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A Cookbook Swap at 18 Reasons
OK, so maybe you thought a copy of Keller’s Under Pressure would be an inspiration, but instead it’s an albatross? Tote that sucker down to 18 Reasons on Thursday, July 15, and swap it with a fellow cookbook enthusiast. Bring a book, take a book. It’s that simple! The event runs from 7-9 p.m. and the cost is $10 for the general public, $5 for 18 Reasons members.

The Cicerone (Basically a Beer Sommelier) Is the Drink World's New Hip Job

This city might be the home of Anchor Steam, one of the nation’s first craft breweries, as well as the Lower Haight’s pioneering beer bar Toronado, but until a few years ago, the beer culture here has been mostly a “large-bearded-man-in-a-dirty-bar type of thing,” says Sayre Piotrkowski, cicerone at the Monk’s Kettle in the Mission.

A grimy dive is certainly not the domain of a cicerone, the term for a certified beer sommelier—the latest hip job in the drink world. According to the Cicerone Certification Program, started by Chicago-based beer expert Ray Daniels in 2007, cicerone literally means “one who conducts visitors and sightseers to museums.” (The leap to beer might be a long one, but the 18th-century terminology sounds duly impressive.)

First Bite: Ramen Dojo, San Mateo

I was down in San Mateo this weekend (don't ask) and as a consolation prize for spending time in the suburbs, I decided to avail myself of one of the restaurants that I've long wanted to visit but never had the occasion: Ramen Dojo. And though it's not normally our practice to write about places outside the 7x7 radius, in our August food issue, which should be on newsstands soon, we asked Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen to tell us about some of the restaurants that influenced his own bowl of ramen.

Fully Caffeinated: A Citywide Map of Third Wave Coffee

Whether your loyalty lies with Blue Bottle or you're more of a Four Barrel fanatic, more than 40 cafes in town now provide a Third Wave fix (post-WWII rise of instant coffee=first wave, Starbucks and Peet’s=second wave, obsessive, bean-sourcing micro-roasters like Blue Bottle and Four Barrel=third wave). Here's where to find the Third Wave variety across the city.


Third Wave Coffee Spot Map

(green=Barefood, blue=Blue Bottle, orange=De La Paz, purple=Ecco, pink=Four Barrel, red=Ritual, navy blue=Verve)


Drink Recipes for the World Cup Final

After weeks of jaw-dropping goals, even more jaw-dropping hair, bad calls, dramatic dives and vuvuzulas, the World Cup comes to a close this Sunday with a final show-down between Spain and The Netherlands. Whether you're for Orange (whoah, bright uniforms) or the Spaniards, you'll need a drink (or a few) to get through the high-drama.

Our pals at have corralled recommendations from some of the top soccer-watching spots in the country, including SF's own, The Elixir, for the final moments of the world's greatest sporting event.

So get your last World Cup kicks on with these drinks:


Market Watch: Shopping with an Underground Chef

Every week, Lulu Meyer brings us the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and the chefs that shop there.

Heirloom Cafe: Infused with the City's DIY Spirit

Even before Matthew Straus left his wine director position in L.A. to move up to San Francisco, he had been plotting his perfect restaurant—a restaurant where the bottle comes first.

Obsessed: Luce's Dominique Crenn on Pickles

I just had my 4 o’clock snack. At 4 o’clock every day I have buttered olive bread topped with pickles, sometimes with fresh tomatoes. I have a love affair with vinegar. It’s true. As a kid I used to drink vinegar straight. At Luce we pickle all sorts of things—kumquat, rhubarb, cucumbers. I am just addicted to pickles. Maybe it’s because I’m French. Everything comes with pickles in France.

And Now For 7x7's Pie Social: When Pain Isn't Gain

This is why we're not blogging today. We had the first annual Pie Social.

After sweating bullets over a Rose Levy Beranbaum tart recipe (I've decided that Rose Levy Beranbaum takes the joy out of baking with her charts), making a beautiful lemon curd, delicately tossing blueberries in sugar as to not break them and driving the tart to the Union Square office at like 15 miles an hour from Bernal Heights over hills and valleys, terrified it would slide around in the car and break, Robin showed up with her own creation called "Monkey Pie": Store-bought crust, sliced bananas, Jell-O chocolate pudding and ReddiWip.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

1. Eastside West Wednesdays: After a long day at work, LTB's priority list usually consists of a drink, something nourishing to eat, and some nice music on the stereo. Now, Eastside West has offered to let humpday sufferers enjoy all of these things in public. Every Wednesday night, $8 buys you your choice of a burger or sandwich, and it comes with either a beer or a glass of wine. And they have live jazz! This is a deal that all cardinal directions can get behind. (Wednesdays, all night, at Eastside West, 3154 Fillmore St., Marina.)

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