Eat + Drink
It's the week we've all been waiting for — feasts, leftovers, and epic afternoon naps. The South Bay has you covered with a few delicious Thanksgiving meals out (if you're still scrambling for plans), plus a Santa Cruz Beer Tour that will have you feeling all kinds of jolly this weekend.
No feast is complete without a bottle (or ten) of the good stuff. We asked some of the top wine experts in the Bay Area and Napa for their pairing picks for your autumnal potluck. Our advice: better to overstock than not—you’ll need some wine to go with those leftovers, after all.
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 email@example.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
What would the winter months be without fresh-baked apple pie? Three Babes Bakeshop makes a mean Classic Apple—the stuff of Thanksgiving dreams—with crisp, organic seasonal apples (Granny Smiths, Pippins, Gravensteins, or Pink Pearls) and a flaky, flavorful all-butter crust.
For the November issue of 7x7, we asked some of the city’s best chefs to get in the giving spirit and share their recipes for standout side dishes to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck.
It’s that time of year, folks, when visions of giblets and gravy boats dance in our heads. If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving this year, or acting as MVP by bringing the turkey to a potluck bash, you may be hot on the hunt for the perfect bird. And for gourmands that want to opt for something organic, heritage-bred, or just more flavorful, local Bay Area butchers and markets have you covered.
The ramen rage is out of control. Two-hour waits for the noodle soup plagued Japantown’s J-Pop Festival in July; Oakland’s Ramen Shop is expanding to accommodate demand; and even Michael Mina has followed suit with his recent opening of Ramen Bar. And the mania is gaining momentum: Two new Mission spots are vying for the heavy-bowl championship.
It’s official: we’ve got less than a week until the magical, marvelous gluttony that is Thanksgiving. You know what that means, East Bay: it’s time to start stretching your stomachs accordingly. Good thing we’ve got a week chock-full of openings for your eating pleasure.
You can keep your turkey legs and gelatenous cranberries, thank you. Thanksgiving is all about stuffing. Lots of stuffing. Preferably doused in gravy. It is the ultimate comfort food in a holiday made up of comfort foods. In order to help you prepare Thanksgiving's most important dish, we have five recipes from esteemed local chefs to make your holiday feast magical.