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Making Nocino

Green walnuts have made their annual appearance at the farmers markets, which means it's time to make nocino, an Italian liqueur that's traditionally made in summer (if you want to get really pagan about it, the walnuts should be picked on the solstice, June 21, though it's too late for that now) and aged until the winter holidays, when it's used as an excellent digestive. We found these at Alemany Farmers Market, but you can also drive up to Marin, Napa or Sonoma counties, where the trees are plentiful, and pick your own.


VIP Pink Party at Mecca

Pride 2008 started off with a bang at the VIP Pink Party at Mecca on Wednesday, June 25. The fabulous kick-off party and red carpet event featured complimentary cocktails and nibbles courtesy of Mecca and also doubled as a fundraiser for The Pursuit of Equality, a film by director Geoff Callan.


David Cohen, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Geoff Callan


John Marez, Julie Candace

Agretti: A New Taste of Old Italy


Agretti from Star Route Farms (photo by Stefanie Michejda)

Magazines are often one big coolhunt. Unlike the editors at Vogue—hot on the topic of motorcycle boots—my radar is more attuned to things like new menu ingredients. But just like fashion looks over its shoulder for inspiration (grunge is back, for the record), so does food—just usually a little farther back than the mid ’80s.

Americano Cocktail: The Patriot's Refuge



In the spirit of Independence Day, I want to remind you of a incredibly simple, delicious and often forgotten cocktail with a patriotic name: the Americano. Now, it's not so much a Born-in-the-USA kind of thing, as it doesn't actually use any American ingredients. Rather, it's Italian in conception and components, joining equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth. Originally, the drink was known as the Milano-Torino, since Campari is from the former and Cinzano vermouth is from the latter. But it got renamed when locals noticed that visiting Americans seemed particularly smitten by the cocktail.

7 Minutes with: Anyi Lu



As a former competitive ballroom dancer and a mom, shoe designer Anyi Lu knows firsthand a woman’s need for “sensible shoes.” But the Tiburon-based footwear designer has made it her mission to create a namesake line that doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort. The 34-year-old Tiburon resident, who also happens to hold a degree in chemical engineering, is best known for her gorgeous yet practical flats and heels. For Lu’s upcoming fall collection, look out for her array of menswear-inspired styles in quilted suede, lace-up booties and silver buckles, oh my!  

As American as Mission Pie

We’ve been quietly cheering along Mission Pie since they first opened, because it’s precisely the kind of feel-good food business we like to see popping up in our neighborhoods (rather than, say, another Subway). So we were particularly excited to note that, after many months of construction, including the beloved San Francisco seismic upgrade, Mission Pie has finally expanded. Now they have a lovely café facing Mission street, with plenty of tables so you can sit and gossip over your slice of plum-frangipane or white peach-blackberry pie.

This Month In Music


Photography by Matt Barnes; courtesy of Chromeo

Here’s our ultimate live music guide for July. Tune in each month to get the scoop of the Hot List’s picks of the hottest tickets in town.

We Are Scientists at the Independent on Sunday, July 7

Kaiseki at Sanraku

I’ve been going to Sanraku for a while now. It’s a solid choice when you’re craving sushi and the Sutter Street location happens to be near our office (they also have one in the Metreon, which makes a great pre-flick dinner). The food there is solid, always really nice. Above average certainly, but nothing’s ever taken my breath away.

De Beers Store Opening Soiree

On Tuesday, June 24 De Beers fine jewelry celebrated the grand opening of its Union Square location with a cocktail fete honoring the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Guests sipped cocktails at the De Beers store and mingled with SF glitterati.


Ariane Zewe


Melissa Barber, Lindsay Bolton

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