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Wayfare Tavern: California Cuisine with a New York State of Mind

It’s possible Tyler Florence has something to prove. True, the chef has written five—soon to be six—cookbooks, starred on the Food Network for the last 14 years, launched a line of baby food (called Sprout) and opened The Tyler Florence Shop, where he sells his eponymous cookware and other preferred products. But never mind that: This is the summer that the New York transplant—who moved to Mill Valley in 2007—opened his first restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, in the former Rubicon space in the Financial District.

Tartine Afterhours with Samin Nosrat

Though it's still a few weeks out, I want to make sure you all have the opportunity to snag a seat at the next Tartine Afterhours dinner, scheduled for September 29. About once a month, Samin Nosrat (a former cook at Eccolo, she now caters, is cofounder of Oakland's Pop-Up General Store and contributes to the Atlantic's food channel) partners with Tartine Bakery to prepare a three-course family-style meal—for $35 bucks.

Weird Art in Bars: Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha claims the best sauteed mushrooms known to fungi-kind (the hostess said she ate them every day for four months) and serves them (smelling delightfully of garlic and wine) in a decor that smashes Catholic idolatry with the essence of Carmen Miranda and a splash of luau.

 

Spritz Cocktail Recipes from Liquor.com

Sometimes you just want to knock back a few drinks without getting completely blasted, right? That's where the delightful, refreshing pop of the Spritz cocktail comes in. The drink combines liquer with sparkling wine and a dose of club soda, and they're easy as pie to make. Our Liquor.com pals have a few recipes for you to try and drink on a leisurely afternoon.

First Bite: Prospect Is Pulling Them In

The above picture is one of the official press photos of Prospect—the sweeping SoMa restaurant just opened by Team Boulevard. So you might understand why I've been imagining Prospect to look like an uninhabited, rather characterless—and in this photo's case—chairless space. (Notice the bar—no stools!)

R Bar Makes Liquor.com's List of Bartender-Approved Drinking Holes

Bartenders are encyclopedias when it comes to the best new spirits or any perfectly mixed cocktail. So wouldn't you want to know where they go when they feel like getting their drink on? Liquor.com has compiled a list of bartender-approved watering holes around the country, and San Francisco's very own R Bar is on it.

Impulse Shopping with Nopa & Nopalito's Chefs @ The Farmers Market

Last week Nopa’s Laurence Jossel and Nopalito’s Gonzalo Guzman, came down to the Thursday market to pick up a few things on their list including some almond meal and peaches and to see what else was looking good that day. Their car was already packed from earlier visits to both the Berkeley and Marin farmers markets, but with the late summer season in full swing they couldn’t resist a few impulse buys from the Ferry Plaza.

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.

1. The Bold Italic's Haberdash: The folks at The Bold Italic are getting pretty good at hosting reasonably priced, engaging events with a soupcon of free booze. Their latest creation is the Haberdash week, focusing on men's fashion. Meet them tonight at the Burritt Room, where $15 buys access to a fashion show and Distillery No. 209 cocktails, or stop by Jack's San Francisco (Thursday) and Candystore Collective (Friday) for free beer and discounts on duds for dudes. (Wednesday, August 25, 7-9 pm, at the Burritt Room, 417 Stockton St., Union Square; Thursday, August 26, 6-8 pm, at Jack's San Francisco, 668 Post St., Union Square; Friday, August 27, 7-9 pm, at Candystore Collective, 3153 16th St., Mission.)

Corn: The Wonder Crop in All Its Glorious Forms (Don't Tell Michael Pollan)

Make the most out of corn this summer with these spice-ups.

Uni-Corn Corn Holders by Gama-Go
For lovers of kitsch, the Uni-Corn Corn Holders, made by SF-based Gama-Go, are a must for an Indian summer barbeque. Impale your ear on the pony’s horn, and chomp to your heart’s content.

Locked & Loaded: Ice, Ice, Coffee, Baby

Now that summer is almost over, it's finally starting to warm up in San Francisco. And since few of us here have air-conditioning, likely the last thing you want to do on these hot days is to slug down an even hotter drink. But you still need your caffeine fix, right? Enter the iced coffee. 

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