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COURTESY  PHOTOGlengoyne Distillery in Scotland has been making premium whisky for two centuries.

The spirit of San Francisco, made in Scotland

In March, the 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition unfurled at…

COURTESY  PHOTOGlengoyne Distillery in Scotland has been making premium whisky for two centuries.
COURTESY WENDY GOODFRIENDLeslie Sbrocco says one of her tasks as host of “Check

‘Check, Please!’ celebrates 10 tasty years

“Check, Please! Bay Area” – the TV show made popular by local…

COURTESY WENDY GOODFRIENDLeslie Sbrocco says one of her tasks as host of “Check
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Absent signal poses threat to pedestrians

Usually I respond to questions which are asked by Examiner readers. This…

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David Letterman says goodbye to late-night in star-filled show

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman was ushered into retirement Wednesday by…

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via APIn this image released by CBS
Lionel Cironneau/APAn unidentified guest walks on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "The Measure of a Man" at the 68th international film festival

Ban on flat shoes kicks off furor at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival might represent the cutting edge of cinema, but…

Lionel Cironneau/APAn unidentified guest walks on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "The Measure of a Man" at the 68th international film festival
Marnie Schleicher/S.F. EXAMINERGreen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performs at 924 Gilman in Berkeley on Sunday.

Green Day plays surprise secret show at 924 Gilman

Novelist Thomas Wolfe once said, “You can’t go home again,” but Green…

Marnie Schleicher/S.F. EXAMINERGreen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performs at 924 Gilman in Berkeley on Sunday.
Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/APTaylor Swift

Taylor Swift shows affection, debuts video at Billboard

Taylor Swift and Chris Brown showed affection at the Billboard Music Awards…

Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/APTaylor Swift
REMY DE LA MAUVINIERE/AP FILE PHOTOOld World wines

A few tips on how to read a wine label

Wine labels can seem very confusing, but they don’t need to be.…

REMY DE LA MAUVINIERE/AP FILE PHOTOOld World wines
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerTroy Bayless

At Hawker Fare, take your perfectly paired cocktail upstairs or downstairs

In a city as cramped and expensive as San Francisco, businesses need…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerTroy Bayless
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERBrilliantly flavored with pesto

Marcella’s joyfully serves the ultimate lasagna

I grew up eating lasagna. The no-cook noodles came out of a…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERBrilliantly flavored with pesto
COURTESY  PHOTOTandoori dishes are a highlight at Rasoi Restaurant & Lounge.

Stylish, flavorful Indian dining at Rasoi in Burlingame

Aslam’s Rasoi in the Mission has been a favorite Indian and Pakistani…

COURTESY  PHOTOTandoori dishes are a highlight at Rasoi Restaurant & Lounge.
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Australia threatens to euthanize Johnny Depp's dogs

Get out of Australia, Johnny Depp — or the doggies get it.…

Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP ImagesIn this Jan. 25
AXEL SCHMIDT/APCate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett has had ‘many’ dates with women

In "Carol," a movie debuting at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday,…

AXEL SCHMIDT/APCate Blanchett
Scott Eisen/2013 AP file photoSan Francisco cyclists can take advantage of green bike boxes at intersections to help protect themselves from vehicles.

Dolan: Green bike boxes make intersections safer for all

Bike To Work Day is today and, according to the San Francisco…

Scott Eisen/2013 AP file photoSan Francisco cyclists can take advantage of green bike boxes at intersections to help protect themselves from vehicles.
Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP ImagesIn a Tuesday

Fox canceling 'American Idol' after 15th season

Say goodbye to cringe-worthy auditions, bickering judges and a progressively bland parade…

Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP ImagesIn a Tuesday
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Bartender at The Sea in Palo Alto knows the art of cocktails

The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse may have an unwieldy name, but every…

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COURTESY  PHOTOVisitors to The Exploratorium can enjoy wine

Get your tipple on in S.F. cultural institutions

There’s only so much art you can process without taking a break.…

COURTESY  PHOTOVisitors to The Exploratorium can enjoy wine
COURTESY  PHOTOThe varied menu at Prime Dip in Pacifica offers sandwiches with tasty beef

Many tasty sandwiches at Prime Dip and King’s

Sandwiches are the theme this week. Prime Dip, which has three San…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe varied menu at Prime Dip in Pacifica offers sandwiches with tasty beef
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERAll of the pupusas – from bean and cheese (pictured) to beef and pork – are delicious at Panchita’s

Panchita’s keeps on serving satisfying pupusas on 16th Street

Every night around 6 or so, the women of Panchita's Pupuseria set…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERAll of the pupusas – from bean and cheese (pictured) to beef and pork – are delicious at Panchita’s
Cortisone has been used to help reduce pain in a joint such as an elbow

Stone: The end of an era for cortisone

Cortisone is a therapeutic drug used to fight ailments ranging from asthma…

Cortisone has been used to help reduce pain in a joint such as an elbow