March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011

Just days after winning her Academy Award, ~Natalie Portman~ was spotted in Napa over the weekend with her sweetheart (and her baby daddy), Benjamin Millepied. They came in to Bottega Friday night for dinner, Brix for brunch on Sunday, and according to Leah Garchik, they also “had dinner at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena. Portman, who has described herself as a ‘vegan activist,’ ate avocado and papaya salad and mushroom tamales.” Eater also noted that étoile at Domaine Chandon hosted them for lunch last Thursday. (I can imagine some Napa locals were wondering if they were seeing things, à la Black Swan.)

How convenient, my very own flesh and blood sent in a star sighting. My sister was dining at Heirloom Café in the Mission, and ~Clive Owen~ sauntered in solo at the end of her meal, seating himself with some dining partners at the communal table. (He’s in town shooting Hemingway & Gellhorn with Nicole Kidman.)

This past week, Boulevard has hosted the author ~Isabel Allende~ for lunch, and English singer-songwriter ~David Gray~ was in for dinner Sunday night.

Archbishop ~Desmond Tutu~ dined at Credo Restaurant last Friday March 4th. He was with a group from Grace Cathedral (he was invited to town to deliver a guest sermon). He enjoyed the rustica pizza with freshly squeezed blood orange juice and received African teas as a gift from Credo owner Clinton Reilly.

The walls of Credo are decorated with 600 “I believe” quotes on 15 enormous panels from people of varying degrees of fame and infamy—and whaddya know, one of Tutu’s quotes is up there: “I believe that history teaches us a categorical lesson: that once a people are determined to become free, then nothing can stop them from reaching their goal.” (Credo is currently holding an “I Believe in San Francisco” contest—read more about the contest and prizes on their Facebook page.)