Eat + Drink
Amanda Hesser, formerly known as Ms. Latte, will now forever be known as the author of the astoundingly comprehensive, 932 page, no-pretty-pictures Essential New York Times Cookbook (W.W. Norton & Co.) which just landed with an enormous thud on my desk. The phenomenal book includes over 1000 recipes, trend charts and dishes through the ages—all which Hesser tested over the six years it took her to complete the book. I already have pages earmarked for future dinners.
Ride that high from last night into the voting poll and then your local bar. A program called Straight Up Vote is offering 50 cent drinks to anyone who shows a voting stub to participating watering holes like The Lexington Club, The Lookout, Velvet Cantina, Bullitt, Tonic, Elite Cafe and Martuni's.
Check out the list of participating bars here.
Those who frequent Bender's Bar are probably familiar with Tim Archuleta—if not by name, then by sushi, which he peddles under the name Ichi Sushi and serves at the Mission bar Monday nights during happy hour. He (and wife Erin) are also proprieters of Lucky Cat, a Japanese deli housed in the 331 Cortland marketplace in Bernal Heights (home also to Bernal Cutlery, Wholesome Bakery and El Porteño empanadas).
Exploring the great outdoors with master forager Connie Green is a bit like watching a movie while wearing 3-D glasses—suddenly, there’s so much more to see. What once was an ordinary pine tree becomes a source for piñon nuts, plucked from pods inside the cones. A trailside gulch is suddenly alive with miner’s lettuce and watercress. And for seekers like Green, who has spent 30 years combing the woods for wild edibles, the grand prizes—porcini, black trumpets, and chanterelle mushrooms—reveal themselves in the same secret spots year after year.
Spoiler alert: The restaurant and food trend reports for 2011 are landing in my in-box already. It's kind of like seeing Christmas decorations up before the summer is technically over. But who can resist a peek into the future? Both locally-based Andrew Freeman & Co. and Brooklyn-based Baum + Whiteman have unleashed their predictions (some spot-on, some pretty wacky). I figured the East Coast might have a different perspective so I took to it to see how Baum + Whiteman's applied to what's going on in SF.
San Francisco's fall is officially in full swing: Perfect burger-eating weather. We embarked on a burger bonanza last year in a search for the best burgers in the city. Our findings are below, updated for 2010.
We tasted, pondered and scrutinized—here are our 10 favorite burgers in San Francisco.
Pastry chef William Werner has spent the last several months preparing for the opening of Tell Tale Preserve Company, a French inspired modern pâtisserie and delicatessen located on Maiden Lane. Though William had hoped to open Tell Tale’s doors by mid-September, as these things often go, the start date has been pushed back until early December.