It was 103 degrees in Paso Robles on Saturday, with neither a single cloud nor even a hint of a breeze to alleviate our suffering. "Yeah, but it's a dry heat," someone nearby says to his companion, red-faced and sweating. He's right, it is dry, but that isn't really any consolation. What could po ... More >>
We remember when Monk's Kettle was knee-high to a grasshopper. Five years into their run as one of SF's first beer-centric restaurants, and they've never been more on top of their game. In half a decade, the menu at Monk's has taken on a refined yet rustic personality, and the vintage beer list cont ... More >>
If you're hoofing out to Hellman Hollow for San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, I have some edible suggestions designed to avoid further burdening your already-bulging backpack. Because you're going to need that space for the chardonnay, chevre, and ciabatta that makes such great acc ... More >>
Harvest time in wine country is quickly approaching and it's time to start making plans to head up north to "help" -- drink wine -- with this year's harvest. While you may be thinking about Napa Valley with its sleek tasting rooms and celebrity chefs, unassuming and rustic Sonoma has just as much to ... More >>
Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar sent the Cook E. Monster a box of samples as a preview of its forthcoming location in San Francisco, which opens on August 1 in the former Dumplings & Buns space (2411 California). Sift already has stores in Napa, Santa Rosa, and Cotati as well as a truck called the Sifter ... More >>
Another Bay Area newspaper shake up is imminent. The New York Times Company announced this week that it's selling The Press Democrat, the Bay Area's fifth largest newspaper. Romenesko shared the news yesterday, explaining that the Santa Rosa newspaper as well as 15 other regional papers, includin ... More >>
Jason HenryOur sour beer lineup. After we recently offered up a sour beer primer, we decided the category was ripe for our recurring blind beer taste test. This month's panel was treated to a variety of sour beer styles from the United States, Belgium, and Italy. For a genre that generates de ... More >>
Is now the subject of a news story The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran a series of stories about someone accused of improperly using the courts to her advantage -- and you guessed it: The newspaper got sued.Gwendolyn Smith was dubbed a "serial squatter" in a half-dozen Santa Rosa Press Democrat art ... More >>
The Eagle Tavern: It's only John Dwyer's favorite place to play.We saw this coming! Today, three San Francisco Supervisors -- Scott Wiener, Jane Kim, and David Campos -- began an official effort to defend the beloved gay bar/live music venue Eagle Tavern against a landlord who plans to shut it do ... More >>
Time to go back home..School officials came across a box of unidentified Native American bones at San Francisco State University -- a discovery that has triggered a federal law that says human remains must be returned to their Indian tribe.S.F. State officials recently conducted a human remains s ... More >>
The past 72 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene. Because, well, just because, Eater's Carolyn A. passes along the floor-plan for Potrero Hill's Ecco Caffe (1125 Mariposa), the Santa Rosa microroastery whose owner, Andrew Barnett, has been talking ... More >>
Brian YaegerSocial Kitchen brewmaster Rich Higgins, manning the SF Brewers Guild booth in Denver.As the 51-week wait for next year's 30th Great American Beer Festival begins, let's look back at the last few days in Denver, where 462 breweries converged inside the Colorado Convention Center, a ... More >>
Tamara PalmerSanta Rosa's Floravita 2000 makes a beverage with extracts from the black elder tree (specifically elderflower and elderberry), unspecified fruit juices (only 18 percent), and spring water. While we can't attest to the manufacturer's claims of the flu-fighting efficacy of the abu ... More >>
Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes plays McLaren Park this SaturdayNow that the World Cup is long over, let's get back to business. If you're like some people, you're probably wondering how will you spend your vuvuzela-less days. Others may not know what that word means. Either way, rejoice in ... More >>
Hometown papers are ardently defending Levi Leiphimer from accusations of drug use. But those accusations may not be so far-fetched.When disgraced 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis last week confessed to doping and fingered other cyclists, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was quick to jump t ... More >>
TheBigWRanch12/FlickrTasty as she looks, don't you dare think about eating her.SFoodie's look at some urban essentials offered up on Craiglist this week. • This de-horned 1-year-old Nigerian Dwarf doe up in Santa Rosa sounds like a goat to be reckoned with. The owner writes: "she is skitti ... More >>
Irish Typepad/FlickrLooking for something like this? You might get more than you bargained for at Nature's Bounty.SFoodie's weekly look at some urban essentials offered up on Craiglist. • Nature's Bounty, a family-owned, state-inspected farm facility in Vacaville -- aka Cow Town -- wants y ... More >>
Find a hand job. Or a truckload of Zinfandel grapes.Nearly 70 years ago, Albert Camus ruminated on the isolation of city life: As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. If only he'd lived to know Craigslist. We're no longer ... More >>
elraigon.comSpring is here, and the city's farmers markets are brimming with fecund, fragrant, Technicolor abondanza: needle-thin asparagus fresh from the Delta; stalks of Pescadero rhubarb and Half Moon Bay snap peas; a dazzling array of Watsonville basil; loquats and fava beans and haricots vert f ... More >>
I enjoy this tart, bracing beer much as I would a strong cheese such as Limburger or ripe Münster.
After a series of dog attacks, public opinion seems to be swinging against the pit bull. Are you on or off the swing? Take quiz, find out.
World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's a Real Thing
An enterprising volunteer gives Sonoma State University a unique solution to its athletics-funding problem: a stable of thoroughbreds
Week of Wednesday, February 18, 2004
At Safari West, you get oryxes with your chardonnay
Cartoon Art Museum
Week of April 2, 2003
Santa Rosa's charismatic Catholic bishop got busted shaking down a priest for sex. But he had friends in high places -- and they served him well.
Out of the Fierce Parade
Women's pro football players return to Kezar with a new team in a new league, but still without fans
The characters of a first- time playwright choose their own slavery
How a tiny, impoverished Indian tribe managed to persuade a city, a powerful union, and the U.S. Congress to let them build a Nevada-style casino in the East Bay
Whither the Avant-Garde?... To Suburbia, Of Course!
Why do police in bucolic Santa Rosa kill more citizens per capita than cops in crime-ridden cities like San Francisco and New York?
Bouncers vs. fans as Slayer pounds the Troc: A field log