Eat + Drink
If you've been to the SF MOMA recently, you've probably come across JAQK Cellars' wines in the museum's groundbreaking How Wine Became Modern exhibit. The adulation is well-deserved, and it doesn't take a graduate of sommelier school to see why. You can taste their museum-worthy vino in their speakeasy-esque headquarters at 402 Jackson St. in San Francisco, and you might even want to bring a pack of cards to play poker with to match their cardshark-themed wines. Settle in for a bottle or two, or if you're a fickle drinker, get a wine flight that'll suit your tastebuds.
In my La Lengua 'hood (from 24th and 30th Streets, between Mission and Guerrero, for those not familiar), there's no dearth of dive bars, Latin clubs, tacos, and secret places you can still score Four Loko. Drop by the Knockout for an evening to be bombarded by awesome live music, gorge on delectable goodies from Blue Plate on date night--there's plenty to do.
One of the world's best baristas is in town for the next few weeks, serving up shots under the watchful eye of Willie Mays. Eddy Righi, the 2010 runner up in the Italian Barista Championships is in San Francisco for the U.S. launch of Caffe Pascucci, a new cafe and eatery on King Street, directly across from AT&T Park.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Ironside's Bottomless Brunch: If you're looking for a hangover helper, Ironside has introduced a cheap and tasty option: $16 buys access to an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, with the standard french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and grits, plus a few fun twists like ceviche, fried plantains, and bread pudding. Best of all, you can wash brunch down with $10 bottomless mimosas, or a build-your-own bloody mary bar. (Saturdays and Sundays starting January 15th, 10 am-2 pm, at Ironside, 680A 2nd St., SOMA.)
The SF Beer Week website promised a surprise yesterday afternoon at four, and it delivered-- the initial schedule, featuring over 100 events, was posted not long thereafter. The festival runs from February 11-20, and while we'll have a preview of our top picks in the first week of February, those interested in getting in on some of the smaller events should hop on over to the schedule now. Some events, such as the SF Brewers' Guild's Opening Gala, offer discounts on entry if you buy before February 1st, so be sure to grab those tickets soon.
Pizza for Schools
Today's a good day to grab pizza for lunch. Ten percent of all pie sales at Patxi’s Chicago Pizza will go to support SF public schools through edMatch. Together, Patxi’s three locations in Noe, Hayes, and the Marina will match funds raised by school parent groups. Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Whole Pig Dinner
Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.
Now that the holiday season has come to a close, it’s time to replenish the wine cellar. Here is a short list of some of my personal favorites. Shop at any of these and you will not be disappointed. They all have good selections of fairly priced, interesting wines.
It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Slow Food Nation set up shop in San Francisco. Filling the void is the Good Food Awards, “the first national awards platform to recognize American craft food.” In this DIY era, it’s no shock that there were over 780 submissions from 41 states in categories from coffee to preserves to chocolate. Of the finalists, there are surprisingly only 16 from around here (and out of these, only four are from SF).
Call it retro or call it trendy (witness the oddly-named Fondue Cowboy that opened last year in SoMa), there's nothing better for staving off the winter chill than a big pot of gooey, melty, boozy cheese set out for dipping. Luckily, you don’t have to go outside—or even own a fondue set—to whip up a batch. Cheesemonger extraordinaire Samantha Chertoff, from Russian Hill’s beloved Cheese Plus, gives us the scoop.
This week’s Tuesday market took place on a gorgeous winter day; it was sunny and crisp out and the farmer’s stands were brimming with winter produce. The chefs too were out in abundance picking up ingredients for their menus. I stopped to chat with a few of them to find out what they were shopping for and out how they would feature them.