From Japanese whetstone sharpening to a staggering selection of knives and knife accessories for the kitchen and beyond (read: backcountry), Bernal’s diminutive blade shop in the Mission is every bit the candy store for men. Check it out.
This old street sign factory on Bryant Street has come a long way since The NWBLK moved in and filled it with one-of-a-kind, available-nowhere, ditch-the-CB2-sofa furniture, art, lighting and textiles. Check it out.
Banish your phone, at least for a weekend. Get yourself to the Redwood Empire for some long overdue, technology-free R&R, courtesy of brothers Peter and Zander Gladish. The first retreat is over, but more are planned. Check it out.
Where to Take Her: First Date Edition
Choosing a spot for your first date shouldn’t be difficult, and we’re here to ensure that it isn’t. Answer a few questions along this handy decision tree and follow it to the can’t-miss conclusion. Check it out.
Mandarin Oriental SF
The gin selection at The Mandarin Oriental is second to none, and they're pouring everything from local brands like St. George to London's upstart Sipsmith. We profiled a selection of our favorites to match any taste. Check it out.
And from our Meat (and Lots Of It) Department:
The Tastiest Steak in America
This month, we invited readers to the Great Steak Debate at David Burke Kitchen in NYC to judge the nation's tastiest ribeyes. Their favorite? The answer is right this way.
Man of the Month
SpaceShipOne and Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight — both completed for prize money. Now one man is betting that prize money can incentivize the world’s do-gooders, too. Meet Victor Cho, InsideHook’s Man of the Month for September.