Days-old, thirsty bread, soaks up its custard bath until sizzling butter sears it to browned perfection. Cut into the crisped crust, and your knife gives way to a soft, pudding-like interior. One bite, and savory egg meets a drizzle of sweet, rich maple syrup. French toast is just one of those dishes that is comforting and all-around satisfying. But, when runny poached eggs, creamy hollandaise, and tender braised meats dance around your brunch menu, it is very rarely ordered. French toast has become somewhat of an underdog in the brunch game. So to inspire some pain perdu loyalty and support, here is a roundup of eight fabulous renditions that will out-order even the runniest of yolks.
You wouldn’t know summer had arrived living in San Francisco. But head over the Golden Gate Bridge and the weather is almost immediately 10 degrees warmer. Here are three outdoorsy reasons to cross the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend.
Creativity and innovation are hallmarks of San Francisco, where a startup mentality continues to define us. We routinely set foot on the hallowed grounds of storied cultural landmarks—unprecedented venues at their inception that remain progressive icons today. Here, insiders reminisce on the impact of four classic SF institutions to remind us why they epitomize the city’s special spirit. In this installment, we start with City Lights and The Fillmore. Next week, we'll continue with Castro Theatre and Stern Grove.
This week's drink recommendations come from Richard, the hard-surfing, fast-talking barman at Chambers Eat + Drink at the Phoenix Hotel. Having been to The Phoenix Hotel for many great outdoor events in the past, I recall eyeing the construction of Chambers with interest, but somehow I never made the time to stop by for a drink once it finally opened. Secretly congratulating myself on finding a good excuse to spend some time in to their sexy, record-lined lounge, I headed in for this week's indie theater picks:
What will you be eating this week?
The blow-out Golden Gate Bridge anniversary celebration may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of ways to pay homage to the International Orange icon. Here's an unexpected one: Hotel Palomar has tricked out one of its suites in honor of the double G. As you step off the elevator and into the hallway, you'll see the familiar tollbooth entry to the bridge, blown up and plastered on the door and walls framing room 512. One foot inside the door and you're presented with a sweeping view of the bridge. Sounds impossible, right? A printed opaque decal expands across the five bay windows in the room to give the illusion that you're staring out the window of a sweet Cow Hollow pied-à-terre. It sure beats the real view of gritty Market Street.
The season of SF Chefs is in full swing with the Dinner Party Project, the Williams-Sonoma demos, the upcoming series at the Ferry Plaza, and the Food Arts Industry Series! But of course the star of it all is the Grand Tasting Tent, which is fully loaded with the city’s top chefs, mixologists, wine makers and beyond – you can’t miss it.
If necessity is the mother of invention, then desperation might be the mother of devious creativity. As many people continue to struggle economically, I've been receiving a lot of email about erroneous tickets. This is indicating to me that either the rate of drinking on the job for DPT officers has skyrocketed, or three old school parking scams have reared their heads once again in our fair city and across the nation.
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