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Drink Tables

They call it Slow Food, but let me tell you that some of the biggest lines are at the drinks tables. Of all the sections, though, I have to give the nod for the beer pavilion as the best of them all. Why? Not just because it's the quickest service, but because of the diversity and breadth of the selection. The beer pavilion is divided into three bars, each representing a method of beer delivery: bottle, cask, and draught (below).

Make Room For Fall Fashion, Sell Your Clothes

As Labor Day BBQs flame out, picnic baskets migrate to top shelves, and open-toed shoes march towards final sale racks, the signals are clear: it's time to start planning your fall wardrobe.  A prerequisite to this endeavor, however, is purging your closet to make room for some choice fall arrivals.  Not always an easy task.   What's even more unpleasant is lugging all of your "okay maybe I can part with this"  items to your local buy/sell shop, only to have them tossed in the "reject" pile before even unfolding.  Kinda humiliating.  So, here are some Cliff's Notes to bear in mind before you start stuffing that Trader Joes bag for your next selling trip. 

Labor Day: Eating In

Although we're not blogging today, we are working. Look for us at the Slow Food Nation "Eat-In" at Dolores Park (which is unfortunately sold out). Life is (not) so hard.

Four Barrel: Ready to Rumble

Driving down Valencia on my way to Slow Food Nation on Friday, I spontaneously swerved into the new Four Barrel Coffee, which was just opened by Jeremy Tooker. We’ve covered it aplenty (here and here), but it was my first personal visit. Yes, the Dynamo Donuts tempt from beneath the glass case (I’m still swooning over the spiced chocolate, which is featured in our current September issue) and the slouching patronage is expected (I don’t want to use the H word, but you know what I mean). The back half is where the roasting is being done.

Couldn't Get Tickets to the Beck Show?

It's quite possible that half of San Francisco was on the TicketWeb website last night at 5:00, trying to capitalize on the out-of-the-blue announcement that Beck will be playing The Independent this Saturday. Page didn't load for ya?  Message said it was sold out?  Console yourself by buying tickets to some other shows.  At the Independent, there's Lee "Scratch" Perry (on the heels of his new album, Repentance) and Heavyweight Dub Champion tonight and tomorrow night. And coming up, there's these...  And as for Beck, yeah, no dice. 

Grilled Halibut from Chez Panisse Chef David Tanis

Is there a restaurant in California that's more revered than Chez Panisse? We don't think so. And while we're happy to give props to Alice Waters for her role is changing the way people think about food, on the day to day basis it's her talented cooks that make that restaurant what it is. Jean-Pierre Moullé and David Tanis share the job of orchestrating the set multi-course meals in the downstairs restaurant, each of them working for six months at a time. We're thrilled that David Tanis has just published a gorgeous cookbook, A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes—with its gorgeous photographs, simple recipes and wonderful tips, it's a must buy. Especially because once we print this recipe, you are going to want more.

Local Fashion Contests: Azalea boutique and Art Institutes of California

Be on your way to becoming America's next top model or the next fashion design star by entering these local competitions.


Courtesy of Azalea boutique

What: The Azalea anniversary party fashion show model contest

When: Entry deadline is Sept. 1; five winners will be announced Sept. 5 for their spot to model in the Sept. 19 show at Mezzanine, styled by Brandon Scott, designer of B. Son SF.

Wine Report from Outside Lands

The big surprise for me after attending the Outside Lands Music festival was not that Radiohead puts on a good show, that Cake still has it or that Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is the best act going in the US these days. What was most shocking was how thoroughly packed the wine tent was.



All these rockers--young and old--were buying wine. And thanks to Peter Eastlake of Vintage Berkeley wine shop, who organized the whole wine pavilion, they were sipping on some unusually good vino.

Tacos in the Fog: Let the Good Times Roll


A picture from the original (and still going strong) Nick's Crispy
Tacos, which is currently owned by Howard Schindler.

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