It's a rapper! It's a snowkite! It's a mocktail! Actually, it's all of the above. Yes, it's our annual guide to the good life Bay Area-style. This past year has seen a bumper crop of Best-worthy new ideas, inventions, trends, and obsessions. We even have a new icon: Batkid, whose heroic tale os sickness, recovery, and Internet-enabled global fame seemed suitably superlative to front this issue. Similarly epic is our exploration of the region's goods and services, ranging from putt-putt palaces to turntable Mozarts to savory porridges to sex reading series, some of which you've been long yearning for, some that you didn't know you wanted. No need to thank us—it's just part of the job.
BEST OF THE BAY '14: THE WINNERS
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The Kid Who Saved the City: Five-year-old Miles Scott won the hearts of millions worldwide. But Batkid belongs to San Francisco, and we belong to him.
The New Justice League: Vital charities and nonprofits working for kids in the Bay Area—picked by the people who know kids best.
Best of Food: Ice cream, gin, and fish tacos. A complete meal!
Best of Rec: Where to bike, trike, hike, and snowkite.
Best of the Arts: Music festivals, x-rated readings, and improv theater.
Best in Style: The best threads for Taylor Stitch guys and tailor-made butches.
Three's a Trend: Park and Playground Comebacks
Three's a Trend: Spotlight on the Marginalized
Three's a Trend: A Better Barber
Three's a Trend: New-School Bars, Old-School Games
Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco