Are you looking for something festive to do with relatives this holiday season? Or do you simply need a distraction or excuse to remove yourself from the company of your weird and annoying family? We suggest taking an afternoon to peruse the impressive edible masterpieces created by the talented pas ... More >>
A bizarre lawsuit by a mentally "compromised" East Bay man alleges that, while in an outpatient mental program he attended in lieu of serving out a prison term for petty theft, therapist Maria Santos Arriola had sex with him on multiple occasions. His suit, filed yesterday in Oakland, names Santos a ... More >>
Remember those Virginia Slims ads where women frolicked beneath the proclamation, "You've Come a Long Way, Baby!"? That's pretty much how beer geeks feel these days. Once the sovereign domain of wine, the city's finest restaurants now carry fine craft beers, and many SF chefs and beverage progra ... More >>
We go to a lot of wine tastings: trade, consumer, best-of, pre-auction, single-appellation super-regional. They can be a great way to train the palate, but over time they're tiring to foot and tongue. So, we've resolved to focus only on the ones that have shined over time, the ones where your ... More >>
Carina OstThe smallest rooms at the Fairmont are for the hard-working honeybeesWhat delivers the highest buzz in San Francisco? Rooftop beehives. The Chronicle and Bi-Rite have their own colonies, but the bees with the best zip code in town are at The Fairmont hotel: Nob Hill views, access ... More >>
Gil Riego Jr.Dominic Venegas of 83 Proof straining his Chandelier, the award-winning cocktail at Saturday's Drink event.Hundreds of the thirsty showed up at the Fairmont Saturday for SF Weekly's first-ever Drink, a tipplers' tour through dozens of spirits, beer, wine, and cocktails. The night ... More >>
Lou BustamanteRachel Ford.Tomorrow night at SF Weekly's Drink party at the Fairmont, there'll be an epic battle between bartenders, live on stage, with Combier liqueur as the main ingredient. Tastes of the competitors' cocktails will be provided to attendees, along with all the spirits being ... More >>
Like smoking at work, camel hair coats and a budget surplus, tiki bars are relics of a bygone era, of when Cesar Chavez Street was called Army, when nobody in San Francisco knew what a bike lane was, and organ meat was nothing more than fodder for the cows that we turned into delicious 15-cent ha ... More >>
On October 30, an impressive roster of artisan butchers and chefs is convening at Vacaville's Soul Food Farm for a butchery demo and dinner. Inspired by farm founder Alexis Koefoed, the event will be a fundraiser for the newly created U.S. Butchers Guild and a handful of small, local farms. The ... More >>
Andrew SimmonsThe Fairmont's Gold Room was packed tight as a factory feedlot.It was around the time we snared our first assortment of plates ― small, compostable tan ones decked out with roasted smoked pork loin and dark, blood-red bologna tucked between orange mostarda-smeared bread slice ... More >>
San Francisco voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. And now it's changing around its bus routes for him, too.President Barack Obama will today return to the city where he made reference about small-town folks "clinging to their guns and religion." When he leaves San Francisco, he hopes to be cli ... More >>
Doug Letterman/FlickrIt seems odd that the Fairmont wants to close the Tonga Room just as neo-neo-tiki is blowing up in artisan-cocktail circles. (Today, for instance, the New York Times reported on the opening of yet another rum bar.) Though it has been a while since we've been to a birthday par ... More >>
We do the legwork to find you 30 of the most satisfying places to sip and snack.
AJ FarkasMatmos, at SFMOMA on SaturdayOur apologies for the shorter list this week. We came down with the N-Flu (you know how it goes, sick folks ride the N to work and infect the whole Muni line). So there's only 5 Things on our list for cheap weekend entertainment. But they're good things. To m ... More >>
Emily S./YelpCheer station: The Grand Café at Hotel MonacoThere are a few things you need to know as you elbow your way through the shoppers, buskers, hawkers, and carolers of Union Square this week. The best gingerbread house is up the hill at the Fairmont. The best shop windows are the sil ... More >>
Laiko BahrsTrotter Tots with pea-brain aioli, one of Peter McNee's winning dishes.Call him the dark horse: Poggio's Peter McNee was named Prince of Porc at the Fairmont last night, nosing out four chefs to take the crown (well, funky pig trophy) in the latest Cochon 555 challenge. McNee had been con ... More >>
endless beauty via FlickrEating this twice a day could ruin your expense accountMatt Smith of SFoodie's sister blog The Snitch reported today that New Jersey-based Institute of Management and Administration reckoned San Francisco the priciest city in the nation for business travelers to eat in, ecli ... More >>
The music and spices remain the same, but the dishes are up-to-date.
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