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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. 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.

Obsessed: Adam Timney of Starbelly on Tacos

Adam Timney, chef, Starbelly

Tacos are the ultimate snack. Meat and bread. Beans should not be on a taco. Beans are a side. I don’t want a crispy shell. I don’t want sour cream. No super tacos. Just meat, salsa, cilantro and chopped raw onion. The tacos from the El Tonayense trucks are my favorite. I get a combo—tripe, cabeza, lengua and buche. They cook their tripe perfectly. Most places overcook it, but they do it just right, so it’s a little crispy and a little chewy. Four tacos, a Tamarindo—then a nap.

Food Festival Bonanza! Scoping This Weekend's Eat Real Festival in Oakland

Recovered from last weekend's Street Food Festival yet? Well, we hope you ate enough 'Zilla dogs and Korean tacos to tide you over until this weekend's Eat Real Festival in Oakland, another bonafide food festival bonanza.

The Soda Jerks: Restaurants With Housemade Sodas

Just as Coke heads are going into withdrawal from the soda ban on city property that took effect last spring, restaurants around town have started serving up healthy alternatives—housemade sodas. Made without the dreaded corn syrup, these sodas are chaste enough to give Gavin a platform to stand on.

The Big Chill: 7 Refreshing Wines Under $15

Indian summer demands refreshing wines that are easy on both the wallet and the palate. For this: seven keepers, $15 and under.

Coconut Water Cocktail Recipes for "Hydrated" Drinking

When cocktails get "healthy," mixologists usually turn to ingredients like pomegranate juice, acai berries or agave nectar. But the newest kid on the healthy cocktail block is coconut water. This miracle juice is nonfat, low in calories and loaded with enough electrolytes and potassium to stave off a nasty hangover.

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