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BYOB In SF? We're No Philadelphia.

A recent article in the Atlantic trumpets "The rise of BYOB." Lately in SF that phrase has taken on the meaning of Bring Your Own Bag, since farmers' markets have stopped offering plastic bags for shoppers. But more significantly the phrase means "Bring Your Own Bottle" and applies to restaurants that allow you to bring in the wine you want to drink. Often it's restaurants that don't have wine lists or liquor licenses of their own. As a practice, BYOB usually saves the diner money and allows him/her to drink bottles from their own collection.

Food52: The Crowd-Sourced Cookbook

As readers of our July issue may have noted, we took a different approach to making a magazine (and we think we may well be the first city magazine in the country to have done so). We solicited essays and photographs from our readers—you—and the resulting magazine is a cool (well, we think) keepsake, a beautiful collector's edition. But we're not the only ones who are taking this user-generated approach. New York Times food writer and cookbook author Amanda Hesser, together with Merrill Stubbs, have just launched the beta version of their website, Food52, with the full version coming September 15. The premise?

The Booze News: Fast Food And Wine Builds Momentum

Just trying to sweat off the hangover from a long weekend of eating, drinking and talking. It seems SF Chefs.Food.Wine was largely a success. Despite a few glitches, I heard great things about lots of the sessions. But life goes on, and here's a few stories I culled from the world of drink which might be interesting/amusing to you.

 

Anthony Bourdain Can't Help But Like SF

Despite wanting to "leave a Cleveland steamer" on our beloved Ferry Building Farmers Market, author/chef/TV host/general bad-ass Anthony Bourdain was surprised to find quality, cheap eats and nice people while filming an episode of No Reservations that airs tonight—Monday@ 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel. The often bitter chef blogged about his experience in the city and declared his love for San Francisco. Of course, he laments on our faults but eases the gut shot with this: "I guess it's like any love that's true—sooner or later you learn to accept the good, bad and silly all together. It's all part of the package when you know, without any question, that you want the package.

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Balboa Cafe and Its Baguette

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

BALBOA CAFE

1300 on Fillmore's Gospel Brunch: The Perfect Mom-in-Town Activity

The Scenario: Mom’s in town for the weekend and you need to plan some good, pure fun.

The Solution: Skip Sunday mass and go for food instead.

1300 on Fillmore’s bi-monthly gospel brunches prove that you can be spiritual without going to church.

The deal? A three-course prix fixe meal with a side of house band, Future Perfect, featuring restaurant owner Monetta White’s friends from Oakland’s Imani Community Church. An instant hit, Monetta’s gospel brunches have become a regular gig at 1300 on Fillmore, so with mom in tow, we decided to check it out.

The Best Outdoor Dining Spots in the City

It finally feels like summer in SF. Here are the best spots to eat (and drink) outdoors.

Slanted Door
The best news we've heard in a while? Fourty-four seats have just opened up on the Slanted Door's patio, overlooking the waterfront. An order of summer rolls, cold beef carpaccio with peanuts and lime and cellophane noodles with fresh crab, make perfect warm-weather fare. Cocktail aficionados will appreciate the ice program here too; just ask.

2009 Burger Bonanza: Bix, Naturally

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

BIX

SF Chefs. Food. Wine. (Cocktails.) This Weekend!

With the SF Chefs.Food.Wine event it's another big weekend for San Francisco, as the Union Square area will be invaded by the hungry, the thirsty, and the people trying to feed them. Hopefully, it all goes down smoothly and happily.

There's a ton of great seminars happening throughout the weekend, so if you haven't examined the program, you should take a look. For instance, you might consider attending my Pinot Noir tasting and discussion tomorrow morning. Got winemakers/reps from some of the best Pinot producers in the state on my panel: Flowers, Tandem, Goldeneye, and Patz & Hall. At 10:30 AM, a little Pinot talk just the right way to ease into your day.

The Eater Wrap: The Non-Anon Newspaper Critic, Carte415 and Yelp

It's Friday, which means time for the Eater Wrap, the weekly recap from Eater SF on all the happenings from the local restaurant scene.

1) In the restaurant and media world, the earth-shattering news of the week was the coronation of Sam Sifton as the next dining critic for the New York Times. The move is a significant one because Sifton's mug is already plastered all over the interwebs, which spurred some musings on SF's own lovable, not-so-anonymous critic.

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