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And Now For 7x7's Pie Social: When Pain Isn't Gain

This is why we're not blogging today. We had the first annual Pie Social.

After sweating bullets over a Rose Levy Beranbaum tart recipe (I've decided that Rose Levy Beranbaum takes the joy out of baking with her charts), making a beautiful lemon curd, delicately tossing blueberries in sugar as to not break them and driving the tart to the Union Square office at like 15 miles an hour from Bernal Heights over hills and valleys, terrified it would slide around in the car and break, Robin showed up with her own creation called "Monkey Pie": Store-bought crust, sliced bananas, Jell-O chocolate pudding and ReddiWip.

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

1. Eastside West Wednesdays: After a long day at work, LTB's priority list usually consists of a drink, something nourishing to eat, and some nice music on the stereo. Now, Eastside West has offered to let humpday sufferers enjoy all of these things in public. Every Wednesday night, $8 buys you your choice of a burger or sandwich, and it comes with either a beer or a glass of wine. And they have live jazz! This is a deal that all cardinal directions can get behind. (Wednesdays, all night, at Eastside West, 3154 Fillmore St., Marina.)

Week's Best Food Events: Stone Fruit, Cheese and Revolutionary French

Take Home the Trophy at the Stone Fruit Contest at Omnivore Books

Whip up your best peach pie, apricot salsa, plum cobbler, nectarine crisp for the Stone Fruit Food Contest at Omnivore Books on July 10—the best entry wins glory (and cash). The event runs from 4-5 p.m. and you can enter for free. For those who want to taste and judge, admission is $5.

Pastry Chefs Unite to Create Savory Dinner at Commis

The Humphry Slocombe Factor: Is the Joke On Us?

Elizabeth Weil's feature profile on pastry chef Jake Godby, the owner of the cultish ice cream shop Humphry Slocombe, came out in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. As she is apt to do, Weil turned what I thought would be the expected, all-praise-wacky-ice-cream-flavors piece into an article that subtly presented a couple thoughtful ways to view SF's food world. She writes of Godby:

Brainstorming fortune cookie phrases for our Eat+Drink awards in August. "Never Trust a Naked Bus Driver?"

The City's Best Italian, Minus the Scene

If there is any cuisine that this town identifies itself with right now, it’s Italian. From Flour + Water to Delfina to A16, we love and praise our Italian restaurants like nothing else. As does the media (7x7 also being guilty as charged). These restaurants continually get picked up in the national press such as Washington Post and Travel + Leisure.

Chocolate, Curry Carts and To-Go Cocktails: The Best of SF, Eat + Drink

Chocolate and caramel, curry carts and cocktails for the road. Mexican fiestas, Hawaiian loco moco and Shanghai Bucks. Where to get goat in the Marina, black-sesame popsicles in the Mission and … Tums (available at any Walgreens).

Divorcing? Middle of Your Life? Just Say F- It and Make Cheese

You know what they say: When life gives you lemons, make cheese. At least that’s what Sebastopol-based Lisa Gottreich and Miriam Block did. The two women—who met at a dinner party in the winter of 2008—found that not only were they both recently divorced and looking to remake their lives, but that there was something grounding about making magic out of milk. “There was no game plan,” says Gottreich. “I was working for a large oncology group as an operations analyst. Miriam was in software. To let go of work, I’d go home, chop wood and milk goats. My friends always said, ‘You were born the wrong “ish.” You should have been Amish, not Jewish.’”

The Waiting Game: SF's Longest Lines Speak Out

Driving by Tartine, gazing at the inevitable line of people patiently lined up for their morning bun, I often wonder if people in San Francisco might actually revel in the whole waiting game. Whether we're on the sidewalk outside Mama's on a Sunday, biding our time in the Bi-Rite Creamery queue or salivating at the aroma of porchetta wafting our way at the Roli Roti truck, I think there's something to the anticipation—maybe even the just slightly degrading act of almost begging for your food—that might make it taste all the better. (I mean, imagine the frenzy if only Tartine pastry chef Liz Prueitt carried a bullwhip and wore leather.)

Eat It: Pies and Farm-Fresh Cocktails

Chocolate, Beer and Social Change

It is a shame that tastings of chocolate and beer— a devastatingly palatable combo— do not present themselves more frequently. Nourish your taste buds and your sense of justice in the world at “Bean to Bar,” an exploration of Madécasse chocolates. This fruity brand localizes production entirely within the bean-growing African country of Madagascar, so more money stays in Madagascar. But you’ll learn all about that over four bars and some Belgian brews at 18 Reasons in the Mission, July 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reserve tickets at here.

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