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3 great places for tuna dishes

It's that time of year when calories are everywhere - from holiday parties to the cookies to the happy hours. So you might be in the mood to sprinkle in some lighter meals this month. If so, here are three great places for tuna dishes.     Blanc et Rouge 2 Embarcadero Center 415-391-0758 Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday The tuna salad Nicoise ($9) here is a true treat for anyone who loves this classic French dish. It includes a cornucopia of tastes and textures: Tomatoes, green beans, olives, hard-boiled eggs, fingerling potatoes, flaky tuna and anchovies on a bed of lettuce with a light sherry vinaigrette. Get it with a glass of Sancerre, and you'll experience la bonne vie.     Doc Ricketts 124 Columbus Ave. between Jackson and Pacific 415-649-6191 Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, dinner, 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 5:30 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday; … Read Full Article

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Outreach begins on BART improvements

Thanks to State Proposition 1B and the City of San Francisco, BART has received $12 million that gives us the opportunity to make extensive improvements to escalators and entrances at some of our downtown San Francisco stations. We have entered into a planning and design process to determine the best use of these funds - the process will take approximately a year to complete. To start, we've … Read Full Article

Grace L. Goc and Francesco Signorile opened Café Dimmi Tutto in North Beach on Dec. 1. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

New Italian coffee shop opens in North Beach

  A small but stylish new Italian coffee shop has said, "Ciao!" to North Beach, and it's already laying a claim to fame - a thick, sweet, frozen espresso drink called a "dimmi cremino." Don't miss the Italian pastries, too, from the "dimmi cornetto," a horn-shaped cannoli with intense cream filling, to the tiramisu. Owner Francesco Signorile of Bari, Puglia, and partner Grace LaGoce … Read Full Article

The San Francisco Salt Company sells all-natural bath salts made from Pacific sea salt and Dead Sea mineral salts. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

San Francisco Salt Company spices up bath time

  Looking for a great gift idea for the holidays that won't end up getting re-gifted or entered in a white elephant exchange? Or just want to spoil yourself silly? San Francisco Salt Company at Pier 39 offers ingenious, attractive, customized jars of therapeutic bath salts in 30 colors and scents. Before you pooh-pooh Pier 39, check out the festive maritime-styled kiosk with its … Read Full Article

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Support farmers, food stamp shoppers: Donate to Market Match

This season when you give to CUESA, you double the spending power of people who need it the most, ensuring greater access to fresh food for all and increasing the dollars that go directly to local farmers. Every dollar you give becomes two dollars in the hands of Calfresh (food stamp) shoppers and two dollars in the pockets of farmers. The goal is to raise $20,000 by December 31 to bring Market … Read Full Article

Exploratorium Senior Scientist Ron Hipschman will host "Everything Matters," a new Thursday night series. Photo by Gayle Laird © Exploratorium. All rights reserved.

Exploratorium hosting new series, Everything Matters, on adults night Thursdays

The Exploratorium is launching a new series for adults that investigates the elements and illuminates science in the context of the human experience. “Everything in the universe, from galaxies and stars to people and smartphones, is made from these basic building blocks - the elements,” said Ron Hipschman, Exploratorium scientist and program host. “We’ll take a look at these minuscule specks of … Read Full Article

It's Dungeness crab season! Get 'em while they're here. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

3 great places for Dungeness crab

  If you hadn't heard, it's Dungeness crab season, and the Barbary Coast is brimming with outstanding options for eating this local delicacy. Here are three great places to start...     Bix 56 Gold St. 415-433-6300 It's a sure bet you'll find impeccable ambiance and unparalleled ingredients at this local fancy favorite, and that goes double for the … Read Full Article

Time to break out the Christmas sweaters! Photo by Geri Koeppel.

Waterfront Restaurant serving special Christmas menu

  Waterfront Restaurant, a local favorite on Pier 7 known for its happy hour martinis and $1 oysters, is serving a special Christmas menu  11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 25. Get all of the holiday cheer without the hassle (or the dirty dishes). Reserve now, and break out that Christmas sweater! See below for all the scrumptious specials. (We have our eye on the prime rib.) We're … Read Full Article