Eat + Drink
If I were you, I'd get to spotting some beasts. Spot one (well, a stencil of one) and tweet us @7x7bitsbites and you will win two tickets to CUESA's Sunday Supper (a $400 value), plus a spot in one of Ryan Farr's upcoming butchery classes (value: priceless). Second and third prize, chosen at random from all the spotters, is two tickets to the reception that precedes the dinner.
Have you checked out the Wednesday Mint Plaza Farmers' Market yet? (We're embarassed to say we haven't either, but we're going to remedy that right NOW).
Beyond the fact that you can stock up on fresh produce during your lunch hour (while sipping a coffee from nearby Blue Bottle), here's another reason to go: Thermidor (who buys directly from the market) and Chez Papa are now offering $5 gourmet lunches during market hours (10 am to 2 pm).
Get over there! (We're hurrying).
Decorated in large part by the random stickers so highly favored by bars in the lower Haight, Molotov distinguishes itself by also featuring pinup girls, black and white portraits, and men in straw cowboy hats tipping slowly to the left. Also, $3 whisky sours at happy hour. So you can afford to get really smashed no matter what the economy’s doing. Which might explain all the drunk dudes playing the Lord of the Rings pin ball machine.
Carnivores Unite at Primal
This weekend, chefs and butchers from all over the country will be gathering a Primal, a celebration of sustainably raised meats, the art of butchery, and live-fire grilling. There will be butchery and sausage making demonstrations, a bacon hall of fame tasting bar, wood-fired meats of all kinds (over 2000 pounds!) and a haut dog station, among myriad other meaty attractions. The event will be held at Chase Cellars in St. Helena and tickets are $75-125.
Film Night at the Farm
If you've got a little Japanophile in you, you'll want to get yourself to Japantown this Saturday for Tabemasho (which means "let's eat"). You'll eat well for sure—from ohagi manju (mochi) to congee with crispy ham and uni, sushi, shabu-shabu, pickled vegetables, beef tataki with daikon (from chef Nik Balla of Nombe).
Tomorrow marks the start of San Francisco Cocktail Week, a week-long celebration of all things cocktail (including SF's stellar roster of bartenders). In honor of the week, Liquor.com has rounded up signature drink recipes from some of the city's best, including Duggan McDonnell (Cantina), H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir) and Jeff Hollinger & Jonny Raglin (Comstock Saloon).
Despite what you may have heard, the apple does not fall far from the tree. In this case, the tree is Boulevard, and the apple is the long-awaited sequel restaurant, Prospect. Boulevard holds down the corner of Stewart and Mission streets, serving precisely executed dishes that feature local bounty to diners with a little coin to throw around. Two blocks away and nearly two decades after Boulevard’s opening, Prospect is doing the same.
Whatever you may think about the mixology movement, it's here to stay, and has blessed our town with some pretty stellar drinks. It's time to celebrate the cocktail with SF Cocktail Week, a seven-day libation bonanza that kicks off next Tuesday with the debut of the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, an exciting new “beverage lab" (this makes me think about Beaker from the Muppets) and community center for drink circles. Scope the full schedule of SF Cocktail Week events here.
Roll fanatics, take note. ICHI Sushi, the brainchild of Tim and Erin Archuleta, is opening its Outer Mission brick-and-mortar restaurant tonight! Though the restaurant is a first for the duo, they cut their teeth first with a catering venture before later opening Lucky Cat Deli at 331 Cortland. Insiders know Ichi is also responsible for the Monday night sushi at Bender's.