Thursday, July 31, 2014

Meet Sanctuary Bistro, an Entirely Vegan, Gluten-Free Restaurant in Berkeley

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
If you’re vegan or gluten-free, you know that a visit to most restaurants requires peppering the server with questions to find out what unwanted component might be in the dish you want. The otherwise vegetarian soup could be made with chicken stock, or the meatballs may be made with breadcrumbs.

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Bartlett Hall Becomes the Newest Member of the SF Brewers Guild

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

BRAD JAPNE
  • Brad Japne
With the official release of its first batch of craft beer last month, brewed in the heart of Union Square, Bartlett Hall (242 O’Farrell St.) became the 20th member of the ever-expanding SF Brewers Guild. I made my way to the cavernous confines of San Francisco’s newest brewpub to sample the suds that brewmaster Christopher Wike has unloaded from his shiny, seven barrel system.

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IKEA to Host Crayfish Party

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM

IKEA's hosting a crayfish party, maybe they'll cater our next birthday too? - FLICKR/STUA
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  • IKEA's hosting a crayfish party, maybe they'll cater our next birthday too?

Move over meatballs and lingonberry juice, crayfish is what IKEA will be feeding you on your next furniture outing. 

As a Swedish tradition dating back to the 1800s, crayfish parties were held in celebration to the late-summer season when the lacks would be overflowing with the bright, red critters. Now the furniture company wants to share the party with their American costumers on Friday, Aug. 15.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Magnolia's Dave McLean Returns to Curate Beer Lands

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

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Dave McLean is a busy man these days. The owner and head brewer at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery in the heart of the Haight launched a second production facility in the Dogpatch earlier this Spring. His new location also houses Smokestack—a full on BBQ restaurant with a menu designed to match his beers. But he’s also the founding member of the thriving San Francisco Brewers Guild.

And if that seems like a lot of responsibilities to juggle, consider his summer task: organizing and curating Beer Lands, a comprehensive collection of craft beer pouring at the 7th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival this August. He recently spoke with SF Weekly, providing some insight, among other things, as to he manages the difficult workload.

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Pop-Up Planner: Art and Tamales, July 30 - Aug. 6

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Last time Castellanos brought pork tamales to Bocadillos, this time around, chicken. - MOLLY DECOUDREAUX
  • Molly DeCoudreaux
  • Last time Castellanos brought pork tamales to Bocadillos, this time around, chicken.


CurATE dinner series
When: Wednesdays through Saturdays, July 30-Aug. 30
Where: Hedge Gallery, 501 Pacific
Cost: $50 for the reception, wine, and canapés or $199 for the five-course tasting menu
The rundown: A new artist will be featured every week at this glamorous pop-up series. Dinner, backed by Quince’s Michael Tusk and team while the restaurant closes for remodel, will correspond thematically with the exhibits. As Tablehopper and 7x7 report, a menu of deconstructed shrimp cocktail, waldorf salad, spaghetti and meatballs, steak and eggs, and peach melba are paired with Anthony Meier’s “Deconstruction” exhibit.

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Asian Pickles Get Their Due in New Book by Bay Area Author

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

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I have to admit that “I need more Asian pickles in my life” is not a thought I often have. But after flipping through Karen Solomon’s new book on the topic, it’s a thought that may start occurring more often.

Solomon is a Bay Area-based food writer, whose last book was Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, and Other Kitchen Projects.” Before that, she wrote Can It, Bottle It, Smoke it, and Other Kitchen Projects. (Notice a theme here?) Now she’s out with Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Yelp Trends Answers All Your Food Trend Questions

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Conscientious eaters are no stranger to San Francisco, as shown by this chart.
  • Conscientious eaters are no stranger to San Francisco, as shown by this chart.

Food trends have always been a strange thing  to follow. From jello salads to cabbage soup to ramen burgers, trends range from hybrid foods or whatever is supposed to be healthy at the moment.

Review site Yelp recently launched a tool that maps out and compares food trends over time in different cities. Yelp Trends works much like its parent site in that it'll give you the most popular result for the item you're searching for.

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The Melt Teams Up With NASA To Give You Fresh Sandwiches

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

With space-age technology comes fresh, not soggy grilled cheeses from the Melt.

The local sandwich-slinging chain has tapped into the minds of NASA's engineers to produce the Smart Box, a contraption that controls the humidity and heat levels in the box to ensure ultimate hotness and crispiness. 

According to the San Francisco Business Times, the Smart Box has been in the works since October. Before the Box was the bus — the Melt renovated old school buses, using them for delivery purposes. 

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Natoma Cabana, Indoor-Outdoor Fun Downtown

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Antidote (rye, mezcal, honey and ginger) - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • The Antidote (rye, mezcal, honey and ginger)
“This menu was stolen from Natoma Cabana,” reads the cardboard cocktail list at the bar in Dennis Leary and Eric Pasetti’s latest project. It’s an indoor-outdoor haunt, fancifully outfitted with Adirondack chairs and subtropical plants, and strung with party lights.

Together with the exposed brick, scalloped skylights, and dormers, it all forms a smart conceit, but Natoma Cabana’s downtown location might make it a happy-hour kind of place, rather than the late-night venue it seems to want to be. (If you've ever been to the Delancey in New York's Lower East Side, they're almost uncannily alike.)

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Old School Italian Seafood and Hospitality at Sotto Mare

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Benita's baccala at Sotto Mare in North Beach. - FERRON SALNIKER
  • Ferron Salniker
  • Benita's baccala at Sotto Mare in North Beach.

Sotto Mare
 feels like it’s been around for a lot longer than seven years. The North Beach seafood eatery is covered wall-to-wall in what seems a lifetime of family photos, large fish replicas, and wooden ship models. The granite bar stretches to the end of the narrow restaurant, and from behind it waitresses clip orders to a metal clothesline, flinging them down to the kitchen so that they knock against the stove hood when they arrive. There’s an antique cash register, a big American flag catching the sun in the window, and rolls of paper towels on the bar. There’s an old-school Italian-American spirit about the place, where waitresses are fast-paced, but tourists are treated kindly and regulars are given kisses and asked how dad is doing. 

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