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The films, foods, shows, and more that San Francisco staffers are geeking out about this week.

Andrew Johnson doesn't see color. For real.

Andrew Johnson doesn't see color. For real.

Carolyn Alburger, Associate Editor: New dinner delivery app Sprig, which officially launches on Monday, delivered a nice square meal of eggplant roulades and beef a la pizzaiolo to our place on Monday night. Created by former chefs from Google, Morimoto, and The Fat Duck, the app wants to be your quickest ticket to a warm, locally sourced meal at home. It wasn't four-star dining, but it was a relatively healthy dinner for two, which cost $22 and was at our place in 20 minutes. Impressive. It didn't hurt that there were gratis caramel-filled truffles for dessert.

Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: Jazmine Hughes' interview with a blind person about race is the most thought-provoking thing you'll read today.

Sara Deseran, Editor-at-Large: Every holiday I go nuts for Emporio Rulli's Panettone Paradiso filled with chocolate, candied orange peels, and walnuts. And this year is no different. It's perfection. I will go to the gym extra for it.

Katherine Guzman, Editorial Intern: Sherry cocktails—well sherry in general, but a good sherry cocktail—OH MAN! I was just at Nopa last night and their Tri-Quad was just hitting the spot for me! It's made with a local fino sherry (yes, as in made in California!) and both sweet and dry vermouths (both also locally made, for the record). For those with a savory palate like me, I highly recommend this cocktail. Come to think of it, this would make a great Thanksgiving aperitif.

Scott Lucas, Web Editor: I love Nick Hornby's book of collected McSweeney's columns. You probably know the one—he talks about all the books he has read that month. It's the first thing I read every time in the magazine, but having them all together lets you really upack what makes Hornby tick. His essay on Dickens alone is worth the price of admissions—and I hate Dickens.

Caleb Pershan, Editorial Fellow: Why I'm obsessed with witty dramedies about female friendships is a very good question I won't answer right now. Specifically, this week I repeatedly watched Frances Ha by Noah Baumbauch and Walking and Talking by Nicole Holofcener. Friendship flicks are like romance flicks but with less sex, I guess.

Sean Pyles, Editorial Intern: Alton Brown's Curried Split Pea recipe. The Food Network's ever-experimental nerd-chef Alton Brown does something simple yet groundbreaking: He puts curry in split pea soup. I found this recipe in shopping around for a new take on my favorite Thanksgiving/comfort-food soup. Brown's recipe may be my new go-to. The curry works as an after-taste, making you want more and more so your palate can experience the layers of flavor that Brown has concocted in this new take on a traditional, potentially boring soup.

Jon Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief: Showtime's Masters of Sex is maybe the most underrated highfalutin' drama on TV. Way better than Homeland. Make love, not war.

Stevanie Wanza-Blank, Editorial Intern: Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna" alllll the way. Absolutely blown away by the performances. Specifically, the Golden Woman with her palm fronds. Hot damn, she was a powerful! I thought Gravity was suspenseful, but seeing this live took my breath away.

 

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