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The Ultimate Five-Bottle Bar, Perfect for Apartment Dwelling

What happens when the city’s top bartenders are forced to choose? Introducing the ultimate five-bottle bar, perfectly sized for apartment dwelling.

Marlowe: South Food and Wine Transforms Into a Cal-Bistro

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.

For Your Seder: Jello Shots and Manichewitz Pops?

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.

First Bite: Ebb and Flow

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.

Passover: Everything You Need, Including the Martini

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.

Sightglass Ushers in Coffee's Fourth Wave

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).

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

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:

Your Easter Feast, Planned

Every week, Lulu Meyer brings us the best of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get shopping!

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. March Madness at Royal Exchange: Even though most of the games won't be showing in the hours they're offering this deal, Royal Exchange is aiming to get FiDi denizens in the mood for the final weeks of March Madness. They're offering $3 Bud, Bud Light, and Shock Top hefeweizen all day, as well as $5 buffalo wings and nachos to help soak it up. It should provide some balm to those whose busted brackets mean they won't be seeing the $20 for the office pool anytime soon. (Monday-Friday through April 5th, 11 am-11 pm, at Royal Exchange, 301 Sacramento St., Financial District.)

Eat It: Hot Dogs, Spring Feasts and Underground Food

All-You-Can-Eat at Showdogs

Chow down on dogs, onion rings and microbrews—all for a good cause! On March 25th, Showdogs is hosting an all-you-can-eat bonanza. For $20, you’ll have unlimited access to beer, gourmet sausages, bbq fries and onion rings. There will also be live music and an auction of gift certificates to both Show Dogs and sister restaurant Foreign Cinema. Proceeds will benefit the nearby SF City Academy.

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