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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, former sf.myopenbar.com editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Mastery in distilling, artery-killing, and a great place to drink outdoors. Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

Market Watch: Chef Chris Cosentino Seen Snagging the Prospect Tomatoes

The chef’s carts were loaded down with heirloom tomatoes this week as the first of the field grown beauties started to make their debut. Chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto Restaurant in Noe Valley was seen snapping up flats of a variety called Prospect at the Balakian Farms booth to use on his menu in a dish featuring smoked escolar and charred Padrón peppers. Farmer Ginger Balakian grows over 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes on her farm including Green Zebras, Watermelon Beefsteaks and Yellow Brandywine.

Today's Hot Links: Chefs vs. City, Dame Julia Child and Bacon Potato Chips

Michael Recchiuti is making irresistible peanut-butter pearls, writing a cookbook.

You may continue to worship at the altar—Julie Powell may be cool, but Julia Child is the real deal.

More chefs on tee vee—Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez battle local foodies in a new Food Network Show, Chefs vs. City.

The Eat and Drink List: This Week's Top Events

Turning Japanese
Sylvan Brackett of Peko-Peko Japanese catering will be teaching a Japanese cooking class at Cavallo Point on July 11. Learn how to make a few classic izakaya-style dishes, as well as the fundamentals of Japanese cookery—how to make rice and dashi, how to deep-fry and braise, and how to choose the perfect ingredients.

Take Us Out To The Ballpark

The Real Deal: Rickhouse Rules the FiDi

Just finished my tour of Rickhouse, and I have to say, it's absolutely beautiful. With one wall that's made of bricks and is holdout (ash and all) from the 1906 fire and the rest of the walls and ceiling being lovingly built from reclaimed wood and old bourbon barrel staves, the design of the new bar from the folk at  Bourbon & Branch is stunning.

Afternoon Delight: Sandwiches From Pal's Takeaway

Lunch is poised for its comeback. Scrappy little grab-and-go operations are popping up throughout the city—beginning with Kitchenette, which made midday loading-dock-dining chic, continuing with Little Skillet, which brough waffles and fried chicken to the downtown masses, and now firmly assuming trend status with Pals Takeaway, hidden within Tony's Market on 24th and Hampshire.

Today's Hot Links: Bi-Rite Creamery On TeeVee, Help A Food Writer Plan His National Eating Journey

Is Bi-Rite Creamery's sundae one of the best things you ever ate?

Help a journalist decide where to eat on his national tour.

How food stamps at farmers markets are actually helping to stimulate the economy.

Menu phrases that annoy.

Another ode to the urban farmer.

Empty Bar Syndrome: 'Tenders Evacuate the City for New Orleans

San Francisco bars are going to be lonlier places this week. That's because a sizable proportion of our city's most prominent bartenders are heading south and east to the annual Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans this week. Yes, they will be networking, taking in seminars, lectures, participating in discussion groups. But, well, even more time will be spent consuming Pimm's Cups, Juleps, Daiquiris, Dixie beer, shots of Chartreuse and about every other form of alcohol you can imagine. And in sweltering heat too! But it's a lot of fun, if you can survive it. I went last year to this bibulous event, and my liver has yet to forgive me.

The Atlantic Takes A Restaurant Roadtrip

Writer Terrence Henry, retired early only to go on an eating tour for three months—from Argentina to Italy—and write about it for The Atlantic. Upon his return to the US, he discovered that, "Hidden restaurants, innovative farmers, culinary craftsmen—our nation's love affair with food was continuing to grow and evolve, in spite of a financial crisis thinning the country's pockets and a food system that seems determined to exchange quality and safety for efficiency and profit."

Today's Hot Links: Where The Cows Don't Roam, Plus Jesus Juice

Humphry Slocombe debuts their newest flavor, a coke-cotes du rhone hybrid aptly titled “Jesus Juice.” Now that’s going to get some people fired up.

Is is an apricot? Is it a plum? No, fools, it’s an aprium.

Read it and weep (literally): a heartbreaking story about dairy farms in California.

A how-to guide to opening your own dive bar.

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