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Locked & Loaded: The Great San Francisco Coffee Wars

If you've been keeping up with the Blue Bottle/Dolores Park controversy, are a Ken Burns fan, or maybe just live in San Francisco and occasionally visit the Mission, the sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster has a new video that breaks down the Great San Francisco Coffee Wars for you.

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. Big Nate's 20th Anniversary: Over in a quiet corner of SOMA, former Warriors center Nate Thurmond has been selling his barbeque to a hungry public for two decades. To celebrate, Big Nate's BBQ is throwing an all-you-can-eat anniversary party, with a cash bar featuring Abita Amber and Mission Blonde Ale, Wrangler Red, Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc and plenty of tasty smoked meat. The price tag? A mere $10-- and Nate will be in attendance for your autograph/photograph needs. (Saturday, October 9, 12-4 pm, at Big Nate's BBQ, 1665 Folsom St., SOMA.)

Eat It: Cheap Lunch, Serious Steaks, Pumpkins!

Lunch at Comstock Saloon for 20 bucks

If you've exhausted the downtown dining options, venture a bit farther to the edge of North Beach, where Comstock Saloon just started serving up a $20 three-course lunch, Monday through Friday from 11:30-2:30 p.m. If you have to take a nap after eating the oyster po'boy and maple-bourbon pudding, that's your business.

Paul's Picks: Five NZ Wines to Drink in SF

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

I was recently in Denver for an immersion class in the wines of New Zealand. The wineries had initially gotten together to send a group of sommeliers to New Zealand for the weekend, but when that didn't work out, they decided to bring New Zealand to us—in Denver! The obvious choice. What I learned on this trip is that the people are great, the food and music are fun and that the wines can be very good but still have a long way to go. Kiwi invasion you ask? Don't trade in your Burgundies just yet, but the winemakers of New Zealand are working hard to make some good stuff. 

Here are the wines that I think are great right now.

Kumeu River Chardonnay 2007 ($20) is one of the first great wines from New Zealand.  This wine is like white Burgundy but softer and ready to drink on release.

Nihon Whisky Lounge Makes's List of Best Single-Spirit Bars in the Country

Bars specializing in only one kind of spirit have recently been sprouting up around the country. rounded up the best specialty joints in the nation, and our very own Nihon Whisky Lounge on Folsom Street made the list. If you're a fan of Scotch, the bar offers more than 200 single malts from Scotland, plus blends and whiskies from around the planet, all available by either the taste, glass or bottle.

Yigit Pura's Favorite San Francisco Sweets

The sweet-centric Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef Just Desserts is in its fourth week—and while one of the SF cheftestants has already gotten the ax, Yigit Pura, the Turkish-born pastry chef at Taste Catering, is still in the running. The show airs each Wednesday at 10 p.m. Tune in to root for the home team.

The Summit Opens: Your New Third Space Hangout

This morning on my way to work, I swung by The Summit, which just opened its doors today. The space is modern and massive, with ceilings reaching to almost 24 feet high, wood paneled walls and an angular handcrafted wood bar made of reclaimed walnut (I'm waiting for someone to dare to tell me something's not reclaimed). Above, a mezzanine set with work spaces wraps around and below, sits the cafe space set with bench tables and couches, of which were already occupied with the requisite Mac laptop users nursing Blue Bottle. It's a sweeping, light-filled space.

Market Watch: Getting Ready for CUESA's Sunday Supper

Every year around this time the CUESA office is buzzing with excitement as we approach our biggest fundraising event -- the Sunday Supper. This Sunday, October 3rd, marks the eighth time we have asked over 60 of our favorite chefs to create menus using ingredients straight from the markets for a group of dedicated supporters.

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. Giants Tickets Get 2-For-1 Beers: We know a lot of you are headed out to AT&T this weekend to see the Giants snatch up the division title from their rivals, the Padres. Since beer prices get a little steep at the stadium, consider hiking up to Dave's after the game; the cool little dive, just south of Market, is offering two-for-one beers with your ticket stub. (After any Giants game with stub, at Dave's, 29 3rd St., SOMA.)

Locked & Loaded: Happy National Coffee Day

Did you know today is National Coffee Day? No? Oh, well, that's probably because it's a totally bogus and utterly made-up thing. Locked & Loaded had initially planned to revisit the Blue Bottle in Dolores Park debate today (which generated some heated commentary two weeks ago). But why stoke up anger on everybody's favorite holiday, on our traditional celebration of National Coffee Day? Instead, it seems like a good day to celebrate how good we have it in the Bay Area.  

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