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The Addictive Coca Pisco Sour and Where to Find It

Given Pisco's long history with SF (since at least the early 19th century), most of us here are familiar with the Pisco Sour, the national cocktail of Peru, which is where Pisco originates. We can get tasty Pisco Sours at many local outlets, from Fresca, Pisco Latin Lounge to Cantina. But La Mar, the SF outpost of one of Peru's most revered ceviche houses, has enjoyed special (and well-deserved) acclaim for its Pisco Sours since it opened last fall.

Photos From The National Cougar Convention

Don't think we let this gem of an event fall off our radar just because Outside Lands was this weekend. Cougars from across the country pounced on Palo Alto on Friday for the first ever National Cougar Convention. Check out the photos below.  Rarrrrrrr.

(Photo by Daniel C. Britt)

First Bite: Saison Does Fine Dining Without the Fineries

In the ongoing trend of chefs thinking outside the box, Saison—a Sunday night “restaurant” put on by Kris Esqueda, former Michael Mina sommelier Mark Bright and chef Joshua Skenes—has been luring diners from all over the city to a urban-cool space tucked behind the Stable Café in the Mission District. Skenes is now taking reservations for weekend nights too (reserve for September 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 27). For $70 you get four courses; add $40 for wine pairings.

Young Hearts: Japandroids Rock ‘Post-Nothing’

Perhaps you missed Japandroids during their swing through San Francisco and the intimate Hemlock Tavern earlier this month. But it’s not too late to catch a pungent whiff of the Vancouver guitar-drum duo’s supercharged sound, thanks to the Japandroids’ recently released debut full-length, Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl).

Charles Gatewood's Al Green, Ginsberg and Dylan Photos at the Robert Tat Gallery

Charles Gatewood's viewfinder is a window to the American underground, both cultural and sexual. Throughout his 40-year career, he's captured iconic shots of the Beats, portrayed Wall Street as a ghost town of lines, angles, and lost souls, and pulled sexual fetishism out of behind-closed-door obscurity. In conjunction with the release of A Complete Unknown, Gatewood's limited edition book of Bob Dylan photos, the Robert Tat Gallery will host "Celebrity!", an exhibition of some of the photographer's rarer snapshots of celebrities from the 60s and 70s, opening September 3. Famous faces in the exhibit include Al Green, Ginsberg, Dylan, Burroughs, Abbie Hoffman, and Rod Stewart (in a time when he was actually pretty cool).

Outside Lands Video: Bat for Lashes

So, we'll level with you, Bat for Lashes is pretty freaking cool. And it's not because she's British, rocked a head piece that put the tween hipsters to shame, and had crows and sparkles (oh, and a Jesus?) all over her Outside Lands set (which, naturally, screams cool...like, ethereal cool). It's because she's got an amazing voice. Like, operatically amazing. She mesmerized the Panhandle stage with songs like "Daniel" and "Pearl's Dream." Check out "Glass" below.

Outside Lands Video: Black Eyed Peas

Competing with TV on the Radio, who were playing at the same time across the park, The Black Eyed Peas brought the party to the main stage today, revving things up with "Let's Get It Started." Oh, Fergie, you make us want to run to the nearest pilates class.

Outside Lands Video: Portugal. The Man

These guys are a favorite of the cool kids we share an office with at Spin Earth and now we know why. Portugal.The Man lived up to all their hype today and totally rocked out the Panhandle stage. Lead singer John Baldwin Gourley's haunting vocals and drummer Jason Sechrist's (who, we've gotta say it, looks way too much like Napoleon Dynamite) drum-cirlce-esque sessions were definitely enough to convince us to buy tickets to their more intimate show a few weeks from now (Sept 23) at The Independent. Check them out below.

Back to Basics: Sampling at SF's Natural Wine Week

Since my usual milieu involves helping people find the cheapest drinks possible, I was thrilled to cover a more refined tasting of California natural wine growers, an event that was part of this week's San Francisco Natural Wine Week. Held at Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley, the tasting featured five vintners committed to the art and science of growing, fermenting, and bottling wine the natural way.

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