Eat + Drink
Right now, in kitchens throughout the city, cooks are preparing their dishes for the second annual SF Street Food Festival, happening tomorrow in the Mission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Should you be attending (and I really hope you are) here's what you can look forward to: 'Zilla dogs from 4505 Meats. Huaraches from El Huarache Loco. Roli Roti porchetta sandwiches. Tacos of every variety, including Korean. Bi-Rite ice cream sandwiches.
Anyone that knows me well, knows that every summer, I turn into an obsessive-compulsive peach fantatic. During the height of the season, every day that I miss a peach, I experience a little bit of soul death. I know it sounds dramatic, but OCPD is like that.
I also am very discerning about my peaches. I won't stand for mealy or mild mannered. I like a peach that's bracingly sweet but balanced with good acidity. Normally, I have them express delivered—meaning driven in by my very kind in-laws who live in Modesto where there's a place called Smith Ranch (701 Claratina Avenue, off McHenry Ave.) that's peach legendary. I just finished up a flat of Fay Elberta's that were true ambrosia.
I live in Potrero, where Jocelyn Buelow reigns and tacos are hard to find. So the entire neighborhood's been abuzz about Papito, Buelow's little "organic Mexican bistro" on Connecticut, just around the corner from his Chez Maman and Chez Papa on 18th. Its cute windowfront and cheery signage appeared way back in spring, but it remained closed due to permit issues until a few weeks ago and, true to form, last night there were people waiting to sit down at one of only two dozen seats.
When people talk Bay Area specialty roasters, especially in San Francisco, you tend to hear three names over and over: Blue Bottle, Ritual, and Four Barrel. Of course, there's good reason for that. All are excellent, and can be found all over the city. But of course there are many other great roasters in the Bay Area. And one in particular, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, seems to inspire an almost cult-like level of devotion and in this case one of the most, um, interesting job application videos we've ever seen.
Tyler Florence serves up some sinfully delicious classics at his new SF restaurant, Wayfare (buttermilk-brined fried chicken anyone?). He shared his recipe for deviled eggs with California Home+Design this month. Check it out here and get ready to seriously impress friends at your next brunch party.
Those of you who have been busy spotting Big Eat items on Foodspotting now have some more lists to get through! We're excited to announce that we're part of Foodspotting's 2.0 iPhone app and website launch, and now have our Big Sweet 2010, our Ramen Guide and our SF Burger Bonanza available for the hunt. So renew those gym memberships and get busy making plans to spot Fish & Farm burgers, Hapa ramen and Humphry Slocombe's Secret Breakfast ice cream. You can find all of 7x7's lists here.
Special Sake Dinner at Nombe
Lovers of sake should book a seat at Nombe's special dinner on August 18th. The restaurant will be serving four different sakes from the Miyasaka family of Suwa, Nagano, a tenth generation sake clan, accompanied by dishes prepared by chef Balla, including grilled rib-eye and squid and heirloom tomatoes with shiso. All-inclusive tickets are $50; for more information visit nombesf.com
Pickles and More at the Jewish Contemporary Museum
On August 19 the Jewish Contemporary Museum is hosting a special evening--for the $5 cost of admission, visitors can stock up at the gourmet pickle bar (and pick up tips from expert picklers onsite), enjoy snacks from Bi-Rite Market and hear Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, read from her book. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. (the reading is at 7:30 p.m.)
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. 7x7 Nightlife Party at Infusion Lounge: Our annual Nightlife Guide is almost here, and to celebrate, we're throwing a party at Infusion Lounge with plenty of luminaries from the local entertainment scene. $3 rum cocktails and $2 beers will be on offer, with complimentary tastings and bites. The food and drink deals end at 8 pm, with a DJ keeping the party going until 10. RSVP here. (Thursday, August 19th, 7-10 pm, at Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis St., Union Square.)