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Eat It: Bar Agricole, Tomato Dinner and the Art of Eating

Ferragosto at Piccino

If we were spending August in Italy, we'd be celebrating ferragosto, a short holiday when Italians traditionally decamp to the beach. Alas.You may not be able to jet off to Positano, but you can get in the spirit by attending the ferragosto party at Piccino on August 15. They'll be a pig roast and thin-crust pizzas and, in the Italian tradition, the wine will be free flowing. No reservations are necessary.

Tomato Dinner at Macy's

7x7's Happier Hours: Nightlife Guide Launch Party at Infusion Lounge


Join the movers and shakers in SF’s entertainment, hospitality and promotion industries for the release of 7x7's Nightlife Guide.

The party will be Thursday, August 19 at Infusion Lounge and will feature...

$3 specialty cocktails
$2 beer
Complimentary tastings and bites until 8 p.m.
Soundscape by DJ TS from LIFE/STYLE

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.


124 Ellis St. near Powell

No cover | Cocktail reception attire | 21 and over

Street Food: Festival and Conference!

With all the street food over the last year, I recognize that the saturation point may be nearing. However, I must make a shameless plug for the second annual San Francisco Street Food Festival on August 21. Just as last year, I've again collaborated with my friends at La Cocina to help plan the festival, with my main role being to convince my favorite restaurants (including Pizzeria Delfina, Aziza, Flour + Water and many, many, more) to join us for the one-day feeding frenzy. They will all be there. Will you? For those who attended last year and got caught in the melee, please rest assured that the footprint of this year's festival is substantially larger, with over double the number of vendors, and instead of one bar, there will be three, manned by some of the best in the business—bartenders from Rye, the Alembic and Beretta. I'll be blogging about this again, giving you my best tips and picks, but for now, save the date. Best of all, admission is free—you pay only for the vittles and beverages at each stand.

First Bite: Citizen's Band is All American

With an appealingly ramshackle, if cultivated, sense of funk, there's something very NYC LES about Citizen's Band, the latest SF SoMa restaurant to enter the scene. If ironic trucker hats were still en vogue, this would be the place to wear them.

Americana is the theme: vintage postcards cover the walls; old, metal tractor seats made into stools (something bare legs can't recommend) are parked at a counter overlooking an open kitchen. The whole space opens up to Pinkie's Bakery which opens up to Icon, a small dance club. There's a progressive dinner in here somewhere.

Drinking Outdoors: The Essential Hardware, Plus a Lemon Cooler Recipe

Summertime calls for drinks sipped out in the open air. If you're roughing it in the great outdoors, you need to have sturdy hardware to get your cocktails to your lips intact. has rounded up a few essentials, plus a Lemon Cooler recipe for any alfresco occasion:

Fresh Produce Free-For-All Comes to Hayes Valley This Sunday

Hayes Valley Farm has managed to turn around from a true tragedy (a devastating bee attack) and organize an event that will make every San Franciscan happy: a weekly event offering free fruits and veggies titled, appropriately, the Fresh Produce Free-For-All.

Market Watch: Shopping the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market with Frances' Melissa Perello

Chef Melissa Perello of Frances has been a fixture at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market for many years. Even when this well-known Bay Area chef was between restaurants, she still made it down regularly to see her favorite farmers, scope out the produce, and check in with fellow chefs. Now that Melissa is behind the helm at Frances, her much lauded restaurant that opened last December, she can once again be found at the market every week pushing her chef cart through the crowds, tasting, smelling and sampling for her menu of new American classics.

B3, the Mission's First Wine "Speakeasy," Opens

Wine tasting jaunts to Napa are nice and all, but if you’re not feeling the trek, the cash or the bowls of tasting crackers, head to B3, the Mission’s first wine “speakeasy” which just opened yesterday and offers an affordable wine tastings along with a full service food menu.

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.

1. Free Firestone Walker at The Republic: Paso Robles-based brewery Firestone Walker is looking to build interest in its wares by offering a free tasting at Marina beer destination The Republic. They'll be providing at least five beers for sampling, along with commentary on what makes each variety special. (Friday, August 6, 6-8 pm, at The Republic, 3213 Scott St., Marina.)

Locked & Loaded: Tasting The New Little Bird

Is the Tenderloin the city's newest coffee hotspot? Little Bird, the newest venue from the owners of Whiskey Thieves, Dirty Thieves and Thieves Tavern, just opened its doors last week. I stopped in and played dumb, something that comes pretty naturally to me, to scope it out. 

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