Eat + Drink
I'm back from my Christmas holiday. During this two day period, I consumed: stollen (Swedish-style buttery bread toasted and topped with more butter), Dungeness crab dipped in butter, leg of lamb dripping in fat, baked root vegetables (more butter), permsimmon pudding with hard sauce (boozy butter), homemade donuts dipped in chocolate (enough said), a cheddar cheese spread on crackers (a pickle thrown on top for health), yorkshire pudding cooked in beef fat, a slice of standing rib roast large enough for a T-Rex, potatoes au gratin (cheese and butter and cream and cream and cream), cheesecake and chocolate buche de noel.
I stopped into the newly, and beautifully, refurbished House of Shields yesterday as they were preparing to open for the day (their hours are 3 pm to 2 am). In a city that continues to romance the ideas of drinking in ye olden days, hinting at Prohibition and the Barbary Coast eras, donning pageboy caps and the lot, the House of Shields is the real thing.
Back by popular demand, Workshop SF is throwing a pie and pop tart party with Black Jet Bakery this Thursday, perfect for your holiday fiesta or last-minute attempts to indulge before tightening your belt come January. When they threw a pie pop-up shop for Thanksgiving, their baked goodies sold out in 3 hours, so drop by as soon as it starts, at noon, for the best stuff.
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.
It took me a while to write about the wine exhibit at the SFMOMA "How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now." I look at wine all day, I think about it in my sleep—taste it in my dreams. So what could an exhibit in a museum do for me?
If there's someone extra, extra special on your gift-giving list this year, our friends at Liquor.com have just the thing: rare, mega-expensive and delectable spirits. Whoever's the lucky soul on the receiving end of these presents will thank you in a big, big way.
Black Tot Rum ($1,000):
Tamales, love to eat them, pain in the arse to make them.
My favorite place in town to get a tamale remains the unlikely little Sutter Cafe (330 Sutter St.) in the Sutter Stockton garage across from the elevators. Nice and small, stuffed with chicken, green olives and chilies, they're made there by a Chinese woman who lived in Mexico.
But if you're looking to buy more than one or two, Mijita—at both locations—is taking orders now for their homemade tamales. I've never had them but by the looks of this photo above, they look mighty fine.
Cold, rainy days and a busy schedule call for a slow cooker. Let us know your favorite way to use a slow cooker in the comment box below and you might be one of the two people who win Andrew Schloss's new cookbook Art of the Slow Cooker plus the app that goes with it! The app includes 30 recipes, 20 photos, a search function, a shopping list and allows you to Facebook it, Twitter about it and share recipes (and the photos of the finished dishes) with your friends.
Whether you’re planning festive time with friends or family next week, or just hunkering down for a quiet weekend -- I’m guessing you might also be dreaming of a well-stocked fridge. On Thursday, December 23rd, we’re putting together an extra special pre-holiday market for just this purpose.
Last year, our former wine and spirits editor Jordan Mackay wrote up a fool-proof eggnog recipe guaranteed to yield a Merry Christmas, if you catch our drift. With three kinds of alcohol in it, there's no way you won't have a good time. That's why it has become our go-to recipe for holiday parties, mellow nights spent trying to warm up, and all-around Christmas cheer: