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Japanese Beer: Rice Isn't Only for Sake

I found this interesting Japanese beer on the shelf in Whole Foods. The label, a watercolor of people working the rice paddy, was enticing. It's also a good indication of the beer, which is made from rice. Koshihikari is, according to Wikipedia, a popular rice strain in Japan. The beer is indicative of its origins. It's light in body, texture and flavor. If it's hopped, it's only gently, as there's just a slight grainy whiff of citrus to the beer. It will be too light for most American drinkers, but with some delicate sashimi, it would be lovely.

Rubicon Chefs Get Married

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, chefs of the just-closed Rubicon, were married yesterday at City Hall at 1:01 PM. I was lucky enough to  get to join in with the families for a brief celebratory lunch at  Zuni Cafe. Stuart and Nicole , were in high spirits not just because of the nupitals, not just because they've got a lot of free time for a while, but also because we drank some nice wine.

Thomas Waugh's Last Night at Alembic

I went into the Alembic last weekend to catch bartender Thomas Waugh on his last night. The ambitious young Waugh is heading off to the bright lights and no-2 AM-close of New York City, where he's already arranged to work shifts at such famous joints as PDT and Death and Company. Though his ultimate ambition is to end up in London, I have a feeling he'll be in the Big Apple for a while, so look for him on your next trip. As for SF, who will be our next Waugh?

Slow Food: Living It

Last weekend was a crazy one. While thousands (they estimated over 50,000 I think) people poured into SF for Slow Food Nation's many events, some San Franciscans—even some people I'd call die-hard "foodies" (ok, let's move on from this word: a big prize for someone who comes up with something less embarrassing)—opted to skip the lines of people for a Slow Food staycation.

7x7’s 2008 Style Council

All dressed to the nines, guests gathered in the decadent Spanish Suite at the CLIFT Hotel on Tuesday, August 26 for 7x7’s annual Style Council soiree. This year’s chosen style elite were honored for their fashion savvy and contributions to the industry. Guests sipped Bombay Sapphire gin, Wattle Creek wine and SmartWater while hobnobbing with the crème de la crème.

photography by Maayan Ben-Artzi

Slow Food Rocks, August 30 2008

Photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Check out photos from Slow Food Rocks.  For our on-the-ground coverage from Slow Food Nation, click here.



The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7



1. Poke your eye out

Forget about the same old baking and hot dog eating contests.  The western addition Hawaiian restaurant, Hukilau, puts a contemporary twist on the food festival with a poke (diced, raw fish salad) preparing competition and a Spam musubi eating contest.  Join the big Kahunas and get your own taste of the tropics from noon to 8 p.m. on September 6. 



2. Elbow your way in

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