Eat + Drink
Liquor.com's Spirited Supper Series, which held its inaugural tasting event last week at Beretta (featuring mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald and lots of rum), is now headed to Jardinière. The September 2nd event will feature libations by Jardinière master mixologist Brian MacGregor paired with Traci des Jardins' signature French and California hybrid cuisine.
You would think that the best hotel bars would be found in sleek, modern resorts or boutique hotels, but it turns out that many of the most noteworthy drinking spots can be found in the country's most historic establishments. Liquor.com has put together a guide to the best watering holes to be found in historic hotels, featuring San Francisco's own Harry Denton's Starlight Room in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
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. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.
Right now, in kitchens throughout the city, cooks are preparing their dishes for the second annual SF Street Food Festival, happening tomorrow in the Mission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Should you be attending (and I really hope you are) here's what you can look forward to: 'Zilla dogs from 4505 Meats. Huaraches from El Huarache Loco. Roli Roti porchetta sandwiches. Tacos of every variety, including Korean. Bi-Rite ice cream sandwiches.
Anyone that knows me well, knows that every summer, I turn into an obsessive-compulsive peach fantatic. During the height of the season, every day that I miss a peach, I experience a little bit of soul death. I know it sounds dramatic, but OCPD is like that.
I also am very discerning about my peaches. I won't stand for mealy or mild mannered. I like a peach that's bracingly sweet but balanced with good acidity. Normally, I have them express delivered—meaning driven in by my very kind in-laws who live in Modesto where there's a place called Smith Ranch (701 Claratina Avenue, off McHenry Ave.) that's peach legendary. I just finished up a flat of Fay Elberta's that were true ambrosia.
I live in Potrero, where Jocelyn Buelow reigns and tacos are hard to find. So the entire neighborhood's been abuzz about Papito, Buelow's little "organic Mexican bistro" on Connecticut, just around the corner from his Chez Maman and Chez Papa on 18th. Its cute windowfront and cheery signage appeared way back in spring, but it remained closed due to permit issues until a few weeks ago and, true to form, last night there were people waiting to sit down at one of only two dozen seats.
When people talk Bay Area specialty roasters, especially in San Francisco, you tend to hear three names over and over: Blue Bottle, Ritual, and Four Barrel. Of course, there's good reason for that. All are excellent, and can be found all over the city. But of course there are many other great roasters in the Bay Area. And one in particular, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, seems to inspire an almost cult-like level of devotion and in this case one of the most, um, interesting job application videos we've ever seen.
Tyler Florence serves up some sinfully delicious classics at his new SF restaurant, Wayfare (buttermilk-brined fried chicken anyone?). He shared his recipe for deviled eggs with California Home+Design this month. Check it out here and get ready to seriously impress friends at your next brunch party.
Those of you who have been busy spotting Big Eat items on Foodspotting now have some more lists to get through! We're excited to announce that we're part of Foodspotting's 2.0 iPhone app and website launch, and now have our Big Sweet 2010, our Ramen Guide and our SF Burger Bonanza available for the hunt. So renew those gym memberships and get busy making plans to spot Fish & Farm burgers, Hapa ramen and Humphry Slocombe's Secret Breakfast ice cream. You can find all of 7x7's lists here.