Eat + Drink
Tamales By The Bay
From the desk of Jessica:
A quick survey of the tweets from other attendees of the third annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival confirms a few things—everyone is still hungover, and everyone is regretting finishing the foie gras loco moco that the chefs from Animal prepared for the Food and Wine Best New Chefs Alumni dinner on Friday night. Yes, indeed, as the three-day eating and drinking bonanza has now come to a close, it's time to reflect on what we've learned.
The debate about whether or not diners should photograph their food is nothing new. The should we, shouldn't we game is old news—the point is that people are. Lots of them. All the time. They are posting to Facebook, to Twitter, to their own blogs. The Times detailed the trend in a long piece yesterday, an obsessives gallery par excellence. Here at 7x7, we're of the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" school of thought, which is why when we released our Big Eat list back in February, we partnered with Foodspotting, challenging our biggest eaters to keep a visual record of all of the dishes from the list that they tried.
A Perfect Pairing Party with Andrea Robinson and Tom Douglas
Tonight, April 7, head to the Macy’s Cellar at 6 p.m. for a “Perfect Pairing Party” with wine expert Andrea Robinson and Seattle-based chef Tom Douglas (chef-owner of four restaurants and creator of the most sinisterly delicious coconut cream pie of all time). Douglas will demonstrate the recipes while Robinson suggest the perfect wine match for each. The event is $15; proceeds go to Meals of Wheels. Reserve your spot by going to macys.com/events
Calaveras County Winemaker at Pauline’s Wine Bar
When we got a tip that King of Thai Noodle House was offering cheap food and drinks and the complete sports lineup on big-screen TVs, we had to admit skepticism. King of Thai Noodle House? The chain that is second only to Osha for SF ubiquity? As it turns out, though, the North Beach outlet of King of Thai is an honest-to-God sports bar, with the added assets of ridiculously cheap drinks and food. We joined a good-sized crowd for the NCAA final on Monday, where we sipped $2 drafts (Sierra Nevada, Fat Tire, Amstel Light, Sapporo), then switched to tasty and gigantic $6 margaritas, prepared by an efficient and friendly trio of Thai women.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Ana Mandara's Anniversary: Ana Mandara, the Vietnamese fusion restaurant tucked away in Ghirardelli Square, isn't known to many non-tourists in this town. The impressively huge and done-up space will provide a great backdrop to its tenth-anniversary celebration: purchase one of a number of $10 entrees, including lobster ravioli, Vietnamese dumplings, and barbeque shrimp with garlic noodles, and they'll throw in a free beer, glass of wine, or house specialty cocktail. Don't let the tourists have all the fun. (Daily through April 30th, 5:30-10 pm, at Ana Mandara, 891 Beach St., North Beach.)
Yesterday I posted a blog stating that Sushi Ran has bluefin tuna on their menu. I found out today that I was incorrect: Sushi Ran's tuna comes from Kindai University, where they're farm-raising Bluefin. (I noticed that today Sushi Ran's menu wording has changed, making this more explicit.) Sebo, in SF, also sells this pricey tuna. Although it's certainly a much better alternative, the environmentalist jury is apparently still out. Still, my apologies to Sushi Ran for making the assumption that their Bluefin was wild, rather than ranch raised.
I started writing about SF’s food scene during the height of the dot-com boom, but that means I also saw it through the bust, when South of Market looked like a ghost town and restaurants like Azie, which really represented that era to me (cutting-edge $30-plus entrees) closed, and not surprisingly.
Still, I’ve witnessed nothing ravage the city’s restaurant landscape like this current recession. It’s been like a wild fire. But right now, I’m happy to report that there’s new growth: The wildflowers are emerging from the forest floor. (Nothing a writer likes more than an extended metaphor.)
Even for those who aren't basketball fans, March seems to turn a young man's fancy to thoughts of brackets, no matter how obscure. Whether the competitors are the weird name of the year or various flavors of cake and pie, this has been a banner year for brackets that have little to do with the actual NCAA tournament.