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The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Serpentine and The Importance Of Pickles

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

Today's Hot Links: Appleman In Big Apple, Michael Bauer On Twitter

Appleman is in the Big Apple—with a one way ticket.

Watch out, Delfina: Bauer gives Flour + Water three stars. He's also now on Twitter.

The Green Fairy Goes White: Germain-Robin Absinthe is a Knockout

Last year's absinthe boom yielded some beauts (St. George) and some duds (Pernod). But while the St. George Absinthe was, by a long shot, for me the best of the lot, as Eric Asimov  noted in the Times, it's not for everyone.

Summer is Here: Orange Rosés For Sunny Days

I love the fact that Alder Yarrow over at Vinography is so unabashedly exuberant about "orange wines." Some of his quotes from the last year: "Regular readers know that every once in a while I wax poetic about an orange wine here on Vinography"; "Orange wine is nearly always a good sign!"; "Orange wines aren't easy to come by, but to my mind they represent some of the most exciting wines being made on the planet."

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Nopa Raises the Bar

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

The Eater Wrap: Nate-O-Matic and the New Home of Frances

Welcome back to the Eater Wrap, the weekly report from Eater SF on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including dive bars, unfortunate celebrity chefs hairdos and a little thing called the Nate-O-Matic.

1) With the help of Citysearch's Patrick Heig, Eater SF rolled out a new feature called A Beer At, in which the city's many anonymous, forgotten watering holes are examined, one by one. For the maiden voyage, Mr. Heig soaked in everything Chelsea Place had to offer. And more.

Anti-West-Coast Bias Brewing in the Cocktail World?

Is the cocktail world showing bias against the West Coast cocktail scene—and San Francisco in particular?

In support of such an idea there is the following evidence:

Market Watch: Flying Saucers Sighted, Plus Kraut Galore

Dahlias were out in full force and in just about every color at Cypress Flower Farm this week. Farmer Randy Dardanelle grows these summer beauties on his 12-acre farm in Moss Beach. This flamboyant flower, a native to Mexico and Central America, is also the official flower of San Francisco. It’s hard not to swoon over these delicate blooms in all their bright hues and intricate forms.

Today's Hot Links: Cane Rosso's Open, Free Ice Cream Sundaes

Because, really, who can resist a free upside-down sundae?

The Ferry Building's newest addition, Cane Rosso, stands at the ready with porchetta.

Trigger fingers: the new crop of hunting enthusiasts.

How a cruise ship serves 4,000 meals.

A first glimpse at Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni's memoir.

2009 Burger Bonanza: Is Epic's Burger Truly Epic?

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

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