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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. 7x7 Nightlife Party at Infusion Lounge: Our annual Nightlife Guide is almost here, and to celebrate, we're throwing a party at Infusion Lounge with plenty of luminaries from the local entertainment scene. $3 rum cocktails and $2 beers will be on offer, with complimentary tastings and bites. The food and drink deals end at 8 pm, with a DJ keeping the party going until 10. RSVP here. (Thursday, August 19th, 7-10 pm, at Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis St., Union Square.)

Mission Street Changing One Restaurant at a Time

I've been walking the streets of the Mission District for years now and while the long stretch of Valencia Street—and, of course, the 18th Street gourmet ghetto—has become nationally recognized as a dining destination, Mission Street itself has held tight to its collision of dollar stores, taquerias, cheap furniture stores and generally cheerful, Latin-influenced funk.

Ultimate Date? Dinner at Luce, a Martini at the Top of the Mark for $80

We've written before about the city's best 1-2 date combos, but this one brings out the big guns.

Mojo Bicycle Cafe Monday Night Supper Club Continues Tonight

Mojo Bicycle Cafe, the Divisadero bike shop and cafe known for awesome coffee (they serve De La Paz and Ritual) and great outdoor seating (they were a Best of the Day 2010 pick), has been venturing into the dinner arena for the past few weeks now with a Monday Night Supper Club, featuring local chefs cooking up prix fixe dinners on their nights off. Tonight, the Supper Club continues with guests chefs James Lalonde and Joe McColgan, vets of Pizzeria Delfina, Town Hall, Fish & Farm and Bacar kitchens.

The Best Bay Area Food, By Subscription Only

The CSA model has long been championed as the sustainable food lovers best way to get a piece of the action. Beginning with vegetable boxes, this direct-to-consumer approach eliminates the middle-man, putting consumers directly in touch with producers and ensuring that farmers have a home for the crops they raise.

And while vegetable CSA boxes are old news, the subscription model has since been extended to meat, cheese and, now, pastries, preserves, confections and savory breads. That's right—Tell Tale Preserve Company, the latest project from pastry chef extraordinaire William Werner (last seen at Quince) is launching the "Tell Tale Society," a monthly sack of goodies, to change with the seasons. Your $35 subscription entitles you to a monthly haul, which can be picked up or delivered to your door.

7x7's fans chose chef Kory Stewart to be the winner of our first-ever "Your City, Your Chef" contest!



by Riley Manlapaz

Photography by Joe Budd

One of our most exciting and rewarding readers' contests this year determined San Francisco's next culinary star. After thousands of votes were cast in two rounds of voting, Kory Stewart—the young chef of Americano Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Vitale—was chosen as the brightest new talent* on our city's much-ballyhooed food scene.

The Blended Cocktail is Back

Frozen drinks have been suffering a reputation as "cheesy" for a while. The last 50 years saw blenders (which used to be ubiquitous at bars) go out of style  in favor of smoother cocktails. With the resurgence of tiki bars and the help of a few brave bartenders, the blended drink is now back and better than ever.

Weird Art in Bars: Smuggler’s Cove

If you're reading this, you’re likely well aware that Smuggler’s Cove has the best rum in town. (Which may or may not mean you research local watering holes with alarming regularity.) What you might not know is that there’s nothing more bad ass than taking a deceased - and, we assume, appropriately gutted - blowfish from its salty sea home and sticking a colored light bulb up its butt.

Blackberries: The Pick of the City (And The Crisp To Make With Them)

My neighbors in Bernal Heights don't tend to their backyard which is fine by me because it means more blackberries for the picking. Right now, their vines are reaching over into our yard allowing me to get a good cereal-bowl full of berries in the morning for breakfast.

Bay Area Power Couples: Jeff & Lori of Baker & Banker

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series. This week we chatted up the brains and brawn behind Baker & Banker.

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