Eat + Drink
Farm Fresh To You, one of the best local CSAs around, is kicking off an amazing opportunity to score extremely cheap organic produce. Forget "Cyber Monday" and "Small Business Saturday," the real deals for holiday feasts and parties are to be had here.
Just use the promo number 482 on their order form after you've chosen your custom box of produce to be delivered to your home or office, and get 20% off your first order. The typical box of fruits and veggies is 20 lbs, and with this deal that will cost you only $25! And this produce is like gold during the winter months, when most fruits and veggies are coming from the warmer fields in South America and not local farmers markets.
The only way to learn about coffee is to try it. A lot of it. But that's a hard thing to do, especially if you want to branch out beyond local Bay Area stuff. So it was a real thrill when Chris Tacy organized a cupping (basically a formal tasting) with some ridiclously good and diverse coffees from a wide variety of roasters. We cupped twelve in all, from Blue Bottle, Ecco, Four Barrel, Intelligentsia, Sightglass and Stumptown. It was a pretty sick table. But I was particularly interested to see how the locals would stack up against Stumptown and Intelli. How did they do?
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Yuppie Friday's Holiday Toy Drive: The oft-stressful holiday season comes with two built-in mood boosters: helping the less fortunate and getting wasted. Get the pleasure of both by attending Yuppie Friday's event at Vessel, where your $15 admission includes two drinks, and each new, unwrapped toy you donate gets you an extra $5 in bar credit. All the proceeds benefit the SF Firefighters' Toy Program for needy kids. (Friday, December 3, 5:30-8:30 pm, at Vessel, 85 Campton Place, Union Square.)
A Holiday Bazaar at 18 Reasons
This year, we're saying an affectionate sayonara to the big box stores. Why shop there when you can pick up loads of adorably stuff, made locally, at any number of great shops? Get started at the Mini Holiday Bazaar at 18 Reasons tonight from 6-9 p.m., where you can pick up calendars, marmalades, home pickling kits and more for your foodiest friends.
Papalote has gotten nagged to put their famous salsa on store shelves so much that they've finally caved. Debuting at Whole Foods, Rainbow Grocery and on their salsa site tomorrow, December 1st, all you burritophiles out there will be able to get your paws on a jar to tote around with you anywhere you're chowing down. Know any burrito freaks who you don't have Christmas present ideas for? Grab a few jars and wrap' em up. You might also be popular on the secret santa circuit if you donate some jars to the cause.
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.
7x7 is happy to announce that Prisca "Asada" Chen is the winner of our burrito judge contest. She was up against some serious competition. But at the end of the day, there really was no other choice.
Was it was the fact that she has pictures of friends eating burritos plastered to her bedroom walls, or that her email handle has the word "burrito" in it, or the fact that she dressed up as a burrito (a very convincing one) for Halloween. Or maybe it was the fact that she did her senior thesis on burritos, accompanied by a documentary on burritos. This is no joke.
When we solicited your nominations for our prestigous burrito judge, we also asked that the nominees (and there were a lot of them!) divulge their top three SF burrito spots. We took these lists and compiled them for your reading pleasure. Best burritos in SF? Agree or agree to disagree.
Gordo Taqueria, 1239 9th Ave., (415) 566-6011
Papalote, 3409 24th St., (415) 970-8815
El Castillito, 136 Church St., (415) 621-3428
It’s not every sushi chef in town who will bid his familiar customers farewell with a fist bump, but it suffices to say that Tim Archuleta is not like other sushi chefs. To begin with, he’s not Japanese—not even Asian. And for the past many months, prior to opening Ichi, he made a name for his business by serving sushi at catered events and during happy hour at Bender’s Bar (he earned his raw fish chops working at Tokyo Go Go). Meanwhile, along with his wife Erin, he had major projects underway. The first was a Japanese deli, Lucky Cat, that opened in the 331 Cortland market in Bernal Heights.