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Jessica Battilana

Summer Reads by Local Authors

On the plane, at the beach, before bed: five summer reads from local authors.

Red Hook Road (Doubleday) by Ayelet Waldman

Obsessed: Anthony Strong of Pizzeria Delfina on Pho

If I don’t eat pho twice I week I am a miserable human being. Seriously, I eat it two or three times a week, mostly for breakfast. There’s nothing better than going to Turtle Tower at 8:30 a.m. when they open and sucking down a big bowl of pho. It’s like you’re Mario and you hit the golden star: You are powered up and can go all day.

Eat It: Street Food at Fort Mason, Strawberries and Malay Food

Grab Street Food at Fort Mason

On Friday, June 25, head to Fort Mason Center for an evening of street food and live music. The event, called “Off the Grid,” is the first in a recurring series to be held each Friday from 5-8 p.m. featuring food from Latin and Asian vendors, along with live music and beer and wine. This week’s participating vendors include Peko-Peko catering, El Huarache Loco, Hapa Ramen, Chaac Mool and many others.

A Special Brunch at Foreign Cinema with Niloufer Ichaporia King

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Recap

Perhaps we should use the age-old "what I did on my summer vacation" construct, with the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen standing in for "summer vacation." Or, to borrow a phrase from Commis chef James Syhabout, who was being honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs, "It's like spring break for rich, old people." Indeed. By 5:45 p.m. on the first night, women in staggeringly high heels clutched to their mates and to the banisters of each stairway, the effects of French 75s and altitude (Aspen is at about 10,000 feet above sea level) conspiring to make them a bit tipsy.

First Bite: Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

Now that we're in the thick of summer I'm doing what I always do when the weather turns warm: eating ice cream nearly every single day. I know that health-wise this probably isn't the best move, but with only a finite number of sunny days to mess around with, I try and cram my annual allottment into a few short months (oddly, Boston is the top ice cream consuming city in the whole country, despite the 9 months of winter).

Talking About Coffee: It's What We Do

I honestly didn't think more could be written about coffee. But lo, here comes an article from Jeffrey Steingarten, esteemed Vogue food writer. For jaded San Francisco bean-addicts, raised on Ritual, finished on Blue Bottle and turned out to pasture with Verve and Ecco, I'm not sure that Mr. Steingarten's story (which is available only in the June print issue) adds a whole lot to the discourse, but it does set the record straight for East coasters, particularly a special breed of New Yorkers who believe they stand firmly at the center of the universe. But you don't have to take my word for it—here, a quote from the story:

"New York City is slowly catching up with San Francisco, where, it pains me to admit, the brewed-coffee revolution probably got its start."

Is Horchata the New Dulce de Leche?

Perhaps it's too soon to announce a full-scale trend, but having recently seen horchata-flavored desserts at three different spots in San Francisco I figured a bit of acknowledgement is in order. I mean, if horchata becomes the next dulce de leche, dominating nationwide, wouldn't I feel a bit foolish not having mentioned it first? Right.

Hog Haiku Winner Announced!

After much deliberation, I've chosen my favorite hog haiku. Congratulations to Eliza C.!

Two Lard Jars in Fridge
From Mariquita Farm Pig
Tasty Pie for friends

Eliza has won two tickets to Cochon 555!

Eat It: Persian Pub Grub, Bargain Bottles and Summer BBQ

Sample Persian Pub Grub at Zaré at Fly Trap

On June 3, 4 and 5, Zaré at Fly Trap will be hosting a special dinner series celebrating “Persian Pub Grub.” Each course of the menu will be paired with both wine and beer and dishes include sumac couscous with Dungeness crab, Caspian seafood stew and more, concluding with a refreshing lime sorbet. The dinner is $75 per person, inclusive of wine and beer pairings. To reserve your space, call 415-243-0580 for a reservation.

Restock Your Cellar at CAV’s Annual Wine Blow-Out

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