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Follow the Tour de France by Drinking Your Way Along the Route

This is a big week for my inner Francophile. For one, tomorrow is Bastille Day—one of France's most important National Holidays and always a big, boozy fête. Two, the second half of the Tour de France kicks off tomorrow, and the drama is high as to who will take it—comeback story Lance Armstrong or Alberto Contador (his feisty teammate) or someone else altogether.

We Hardly Knew Ye: Broken Record Closed!

I am so, so sad to hear that the Broken Record, which had quickly become one of my most favorite spots, is calling it quits tonight. I don't have all the details about the sudden closure (although something on their Twitter feed hints at a BBQ reconnaisance mission, which could mean good news for us further down the road) but I do know that you have one more night—tonight—to get in while the getting is good. Need further impetus? Click here to read more.

The City's Most Exciting Japanese Food At Kappou Gomi?

Kappou Gomi is not what you expect it to be. At least, not if what you are expecting is another one of the many Japanese restaurants that dot Geary Boulevard, each serving identical sushi, tempura and bento boxes. A sign in the front window makes it clear that this is NOT the spot for spider rolls and teriyaki—this place is authentic, to use the buzzword that has recently replaced artisanal.

The Mixology Madness: Has the Cocktail Movement Exhausted Itself?

With so many of our bartenders gone to New Orleans for the world's premier cocktail forum, I thought I'd take a moment here in SF by taking a look at where this cocktail thing of ours is heading.

The Eater Wrap: Fresh Blood on Top Chef and a New Crop of Restaurants

Welcome back to the Eater Wrap, the weekly report from Eater SF on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including ceremonious openings, juicy rumormongering and your requisite Top Cheffage.

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.

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