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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

Delfina's Fourth Restaurant: Craig Stoll Finally Speaks

Ever since it became public that Delfina’s Craig and Anne Stoll are set to open their fourth Italian restaurant in what is now the 80-seat restaurant Ramblas on Valencia Street by 16th, the rumor mill has been cranking. It is true that they will once again share a wall with Tartine, but as for the other details, Stoll took some time with me today in order to confirm and deny.

So everyone’s saying your going to open a Mexican restaurant because you tweeted about going to Mexico for some research. True or false?

Pebble Beach Food and Wine: The Aftermath

From the desk of Jessica:
A quick survey of the tweets from other attendees of the third annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival confirms a few things—everyone is still hungover, and everyone is regretting finishing the foie gras loco moco that the chefs from Animal prepared for the Food and Wine Best New Chefs Alumni dinner on Friday night. Yes, indeed, as the three-day eating and drinking bonanza has now come to a close, it's time to reflect on what we've learned.

Market Watch: Shopping with Chef Chad Newton

Every week, Lulu Meyer brings us the best of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

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

SF's Best Secret Sports Bar...Is a Thai Place

When we got a tip that King of Thai Noodle House was offering cheap food and drinks and the complete sports lineup on big-screen TVs, we had to admit skepticism. King of Thai Noodle House? The chain that is second only to Osha for SF ubiquity? As it turns out, though, the North Beach outlet of King of Thai is an honest-to-God sports bar, with the added assets of ridiculously cheap drinks and food. We joined a good-sized crowd for the NCAA final on Monday, where we sipped $2 drafts (Sierra Nevada, Fat Tire, Amstel Light, Sapporo), then switched to tasty and gigantic $6 margaritas, prepared by an efficient and friendly trio of Thai women.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Ana Mandara's Anniversary: Ana Mandara, the Vietnamese fusion restaurant tucked away in Ghirardelli Square, isn't known to many non-tourists in this town. The impressively huge and done-up space will provide a great backdrop to its tenth-anniversary celebration: purchase one of a number of $10 entrees, including lobster ravioli, Vietnamese dumplings, and barbeque shrimp with garlic noodles, and they'll throw in a free beer, glass of wine, or house specialty cocktail. Don't let the tourists have all the fun. (Daily through April 30th, 5:30-10 pm, at Ana Mandara, 891 Beach St., North Beach.)

Sushi Ran's Sustainable Bluefin Tuna

Yesterday I posted a blog stating that Sushi Ran has bluefin tuna on their menu. I found out today that I was incorrect: Sushi Ran's tuna comes from Kindai University, where they're farm-raising Bluefin. (I noticed that today Sushi Ran's menu wording has changed, making this more explicit.)  Sebo, in SF, also sells this pricey tuna. Although it's certainly a much better alternative, the environmentalist jury is apparently still out. Still, my apologies to Sushi Ran for making the assumption that their Bluefin was wild, rather than ranch raised. 

 

 

 

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