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Lauren Kiino, Chef and Co-owner of Il Cane Rosso, on her City Favorites

If refined four-star cuisine is the yin to rustic Italian cooking’s yang, then Mission District resident Lauren Kiino is perfectly balanced. Kiino—Delfina’s chef de cuisine for eight years—moved on in 2007 to stage at French Laundry and Daniel Patterson’s Coi. Patterson and Kiino hit it off—enough to open three restaurants together. Il Cane Rosso joined the Ferry Building last year and the duo’s upcoming restaurants are in Oakland: Plum, which will be small and modern, debuts this summer and Bracina, a larger, California restaurant, has a TBD opening date in Jack London Square.

“At Nihon [Whisky] Lounge, I go for a glass of Scapa. It’s a great way to finish up the night.”

The Best Sauces in San Francisco

It's summer sauce season. Here are our favorites. Check out the rest of our Best of the City picks here.

Is Horchata the New Dulce de Leche?

Perhaps it's too soon to announce a full-scale trend, but having recently seen horchata-flavored desserts at three different spots in San Francisco I figured a bit of acknowledgement is in order. I mean, if horchata becomes the next dulce de leche, dominating nationwide, wouldn't I feel a bit foolish not having mentioned it first? Right.

First Bite: Bistro Aix Remodeled and Refreshed

For the past nine months, Bistro Aix—the beloved Marina restaurant—has been undergoing a Heidi Montag-like remodel—fully gutted and rebuilt. But unlike The Hills starlet, the 15-year-old restaurant is no Barbie-en-Provence. It might not be the hippest spot in town, but it's been redone in fine, grown-up good taste. Dark-wood gives the restaurant a cozy lodge feeling, which is accentuated by a custom-made, roaring wood-fired grill, which, should you choose to sit at the bar, you can see flickers of from your seat. The back patio now has a permanent glass pyramid ceiling for the indoor/outdoor effect without the need for a heat lamp.

Sophisticated Sipping: The World's Rarest Whiskey

Got some extra cash to spend and sophistication to boot? Liquor.com gives us a run down of some of the oldest and rarest whiskey on the market today. Trust us, these aren't the beer-and-a-shot kind.

 

 

Glenfiddich 50-Year-Old (Sold at auction for $38,000):

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.

Chef Scott Youklis Of Maverick Shops the Market

Last week I joined chef Scott Youklis of Maverick restaurant as he checked items off his shopping list and sampled some early stone fruit varieties. Maverick is one of over a dozen local restaurants that will be participating in a nation-wide campaign called “Dine Out for the Gulf” next week. It’s an event spearheaded by Jimmy Galle, owner of Gulfish, a local company that supplies restaurants with crawfish, blue crab and shrimp from the Gulf region. From June 10–12, Maverick will donate 10 percent of all sales to communities impacted by the oil spill.

Summer Drinking: Beer Cocktail Recipes

Sometimes you want a beer and sometimes you want a cocktail. But why not have both together? Drink recipe mecca Liquor.com gives us three refreshing beer cocktail recipes for summer enjoyment. Cheers!

Beggar's Banquet
Contributed by: Aisha Sharpe

Hog Haiku Winner Announced!

After much deliberation, I've chosen my favorite hog haiku. Congratulations to Eliza C.!

Two Lard Jars in Fridge
From Mariquita Farm Pig
Tasty Pie for friends

Eliza has won two tickets to Cochon 555!

Eat It: Persian Pub Grub, Bargain Bottles and Summer BBQ

Sample Persian Pub Grub at Zaré at Fly Trap

On June 3, 4 and 5, Zaré at Fly Trap will be hosting a special dinner series celebrating “Persian Pub Grub.” Each course of the menu will be paired with both wine and beer and dishes include sumac couscous with Dungeness crab, Caspian seafood stew and more, concluding with a refreshing lime sorbet. The dinner is $75 per person, inclusive of wine and beer pairings. To reserve your space, call 415-243-0580 for a reservation.

Restock Your Cellar at CAV’s Annual Wine Blow-Out

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