Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including chef gossip, a bit of PlumpJackin', hot openings, sad closings, and even some Top Chef updates.
1) As the calendar changes, the final tally of all the restaurant closures in the month of January topped 25, so to commemorate the fallen, it was time to take one last look back at those that passed away. Godspeed.
He’s happening, he’s hip (heck, he’s on Facebook) and wethinks (that is, until he officially declares), he wants to be your next Governor of the (once) great state of California.
Giving us a peek behind the curtain, CA State Attorney General Jerry Brown (who served as Governor of California from 1975-1983) recently filled out the 25 Random Things About Me survey that is viral-ing 'round the walls of Facebook fanatics everywhere.
Herewith our Top 7 personal favorites:
3. In 1958, I took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Later, Pope John XXIII dispensed me from these obligations.
8. I dislike shopping.
Custom-painted shoes have long been style mainstays among fashion-forward sneakerheads, but lately we’ve been noticing them pop up everywhere from Derek Holbrook’s feet during an exclusive San Francisco society luncheon to online e-tailer Zazzle.
If the idea of owning one-of-a-kind kicks puts a spring in your step, here’s how to get your toes into a pair:
To celebrate our Eat & Drink awards (a.k.a the Piggies, thusly named because winners receive their own bronze pig statuette) we convinced seven of our winning restaurants to host pork-centric dinners on Monday nights throughout the month of February.
Participating restaurants: Ozumo, Delfina, La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Nopa and Kokkari—check out some of the amazing pork concoctions below. Smoked bacon cocktails and more! Behold below, the dates and menus—call restaurants directly to reserve your table!
Monday, February 9 - Nopa, Delfina
Monday, February 16 - Kokkari
Monday, February 23 - La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Ozumo
In our opinion, one of San Francisco's greatest attributes is its plethora of indie cafes and friendly coffee shops, eager to welcome you for an hour or two (or entire afternoon if you're an amiable patron and order something occasionaly). On the other hand, this makes it more difficult to sift through the masses and reveal the true gems. Which is where we come in: We've done the work for you. Whether you're an artist, self-employed or simply need to get out of the house once in awhile, hit up one of these beloved spots for a respite, quality eats and a little peace of mind (oh and occasionally, complimentary WiFi, too).
BEAN BAG CAFE (601 Divisadero St., 415-563-3634)
Despite the hipsters, drug addicts, and occasional puke-spattered sidewalk, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the city that doesn't have a little place in their heart for the Mish. Why? The food, unique shops, and independent spirit keep everyone coming back. Show your love this Saturday by popping into some of your favorite neighborhood haunts in support of We Heart the Mission, a "midwinter stroll" featuring sales, parties, and all sorts of incentives for keeping it local. For instance, you'll find 10% off everything at BellJar or 20% off in-store purchases at Rare Device...
I don't ever like to admit that I may have come late to the party on something, but in this case I'm afraid I must: Does everyone know about the Broken Record Bar & Grill? I stumbled upon a mention of it today when I was reading Meredith Brody's review of Mission Street Food (Question: can you review a restaurant that has a different chef and menu every week?) and then did a little research. How can I not know about a place that serves whisky (114 varieties) and sausages of all kinds, which can be turned into a corn dog for only $1 more? How have I remained naïve about a spot that makes french fries showered with real parmesan cheese and fresh garlic?
Barack and Michelle, peanut butter and jelly, and now folks, Espresso and Emergen-C. I tried it as a joke moments ago, and found that as disgusting it sounds, it's actually not that bad. A quick jolt of caffeine added with some hot vitamin C action and I'm on cloud 9. I must say however, the last sip is a tough one with all the citrus. Strangely enough, I've already completed three days worth of work and jogged 2.5 miles, it works!
Shopping for that special gift for your special someone on that special day can be so... exhausting. Flowers and chocolates will do, but they're usually lacking in the creative department. Thankfully, Design Public did the work for you by going through its products and selected the best gifts for Valentine's Day. From Alexander Girard's iconic Love Heart print (see photo to the left), to a fashion-forward modern beanbag, you're bound to find something for your special someone.
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