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Mmmm...Breakfast: Our Go-Tos at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market

Lulu Meyer brings the best of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to us every week.

Dave Eggers Will Serve You Grilled Cheese

Back in college, my get-rich-quick scheme was a grilled cheese cart that I would pedal around to festival, Phish concerts and the like (this was back on the East coast and long before Burning Man had swept up free spirits across America). Little did I realize how prescient that scheme would be. It was based on very simple deductive reasoning: people like grilled cheese. A lot. They like it so much, in fact, that some savvy local Lit folks are using it to lure people to a book reading.

James Beard Nominees Announced

The James Beard Foundation announced the James Beard Awards semifinalists for restaurants and chefs today. Like the Academy Awards, there are always some nominees that make me go, Hmmmm. For the Best New Restaurant category, as lovely as it is, Frances seems incredibly new. Acquerello for wine service (and Outstanding Service service) but not RN74? Then there's the sad fact of Ubuntu.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in San Francisco.


Free Beer for Tigers: People born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, and 1986 (including yours truly) are in luck this week, as E&O Trading Company is offering free beer to those born in the Year of the Tiger, which began again on Sunday. The beer of choice? Tiger, of course. If you weren't born in one of the lucky years, take heart: they'll still have special cocktails and a Chinese New Year menu available for you. (Tuesday, February 16-Saturday, February 27, at E&O Trading Company, 314 Sutter St., Financial District.)

Eat It: Rabbits, Soba and Meatpaper #10

Sip and chat with wine importer Kermit Lynch
On February 20 Berkeley-based wine importer and author Kermit Lynch will be at Omnivore Books for a wine tasting and a reading from his two books. The event is free and runs from 5-6 p.m.

Fat Tuesday Tonight: A Taste of Bourbon Street via Scott Street

How could I forget that today is Fat Tuesday? Clearly I've completely lost my Louisiana roots. In a panic, I looked up what's left to be hand: Arizmendi Bakery's king's cakes are sold out, the Mardi Gras celebration at Town Hall? Sold out too. But, ah, who would have thunk? The Republic is ringing in Lent with a Mardi Gras party tonight. Their chef Ronnie New is from the Big Easy and he'll be making barbecued shrimp (which was my request for every birthday dinner I ever had growing up in Baton Rouge) and some classic gumbo. Hurricanes as well as Abita beer (both Purple Haza and Turbo Dog) is also available—another prerequisite. Starts at 4 pm and goes until 1 am.

The Pigs are Coming: Cochon 555, Napa-style

Pig-mania is well-established, the inroads running deep. If you are a pork enthusiast, then your Stanley Cup, your Superbowl, your Oscars is Cochon 555—a ten-city tour that kicks off February 28 in Napa and concludes next June in San Francisco. The premise is simple—five chefs, five pigs and a little friendly competition, with the winner earning both bragging rights as well as the title "Prince of Porc" (or Princess, though there has yet to be one).

Throwdown: Papalote vs. Bobby Flay

I don't know how many of you have seen the Food Network show Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The premise is pretty simple—Bobby Flay shows up at a restaurant unannounced and challenges the owners to a cook-off of a signature item from the menu—usually something iconic like barbequed ribs, or mac and cheese, or fish and chips. As SF Weekly reported back in December, Flay challenged the owners of Papalote to a burrito contest, but we felt the news deserved another mention since the episode will be broadcast on Wednesday, February 17.

Market Watch: Knoll Farms' Famous Green Garlic, Pea Shoots and Cardoons

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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

1. UrbanDaddy's Pop-Up Wedding: We knew that the guys at UrbanDaddy liked typical guy stuff (sports, meat, booze), so we have to admit some surprise that they're turning Valentine's into an all-out celebration of matrimony. Couples can have an impulsive wedding, renew existing vows, or join the singles sipping on free champagne and fighting for the giveaway vibrators from Jimmyjane. Ah, love. RSVP here. (Sunday, February 14, 4-7 pm, at W Hotel, 181 3rd St., SOMA.)

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