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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Eat + Drink

Locavore
Bestow upon your friends a certificate to Local Mission Eatery’s cooking labs, and you may just get a little something in return. Volunteer to be their test subject after they’ve collected trade secrets from local culinary pros like Shauna Des Voignes of Knead Patisserie or Susan and Wendy Lieu of Socola Chocolatier.
$40–$50 at Local Mission Eatery, 3111 24th St., 415-655-3422, localmissioneatery.com 

Warm Up With the City's Best Hot Chocolate

Brrrr...it's cold out there. Warm up with some of our favorite cups of cocoa in the city.

The Best Bowls of Soup in SF

It's a bit chilly and all we can think about is soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here's some (that aren't pho or ramen) we're dreaming of. Are we missing any? Bring on the suggestions for your favorite soups!

Quality Coffee to Go: How to Get a Good Cup on the Road

So you're heading to your aunt's house in Alaska or Alabama or Arcata for Thanksgiving, and you think that must mean terrible coffee for Turkey Day, right? No! Just because you're heading to the burbs, it doesn't mean you have suffer Sanka served through some ancient and dirty drip coffee maker. Let your kinfolk bring the green bean casserole. You bring some decent beans and brewing gear so you can make great go juice from anywhere you may travel, here's how.

Eat It: Udon at Bar Tartine, Armagnac at B&B and Crab!

Pre-Thanksgiving Pop-Up Underground Market

Get your "take-homeables" at this petite underground market on November 24, scheduled from 2-8 p.m. at 259 Mission Street (@ Cesar Chavez). The dozen vendors will have jams, chocolates, cookies and more, perfect as T-Day Thanksgiving hostess gifts, or for the feast you're preparing. Admission is $5.

Michael Mina - The Man, The Restaurant - Returns to Aqua's Old Space (Cue the Magic)

First there was Benu. Prospect followed suit. But when Michael Mina—the man who, in 2004, opened his eponymous flagship restaurant at the Westin St. Francis in a pillared “swirl of beige and celadon” (according to Michael Bauer’s four-star review)—made the decision to ditch the tablecloths at the restaurant’s second coming, I knew that I’d officially witnessed to the end of an era. Remember those crazy times when dining tables had that impractical white fabric draped over them?

Thanksgiving? How (And What) To Drink All Day Long

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

How could you not love a holiday that is based around dinner?  Here are some of my ideas on what to drink—and what to avoid. 

What To Do With Port? Here's a Recipe

Our friends at Liquor.com call port the fruitcake of alcohol. Holiday guests will bring you a bottle and because few people know what to do with it, it gets shoved to the back of the liquor cabinet and forgotten. But they've dug up a very good reason for you to dust off that old bottle you've had and finally uncork it.

Buy a Pie From 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' Yigit Pura to Benefit Charity

We've already published our exhaustive guide to Thanksgiving pie, but these slices deserve a separate mention.  Yigit Pura, the winner of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts (and Executive Pastry Chef at Taste Catering) is making an arsenal of pies for charity.  You can buy them for $35 on Gilt City, and 100% of proceeds benefit SkillsUSA, an organization that partners students, tea

Presenting the Top Ten Burrito Judge Nominees (So Far)

This week we’ve been calling for nominations for burrito experts to participate on a judging panel, along with some of the city’s top chefs, for our February Food Issue’s burrito-off. The nominations have been amazing and the cases made, most convincing. (Not to mention, highly entertaining—we’re talking burrito senior thesis, a burrito costume, a burrito rap and more.) Read on and let us know who you think should be able to be on this esteemed judging panel (the nominees are listed in no particular order). Nominations are still being accepted until Monday, November 22, midnight.

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