While it's up for debate whether the very best things in life are indeed free, we do know that some wonderful things are very cheap. We've all been there. It's Sunday afternoon. You're in the middle of running what feels like a million errands when hear something growl. You stop, put down the Vitam ... More >>
Previously, if you had a sick friend at St. Francis Hospital on Nob Hill, the only local pastry you could bring to cheer them up was a sad doughnut that may or may not have shared the deep fryer with something dubious. Not any more. The simply named Flour & Co., now open on Hyde near California St., ... More >>
What feels better than a few drinks after work with some friends? Simultaneously making the world a better place while doing it. This Thursday (Jan. 31), Soda Popinski's in Nob Hill will host a happy hour benefitting buildOn - an organization that mobilizes urban youth to break the cycle of povert ... More >>
I'm staggering through Walgreens Wednesday night, my brain in slo-mo, and my body numb. I'm getting a cold and I'm hoping to diminish its severity with some mass-produced placebos. My head is thick, the walls are moving and the floor is tilted. I come to a shelf packed with various remedies all prom ... More >>
The Pastry Cupboard is celebrating one year as a retail shop. The shop is the brainchild of Chona Piumarta, who formerly worked as a pastry chef at the Slanted Door and LarkCreekSteak restaurants, and serves light breakfast and lunch fare alongside baked goods such as pies, cakes, cupcakes, and cook ... More >>
There are few experiences in San Francisco more excruciating than waiting in line outside the Hall of Justice to take care of a traffic ticket. People crane their necks, instinctively trying to snatch a sight of the front of the line. Somebody inevitably says, "Why are three of the windows closed?" ... More >>
When a Garda armored car crashed into a black Ford F-450 parked in front of the Trader Joe's on Bay Street and Mason Street earlier this afternoon, the scene only looked like something out of some crime movie. A witness at the scene told SF Weekly that the cab of the armored car got too close t ... More >>
• It's Vegan Ryan Gosling! Pull your pants back up -- he's not actually vegan. It's just one in the sea of Gosling memes. Ryan Gosling is totally the house that Tumblr built. Anyway, this particular meme is pretty funny and you get to look at shirtless photos of Gosling, so since I have a Tumbl ... More >>
I know it's bad form, but sometimes I still want to eat as much junk food as possible as quickly as possible. Last night, for example, while in line at the grocery store, I wanted to grab as many Kit Kats and Twizzlers as I could carry and shovel them into my face hole on the drive home. In the s ... More >>
Grocery chains have been rebranding their generic store brands for a decade or two now with flashier packaging and better names -- Whole Foods' 365, Safeway's O Organics -- but a new story from Bloomberg Business Week/SF Chronicle reports that the chains are now initiating large-scale marketing ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. David Lynch, wine director of Cotogna and Quince, is readying to embark on his own restaurant venture. Inside Scoop divulges he'll take over the space that currently houses the wine bar Heart, which is se ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Why I'm never becoming a restaurant critic in Taiwan. The Taipei Times reports that a local food blogger was just sentenced to 30 days in jail and almost $7,000 in fines for writ ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.1. No more food pyramid. After several years and $2 million in research, the USDA released its new nutrition graphic last week to replace the much-maligned food pyramid, and the com ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Is Nitrite-Free Bacon Really Healthier? The big controversy this week was sparked by Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie, calling bullshit on nitrite-free bacon, found in every ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene. Grub Street reports that San Francisco is about to see the arrival of four branches of Fresh and Easy, a grocery store chain, owned by British giant Tesco, that models itself along the lines of ... More >>
Parking warsEveryone who has visited San Francisco for a few hours on the weekend knows that trying to find parking is as irritating as trying to navigate the aisles at Trader Joe's. But how far would you go to get a space on a Saturday afternoon? Wait, don't answer that. For one San Francisco ma ... More >>
Alastair BlandTasting panelists Noah P. and Eleni K. strike a pose with the Petite empties.It was born in 1880, and four years later came to California. But for another 80, almost nobody knew it. Petite Sirah is one of California's historical vines and among the earliest varieties introduced ... More >>
Filled with the holiday spirit? Yep. Vegan? That, too.The SFoodie Advent Calendar counts down the days before Christmas/Nondenominationalwinterholiday, one holiday treat at a time.For a vegan like me, Candy Cane Joe-Joes are nature's perfect food. I don't exaggerate when I say that I wait all year f ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene. Grub Street scooped SFoodie in its own neighborhood followed SFoodie in reporting that Le Truc, which is un autobus that serves food, is going to be parking at 470 Brannan from 11 a.m. to 3 p. ... More >>
The apocalypse is coming ― stock up on chickens.Feed a family of four on a quarter- acre plot! Earn thousands in half the time a normal job would require! But wait ― there's more, as the late Billy Mays might have said. Never farmed before? Don't know an udder from a ukulele? Can't tell ... More >>
Sandbox Bakery (left), Dianda's (right).You have two days left before Good Friday to source your annual hot cross bun breakfast. I went looking this week, and came across rworange's 2009 Bay Area hot cross bun ranking on Chowhound, the kind of obsessive act that validates the existence of the Int ... More >>
Eat @ 111 MinnaGalleries are known for serving Trader Joe's buckets of minibrownies, not sliders with heirloom pepper relish and aioli, wild boar sausages on potato rolls, flatbread with foraged mushrooms, and cupcakes by Kingdom Cake. There: We just told you most of the menu at tonight's EAT at ... More >>
Last weekend passed with plenty of Michael Jackson tributes, from DJs to foodies alike. But this is the first report we've gotten of a full (and by full, we mean 15-piece) band performing the King of Pop's classic hits. On Saturday, July 11, Neverland: A Tribute to the King of Pop! will ... More >>
And it'll never get a flat tire.The owner of an under-construction taco stand in SOMA told SFoodie he's hoping to launch a soft opening on Monday, June 22. Arturo Aguilar described Publico Urban Taqueria (in the Trader Joe's shopping complex, 555 Ninth St. at Brannan) as a taco truck without an engi ... More >>
Despite the lightness of the wine, it stood up well to spicy jambalaya.
Move over, mojito. Step back, caipirinha. Hail Cesar!
San Francisco sourdough? This is the one locals really eat.
This fresh, light, tart, very slightly sparkling, delicious white wine has only 9% alcohol.
By Meredith BrodyIt's that time of the year again, the time we make lists of the best movies, books, meals of the past twelve months - even though, in this Annus pretty much Horribilis, to quote Queen Elizabeth for pretty much the first time in my life, you might not be so much in the mood for looki ... More >>
Visiting the same place two nights in a row finds two different restaurants: one deserted and calm, the other crowded and riotous
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