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Monday, April 27, 2015

Snack Nation: Dark Chocolate Bars and Inca Berry Energy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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  • Ocho candy bars: caramel & peanut, peanut butter, coconut, dark coffee, and mocha.
Live in San Francisco long enough, and you may feel a tad guilty about how few times you’ve hiked the Marin Headlands. Maybe your hikes skew more urban and gritty, trekking the mean streets of the Mission to SOMA a few times a month. Some snack-y products mean you don’t have to pony up $4 for a mediocre muffin somewhere en route. Rule #1: snacks should be easy to stow in that purse, murse, or fanny pack if you must break all fashion laws. While these are organic products, they are mainly enjoyable based on taste, ingredients and packability.

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Don Draper and the History of Rye Whiskey

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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WhistlePig Rye
is a premium, 100 percent rye whiskey, aged for ten years, and bottled on a farm in rural Vermont. Already unique for its mash bill and age statement, the brand expanded its inventive flavors earlier this spring by introducing a limited line of exclusive finishes. Collectively known as the Old World Series, the three releases feature 12-year-old rye which comes to rest in used Sauterne, Madeira, and port barrels, respectively. They represent the first ryes of their kind to be available commercially. The first two expressions — retailing at $119 — have already hit the shelves here in San Francisco.

The final port finish arrives later this spring, before a blend of all three becomes a permanent addition to WhistlePig's portfolio. All three showcase a nutty, saccharine whisper that tangos gracefully with the spice of their high-rye base. The lengthy barrel aging of the spirit itself inserts a tannic oakiness as the underlying canvas upon which the sweet wine characteristics resolve themselves.

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Who Wants an Erotic Dinner Party With Naked Sushi?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

If Fellini’s Satyricon is your idea of a good movie to watch while eating, RavishSF’s Erotic Underground Dinner Series might be a good alternative to going out for tacos. The sensuous (and gluten-free) supper returns to Soma’s Drake Lounge Saturday, May 9 for a seven-course meal centered on Nyotaimori, the art of “naked sushi,” where a human being lying perfectly still serves as the platter.

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Dominique Crenn Nabs Former Bar Jules Space

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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When Jessica Boncutter announced that Bar Jules was closing after eight years of handwritten menus in the window announcing that day’s kitchen output, Hayes Valley groaned in collective dismay.

But the space at 609 Hayes won’t be collecting cobwebs for long, since Atelier Crenn’s Dominique Crenn is moving in with something called Petit Crenn.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Afternoon Merriment: Anagrams of SF Chefs in the Style of Lazy Bear

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 4:19 PM

These oysters at ICHI Kakiya could have been served at Unreal Arithmetic. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
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  • These oysters at ICHI Kakiya could have been served at Unreal Arithmetic.

This morning, 7x7 published a truly hilarious account of a “non-critic” and her solo dining excursion to Lazy Bear, David Barzelay’s supper club on 19th Street. Because it’s a hyper-communal meal and sitting cheek-by-jowl with strangers can be discomfiting, Ali Wunderman got kinda wasted.

By the end of the meal, she was a little too drunk to record her thoughts in the booklet Lazy Bear provides so diners can remember their dinner. (Although assuming she’s poked around on the tire fire of pettiness and self-aggrandizement that is Yelp, she should know that she’s in the upper quartile of humanity, minimum.) Still, she was happy.

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Pop-Up Radar: Cheesesteaks (and Wings) at Deli Board

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:21 PM

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We love a good pop-up around here. Their fleeting nature makes stopping by a little tricky (and we sometimes have to review them on Day One, which has the potential to be less than fair). But Deli Board knows their sandwiches, and our trust that they would know how to do a cheesesteak properly was not misplaced.

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Make Way, Bay Area Coffee Snobs: Counter Culture Has Arrived

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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  • Counter Culture Coffee's Roasting and Classroom Facility in Emeryville

Coffee beans sourced with sustainability in mind and roasted with a surgeon’s delicate hand aren’t exactly new to the Bay Area. We’re still surfing in the Third Wave. After all, a certain once small local roaster and café is now challenging Starbucks for global growth, one Google Ventures funding paycheck at a time. Strangely, the Bay Area wasn’t even acquainted with one of the country’s most celebrated coffee sources that was founded twenty years ago, while the Second Wave flag was still flying high. Starting this week, Counter Culture Coffee is staking its claim in the Wild Caffeinated West.

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Tony Gemignani's Slice House Hits It Out of the Park

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Tony Gemignani
is an 11-time World Pizza Champion who sits atop an empire that runs from North Beach to AT&T Park to Rohnert Park to Castro Valley to Vegas [note: Gemignani got his start in Castro Valley, but does not currently own any restaurants there]. One time, he almost got into a physical fight with Francis Ford Coppola over the way pizzaiolos in Naples toss their dough. While there are Slice House stands dotted throughout the baseball stadium, the two-floor pizzeria Gemignani opened this week in the former Ironside is a welcome addition for non-ticket-holders. They've knocked it out the park, literally.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Repose Coffee Spruces Up Lower Divis, Parklet to Follow

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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Divisadero might be the new Valencia, but it doesn’t yet have the density of coffee shops and parklets that the Mission’s increasingly post-hip drag does. Yes, there’s Vinyl, Mojo, and of course, the Mill, but considering the huge numbers of cafes that have gone into the Castro in the last 18 months, the neighborhood can clearly sustain a few more (especially as so many morning commuters cross Divis).

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We Ate at the SPAM Truck, (Maybe) So That You Don't Have To

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane

You have only a couple of hours to ditch whatever it is you're doing and visit the SPAM Truck, which is parked behind the stadium on Third Street near Mission Creek until 4 p.m. today. Although they are only giving out samples during today's Giants game, making the trek was actually way more fun that I would ever have thought. If you miss it — and if you do, you also miss the opportunity to have your picture taken while wearing a SPAM can costume and another pic with the wuvable knight mascot — you can also catch the truck at Safeway at Westlake Plaza in Daly City tomorrow (Friday, April 24) or nab it on its visit to Pier 39 over the weekend. After that, it's going to Denver.

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