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Papalote's Famous Salsas Hit Store Shelves Tomorrow!

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.

The New House Wine: More Swagger Than Swill

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.

And the Burrito Judge Winner Is … !

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.

The 23 Best Burritos Joints In SF: A List Up For Debate

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

Cheap Date: Ichi Sushi

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.

Obsessed: William Werner, Owner of Tell Tale Preserve Co., on Fried Chicken

I guess it’s fair to say I’m obsessed with fried chicken. When it’s spot-on, it’s amazing, but when it’s not, it’s so defeating and lame. There is no middle of the road with fried chicken. And even though it’s more popular now, and on a lot of menus, it’s hard to find a good version. I’ll be honest with you—I am not into the chicken-and-waffle thing. I love waffles. I love maple syrup. I love fried chicken. But all together? No. With waffles, you introduce another opportunity for failure. OK, listen: The crust has to be crispy, right? The skin must adhere to the meat. I don’t want to take a bite and have all the skin slide off. The meat needs to be moist. And hot. I do not like cold fried chicken—I want it rippin’ hot, fresh from the fryer.

Ease into the Holidays with's RN74 'Spirited Supper'

Here's something to melt this post-Thanksgiving chill:'s throwing the next installment of their 'Spirited Supper' series this Tuesday night at Michael Mina's RN74. The dinner will feature four courses, created specially by executive chef Jason Berthold, and of course a slew of cocktails (this time featuring a range of Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotches, topped off with a nightcap made with Hennessy Cognac).

2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Eat + Drink

Bestow upon your friends a certificate to Local Mission Eatery’s cooking labs, and you may just get a little something in return. Volunteer to be their test subject after they’ve collected trade secrets from local culinary pros like Shauna Des Voignes of Knead Patisserie or Susan and Wendy Lieu of Socola Chocolatier.
$40–$50 at Local Mission Eatery, 3111 24th St., 415-655-3422, 

Warm Up With the City's Best Hot Chocolate's cold out there. Warm up with some of our favorite cups of cocoa in the city.

The Best Bowls of Soup in SF

It's a bit chilly and all we can think about is soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here's some (that aren't pho or ramen) we're dreaming of. Are we missing any? Bring on the suggestions for your favorite soups!

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