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Oakland, CA: The Birth Place of the Mai Tai

What do you think of when you think of a Mai Tai? Sandy beaches? Palm trees? You'd probably never think of Oakland, which is where the Mai Tai was born in 1944 at venerable cocktail man Victor Bergeron's original Trader Vic's restaurant. The quintessential tropical drink went on to be a staple in both exotic locales and tiki bars, far from its origins in not-so-exotic Oakland, CA.

The Path to Ramen Enlightenment

Before former Nopa sous chef Richie Nakano launched his Hapa Ramen stand at the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this summer, he did his due diligence—analyzing everything from broths to noodles to chashu in ramen joints from SF to NY. Then, he took what he learned and came up with a bowl he could call his own. Here are his picks.

Cheap Date: Parada 22

At Parada 22, the two-and-a-half-month-old Puerto Rican spot wedged between bustling Cha Cha Cha and divey Murio’s Trophy Room in the Upper Haight, the menu is small and simple. You can’t go wrong with a classic Cubano—roasted pork, ham, pickles, mustard and Swiss served on a pressed baguette—but the entrees give you more bang for your buck.

The 2010 Eat+Drink Reader's Choice Awards

What’s eating San Francisco? We asked, and you told us, casting your votes in 26 mouth-watering categories, from best newcomer to best cocktail list to your favorites in every ethnic category in town. No matter what you’re craving, it’s right outside your door. Here's what won in each category:

Dinner Delivered: The Best of the Bunch

If any of you are as lazy as me on as many nights of the week as I am, then this post is for you. This post is for the weekday warriors—you know, people that work. A lot. Long hours. All. Week. Long.

The question: do any decent restaurants deliver? The answer: yes. I'm not talking Amici's pizza, either (although I say this with respect, because Amici's has gotten me through many a deadline here at HQ). Newcomers to the delivery fold include:

Popsicles! Get Them While They're Cold


When I think of summer in San Francisco, I think of a hot day in Dolores Park, wedged somewhere between the hipsters, relishing a lime popsicle from one of the many paleta carts that ring-a-ding over the bumpy lawn.

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. A Tall, Cold Pint of NightLife: Ever wondered how beer makes it into the bottle? Join representatives of local brewing shop SF Brewcraft and breweries MateVeza and Bison at the Academy of Sciences' NightLife, where they'll discuss how beer is made over a few pints of their finest creations. Admission is $12, and includes full access to the museum. (Thursday, July 15, 6-10 pm, at California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park.)

First Bite: Thermidor

All of a sudden, the city seems like it has its dining mojo back. I keep a running list of new restaurants that I’m looking forward to checking out and that list is growing long. And while certainly not all of these places are destined to be great or destined to last, plenty of them are and will. Regardless of that, it’s just nice to see something happening in the dining world after so many months of stagnation.

A few nights ago—an ordinary Tuesday in the middle of summer—I decided to check out Thermidor, the newest project from Bruce Binn and Neil Jorgenson (who also co-own Spork in the Mission).

Classic New Orleans: Cocktail Inspiration from the Big Easy

The Big Easy is prime cocktail territory - they even have a museum dedicated to them. Drinks are rightfully consumed there morning, noon and night, including classics like the Sazerac (pictured here) and the Ramos Gin Fizz, and up-and-comers like the Hand Grenade and the Hurricane. If you can't make it to NOLA anytime soon, you can still enjoy their drinks. Our comrades at have an ever-handy recipe guide to the best Big Easy drinks, delicious especially when it's extra hot outside.

Hendricks Gin and 7x7’s Cocktail Academy Photos

On July 13th, Hendrick’s Gin arranged a unique event for a dedicated crowd of eager fledgling mixologists!

Jon Santer, San Francisco's own award-winning "Ambassador of the Curious and Savant & Mixologist of Hendrick's" conducted lively sessions on how to tame the undeniably delicious gin. After the sessions, students were able enjoy their scrumptious libations with fellow bon vivants in the pleasantly peculiar atmosphere of Prospect.

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Photos: Anthony Gordon

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