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Secret Recipe: Pickled Quail Eggs from The Alembic

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Pickled quail eggs are the perfect bar snack. The Alembic’s have a creamy yellow yolk center surrounded in pink, thanks to the beet juice (to make this recipe, you’ll need a juicer at your disposal) chef Ted Fleury Quail soaks them in overnight.

Market Watch: Artichokes Are Here For Spring

On any given day, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is filled with many fabulous and talented chefs from around the Bay Area. But none know the market quite as well as our very own market chef, Sarah Henkin. She scours the market each week to find inspiration for the chefs who participate in our Saturday cooking demos and she also shops for her own weekly Food Wise Booth at the Tuesday market. At the booth, Chef Sarah can be found handing out samples of a seasonal recipe prepared that morning, and answering questions about selecting and preparing seasonal ingredients in general.

Heading to SXSW? Our Top Austin Recommendations

For 10 days every March, Bay Area music junkies and technocrats pack their messenger bags and set up camp in Austin for South by Southwest. They go for the film fest, live concerts—and to see who the next Twitter and Foursquare will be (both first caught fire at SXSW when they debuted there as startups).

5 Cocktail Recipes to Welcome Britney to SF

We had this arsenal of frilly cocktails all ready for Sunday's Castro house parties, and then Britney had to go and move her operation inside to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Oh well, a little rain won't stop us from toasting to "Toxic."

Here's a bevy of recipes the drink gurus over at whipped up to welcome the Britney media blitz to San Francisco. Brit fan or not, file these away in the "guilty pleasures" folder.

Look of the Week: Wet Weekend, 7 Rain Boots to Get You Through

Rain, rain, go away!

We can sing and wish it away all we want, but any SF girl knows we're in for our annual spring showers. The upside? Rainy weather is one trend that keeps coming back, so investing in a good pair of rain boots is a definite must

Let's take a moment to thank Kate Moss, for launching the Wellie trend, back in 2006, when she made muddy Hunter rain-boots look sexy, with a pair of micro-mini shorts (Of course she did!). Designers and fans quickly took note, and what was once a childhood accessory for jumping in puddles, suddenly boomed as trendy adult footwear.

Ryan Doyle Jumping Off of Stuff in SF

Parkour-guys Ryan Doyle and Brian Orosco were in SF a few weeks ago jumping on and off of stuff (including trampolines at the House of Air). Drink a Red Bull and watch the vid.


Acid Mothers Temple Will Melt Your Brain At Bottom Of The Hill Tonight

Japanese band Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO is soldiering on in spite of their home country's state of disaster, and thank goodness for that. We feel like we need serious refuge from all that's going wrong in the world right now (tsunamis, gloomy weather, no more free Britney Spears show, etc.), and AMT's berserk psychedelic freak jams are just the medicine to do the trick.

Behind-The-Scenes Jim Marshall Photos of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Concert on View @ SF Arts Exchange

Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison 1968. © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Last year, Chronicle Books published Pocket Cash, a stunning book of Johnny Cash images by world-renowned rock photographer and San Francisco native Jim Marshall. The local legend passed away last year, but he continues to live on through his incredible body of work. Now, you have the chance to see some of the shots from the book come to life in a special exhibit at the San Francisco Arts Exchange.

The Best Delis in Napa Valley

When hunger strikes during a wine tasting jaunt to Napa, the area's delis are often your most low-maintenance option. Here are our picks for the best delis in the valley to grab a satisfying bite to stay or to go.

Handmade for Japan: Support Relief Efforts Through Design

When disaster strikes, there are always opportunists waiting in the wings: companies who try to get you to buy more stuff because they’re donating some puny percentage of sales to relief efforts. I’m always left thinking: nice try, but I’d rather have all of the money go to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders.   

That’s how Handmade for Japan is different. Organized the day after the earthquake and tsunami by potter Ayumi Horie, Kathryn Pombriant Manzella and Ai Kanazawa, the benefit will auction donated homewares by artists who have some connection to Japan or who work in the traditional aesthetic of Japanese craft and design.

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