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Most Definitely

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

On Wednesday, June 20 Mos Def, the thinking music fan's rapper, played a semi-secret show at Mezzanine in support of his latest album True Magic.

MOS DEF





Deer-Free Sushi

Last Tuesday, I met my friend Tasha at Sebo—her hands down favorite sushi restaurant in the city, and maybe even the world. It was a timely visit since I had just read “Waiter, There’s a Deer in My Sushi”—one of the most emailed New York Times articles that day—about how chefs in Japan are dealing with the tuna shortage. Anyway, one extreme solution was to use smoked deer meat for its maguro-red color (ew). Horsemeat was another solution, but I’m not going there.

Destination: Wedding



I'm writing from my quaint veranda in Positano, Italy, along the Amalfi coast. A bunch of us from all over the U.S. flew here for a friend's wedding, all so that this pair could make their vows in front of us and in turn have us vow to hold them accountable.

Gang Signs

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

New York-based Experimental dance outfit Gang Gang Dance played the Independent Monday, June 18.

GANG GANG DANCE



Danse Macabre

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

English gothic garage rockers the Horrors played to an enthusiastic crowd at club Shutter Tuesday June, 19.






Take Me to the Rock

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

On Saturday, June 16 Scion and the Flavor Group presented the Exprescion SF event on Alcatraz where the art, music, fashion and performance world joined together with live music by the Cool Kids, performance burlesque by Vau De Vire Society a graffiti-inspired art show in the jail's old chapel and a fashion show.


Cidre



That's how the French say "cider," and it was in France where I learned about this beverage that I still love. Traveling with my parents as a teenager, I was not allowed to drink much with them, besides a taste of wine or beer. But sometimes the rules were lifted when it came to cider, which I quickly learned to enjoy for its dryness, essence of apple flavor, bubbles and, yes, the little buzz.

Your Hardworking Sommeliers

Last Saturday night, a group of sommeliers gathered together for what is a unique San Francisco tradition--the late-night sommelier blind tasting.

That our hardworking restaurant wine professionals will bother to assemble at midnight on a Saturday—each bearing a bottle or two of expensive, classic wine to give to his or her comrades blind—for the purpose of learning and understanding is admirable.


Paul and his sister, Noah, Allen and Jean-Laurent Vacheron                           

Classic Crunch Cocktail with a Twist

Here is a version I created of a classic drink: the Champagne Cocktail. This one employs blackberries, which I quartered and marinated in Cointreau for a half hour. The rest is just as simple.



Champagne Cocktail

Drop a sugar cube into the bottom of a Champagne flute
Drench it with several dashes of Angostura bitters
Top with Champagne or some other sparkling wine
Drop in a few blackberries

It’s a good drink for brunch—that is, if you're not nursing a hangover with a Bloody Mary.
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