Eat + Drink
In the frenzy over blistered Neapolitan pizzas made with tomatoes blessed by a Catholic priest and quadruple zero flour, the appreciation for a plain ole cheese slice is in threat of extinction. Not to mention, when the urge strikes for a slice of hot, greasy goodness, waiting for a table at Delfina Pizzeria just won't cut it. A slice has to be fast, cheap, and in our control. (And preferably near a good dive bar.)
Cecilia Chiang, the 91-year-old author of The Seventh Daughter memoir and cookbook and former owner of the lauded Mandarin restaurant, is one of the city’s biggest food icons. The grand dame of Chinese cuisine—who grew up in an aristocratic Chinese family in Beijing and has lived a life worthy of an epic film—just moved to San Francisco from her Belvedere house after living there for some 40 years. I spoke to her about her Chinese New Year plans.
After eight years at Boulevard Restaurant working with Nancy Oakes and Pam Mazzola, chef Ravi Kapur opened Prospect last summer to almost instant fanfare. In the seven months since Prospect opened its doors the restaurant has seen its share of seasonal menu changes. It has effortlessly transitioned from summer to fall and now is in the midst of highlighting the best of winter produce.
By now, you've probably heard (or commented on) our naming (by blind taste test) of the top 7 burritos in San Francisco.
For this week's "Scenes of the City," we turned to a few of San Francisco's burrito joints and taco trucks that make all the magic possible.
Chorizo, white onion, cilantro and tomato sizzle on the stove top at Papalote in NOPA.
It's time for another foodie giveaway from our friends over at sister company, Chronicle Books. This time, it involves cheese. Just use the comments to let us know your favorite cheese and wine pairing for dinner party guests, and two lucky winners will receive the following: Cheese and Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing and Enjoying, The Cheese Course, and the brand new Cheese Plate iPhone app!
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Pisco Sour Day at La Mar: This Saturday is Pisco Sour Day, and to celebrate, three local bars that specialize in the Peruvian spirit are offering deals on one of its classic cocktails. La Mar's is made with Pisco Quebranta, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and bitters, and will go for $5 all day on Friday and Saturday. It's a deal that's hard to sour on. (Friday, February 4, 11:30 am-close, and Saturday, February 5, 12 pm-close, at La Mar Cebicheria, Pier 1.5, Embarcadero.)
You should abandon your favorite cafe. At least for a day. That's seemingly the message behind the San Francisco Dis*Loyalty card, a frequent shopper promotion that, instead of rewarding you for visiting one place over and over, rewards you for making stops all over town at various coffee bars, each representing a different local roaster.
Today, Feb. 2
Matt Cohen, founder of Off the Grid, launches a fifth food truck market at Fifth and Minna streets in the Intersection 5M project at the San Francisco Chronicle building. Hapa SF, Seoul on Wheels, Southern Sandwich, Kung Fu Tacos, Curry Up Now, and CupKate's Truck will all be parked there from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
I'm not much for sentiment or sap, pink or lace, carnations or roses, but Valentine's Day does one thing that I'm all about: Sugar. These locally-made treats have been taste-tested and approved by myself and a bevy of very enthusiastic 7x7 editors.
Will it be the Steelers or the Packers? No matter who clobbers who this Super Bowl XLV, you'll need a comfortable seat, ice cold beer and snacks. Here's where the deals are at (outside your living room):
The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., 415-771-1421
Get front and center for the big game at the Independent, where they're showing all the action on a huge screen for FREE. There will obviously be plenty of alcohol, as well as pitchers of beer (which they don't do for concerts), and they encourage you to bring your own spread to munch on from one of the neighborhood's top-notch eateries, like ACME Burgers, Nopalito, Little Chihuahua, or Little Star.