Eat + Drink
May is one of the most exciting times of year at the market.
Every week it seems there’s a new addition: cherries, apricots, blueberries, raspberries -- it’s hard to keep up with all the bounty. It’s no coincidence, then that it’s also the time of year when we invite the community to join us for a special breakfast to help offset the cost of some of our educational programs. Guests can dig in knowing they’re helping us fund our weekly chef demonstrations, panel discussions and farm tours, as well as visits from guests such as Michael Pollan and Anna Lappe.
It used to be that the only drink preparation you needed to attend Bay to Breakers was practicing a polite request to others for a pull off their keg. Sadly, concepts like "public decorum" and "not urinating on everything in sight" have invaded the race, making it difficult for B2B participants to carry their own booze without risking legal trouble. If you can't or don't feel like coming up with a ten-point system for concealing your race-day tipple, here are a few stops along the route that can provide some needed liquid nourishment:
The Cosmopolitan (121 Spear St.): Situated near the start of the race, the Cosmopolitan is offering quick breakfast bites, orange juice, and (of course) a cash bar for those planning to make the full trek.
So, although I'm down in Mexico working on an article, I was able to spend a day tasting tequila with Tres Agaves' Eric Rubin. In addition to Tres Agaves, Rubin is also involved in a new Mission District restaurant that he's opening with Maverick chef/owner Scott Youkilis. Called Hog & Rocks, it's slated to open next month on the corner of San Carlos and 19th streets. Here's the scoop, straight from Guadalajara.
Why Hog & Rocks?
1. Timbuk2 at Bike to Work Day: They started off making bags for bike messengers, so the folks at Timbuk2 are encouraging of anyone who hops on a two-wheeler this Bike to Work Day. On your way home, stop at their refueling station at Mission Playground, and they'll give you a guided assist to their headquarters a few blocks away. At HQ, they'll be dishing out free beer and snacks, repairing any damaged bags, and offering $20 off a custom bag. It's enough to make you bike to work more often. (Thursday, May 13. Refueling station at Mission Playground, Valencia between 19th and 20th, 5-7 pm. Party at Timbuk2 HQ, 583 Shotwell St., 5 pm-"when you leave.")
I've been walking my dog past Hayes Valley Farm these last few months, watching the formerly abandoned lot (once the site of the freeway onramp) undergo a miraculous transformation. What's that you smell on the breeze? Compost, my friends. The farm won't be completed until later this summer, but the group spearheading the work has decided it's a fine time to launch the Farm Night Film Series, beginning next Tuesday, May 18.
An Exhibit on the History of Food in the Bay Area
Nopalito, the Mexican-inspired spinoff of Divisadero's ever-popular Nopa, has almost everything its big sister has: a loyal following, tasty food, great reviews...but for the past year, only Nopa has had access to a full bar. Thanks to the ABC, however, Nopalito is no longer the Skipper to Nopa's Barbie: its full liquor offering began yesterday, and unsurprisingly for a Mexican joint, it's almost entirely focused on tequila. Nopa's renowned bartender Neyah White has curated a small but powerful menu of five tasty drinks, including the delicious Diablo ($9), a mix of tequila, ginger beer, and creme de cassis.