Eat + Drink
Some of San Francisco's best chefs donned their finest for the James Beard gala Monday night in Chicago, but not a single one took home an award.
Should you find yourself sitting in bumper to bumper on Napa's Highway 29 and feeling like a schmuck—this parade of tour buses isn't for a savvy local such as yourself—veer off toward the northeastern hills of Chiles Valley. In this sub-district of Napa Valley, cooler temperatures and higher elevation make for distinctive wines, and the handful of unpretentious family-owned wineries offer experiences so pure, you’ll want to keep them a secret.
The secret to a legit Cacio e Pepe, according to Locanda, is boiling the pasta in a pot, then transferring to a sauté pan for the majority of the cooking. The starchy water will recoat the pasta as it cooks, which creates a luxurious, silky effect without needing to use butter, cream, or any other sacrilegious add in. Try it for yourself.
7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: Get Cultured at the Bay Area's Ganja Dinners, Festivals, Exhibits, Yoga Classes + 420 Games
Experiences are the new commodity, and the cannabis world is getting in on the action. As pot goes mainstream, devotees are coming out of the shadows to share herb together over a host of fun activities—yoga and fitness, salons and suppers, film festivals and even museum exhibitions. There's much to do here in the capitol of cannabis. Here's a start.
The martini: the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. ~H.L. Mencken
On a grey afternoon in Oakland, I'm headed toward Stanford Avenue in Emeryville to pick up a dinner I had ordered online. Rather than using Caviar or Munchery, or one of the many on-demand meal service apps meant to have your dinner ordered, delivered, and eaten within an hour, I opted for a home-cooked meal (Cá Kho Tộ, a traditional Southern Vietnamese dish, to be exact) that must literally be picked up from someone else's home.
Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit!
7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: Our Favorite Marijuana Strains, Pre-Rolls + Growers in Northern California
Walk into any dispensary or log on to any online delivery service and the menu of choices is almost immediately overwhelming—if you've seen the restaurant wine-list-style menu at The Apothecarium, you know exactly what we're talking about.