Eat + Drink
This weekend marks the frantic countdown to Turkey Day. To help you in your weekend preparedness errands, here's a collection of our Thanksgiving guides.
Thomas McNaughton, Chef and Partner at Flour +Water is ready for the end of tomato season. He told me this last Saturday as he wandered through an unusually warm November market with his weekly shopping list. (McNaughton’s menu changes daily, so he looks to the farmers in the market for regular inspiration). While Thomas was buying some of the season’s first Meyer lemons he said he was feeling especially ready for the beginning of the gradual wind down to Winter, with it’s abundance of squashes and root vegetables.
Tonight, one of our favorite city blog reads, the Tenderblog, is hosting a killer happy hour at Koko Cocktails to get everyone away from their computer screens and in each other's drunken company. From 6-8 pm, drop by for a chill session with fellow fans of the 'Loin and sip on some cool drink specials, like $4 Geary Gimlets and $2 Modelos.
Thanksgiving is the best holiday in existence, because pretty much all that's required of you is eating...and drinking. We asked Monk's Kettle cicerone and human beer encyclopedia Sayre Piotrkowski for his picks for the best seasonal brews (all with high-alcohol content! goodbye family awkwardness!) to pair with your turkey feast:
We have a poster of the Big Eat 2010 cover on our wall here at the office, and every day I look up at the Little Skillet fried chicken and waffles and think, "Damn, that looks tasty." I think it's my favorite cover of all time.
Yes, it's time for the Big Eat 2011, coming soon in our February Food + Love issue (isn't that kind of one and the same?).
I'm still shaking from my trip to Ma*Velous. And not due to caffeine. Phillip Ma's new coffee and wine bar (there's beer too) at Market and Fell Street is gorgeous and delicious, with some of the most interesting ways to appreciate coffee you're going to find anywhere in the world. It is nothing short of a temple of coffee.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Holiday Shopping Soiree: If you have a few cocoa hounds on your nice list, consider heading over to Leland Tea Company tonight to sample the wares of local providers Neo Cocoa, Clarine's Florentines, and Jade Chocolates, along with other, non-chocolate artisans. They'll have free sparkling wine and appetizers for attendees, and $1 of your $5 entry fee ($6 at the door) will support Larkin Street Youth Services. RSVP here. (Wednesday, November 17, at Leland Tea Company, 1417 Bush Street, Polk Gulch.)
Making mole right is a science, and when it's done to a T, it's a beautiful thing. The Mexican sauce (whose origins are claimed by Oaxaca, Puebla and Tlaxcala), usually concocted with nuts, seeds, chocolate, plantains, grapes, garlic, onions, and a bevy of chili peppers, spices and herbs gets a starring role at tonight's Mole To Die For contest at the Mission Cultural Center. At the contest's 6th year running, you'll get to taste dozens of different moles (they'll also offer small plates of chicken smothered in green mole) and vote for your favorite.
Kings of Pastry at Balboa Theater
Looking for some pie-baking inspiration? Maybe you'll be tempted to take up your rolling pin after watching Kings of Pastry. The documentary follows three French pastry chefs on their journey to try and win an award from the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (a very high distinction). Thrills! Spills! Chocolate! Sugar! The movie opens tonight at the Balboa.
The word "Expo" doesn't usually have positive connotations: a failed Home Depot spinoff, a failed Canadian baseball team, and myriad obligatory corporate functions come to mind. This holiday season, however, there's one expo that everyone can get behind: the Indy Spirits Expo, which brings a host of independent liquor producers to SF for a night of sampling. This year's Expo is tomorrow (Wednesday), so grab a big meal and get ready to find some gifts to give (or receive) come December.