Eat + Drink
This Week in Food: Nombe's Renovation Complete, Straw Opens in Hayes Valley, Happy Hour at Press Club
The Mission's izakaya spot, Nombe, finished their renovation last week. Their new interior comes with an updated Japanese pub food menu, including edamame hummus with wonton chips, ginko nuts and grilled lemon, and fried burdocks with chili aioli. 2491 Mission St.
Our love for TCHO, SF's own high-tech Willy Wonka operation that goes down on Pier 17, is certainly no secret. We've blogged about their sustainable sourcing practices, their Bay Area technology roots (its founders are Wired pioneers Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe) and even their hot chocolate recipe.
For the past three days, the Moscone Center has played host to the Fancy Food Show marketplace. Producers showed off their new edibles, including noodles and crackers made with everything but wheat and corn (hello, red wine, yams, kale, and kelp!), specialty cured meats, and a ton of chocolate. Think hot cocoa on a stick, chocolate tea, and, representing SF, bars with olive oil and sea salt from Poco Dolce and rocky road clusters from Droga Confections.
While there’s no denying the appeal of the hipster doughnut—maple, apple, and bacon really do taste great together—sometimes you need a break from doughnuts that make you think. (Not to mention the steep price tags and long lines.)
A longtime fan of old-school doughnut shops, I picked the five of the city's best and bought a glazed from each (glazed being the true benchmark of a doughnut shop). Here are the taste test results.
If you've been to the SF MOMA recently, you've probably come across JAQK Cellars' wines in the museum's groundbreaking How Wine Became Modern exhibit. The adulation is well-deserved, and it doesn't take a graduate of sommelier school to see why. You can taste their museum-worthy vino in their speakeasy-esque headquarters at 402 Jackson St. in San Francisco, and you might even want to bring a pack of cards to play poker with to match their cardshark-themed wines. Settle in for a bottle or two, or if you're a fickle drinker, get a wine flight that'll suit your tastebuds.
In my La Lengua 'hood (from 24th and 30th Streets, between Mission and Guerrero, for those not familiar), there's no dearth of dive bars, Latin clubs, tacos, and secret places you can still score Four Loko. Drop by the Knockout for an evening to be bombarded by awesome live music, gorge on delectable goodies from Blue Plate on date night--there's plenty to do.
One of the world's best baristas is in town for the next few weeks, serving up shots under the watchful eye of Willie Mays. Eddy Righi, the 2010 runner up in the Italian Barista Championships is in San Francisco for the U.S. launch of Caffe Pascucci, a new cafe and eatery on King Street, directly across from AT&T Park.