Cotogna Opens in Jackson Square
After a long wait, chef Michael Tusk has at long last opened Cotogna, his rustic trattoria concept next door to Quince. Expect plenty of pasta, along with grilled dishes prepared on a wood-burning rotisserie and grill (the only one of its kind in the States) and a prix fixe wine list curated by David Lynch, with every bottle ringing in at $40. The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.
Food for Thought Dine About
If you're looking for an excuse to go out to dinner tonight, we've got a great one. Dine at any one of the 35 Mission restaurants participating in Food for Thought, and 25 percent of your bill will be donated to Mission Graduates, a nonprofit that helps Mission high school students prepare for college.
Gareth Edwards won't reveal the budget for Monsters, his thriftily constructed feature debut about two young Americans trying to buy their way back from Mexico following an alien occupation. Yet he’s quick to acknowledge that his acclaimed sci-fi fantasy might never have been possible without advances in filmmaking technology usually associated with big-budget blockbusters like last year’s Avatar.
Now that Michael Mina has moved into the old Aqua space, I got a chance to dine there the other night. For Mina fans, it's a true second coming. You should have overheard the reverent foursome at the next table over from me who practically passed out when Mina, the man/the legend, walked over on water to greet them.
And though there was a whirlwind of activity going on around me (the servers might be wearing jeans and a bottle of self-serve water might be set on your table, but that doesn't mean the old tableside service is over), I became particularly fixated on the beautiful plates.
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Bicycle Film Festival is throwing one heck of a party all over town. Bike fanatics certainly have a lot to celebrate this year, so bring on the movies, music and merrymaking.
Starting Wednesday night at 9 pm, destroy your hump day blues by heading to the Knockout for the free kick-off party featuring DJs from Debaser and more (we didn't tell you this, but you can get Four Loko there).
Welcome to "Transported", our weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.
Just as the SFMTA, BART and five other Bay Area transit agencies are forcing the Clipper Card switch upon all riders, the San Francisco Examiner brings to light some interesting privacy issues surrounding the new card. All your daily transit movements could be easily tracked through the Clipper's embedded chip, exposing a what state Senator Joe Simitian worries is an accessible "roadmap to your life."
This Friday, November 12th, is World Pneumonia Day. Against all odds, pneumonia--not AIDS or malaria--is the world's biggest child killer. Yet it can be prevented with a simple $10 vaccination. Join the worldwide effort to purchase billions of doses of proper vaccinations to give to children in developing countries at tonight's event, Pneumonia's Last Syrah in Dogpatch Studios.
Worlds colliding isn't always a bad thing. Case in point: tonight's co-headlining show at Rickshaw Stop between the psychedelic Crazy Horse stylings of Kurt Vile & the Violators and the airtight SoCal surf pop of the Soft Pack. Who knows? Maybe they'll even join forces on stage to play some psychedelic surf pop. Everbody wins!
Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.
Americans have historically been the largest market for Madeira wines in the world. Now most of us only know the stuff as cooking wine. All this is a’changing!
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