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The Best Sushi in San Francisco

I know how this will sound, but it’s true—I read Details for the articles. I don’t always agree with their take on food in San Francisco, but it’s always interesting to see what the editors have to say. However, this story, about the best sushi joints in America, got it exactly right, naming some of my favorite places.

 

Where Did Julia Roberts Dine This Week in SF?

We’re not frequently star-struck, but how’s this for a celebrity sighting: Monday night, following the fundraiser for Paul Newman’s children’s camp (held at Davies Symphony Hall) none other than Julia Roberts, her husband Danny Moder, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Bruce Willis, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Billy and Janice Crystal, Danny DeVito, Bonnie Raitt and Marsha Williams gathered at Jardinière to celebrate Julia’s birthday (she turned 41)—other lucky diners heard the gang singing “Happy Birthday” to Julia and Rita (whose birthday was just a few days earlier).

The Perfect Fall Cocktail

A week ago, I didn't think I'd be able to write this post about autumnal drinks. But then the fog rolled in, and with it came the rain, and then all of a sudden it did feel like fall. The proverbial frost is on the proverbial pumpkin. Which is great news, because now I can tell you about this great new book of cocktail recipes from Scott Beattie, the man behind the bar at Cyrus in Healdsburg, called Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks inspired by the seasons from the bar at Cyrus.

How to Be a Passive-Aggressive Sushi Diner

Clearly, we're all for sustainablity here. In fact, just a few days back in this very blog, Jessica covered the new sustainable sushi movement, lead in part by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Time Out New York is in on it too.

But sometimes a political movement can go too far.

My Dinner Party Secret: Call A La Turca

The first crackle of a leaf underfoot, and I’m overcome with a mix of excitement (the holidays are coming! the holidays are coming!) and trepidation (the holidays are coming! the holidays are coming!). The excited part of me wants to throw dinner parties, have open houses, bake pies and actually buy wine-glass charms (yes, there's a whole industry around these things). The anxious part of me wants to just stick my head in the sand until January.


Healthy Beer?

We've heard a lot over the years about the health benefits of  drinking wine, but here's the first I've heard about healthy beer .  Rice University researchers are developing a strain of yeast that will produce  the heart-healthy chemical resveratrol as a byproduct of the  fermentation of grain. Resveratrol is the active compound in red wine that supposedly fights heart disease.

My take: Sounds good. Now, if they can only develop lower calorie brew that doesn't taste like Lite beer.

Pisco Sours at La Mar are Good. Really Good.

I visited the enormous new Peruvian sensation La Mar over the weekend, mostly because I  wanted to try their Pisco Sours.  They were terrific. I  don't know what they do for the egg-white foam on the top, which was as firm and lasting as a good brick wall (our server said they use  "pasteurized egg whites"), but the entire drink was delicious. It had  that lovely limey-floral high tone of a good Pisco Sour, the  requisite topping of bitters, and went down incredibly smoothly. I highly recommend.

Paulaner Oktoberfest: Why I Love October

Though the weather for most of this month has been what we crave in July, typically October is my favorite month. Why? Well, I do love that traditional seasonal change, the crisping of the air, the leaves, etc . . . You start to see the autumnal shift in your diet -- apples, potatoes, good oysters. Maybe you start drinking a little red wine. And, lest I forget, football season and the World Series. The best beer in the world for those things--Oktoberfest, naturally--a rich, amber beer with a strong malty character. I love the Paulaner Oktoberfest, which I cheerfully devoured on Sunday while watching those poor 49ers lose to my just-as-poor Seattle Seahawks.

This week: Caramel Apples, Wild Boar and Jam Making

This week's top Eat + Drink events around SF

1. Apple of our eye
If you haven’t made your way over to Cavallo Point cooking school (and the wonderful on-premise restaurant, Murray Circle) yet, here’s your chance: This Friday, precede your night of tricking with a treat from the kitchen—caramel apples! Heirloom apples will be dunked in homemade caramel for a gooey holiday treat. The free event begins at 3:30 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m.; afterwards, you can take your kids to the fancy Marin neighborhoods for their annual candy run.

Cook like Thomas Keller


The other day I read a great article in the Washington Post by food writer Jane Black (free registration may be required), all about how anything Thomas Keller touches turns to gold. Producers clamor to be considered, sending samples of their best butter, cheese, chocolate and pork in hopes that it’ll become part of the pedigreed French Laundry pantry.
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