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Market Watch: The First Farmers Market Happy Hour of 2011

Late winter is the perfect time to warm up with an apertivo or two and on Wednesday, February 23rd you can do just that at the first Farmers Market Happy Hour of the year. Tickets include two full-sized cocktails from the team of the highly anticipated Locanda set to open in March. Both cocktails––one a riff on the classic Negroni and the other an original creation––will feature Campari. There will also be 10 sample-sized sips from the bartenders at Rye, Azul, Hotsy Totsy, Beretta, Burritt Room, 15 Romolo, Bar Adagio, Prospect, Chow and Blackbird.

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.

This Week in Food: Rose Pistola Reopens, Supper Club, Food Culture Talks, and Butchers and Beer

Today, Feb. 16

North Beach favorite Rose Pistola reopens with a new interior and updated Genoese menu by their new executive chef Mark Gordon (an alum of Terzo). Gordon’s added more sandwiches and wraps to lunch, as well as baked pasta for dinner. 532 Columbus Ave.

Thursday and Wednesday, Feb. 17 and 18

Rosamunde's Catering Service, Takeout & Free Delivery Gets Our Stamp of Approval

Our offices were just ambushed by the saints at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, who kindly brought over sausages, bacon and jalapeño-wrapped meat morsels, peppers, sauerkraut and a ton of condiments to herald their catering service. Rosamunde's still one of our favorite take out spots; it's perfect for this gloomy weather, which doesn't exactly beckon us outdoors.

Last-Minute Love Potions from

It's Valentine's Day, and you haven't snagged that perfect gift or reservation for your sweetheart. Don't sweat, because our pals at and at Ginger Royale whipped up some recipes for last-minute love potions that will guarantee you an amorous evening tonight. Forget the roses and chocolates and start chilling those glasses!

Five Reasons Why Dining at the Bar Beats a Table

It's Valentine's Day, a holiday for suckers if you ask me. But for those of you suckers who don't have a dinner reservation for tonight (and you just noticed that your girlfriend is giving you the silent treatment), do not despair. The most canoodle-friendly seats in the house are at a restaurant's bar anyhow. And the bar is always reserved for drop-ins.

I wrote about the relationship benefits of bar dining long ago for the Tacolicious blog (the restaurant owned by my husband Joe) but in honor of Valentine's Day, I'll make my case for 7x7.

Five reasons why dining at the bar beats a table.

What to Eat: Chinese New Year Parade

Roast duck wonton noodle soup at Hing Lung. Photo by Flickr user bubbletea1.

You know the scene. It’s Chinese New Year. The parade is in full force. The streets are teeming with people. You’re hungry. You didn’t eat beforehand, and now every restaurant is packed. You’re walking the streets in confused desperation. Finally, exasperated and starving, you either head to House of Nanking, where you spend the next two hours in line, or home, grumpily grabbing a burrito on the way.

This year, break the cycle. It’s time to enjoy the parade and stuff your belly full of good things to eat, without the stress. It just requires a little planning. Here are the spots on our itinerary…what’s on yours?

Taking Over the Stoves at Absinthe, One Pretzel at a Time

In this Bravo/Food Network age where you can't just be a good cook, it's not easy to be asked to follow in the wake of a big personality like Jamie Lauren—a woman who made her name on Top Chef. Self-assured with all the right tattoos and a penchant for hot dogs, Lauren gives good media.

Market Watch: Celebrating Local Citrus

If you’re going to celebrate the wonders of local citrus, now is the time to do it. Many varieties are at the peak of ripeness and others should be nabbed now before their seasons wind to a close. Winter may be slowly succumbing to spring (and the berries that come with it), but right now it’s hard to turn a corner without running into a tangy, sweet example of this cold weather favorite.

California ranks second only to Florida in citrus production and at the Ferry Plaza alone there are more than 15 farms bringing the fruits to market each year.

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. Cocktail College at Bar Adagio: The latest installment of Bar Adagio's Cocktail College is this Thursday, and as always, tuition is free. Ketel One vodka is the sponsor this time around, and drinkers will be able to sample a few vodka cocktails before being set loose to make two of their own. RSVP here. (Thursday, February 10, 6-8 pm, at Bar Adagio, 550 Geary St., Union Square.)

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