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First Bite: Plant Cafe Offers Waterfront Views and the Promise of Organic

Last night's opening of The Plant Café on the Embarcadero—the second location of what was formerly called Lettüs Café in the Marina—marked the dawn of a mini organic empire for owners Matthew Guelke and Mark Lewis. Softly lit by dozens of Edison bulb pendants, the restaurant catered to stylish couples and eco-moms, enjoying a peak at the historic shipping station resuscitated by architect Cass Calder Smith—who also designed the nearby La Mar Cebicheria.

A Down-and-Dirty, Last-Minute Fourth of July BBQ

The situation: Since your house has a view, your friends have elected you to be the host of the fireworks party.

The problem: You haven't had time to even think about what to cook.

The solution: A menu of grilled sausages with spicy mustard, German potato salad, fruit kabobs and chilled raspberry cream pie.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill (545 Haight St., 415-437-6851) doesn't just make the best sausages in SF, they sell them uncooked too. Our perennial favorite is the spicy beer sausage. Pick up as many as you need ($3 a sausage) and while you're at it, add in some of their great potato salad to-go.

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Food for the Fourth
Too lazy to fire up your own grill? Don’t worry, Magnolia has you covered. In addition to their regular menu they’ll be serving barbecued brisket, baked beans, corn on the cob, spare ribs, chicken and beef hot links (with sides) all day long on July 4—10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Today's Hot Links: Rickhouse Opens Tonight and Organics Get Taken To Task

The new television show “Food Party” makes us all realize how lame programming on the Food Network can be.

Listen to the complete Five Farms series, which follows five American farm families.

Ready for a tipple? According to this nice lady, Rickhouse, the latest bar from the Bourbon & Branch folks, will be pouring for the first time tonight.

Cocktail's New Cube: It's Anything But Square

Even though we San Franciscans are chilly most of the year, during these rare scorching days of summer, it's hard not to occasionally fantasize about a cold beverage, filled to the top with glistening, frosty ice cubes. We don't usually spend a lot of time thinking about ice, but I can assure you that many of city's bartenders do whether it's cubed, spheroid, chipped, shaved or crushed.

Let's Be Frank Dogs: All the Way to the White House?

The 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival—the kind of place where the likes of Toni Morrison, Sandra Day O’Connor and Frank Gehry bounce around ideas with a capital “I”—kicked off yesterday. Some of the brain food on offer? SF’s own Let’s Be Frank grass-fed hot dogs.

The isn’t the only time LBF has been invited to participate in the festival. Last year, says LBF co-founder Larry Bain, Colin Powell slung dogs at their cart. There are also rumors that the White House could be serving the LBF dogs for their annual Fourth of July picnic. As Bain put it: “I’m not allowed to say, but people are talking to people who are talking to people.”

Today's Hot Links: Bauer's Favorite Dishes and Mandatory Composting

Chefs, take note: here are 12 things Michael Bauer really likes to eat.

Mythbusters, pork edition. Maybe those free-range pigs aren’t living so large?

Chez Pim helps us with the age-old question: What’s for dinner?

Spruce Hits The Slopes With A Second Restaurant in Park City, Utah

Looking for Spruce chef Mark Sullivan? You better check Utah. Sullivan and his family have decamped to Park City for the summer while he works on opening—wait for it—Spruce Park City! Yes, it’s officially a trend—San Francisco chefs are taking their restaurants to the slopes. First, news of Traci des Jardins Tahoe project, Manzanita, hit the wires. Now, we have the news that come July, when the Dakota Mountain Lodge opens to the public, Spruce will be the headlining dining option. 

Today's Hot Links: A Preview Of Commis and Jug Wine Reviews

The New York Times gets all excited about a restaurant in the Outer Sunset.

Eater announces all the details (and the menu) of James Syhabout’s new Oakland restaurant, Commis.

Jugs of wine—perfect for the fourth of July.

Did two Bay Area lesbians spark a food writing renaissance?

Cooking With Amy does the Fruitvale taco tour.

Winery Offers $60K: May the Best Twitter'er Win

A couple of months ago, a Sonoma job listing flew around the internet. Not only was it posted everywhere, but it was emailed to me by about 100 people and even made news in places like the New York Times and LA Times. The headline was that Murphy Goode winery was going to pay someone $10,000 a month to Twitter about wine.

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