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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. 

Cheap Date: Mission Chinese Food

At first, your nose will run. Then, your eyes will water. Beads of sweat will form on your brow, just as a rush of heat works its way through your stomach. The ma po tofu at Mission Chinese Food (pictured above) is serious business. Borne out of Mission Street Food, that weekly pop-up within Lung Shan restaurant, MCF serves dishes that showcase various regional Chinese styles, prepared by former Farina chef Danny Bowien. From the ample use of Szechuan peppercorns and chiles in the tofu to the Xi’an-style lamb, with its Middle Eastern influences, the offerings aren’t slavish recreations of classics, nor do they fall into the Americanized Chinese brown-sauce camp.

Eat It: Oysters, 18th Street Edibles and Urban Farming

18th Street Block Party
If you don't feel like crossing the bridge to the Eat Real Festival weekend, stick closer to home and check out the 18th Street Block Party this Saturday, August 28. Food, beverages, pie contests and more, served up from some of the block's best residents, including Kasa, Bi-Rite Market & Creamery, Tartine Bakery, Out the Door (their commissary is on 18th), El Huarache Loco and more. The event is free and runs from 12-4 p.m. between Dolores and Guerrero.

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