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The Big Chill: 7 Refreshing Wines Under $15

Indian summer demands refreshing wines that are easy on both the wallet and the palate. For this: seven keepers, $15 and under.

Coconut Water Cocktail Recipes for "Hydrated" Drinking

When cocktails get "healthy," mixologists usually turn to ingredients like pomegranate juice, acai berries or agave nectar. But the newest kid on the healthy cocktail block is coconut water. This miracle juice is nonfat, low in calories and loaded with enough electrolytes and potassium to stave off a nasty hangover.

Outdoor Dining: The Unexpected Hit List

Hot days and warm nights are finally here! Now where to eat outside? Sure, you know Foreign Cinema and pretty much any restaurant at the Ferry Building (from Slanted Door to Gott's). You've probably hung out drinking pisco sours on the patio at La Mar, had a bowl of mussels along Belden Place or done your share of carbo canoodling at Sociale. But when you're racking your brain for somewhere else, somewhere less expected, return to this list.'s Spirited Supper Series Heads to Jardinière's Spirited Supper Series, which held its inaugural tasting event last week at Beretta (featuring mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald and lots of rum), is now headed to Jardinière. The September 2nd event will feature libations by Jardinière master mixologist Brian MacGregor paired with Traci des Jardins' signature French and California hybrid cuisine.'s Guide to the Best Hotel Bars

You would think that the best hotel bars would be found in sleek, modern resorts or boutique hotels, but it turns out that many of the most noteworthy drinking spots can be found in the country's most historic establishments. has put together a guide to the best watering holes to be found in historic hotels, featuring San Francisco's own Harry Denton's Starlight Room in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

Bay Area Power Couples: La Ciccia's Massimiliano Conti & Lorella Degan

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. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.

SF Street Food Festival: See you there!

Right now, in kitchens throughout the city, cooks are preparing their dishes for the second annual SF Street Food Festival, happening tomorrow in the Mission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Should you be attending (and I really hope you are) here's what you can look forward to: 'Zilla dogs from 4505 Meats. Huaraches from El Huarache Loco. Roli Roti porchetta sandwiches. Tacos of every variety, including Korean. Bi-Rite ice cream sandwiches.

Battle of the Peaches: Cal Reds vs. the O'Henry's

Anyone that knows me well, knows that every summer, I turn into an obsessive-compulsive peach fantatic. During the height of the season, every day that I miss a peach, I experience a little bit of soul death. I know it sounds dramatic, but OCPD is like that.

I also am very discerning about my peaches. I won't stand for mealy or mild mannered. I like a peach that's bracingly sweet but balanced with good acidity. Normally, I have them express delivered—meaning driven in by my very kind in-laws who live in Modesto where there's a place called Smith Ranch (701 Claratina Avenue, off McHenry Ave.) that's peach legendary. I just finished up a flat of Fay Elberta's that were true ambrosia.

First Bite: The French Take on Tacos at Papito

I live in Potrero, where Jocelyn Buelow reigns and tacos are hard to find. So the entire neighborhood's been abuzz about Papito, Buelow's little "organic Mexican bistro" on Connecticut, just around the corner from his Chez Maman and Chez Papa on 18th. Its cute windowfront and cheery signage appeared way back in spring, but it remained closed due to permit issues until a few weeks ago and, true to form, last night there were people waiting to sit down at one of only two dozen seats.

Turn Your Veggies Into a Cocktail

Don't like eating vegetables? Try drinking them instead. has some brilliant solutions for you veggie-phobes, bringing you two very Bar Agricole-esque cocktail recipes in which almost every ingredient could be found at  farmers markets (or salads) around the city.

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