Eat + Drink
It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.
Here's what else Tyler Florence is up to other than photo opps at Wayfare Tavern: making ballpark food healthier. Ty Flo's teamed up with The SF Giants and the California Table Grape Commission to steer us away from garlic fries and toward...grapes. For the mission, he'll be throwing out first pitches at ballparks around the country and inspiring us to forgo bacon hot dogs in favor of his own, healthy twists on ballpark fare (recipes below). He's throwing down at AT&T Park on August 14 as part of California Grapes Day, where you'll also have the once in a lifetime opportunity of getting your photo taken with some giant (read: terrifying) California grapes.
The Inner Sunset's Social Kitchen & Brewery has been catching our attention a lot lately. We highlighted them in our discussion of the cicerone (beer sommelier) trend, and then were extremely excited to hear that they're starting the weeks off right with German beer nights (Mondays are dedicated to Kolsch and Tuesdays to Dusseldorf).
Calling all foodies! Tomorrow, from noon to 1:30 pm at Fog City News—the only and best independent magazine, chocolate and soda shop in the city—our own senior editor Sara Deseran will be chatting about the makings of our latest food issue and a look back at 7x7's food issues from the past 10 years. Think of it as a little history lesson about the food scene in SF, with a question and answer period. Ask her anything—chef gossip, dining tips, what's next. And get yourself some good glossy Euro mags and chocolate while you're at it. Free subscriptions to 7x7 will be given out to guests. Come one, come all.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Peruvian Independence Day at Cantina: We have to admit that we're not always up on the independence days of countries that aren't France, but a pair of pisco-oriented deals offered today is making us revise that position. At Cantina, happy hour will feature $1 pisco punches, $4 shots of Campo de Encanto pisco, and complimentary snacks. Stick around after it's over to sample the latest and greatest from an all-pisco bar menu. (Wednesday, July 28, 5-8 pm, at Cantina, 580 Sutter St., Tenderloin.)
Seasonal coffees are all the rage lately: Think, coffee you can only get at certain times of the year. Blue Bottle recently added a new one to its lineup, Honduras Marcala. I tried it twice today, first at home, and then again at Cento, where they are serving it up as their current drip. So how was it?
A Slow Food Catalan Feast at Contigo
Break bread with fellow Slow Food enthusiasts at the “Convivial Dinner” at Contigo on August 3. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet chef Brett Emerson and enjoy a multi-course Catalan meal with optional wine pairings in the company of other Slow Foodists. Tickets are $57 (without wine) and the dinner begins at 7 p.m. To reserve your space, click here.
Oakland's Fox Theater has a concert calendar that sometimes seems like it was booked by the music gods themselves (this fall's lineup includes the xx, The Black Keys and the Flaming Lips, to name a few). But what's out there for pre-show grub and drinks? Here's a guide to the best to be had in the 'hood before a show:
Gin is light on the tongue and can be mixed with the freshest, most summery ingredients. It's the quintessential spirit of summer. From a Tom Collins to the classic gin & tonic, it can take on almost any flavor you like. The experts at Liquor.com have compiled a guide to the best gins to brighten any cocktails you might be mixing up this sunny season.