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The tv, food, vacation spots, and more that San Francisco staffers are geeking out about this week.

Scott Lucas, Web Editor: I'm extremely unhappy that there has to be a Philip Seymour Hoffman film marathon this weekend. I'll bet that years from now, I'll be watching something by P.T. Anderson or the Coen brothers, and be horribly sad that Hoffman isn't playing a character in it. But at least for now, it's going to be nice to sit shiva with a bunch of his fans. I'm glad City Arts & Lectures is doing it.

Rebecca Marx, Senior Editor: Trouble Coffee's whole coconut, which is served with a straw and a spoon so that you can scoop out the flesh after drinking the water. Although I've had plenty of commercial coconut water, I've never had it straight from the source, and now there's no going back. It's fresh as a slap in the face and free of that slightly phlegmy quality that some packaged stuff has. Likewise, the coconut meat is gorgeous: silky, faintly sweet, and decadent in a vaguely wholesome sort of way. Eminently worthy of a trip to the Outer Sunset, in other words.

Lauren Murrow, Style Director: Eatwell Farm's new Ice Box truck, which elevates the lowly—underrated, in my opinion—soft serve cone. I tried the goat cheese soft serve in a cone (downside: It's impossible to order "organic goat cheese soft serve in a 'homemade' butter cone" from a truck without feeling sheepish, even in San Francisco), which was great—not too sweet. You can also order floats with uppity soda flavors like rosemary, lavender, lemon verbena, and pomegranate rose geranium. Find it parked at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market on Saturday.

Jon Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief: House of Cards, Season 2, episodes 1-4, are damn near perfect television. No spoilers. Just watch 'em.

Ian Eck, Editorial Intern: This site maps cities... differently. Not a new idea by any means, and to be honest, the SF maps seem a little bloated with text, but it's an interesting source of info about the city nonetheless.

Katherine Guzman, Editorial Intern: I am all about this brownie recipe from Smitten Kitchen called "My Favorite Brownies." A couple weeks ago I was craving brownies, and I always have trouble finding a recipe. This one does it: fudge-y, rich, not too sweet and a crackly crust. I've since made them twice.

Kate Van Brocklin, Editorial Intern: This little bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore will steal your heart with its quaint oyster town and spectacular cliff-lined beaches. I visited this coastal cove on a rare rainy day, so I only had to share the beach with a few elephant seals huddled in the sand. Hike up the short trail to the windswept sea cliffs, and you'll feel like a character from a Virginia Woolf novel.

 

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