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Tiki Teaser at Jardinère

While we're all anxiously awaiting the opening of Martin Cate's new Tiki shrine (an announcement about the imminent opening is due, Cate tells me, next week), we can perhaps get a preview of what's to come at an unlikely place. Next Monday, the 9th, Jardinère, bastion of fine dining in the Symphony District (SyDi?), is putting on its grass skirt and putting Cate behind the stick as guest bartender. Cate says he will be making “three typically obscure and esoteric vintage tropical drinks that will be magically delicious!”

As interesting as Cate's drinks, perhaps, will be the food to go with it. Tiki cuisine has never been exactly exalted in gastronomic circles, so it will be interesting to see what Jardinère's accomplished kitchen team can do with it in a prix-fixe format.

First Bite: Ironside Docks In South Beach

If Ironside was a girlfriend, she'd be the kind that you really like a lot, that you enjoy spending time with, but who you aren't sure you are going to marry. Ironside is a good-time girl, and sometimes a good-time girl is exactly what you need. The month-old restaurant, opened by the owners of District around the corner, have created a place that speaks to these times. It's casual, it's affordable, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and the eclectic menu has a more refined version of the something-for-everything ethos.

Adventures on the Wine Subway: Kermit Lynch's NY Diary

For me, as for many who are into wine, Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route is a seminal book. Lynch, of course, is the famous Berkeley-based wine importer, merchant, and author (and recording artist).

The Eater Wrap: Top Pastry Chef, Inside Quince, and Burger Bar Buzz

Even though the Bay Bridge continues to be an apocalypse zone, it's nonetheless a lovely Friday in the city, which means time for the Eater Wrap, the weekly recap from Eater SF on all the crucial happenings in and around the local restaurant scene. All the cool kids are reading it.

1) Just like that (poof!), the Chevy's in the Embarcadero Center went away after 20 years. But don't cry because it's gone; be happy it ever existed.

Hoard Your Gourd: Pumpkin Shortage 2009

Yesterday I spent the morning calling around to my doctor and every Walgreens, Costco and Long's Drugs within easy access of my house. I was looking, of course, for the illusive seasonal flu shot, which due to all the strident warnings from every major media outlet to GET YOUR SHOT, is now nearly impossible to get in San Francisco. If someone decided to start a black market flu shot trade, he or she would have a tidy little business. Just saying. But today, between washing my hands every ten minutes and admonishing sick coworkers for coming to the office, I turned my attention to another shortage: The Great Pumpkin Shortage of Halloween 2009.

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

Each week, former editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Halloween hijinks, Hall of Famers, and an endless happy hour. Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

Pumk'd! Pumpkin Ales Hit SF

We looked at pumpkin cocktails the other day, so it's only right to look at a more, shall we say, serious way of drinking your October pumpkin, in the form of beer. Pumpkin ales are a popular sort of post-Octoberfest seasonal beer, and there are lots around to choose from.

The freshest and most exciting is probably the one that was actually brewed here in SF, Magnolia Brewpub's Barking Pumpkin, which is made with baked pumpkins and pumpkin seeds with barley and baking spices. Try it on tap at the pub.

This Week's Events: We Bring You Momofuku's David Chang

Peach vs. Fig

Mark your calendars: Next Wednesday, November 4, 7x7 has arranged what promises to be a very illuminating, interesting panel discussion—David Chang, of Momofuku fame, Momofuku cookbook co-author (and NY Times writer) Peter Meehan, Chris Cosentino and Meadowood chef Chris Kostow will discuss food, art and—well, who knows what else. It promises to be one hell of an evening at Café du Nord, beginning at 7 p.m. Best of all, it’s free—just RSVP to with "Changtastic" in the subject line.

Don't Call It Minerally: Geologists Call Bull On Terroir

Last week I talked about the wine concept of terroir in this post (noting that the wine bar of the same name is closed for a month).

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