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The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Recap

Perhaps we should use the age-old "what I did on my summer vacation" construct, with the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen standing in for "summer vacation." Or, to borrow a phrase from Commis chef James Syhabout, who was being honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs, "It's like spring break for rich, old people." Indeed. By 5:45 p.m. on the first night, women in staggeringly high heels clutched to their mates and to the banisters of each stairway, the effects of French 75s and altitude (Aspen is at about 10,000 feet above sea level) conspiring to make them a bit tipsy.

Wine Debate: Corks v. Screw Caps

Recently I held a tasting of Ribera del Duero wines at a retail store. I really enjoy getting the chance to directly connect with the public—it brings me back to reality.

Indian Food Mania: From the Street to the Home

If you're craving Indian food in any form, this is the week for it.

• Tomorrow, there are two big Indian goings-on. Take your pick:

West Bengal-native Auntie Jharna and chef Roger of Soul Cocina are hosting an Indian cooking class, where you'll learn to cook the likes of chicken kofta meatballs, saag paneer and sabudana vada with curry leaf and coconut. A communal dinner follows. The class is being held in Noe Valley. June 19, 3:00-5:30, $50

Beyond the Tie: Four Boozy Gifts for Dad

Sure, you could get your dad some socks. But we're betting he'll like a booze-related gift more. Here are four last-minute Father's Day gift recommendations from our mixologist friends over at

Market Watch: Mourad Lahlou's Strange Special Order

Every week, Lulu Meyer gives us the scoop on the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

A Tom Collins History Lesson

Thirsty for a refreshing cocktail and some mixology knowledge? If the name Stephen Price doesn’t ring a bell, it will the next time you crave the Tom Collins’ combination of English gin, lemon juice and iced soda water. Our friends at give us the recipe and story behind the traditional summertime favorite.



Traditional Tom Collins

Contributed by David Wondrich


Lowering the Bar: World Cup Edition

With soccer filling the airwaves, many bars and restaurants are offering special deals to lure in World Cup fans. Here are a few of our favorites.

Anti-France Whiskey at Kezar Pub: The good folks at Kezar Pub (who will be open at 4:30 am for all the morning games) are putting their money where their Gallic loathing is: any time a team scores against France in a Cup game, a round of Irish whiskey shots is on them. Zidane, what have you wrought? Kezar Pub and Restaurant, 770 Stanyan St. at Waller, Upper Haight.

EAT IT: Walnut Liqueur, Roast Pork and Sausage

Things are looking rosé at Piccino

A Sunday afternoon rosé tasting ought to appeal to a San Franciscan, if only as a reminder of what season we are, in fact, in (answer: summer). And if grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, cinsault, pinot noir, and cabernet franc mean anything to you, then we’re guessing the charms of this tasting extend well beyond that happy reminder. Head over to Piccino Café in Dogpatch this Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. for pink wine, accompanied by thin crust pizzas, salads and a few special dishes.

D.I.Y. Italian Liqueur

Weird Art in Bars: Foreign Cinema Gallery

Fine, the gallery at Foreign Cinema isn't precisely a bar, despite the suspiciously bar-like counter in the corner. Laszlo, the official watering-hole, boasts weird art as well - a skull swinging morbidly from the ceiling, skateboards pasted to the wall, et cetera.

But while a dangling skull conjures up warm and fuzzy images of Yorick or the Grateful Dead, it doesn't have the same Dali-smooshed-with-Picasso-on-the-cover-of-The-New-Yorker aesthetic that marks Alex Nichols' canvas-on-wood concoctions.

The Big Sweet R & D: Is a Doctor in the House?

I love finding things like this. Yesterday, on the RichmondSF blog, a post went up announcing yet another house party organized around our Big Eat. This time it's a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I'm not sure, however, that there will be as many parties organized around the upcoming Big Sweet (we've decided to save it for the launch of our August food issue so you're going to have to wait a few weeks more). If anyone does try to host a party around this, I'd recommend donations to a diabetes research foundation.

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