Eat + Drink
TODAY! Free Scream Sorbet
Well aware that this week is hitting us all like a ton of bricks, Cooking Channel is sending out its ice cream truck to the Ferry Building TODAY, where, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., they'll be dispensing free Scream Sorbet. Free. Scream. Sorbet. Remember to say thank you.
Who would have thought that SoMa—particularly 11th Street, amongst the Kim Kardashian wannabes lining up to get into Mist—would become destination for the most puritanical food and drink experiences in SF?
With Labor Day fast approaching (although not fast enough), we’ve got our minds on something that quite honestly does not pair well with labor: beer. And in a city where there’s about as many brews as there are foggy days, there’s no excuse to be caught drinking a Bud. This year, use the holiday as an excuse to celebrate your taste buds and kick back with a cool one.
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.
Because it's almost Labor Day, it seemed only appropriate to honor Lara and Gar Truppelli, founders of some of the most quintessential Bay Area summertime restaurants: The Beach Chalet, The Park Chalet and The Lake Chalet. We chatted with the duo about starting a restaurant in arguably one of the prettiest spots in the city, first dates and proposals and the craziest thing a tourist has ever done.
Pass up the bar as you walk into Specs - a living ode to San Francisco’s beatnik history - and you’ll find yourself gazing into the rabid maw of a taxidermy weasel fighting a stuffed snake. Arrive on the right day and you’ll see a grizzled Chinese man sitting in the corner painting, his thin gray goatee dragging in his oils. If you sat down next to him, you’d find yourself staring into the spectacles of King Nut, a parody of the original mummified golden pharaoh.
Market Watch: Shopping the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market with Richie Nakano and Kitty Gallisa of Hapa Ramen
Earlier this year when Richie Nakano, Nopa’s then sous-chef, approached me about an idea for a ramen stand at the Thursday market, I was intrigued. Once I saw the menu –hand pulled noodles, house made broth, organic, seasonal produce-- I was hooked. Richie explained that he and his business partner Kitty Gallisa, both self-proclaimed ramen lovers, had been hatching a plan to create a business of their own focused on this traditional Japanese noodle soup. They planned to call it Hapa Ramen.
Jardinière chef Traci des Jardins tells Liquor.com today that she's "pleasantly surprised at how food-friendly tequila is." Interesting.
Not convinced? Try out her theory by pairing her Black Mission Fig Salad recipe with mixologist Brian MacGregor's watermelon and tequila cocktail. Their recipes (below) are perfect for a hot day like today.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Buy One, Get One Beer at Elixir: The Mission mixology palace Elixir serves a lot of tasty drinks, but they usually don't come cheap. In a bid to attain football-season dominance, however, Elixir is offering a limited-time coupon (with some help from City Dish): come in with a party of at least 4 for a weekend NFL/NCAA game or Monday Night Football, buy a pitcher of beer, and get a second pitcher of domestic beer gratis. It's all the lubrication you could need for cheering on your favorite team. Grab the coupon here. (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during games, at Elixir, 3200 16th St., Mission.)
The best thing to do for Labor Day weekend? Stay put. There's more parking, fewer lines and, if the weather keeps up, sunshine to boot. Let everyone else stew in traffic.
As a Bernal Heights resident, here's my advised plan for a great Sunday: