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Muscadet with Soul



More famous as the classic vinous accompaniment to oysters than as a wine in and of itself, Muscadet has a fairly shoddy reputation. Most people consider Muscadet to be a bland, light-drinking, unmemorable wine. And—to be fair—most Muscadet is exactly that.

But there are exceptions. And this wine is one of them. Domaine de l'Ecu is probably the best producer in the region, making fully biodynamic wines that are true wines of minerality and terroir. The Domaine’s owner, Guy Bossard, makes three wines, each expressive of a different soil type: granite, gneiss and orthogneiss.

Who’s Your Unkle?


courtesy of Unkle

Celebrity Pool Toss

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The 15th Annual Celebrity Pool Toss, which was held poolside at the Phoenix hotel, raised more than $1 million for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation's programs for kids and families. Local celebrities who were thrown into the pool included Robert Mailer Anderson, Daniel Lurie, Chris and Amber Marie Bently, and Joey Altman.

Boucheron Benefits SF Zoo

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

Boucheron held a shopping event to celebrate the launch of the SF Zoo Auxiliary; 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds were donated to the SF Zoo

Jamie & Katie Dyos Jenny Nelson_Mary Fenton Stephanie Diaz_Joe Lucier'

Okra’s A-OK at Namu


Grilled okra with miso aioli

I’ve never liked okra, until now. It could be because the only okra I’ve ever really tried has been greased up and deep-fried—and fried food rarely appeals to me. So, the other day when I went to Namu and my friend insisted I try their grilled okra, I (very) grudgingly agreed.

Ian Curtis Is Dead and Still Out of <i>Control</i>

Control
courtesy of Momentum Pictures

Notes from the body cast…

Get Your Baile Punk On

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Brazen Brazilian threesome Bonde do Role brought their sexy dance moves and metal electro-fused "Baile Punk" to the Independent on Friday, September 28. San Francisco-based indie pop outfit (and winners of 7x7 Magazine's Hot Twenty Under Forty) Magic Bullets warmed up the crowd, and experimental electro/rap one-man-band Juiceboxxx opened the show.


BONDE DO ROLE

No Reservations


Anthony Bourdain's made a career based on No Reservations

People are always asking me to tell them about restaurant trends here in San Francisco. But for the most part, San Francisco is a decidedly untrendy city. Stylish, yes. But trendy, which implies a kind of flash-in-the-pan lemming-like following—not so much. Thankfully. But I’ve noticed a recent micro-trend in the world of restaurants, and I’d love to hear your opinions about it: The no-reservations phenomenon.

Taking the Fifth


The spirits course

Over the summer I got to know the two young chefs—Charlie Kleinman and Jake DesVoignes—who were promoted to top status after the departure of Melissa Perello. They’ve been running the Fifth Floor for most of the year.

The news is out now that, for some reason, the hotel hired Laurent Manrique to take over the famed destination restaurant, and he has in turn installed his choice, Jenny Lorenzo, in the head spot. (All this I learned from the most excellent Tablehopper, by the way.)

Jordan Turns 35

Family-owned and operated Jordan Winery celebrated its 35th birthday at its Alexander Valley digs with a lot of great food and wine, and I was lucky enough to get in on the action.

Jordan has always put a stress on its wines being food-friendly, so it was no surprise that as soon as our first glass of wine was in hand—a 2005 chardonnay—a parade of plates started streaming out of the kitchen. First up, a gelee of Japanese cucumber topped with Transmontanus Rex (aka Idaho white sturgeon) caviar. Fast on its heels came little pillows of Peruvian scallop served ceviche-style with salty caps of osetra caviar. I had three helpings, they were so good.
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