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Eat It: Taste of the Nation and 331 Cortland

Notable Wine Importer Kermit Lynch at Absinthe

Kermit Lynch, notable wine importer, author and—yes—musician, will team up with chef Jamie Lauren for a special four-course wine dinner at Absinthe on May 6. No word on the menu yet, but the evening begins with a Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m., and tickets for the intimate soiree are $150. To RSVP, call 415-551-1453 or email Vanessa Harris at vharris@absinthe.com


DIY Show-and-Tell at 18 Reasons

First Bite: Super Duper Burger

As should be obvious by the enthusiasm with which I threw myself into last summer's bonanza, I like a good burger every now and again. Within a short walk of my house in the lower Haight there is a Burger Joint, a Burger Meister and, as of late, the brand-spanking new Super Duper Burger. SDB opened earlier this month and is the latest project from Adriano Paganini (Beretta, Starbelly, Delarosa) and partners Deborah Blum (Beretta, Starbelly, Delarosa) Edmondo Sarti (Starbelly). Paganini is the founder and former CEO of Pasta Pomodoro, which formerly occupied the space where SDB now stands.

Eat It: Dirt, Macarons and Mini Corn Dogs

Learn to make French macarons

Pastry chef Thip (formerly of Cortez and Luce) is teaching two-hour hands-on classes in French meringue technique. A demonstration is followed by hands-on practice, taught in a private loft in San Francisco. Cupcakes are so three years ago. For more information about the classes and schedule, email mrspaine@gmail.com

Anchor & Hope celebrates its second anniversary!

Local: Mission Eatery: A One-Stop Shop for Food Lovers

Local: Mission Eatery is not a sandwich shop. That is, it’s not only a sandwich shop, though every day chef Jake Des Voignes (formerly of Fifth Floor and Fish & Farm) is making a half-dozen sandwiches, including one with roasted potato and green-garlic ricotta and another with braised lamb and Cara Cara orange marmalade. It’s not a restaurant, either, though a few nights a month the kitchen stays open late, serving a family-style menu that’s both prepared and served by the chefs. It’s not a bakery, though Knead Patisserie, headed up by Des Voignes’ wife, Shauna, has set up shop in the far corner, making a small selection of cookies, parfaits and cakes.

Grace Nguyen is obsessed with Uni (Sea Urchin Roe)

It’s a texture thing, I think—and that it tastes just like the ocean. It’s so refreshing to me. My boyfriend Chad [Newton, chef at Fish & Farm] doesn’t like it at all, but I order it wherever I see it. One of my favorite preparations is Lissa’s staff meal, on the menu at Ame: cuttlefish noodles, tossed with uni, wasabi and a quail egg. Perfection. Generally I prefer it chilled, in the Japanese style, maybe over rice, which is how they serve it at Katana-ya—but at Okoze, a sushi restaurant near my house, they do an oyster shooter with sake, quail egg and uni that I like a lot.

Becoming Part of the Smuggler's Cove Club

I finally, at long last, made my way to Smuggler's Cove last Thursday night. I have been a fan of Polynesian-themed watering holes since I was a teenager, when my underage friends and I would head to Aku-Aku in Cambridge, Massachusetts, mugging in front of the giant Easter Island heads outside before trying to convince the waiters that yes, they could serve us Scorpion bowls. Let's face it—there are point in ones life when drinking tête-a-tête from two-foot-long straws is basically the pinnacle of existence.

Food Photos: For Love and Bragging Rights

The debate about whether or not diners should photograph their food is nothing new. The should we, shouldn't we game is old news—the point is that people are. Lots of them. All the time. They are posting to Facebook, to Twitter, to their own blogs. The Times detailed the trend in a long piece yesterday, an obsessives gallery par excellence. Here at 7x7, we're of the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" school of thought, which is why when we released our Big Eat list back in February, we partnered with Foodspotting, challenging our biggest eaters to keep a visual record of all of the dishes from the list that they tried.

Eat It: A Japanese Food Flick, Chiles, and Calaveras County Wine

A Perfect Pairing Party with Andrea Robinson and Tom Douglas

Tonight, April 7, head to the Macy’s Cellar at 6 p.m. for a “Perfect Pairing Party” with wine expert Andrea Robinson and Seattle-based chef Tom Douglas (chef-owner of four restaurants and creator of the most sinisterly delicious coconut cream pie of all time). Douglas will demonstrate the recipes while Robinson suggest the perfect wine match for each. The event is $15; proceeds go to Meals of Wheels. Reserve your spot by going to macys.com/events

Calaveras County Winemaker at Pauline’s Wine Bar

S*@$-Slinging at Chez Panisse

I wish that this was a joke, but it's not. Two days ago I received a press release from the Organic Consumers Association with the subject line "Picket at Chez Panisse Restaurant." Picket lines? At Chez Panisse? Chez Panisse, that place in Berkeley that does everything right? Oh, California. It seems the OCA will indeed be picketing in front of the restaurant today, on the occasion of the restaurant's 30th birthday (and can we just pause for a moment to recognize that—30 years!).

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