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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Brown Bag Exhibition: The clothing-boutique-cum-gallery D-Structure is a reliable source of friendly Friday nights floated on free/cheap beer, cocktails, and wine. Their newest art show, Brown Bag Exhibition, is dedicated to starving artists, and features work done on or with cheapo materials. The presence of the booze isn't confirmed, but even if it's not there, you can't expect to name your gallery exhibition "Brown Bag" and not see a few Tecate tallboys wander over from the corner store, right? (Friday, April 2, 8 pm, at D-Structure, 520 Haight St., Lower Haight.)

Eat It: Lots of Lamb, Urban Agriculture and a Slow Food Seder

Edible Art Contest at Omnivore Books

For Omnivore Books’ Edible Art Contest, “participants may enter their favorite food-related books or art, in the form of an “Edible” entry.” Perhaps you’ll recreate your favorite Dutch still life? Or riff on MFK Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf? The possibilities are endless! Participants can enter for free, eaters only are $5.

Easter Treats? A Guide to The City's Best

If you can only have one thing this Easter make it be this: Emporio Rulli Bakery's La Colomba Pasquale or “The Easter Dove”, a lighter, more citrusy version of panettone. The fluffy sweet bread made with candied orange peels, almond paste, and powdered sugar is baked in a dove-shaped paper mold. Amazing.

For kids, Cocoabella’s got the ultimate Easter basket ($50). The multicolor weaved basket features delicious milk chocolate covered gummi bears, a milk chocolate egg house, a chocolate bunny and crème brulee Eggs.

Rabbit: Where to Find It, How to Cook It and What to Serve It With

Deep Dish: Mission Beach Café devotes every Tuesday to several varieties of pot pie. The rabbit version is loaded with vegetables—turnips, English peas, carrots and parsnips—that could have been stolen straight from Farmer Brown’s garden. 198 Guerrero St., 415-861-0198, missionbeachcafesf.com

Portland to Get a Taste of SF

Here's the good news—the team behind Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope (brothers Mitch and Steve Rosenthal and Doug Washington) is opening a new restuarant. The bad news? The new restaurant, Irving Street Kitchen, is in Portland, Oregon. Like their restaurants here in San Francisco, Irving Street is housed within a historic building in the Pearl district, amidst many other repurposed warehouses—the construction photos above reveal a very familiar landscape. Not that there's anything wrong with that—the three restaurants they own now have been  huge hits here in San Francisco, and we're betting they'll do just as well up North.

The Ultimate Five-Bottle Bar, Perfect for Apartment Dwelling

What happens when the city’s top bartenders are forced to choose? Introducing the ultimate five-bottle bar, perfectly sized for apartment dwelling.

Marlowe: South Food and Wine Transforms Into a Cal-Bistro

If there’s one thing that doesn’t fly during a downturn, it’s the status quo. But when faced with the option of either shuttering or reinventing, restaurateurs have been opting for the latter, like Madonnas of the dining world. Although Acme Chophouse has just changed into Mijita/Public House, a proven success of this kind of 180 would be Coco500, which, until 2005, was Loretta Keller’s beloved Bizou.

For Your Seder: Jello Shots and Manichewitz Pops?

What would a traditional Seder be without horseradish root, a lamb bone, a sprig of parsley and ... jello shots? Should you be looking to liven up the holiday with some non-traditional additions, author Kathi Kamen Goldmark gives us two recipes to try.

Jello shots: Chill a bottle of Manichewitz concord grape Passover wine; then substitute for the cold-water portion of the grape Jello recipe on the box. Pour into shot glasses or 3-oz. paper cups and chill until firm.

The Popsicles are a bit more challenging, as it's difficult to freeze alcohol. However, since there isn't much alcohol in Manichewitz, it works just fine for this application.

First Bite: Ebb and Flow

Well, we ought to all be able to agree on one thing: Ebb and Flow has one of the most coveted locations in all of San Francisco. This is some seriously prime real estate, across from Tartine Bakery, down the block from Bi-Rite and Delfina, with giant windows on all sides. When the sun is going down, flooding with room with a sunset glow, and the parade of misfit San Franciscans decamping from Dolores Park crowd amble by, there are few finer seats.

Passover: Everything You Need, Including the Martini

At a loss for what to do and how to prepare for Passover this year? Have no fear, we've got you covered. Just read on.

When the whole family gets together you might need a little more than red wine to take the edge off. Add Distillery no. 209’s sugarcane-distilled gin ($36) to your table for Passover this year. Most alcoholic beverages don't meet Passover regulations, but this San Francisco-based distillery has come up with the first Kosher For Passover gin. Martinis all around. Available at Blackwell’s Wines & Spirits.

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