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If you can only have one thing this Easter make it be this: Emporio Rulli Bakery's La Colomba Pasquale or “The Easter Dove”, a lighter, more citrusy version of panettone. The fluffy sweet bread made with candied orange peels, almond paste, and powdered sugar is baked in a dove-shaped paper mold. Amazing.
For kids, Cocoabella’s got the ultimate Easter basket ($50). The multicolor weaved basket features delicious milk chocolate covered gummi bears, a milk chocolate egg house, a chocolate bunny and crème brulee Eggs.
Deep Dish: Mission Beach Café devotes every Tuesday to several varieties of pot pie. The rabbit version is loaded with vegetables—turnips, English peas, carrots and parsnips—that could have been stolen straight from Farmer Brown’s garden. 198 Guerrero St., 415-861-0198, missionbeachcafesf.com
Here's the good news—the team behind Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope (brothers Mitch and Steve Rosenthal and Doug Washington) is opening a new restuarant. The bad news? The new restaurant, Irving Street Kitchen, is in Portland, Oregon. Like their restaurants here in San Francisco, Irving Street is housed within a historic building in the Pearl district, amidst many other repurposed warehouses—the construction photos above reveal a very familiar landscape. Not that there's anything wrong with that—the three restaurants they own now have been huge hits here in San Francisco, and we're betting they'll do just as well up North.
What happens when the city’s top bartenders are forced to choose? Introducing the ultimate five-bottle bar, perfectly sized for apartment dwelling.
If there’s one thing that doesn’t fly during a downturn, it’s the status quo. But when faced with the option of either shuttering or reinventing, restaurateurs have been opting for the latter, like Madonnas of the dining world. Although Acme Chophouse has just changed into Mijita/Public House, a proven success of this kind of 180 would be Coco500, which, until 2005, was Loretta Keller’s beloved Bizou.
What would a traditional Seder be without horseradish root, a lamb bone, a sprig of parsley and ... jello shots? Should you be looking to liven up the holiday with some non-traditional additions, author Kathi Kamen Goldmark gives us two recipes to try.
Jello shots: Chill a bottle of Manichewitz concord grape Passover wine; then substitute for the cold-water portion of the grape Jello recipe on the box. Pour into shot glasses or 3-oz. paper cups and chill until firm.
The Popsicles are a bit more challenging, as it's difficult to freeze alcohol. However, since there isn't much alcohol in Manichewitz, it works just fine for this application.
Well, we ought to all be able to agree on one thing: Ebb and Flow has one of the most coveted locations in all of San Francisco. This is some seriously prime real estate, across from Tartine Bakery, down the block from Bi-Rite and Delfina, with giant windows on all sides. When the sun is going down, flooding with room with a sunset glow, and the parade of misfit San Franciscans decamping from Dolores Park crowd amble by, there are few finer seats.
At a loss for what to do and how to prepare for Passover this year? Have no fear, we've got you covered. Just read on.
When the whole family gets together you might need a little more than red wine to take the edge off. Add Distillery no. 209’s sugarcane-distilled gin ($36) to your table for Passover this year. Most alcoholic beverages don't meet Passover regulations, but this San Francisco-based distillery has come up with the first Kosher For Passover gin. Martinis all around. Available at Blackwell’s Wines & Spirits.
You say siphon—I say Slayer. If the hype is to be believed, then the Fourth Wave of coffee has begun. In the life span of java, the four-wave theory is broken down thusly:
The post-WWII rise of instant coffee (first); Starbucks and Peet’s (second); obsessive, bean-sourcing micro-roasters like Blue Bottle and Four Barrel (third); and what I’ll deem the “machine age” (fourth).
One of the year's best films arrives this weekend in the form of Hot Tub Time Machine, a delightfully inane, raunchy comedy that puts the movies it will inevitably be compared to – last year's The Hangover, for instance – to shame. Elsewhere: