Eat + Drink
There's no doubt that Chez Panisse founder and eat-your-vegetables poster girl Alice Waters has a lovely home kitchen filled with colorful, and indeed fiber-tastic, provisions from sweet little farms the world over. Vanity Fair recently scored a sneak peek inside the notoriously private restaurateur's personal canteen.
I was at Cafe Des Amis in Cow Hollow the other night. As usual, I sat at my preferred spot to eat dinner: The bar. I was pleasantly surprised to see a bartender there that has served me in the past when he worked at Perbacco. His name is Scott Wolf and he's my kind of guy: friendly, a little saucy, always professional and on his game.
San Francisco! Fire it up for football season! The action starts tonight, but Sunday's where it's at for Niner fans. They're favored to win their division this season (virtual chest bump) and are opening against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 1:15 pm.
Couch-watchers, we respect you (kinda). But for those who need to venture out and revel in that communal adrenaline, here are some solid choices for football-watching bars. Favorite bar not in here? Tell us where you go on Any Given Sunday in the comments.
I shopped the market recently with Eddie Lau, whose latest project, The Summit, is only a week or so away from opening its doors in the Valencia Street space that once housed the New College of California. As opening day approaches Eddie, who has cooked at both Orson and Poleng Lounge, is putting the finishing touches on his menu, which he tells me is modeled after a modern brasserie. He plans to source most of the ingredients for The Summit directly from local farms like Dirty Girl Produce, County Line Harvest and Full Belly.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Fashion's Night Out: Those who like a little drinking with their shopping should head to the Westfield on Friday night, where stores will be offering plenty of deals. A $10 ticket buys access to a party with wine and nibbles from LarkCreekSteak; after the fete, retailers like Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, and Tous will dispense free champagne, bites, and discount duds dispensed in equal quantities. All the proceeds from the event go to ArtPoint. (Friday, September 10, dome party 5-6:30 pm, store parties 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., Mid-Market.)
It's no wonder San Francisco has such a booming culinary culture. It's an area where people are willing (even eager) to experiment with new ideas and reshape culture. The old western culture of self-reliance is still very much alive. When you mix those together, all sort of interesting things happen. Like home coffee roasting. Sure, you can buy coffee from some of the nation's best roasters here. But that hasn't stopped lots of locals from trying their hand at roasting green beans right in their kitchens. (In fact, it's probably even encouraged it.) Home roasting is easy and rewarding, and you've got everything you need–from supplies to community–right here in your backyard. Here's everything you need to get started.
TODAY! Free Scream Sorbet
Well aware that this week is hitting us all like a ton of bricks, Cooking Channel is sending out its ice cream truck to the Ferry Building TODAY, where, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., they'll be dispensing free Scream Sorbet. Free. Scream. Sorbet. Remember to say thank you.
Who would have thought that SoMa—particularly 11th Street, amongst the Kim Kardashian wannabes lining up to get into Mist—would become destination for the most puritanical food and drink experiences in SF?
With Labor Day fast approaching (although not fast enough), we’ve got our minds on something that quite honestly does not pair well with labor: beer. And in a city where there’s about as many brews as there are foggy days, there’s no excuse to be caught drinking a Bud. This year, use the holiday as an excuse to celebrate your taste buds and kick back with a cool one.
It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.
Because it's almost Labor Day, it seemed only appropriate to honor Lara and Gar Truppelli, founders of some of the most quintessential Bay Area summertime restaurants: The Beach Chalet, The Park Chalet and The Lake Chalet. We chatted with the duo about starting a restaurant in arguably one of the prettiest spots in the city, first dates and proposals and the craziest thing a tourist has ever done.