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The biggest San Francisco Bay Area restaurant and bar openings of 2014 - Inside Scoop SF

Boy, it sure was another busy year. Restaurants and bars keep opening in the Bay Area, and 2014 was another year full of newcomers.<p>As you can see in the gallery above, the newbies came in all shapes and sizes, ranging from multi-million dollar blockbusters to humble yet heartfelt passion …

Top 10 Bay Area News Stories of 2014

From the great tragedy of Robin Williams’ death, to the sheer joy of the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series – for the third time – 2014 …

Brangelina’s daughter, Shiloh, wants to be called John

Sporting a boy-short haircut, suit and tie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was dressed similarly to her dad and two brothers as she walked the red carpet at the recent <i>Unbroken</i> premiere.<p>The 8-year-old’s boyish style caused even more buzz than the absence of Angelina who skipped the event because she came down …

The weirdest Bay Area crime stories of 2014

If there’s a version of the Darwin Awards for criminals, the Bay Area would have quite a few entries. Year after year, the region produces some of the nation’s strangest and dumbest crimes.<p>A late entry for 2014? A blitzed Sebastopol man who “claimed to be on his way to the North Pole to see Santa …

The 20 Best Murals of 2014

In the wake of the destruction of <b>5 Pointz</b>, New York's former graffiti mecca, looking back on the best murals of the year feels bittersweet. But the …

From Guy Fieri to Angry Signs, These Are Eater SF's Most Popular Posts of 2014

10. <b>12 Meals For Under $10 That Taste Like a Million Bucks</b>: In a city that seems to get more expensive by the hour, it's nice to know there's somewhere you can go for a reliably affordable, reliably delicious bite. Broke-Ass Gourmet Gabi Moskowitz's guide to her favorite cheap eats around town was …

Move Over, SF + NYC — These Cities Are Gonna Be Big in 2015

Calling all coeds saving your beer money for that post-college move to the big city, your metropolitan options are expanding! According to a recently released report by City Observatory, a think tank devoted to city data, cities like SF and NYC are being edged out by up and comers we totally saw …

Which Buildings or Neighborhoods Did You Break Up With?

<i>Welcome to Year in Curbed, wherein we close out 2014 by asking local design, real estate, and media luminaries to reflect on the highlights and lowlights of a year's worth of development in San Francisco. The answers are in no particular order; all responses have been cut and pasted unabridged,</i> …

Giants finalize deal with Peavy

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants officially announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed veteran pitcher Jake Peavy to a two-year contract.<p>Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, though ESPN reported that Peavy will earn $7 …

Day Around The Bay: If Santa Rode Muni

• Is this the weirdest thing to ever happen on Muni? Honest question. [Moving SF]<br>• A photogenic Danny Bowien is once again profiled after the reopening …

The 17 Most Tearjerking Restaurant Shutters of 2014

Every year, Eater takes a moment to remember the restaurants that gracefully bowed out of the game over the past calendar year — and as in years past, 2014 marked the unexpected closure of many decades-old favorites. This year, a few trends emerged. Acclaimed chefs (New York City's <b>Wylie Dufresne</b>) …

Aldon Smith denies that he drank

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith has denied drinking alcohol with former teammate Ray McDonald and a woman who alleges she was …

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Nico now offers a stellar 5-course tasting menu for $55 - Inside Scoop SF

When <b>Nico</b> opened late last year I was blown away with Nicholas Delaroque’s modern take on French food. It garnered 3-1/2 stars for food and easily made the Top 100 list for restaurants I reviewed in 2014.<p>I decided to return for an Update review because a few months ago the chef switched his format …

Naughty and nice celebrity couples of the year

He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been a bad or good so be prepared for coal in your stockings, Mr. And Mrs. Tori Spelling, for goodness sake. As Hollywood prepares for the holidays Love & Sex decided to sneak a look at Santa’s list to see just which …

Darren & Preston's Castro Home With a View

<b>Name:</b> Darren Elms and Preston Ames <b><br>Location:</b> Castro; San Francisco, CA <b><br>Size:</b> 700 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> 1.5 years; Rented<p>Los Angeles natives Darren …

SFGate’s top 25 stories of the year

As 2014 wraps up, SFGate presents its top 25 stories, ranked by unique visitors, in reverse order. We saw stories that delighted us (Anonymous S.F. cash dropper), made us question our humanity, and gave us hope about the wonderful people around us (Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland …

Low tech toys from years gone by, or “Mom, can I have a potato?”

While I do have a fondness for vintage toys, and buy them from time to time, I don’t know if I would call myself a serious toy collector. I especially like the ones that have their original packaging. I recently purchased a vintage Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head toy from the early 50’s. It must have been …

With New Light Installations San Francisco Is Quickly Becoming a Destination for Illuminated Art

With an influx of new light installations popping up throughout the city, San Francisco, California is becoming a destination for illuminated art as …

Adam Sandler tops list of overpaid actors for second year in a row

Actor Adam Sandler has topped the annual list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors for a second year in a row.<p>The “Waterboy” star only brings in $3.20 in profit for every dollar he is paid, according to the list compilers at Forbes magazine.<p>Coming in at number two is Johnny Depp, whose “Pirates of …

What $2,400/Month Rents You in San Francisco

<i>Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,400.</i><p>1234 Jones<p>↑ At $2,395/month, just five dollars under budget, this studio atop <b>Nob</b> …

Why recess is a great idea for grown-ups, too

In baseball or tennis, the sweet spot is where the ball seems to rocket off the bat or racquet, giving maximum power. It can be a delicious moment, and Christine Carter believes we need to find its equivalent in our daily lives.<p>The sociologist, who lives near San Francisco, defines our sweet spot …

Simple Celebrity Weddings: Stars Who Had No-Fuss Nuptials

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio<p>The Hollywood siren and the legendary slugger were married in January 1954. The gorgeous couple tied the knot in San …

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Which S.F. neighborhoods saw the most sales in 2014?

As we reported last week, 2014 was a big year for more “affordable,” outlying neighborhoods in S.F. as homebuyers tried to find homes that fit their budgets in a still-rising market. “The majority of S.F.’s house sales occurred in the neighborhoods running along its western and southern borders, …

San Francisco 49ers: 7 Potential Salary-Cap Casualties for 2015

The San Francisco 49ers will have decisions to make on their salary cap this offseason. The estimated salary cap for 2015 is somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million, and the 49ers are already at around $151 million in contracts, according to Spotrac.<p>This isn’t a fully accurate number. Colin …

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Predicting the San Francisco Giants' Starting Lineup Heading into 2015

The San Francisco Giants have won three World Series titles in the past five years. Manager Bruce Bochy guided his team through several peaks and valleys in 2014.<p>His calm demeanor was a soothing influence when the Giants struggled in the middle of the season. Bochy then pushed all the right …

How This Man Makes Up To $8,500 A Month Teaching Online Classes

Len Smith of Yorkshire, England, has never planned to retire.<p>For the past 30 years, he's maintained a thriving online freelance copywriting business …

Top education apps for the holidays

Over Christmas, children need a break from the structure of school, but subtle learning can continue with these apps, says Sebastien Breteau<p>Children have a natural curiosity to explore, so learning through play can be highly engaging and effective for children. When playing, a child is an active …

7 Christmas carols that teach investment lessons

<b>The 12 Days of Christmas</b><p>For the last 38 years, PNC Wealth Management has tracked the cost of the 78 gifts featured in this beloved shopping-list …