkout," or "Call of Booty." Especially in public.

Jon Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief: This long story by Ethan Waters about what would happen if another giant earthquake were to hit San Francisco is pretty great stuff.

Ian Eck, Editorial Intern: The latest in hilariously addicting, useless apps is French Girls. You take a selfie and someone else draws it. Likewise, the app gives you a random user's picture, and you get to draw them. Disclaimer: strangers are mean.

Sean Pyles, Editorial Intern: I'm exposing myself as a non-native in saying this, but this week I have been continually astonished by the weather. Rose bushes are bursting with blooms, it is genuinely warm (almost hot) in the sun during the day. Everything smells fantastic. Coming from Chicago, where it is still an icy hell of a city, it feels as if I am in some sort of parallel dimension where the world is just asking me to walk around in shorts. I accept.

Kate Van Brocklin, Editorial Intern: Parlor 1255 is a little hole-in-the-wall sandwich and juice shop that I've been frequenting. The cafe is right by Levi's Plaza so it's perfect for to-go food and a warm weather lunch picnic. Definitely try the seasonal veggie sando and a cup of the ever-changing froyo flavors, like spiced chocolate and ginger orange.


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