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Feelin' Blue

Noting that this Thursday, May 31, is a blue moon (the name for the rare occurrence of a second full moon in one calendar month), Tres Agaves has come up with the notably gimmicky promotion of creating a high-end cocktail for the occasion and offering it only on this day.

The Luna Azul cocktail will contain rare Penca Azul reposado tequila, blueberry nectar, lime juice and agave nectar--sort of a high-end blueberita or a blueberrytini made with tequila instead of vodka. The good news is that this drink, which is valued at $18, will be going for only $7 on Thursday. Enjoy.

Three Syrahs

At a nice dinner the other night, several friends and I decided to compare three top single-vineyard Côte Rôties from the vintage of 2001. If you don't know, Côte Rôtie is one of the top Syrah appellations in France's Rhone Valley. Actually, it’s one of the top Syrah appellations in France—okay, the world. All right, to my mind, it's the greatest place for Syrah in the world. Some might argue that Hermitage is better, but I'll take Côte Rôtie's lighter body, floral high notes and silky tannins any day.


Three Syrahs

Live Uni



I’m a sucker for a dare.

Musical Royalty

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Haling from Arles and Montpelier in the south of France, flamenco royalty the Gipsy Kings enchanted the crowd at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on Friday, May 18.




Wrap up Corkiness

For the most part corked wine is irredeemable. That awful, musty, wet cardboard smell has destroyed yet another beautiful wine. But if the cork job isn't too bad, you can try something that seems (and is) antithetical to the spirit of fine wine.



I learned this trick from Larry Stone, master sommelier, GM of Napa's Rubicon Estate, and all-around wine know-it-all: take a decent-sized piece of Glad plastic wrap, wad it up and soak it in your wine glass for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

A Diamond In The Rough

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

LA's Lavender Diamond brought ethereal magic to the Independent last Saturday night as part of the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival. The Watson Twins opened the show.

LAVENDER DIAMOND

Let's Dance

"Let's Dance at the Nightclub" Gala was held last weekend at Bimbo's to raise funds for Sunny Hills, which "provides ... residential, education, mental health and community-based services designed to meet the needs of emotionally and mentally disturbed, neglected and abused children."

A Night at Gary Danko

I got to go to Gary Danko last week with my cousin who was up here for a conference.



Although we were both planning on getting the three-course option, the menu was so extensive with mouth-wateringly descriptive dishes that narrowing the choices down to three (including dessert) seemed entirely too taxing. So we took the easy way out and each splurged for the four course.

Savor the Flavor of Adrienne Shelly’s Posthumous Pie

Beefsteak Pirates, Juicy Tomatoes and a Bittersweet Waitress

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