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Easy As Pi Bar

If I were to lay all the pizzas I have eaten in San Francisco end-to-end, chances are they'd nearly reach back to my old East coast stomping grounds. OK, maybe not—but the point is, I have eaten a lot of pizza since moving out here. And while New York may be widely considered to be the hometown of pizza, SF comes in a not-too-shabby close second. Evidence of its popularity is everywhere, including in the build-up to the opening of Pi Bar, which opened two weeks ago in the former Suriya Thai space on Valencia.

Are SF Sommeliers Sustainable?

In a bizarre coincidence Jon Bonné of the Chronicle and Eric Asimov of the New York Times wrote and published eerily similar articles on the same day. (Bonné's is here; Asimov's here).

The gist of both articles is that chef and diners here in the Bay Area promote a food culture that's local and sustainable, while the sommeliers seem strangely immune to the cause, often ignoring the local wines while loading up on European selections. Is it hypocracy? Is it reverse-snobbism?

Terroir Wine Bar Closed for a Month

Despite the "open" sign in the photo, Terroir Wine Bar, the hipster hangout and natural wine bar in SOMA is a week or so into an unfortunate closing. Plumbing issues in their building and flooding on the floors above have caused damage that necessitates repair. (No, that "barnyard" smell is not coming from the French country wines--just kidding). They hope to be back up and running by early November. Let's hope this is the case, as the place is a lo-fi refresher from the more glitzy, polished wine bars about town.

OPEN Restaurant's Futurist Extravaganza

There are rare times when words escape the writer: not because of block, mind you, but because words don't seem like quite enough. Such is the predicament in trying to describe the spectacle that was Saturday night at the SFMOMA, where a Futurism banquet organized by OPEN restaurant (part of the ongoing MOMA Futurist exhibit which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Futurism) went down.

The Eater Wrap: Burger Bar Opens, Leiva Leaves, Dive Bars, MomoContests and MORE!

The Friday Eater Wrap recounts all the week's top stories over at Eater SF, including but not limited to the rebirth of the old Bong Su space, playing pigeon on Polk, Eater's monster Momo giveaway, and a little place called Burger Bar.

1) First came the sneak peek of Hubert Keller's Burger Bar, which opens today. Then came the full interior reveal, complete with a dedicated milkshake bar, private nooks and televisions in booths.

SPQR vs. SPQR: Two Meals, Two Opinions

When Jessica and I realized we had both separately made reservations at the “new” SPQR, we decided to write up our observations without first comparing notes. Although we’re two people that share some tastes, Jessica’s been far more of an SPQR aficionado than I have been. She loves rich and rustic, where I often like things a bit lighter and refined. Despite this, our two takes on one restaurant (no cheating allowed), turned out to be very similar. —Sara Deseran

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Market Watch: This Week's Cream of the Crop

In collaboration with Urban Kitchen SF, CUESA will host a hands-on kimchee class on October 27th with Todd Champagne from Happy Girl Kitchen. Just in time for the cold season, the class will focus on making this traditional fermented cabbage dish whose wonderful pro-biotic properties are said to boost your body’s immunity. Our hands-on classes sell out fast so get your tickets soon. If you can’t make the class, stop by Happy Girl’s booth on Saturdays to try their spicy version of this Korean staple.

Social Media Meets Social Beverage: Twitter Has Its Own Wine?

The news that Twitter is producing and selling its own wine for charity can only be seen as bizarre. Granted it's for charity—and a great one at that, Room to Read—but still, wine?

The label is called Fledgling and the wines are a Pinot and a Chardonnay. The partner in the project is Crushpad, SF's public, urban winery, where the wine is obviously going to be made. Of the $20 cost ($240 a case), $5 per bottle goes to the charity aimed at improving education in the developing world.

The Gastronomic Rise of the Castro?

It's always struck us as odd that the Castro—so close to the hallowed culinary ground occupied by the Bi-Rite, Delfina and Tartine trifecta, with a gorgeous theater as its centerpiece and, let's face it, filled with the "disposable income" types the right-wing media are always talking about—has never been a great spot for eating. We're happy to see that there seems to be a change afoot. The Castro has its own farmers market now (Wednesday nights until October 28) and Starbelly is quickly becoming the go-to neighborhood restaurant.

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: Wine tasting, wine pounding, and a trip to the moon (via the Rockit Room). Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

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