Eat + Drink
Pre-Thanksgiving Pop-Up Underground Market
Get your "take-homeables" at this petite underground market on November 24, scheduled from 2-8 p.m. at 259 Mission Street (@ Cesar Chavez). The dozen vendors will have jams, chocolates, cookies and more, perfect as T-Day Thanksgiving hostess gifts, or for the feast you're preparing. Admission is $5.
First there was Benu. Prospect followed suit. But when Michael Mina—the man who, in 2004, opened his eponymous flagship restaurant at the Westin St. Francis in a pillared “swirl of beige and celadon” (according to Michael Bauer’s four-star review)—made the decision to ditch the tablecloths at the restaurant’s second coming, I knew that I’d officially witnessed to the end of an era. Remember those crazy times when dining tables had that impractical white fabric draped over them?
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.
How could you not love a holiday that is based around dinner? Here are some of my ideas on what to drink—and what to avoid.
Our friends at Liquor.com call port the fruitcake of alcohol. Holiday guests will bring you a bottle and because few people know what to do with it, it gets shoved to the back of the liquor cabinet and forgotten. But they've dug up a very good reason for you to dust off that old bottle you've had and finally uncork it.
We've already published our exhaustive guide to Thanksgiving pie, but these slices deserve a separate mention. Yigit Pura, the winner of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts (and Executive Pastry Chef at Taste Catering) is making an arsenal of pies for charity. You can buy them for $35 on Gilt City, and 100% of proceeds benefit SkillsUSA, an organization that partners students, tea
This week we’ve been calling for nominations for burrito experts to participate on a judging panel, along with some of the city’s top chefs, for our February Food Issue’s burrito-off. The nominations have been amazing and the cases made, most convincing. (Not to mention, highly entertaining—we’re talking burrito senior thesis, a burrito costume, a burrito rap and more.) Read on and let us know who you think should be able to be on this esteemed judging panel (the nominees are listed in no particular order). Nominations are still being accepted until Monday, November 22, midnight.
This weekend marks the frantic countdown to Turkey Day. To help you in your weekend preparedness errands, here's a collection of our Thanksgiving guides.
Thomas McNaughton, Chef and Partner at Flour +Water is ready for the end of tomato season. He told me this last Saturday as he wandered through an unusually warm November market with his weekly shopping list. (McNaughton’s menu changes daily, so he looks to the farmers in the market for regular inspiration). While Thomas was buying some of the season’s first Meyer lemons he said he was feeling especially ready for the beginning of the gradual wind down to Winter, with it’s abundance of squashes and root vegetables.
Tonight, one of our favorite city blog reads, the Tenderblog, is hosting a killer happy hour at Koko Cocktails to get everyone away from their computer screens and in each other's drunken company. From 6-8 pm, drop by for a chill session with fellow fans of the 'Loin and sip on some cool drink specials, like $4 Geary Gimlets and $2 Modelos.
Thanksgiving is the best holiday in existence, because pretty much all that's required of you is eating...and drinking. We asked Monk's Kettle cicerone and human beer encyclopedia Sayre Piotrkowski for his picks for the best seasonal brews (all with high-alcohol content! goodbye family awkwardness!) to pair with your turkey feast: