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Talking About Coffee: It's What We Do

I honestly didn't think more could be written about coffee. But lo, here comes an article from Jeffrey Steingarten, esteemed Vogue food writer. For jaded San Francisco bean-addicts, raised on Ritual, finished on Blue Bottle and turned out to pasture with Verve and Ecco, I'm not sure that Mr. Steingarten's story (which is available only in the June print issue) adds a whole lot to the discourse, but it does set the record straight for East coasters, particularly a special breed of New Yorkers who believe they stand firmly at the center of the universe. But you don't have to take my word for it—here, a quote from the story:

"New York City is slowly catching up with San Francisco, where, it pains me to admit, the brewed-coffee revolution probably got its start."

Wine Competitions: How to Use Them

I may be somewhat biased since I both judge wine competitions and run a few of them myself, but I find that despite the criticism they often get wine competitions can be very helpful for the consumer. They offer a way to weed through the tons of wines that are out on the market and provide a service that is unique. Critics of competitions will say that they are useless and that scores given to the wines entered do not matter, but I would have to disagree. Most competitions are careful to choose expert judges, and each has different criteria. Some do not allow winemakers while others prefer to have a technical palate on each panel. Each panel tastes through a series of wines "blind", i.e. knowing only the basics, sometimes just grape variety, sometimes vintage and price.

Weird Art in Bars: Latin American Club

Referred to in certain circles - circles that don't seem to operate under the standard practice of using given names - as That Bar With The Chihuahuas, the Latin American Club is the de facto national gallery for small dogs. Oversize canvases featuring pint-size canines with Napoleon complexes and ears like slices of pizza line one infamous wall. Drink enough tequila and they may even bark for you. (Just sayin'.)

Conquering Whiskey:'s Bourbon Cheat Sheet

If you step into any liquor store worth its salt looking for a good bourbon, you'll likely be confronted by more choices than you'll know what to do with. To help you narrow it down to the good stuff, enlisted Knob Creek's whiskey professor Bernie Lubbers to create a bourbon cheat sheet. It's a run down of different bourbon styles like traditional bourbon recipes, high-rye recipes, and traditional wheat recipes.  Conquer bourbon once and for all.


2010 Restaurant Readers' Choice Awards! Vote Now

We know you have an opinion. We know you care. Starting today, there are only seven more days to vote for your favorite restaurants in town. This is your chance to really make your voice heard. Get into the competitive spirit! We need you to: Rep! Pre! Sent! (Ok, that's as much cheerleader enthusiasm as my jaded editor self can muster.)

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

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

Eat It: Sustainable Seafood, Rising Star Chefs and Golden Glass

Head to Cal Academy for Something Fishy

Five Places to Feed Your World Cup Appetite

Although the soccer players do most of the sweating, we spectators have a lot of eating, drinking, and TV-screen heckling to do in honor of the 2010 World Cup. The question is, which destination will best satisfy our bellies? Here's a solid line up of city spots fit for the entire spectrum of World Cup fanatics.

Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan St., S.F.

Dine Out for the Gulf Coast: Good Cause, Good Eating

I grew up in Louisiana—buying fresh shrimp from the guys that sold it from coolers on the side of the road, and listening to the stories my father, who worked as a rural sociologist for LSU studying oyster fisherman down in Houma, would tell. Needless to say, the disaster that is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is really hitting home for me. (Not that the continuous loop on the news of turtles covered in sludge wouldn't have made an impact.)

Lauren Kiino, Chef and Co-owner of Il Cane Rosso, on her City Favorites

If refined four-star cuisine is the yin to rustic Italian cooking’s yang, then Mission District resident Lauren Kiino is perfectly balanced. Kiino—Delfina’s chef de cuisine for eight years—moved on in 2007 to stage at French Laundry and Daniel Patterson’s Coi. Patterson and Kiino hit it off—enough to open three restaurants together. Il Cane Rosso joined the Ferry Building last year and the duo’s upcoming restaurants are in Oakland: Plum, which will be small and modern, debuts this summer and Bracina, a larger, California restaurant, has a TBD opening date in Jack London Square.

“At Nihon [Whisky] Lounge, I go for a glass of Scapa. It’s a great way to finish up the night.”

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