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The Eater Wrap: Red's Hiatus, Alice Waters Votes and Jeanty Gets Spanked

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, log on to get editor Paolo Lucchesi's opinionated reports on all the latest restaurant news that's fit to print, including chef gossip, Bauer-isms, Top Chef updates and unidentified flying donuts.

That's One Goodlookin' Teapot

San Francisco's very own Joey Roth's Sorapot tea pot is now available at Propeller in Hayes Valley. The architecturally simple yet exquisitely crafted pot articulates the ritual of tea-making in a thoroughly modern way. Its 11 ounce capacity brews 2 cups and encourages multiple brews of the same leaves, which is a Chinese custom. $250 at Propeller.

Getting Piggy With It: 7x7's Eat + Drink Awards

Tonight is 7x7's Eat + Drink Awards, an event a bit like the Academy Awards of the SF restaurant industry (minus Botoxed actresses choked with tears). Unlike most events—where chefs are asked to cook very small bites of food on a bunson burner, plate it on paper and serve it to a herd of tipsy people—this is a night that chefs get to actually relax and celebrate themselves. As they well should.

An all-American meal at Mission Street Food

I'm guessing that if you're reading this then you didn't spend the Inauguration in Washington. In that case, let me bring to your attention the slightly belated inauguration dinner hosted by the Mission Street Food crew at Lung Shan restaurant in the Mission tomorrow (Thursday) night.

Jamie Lauren Guest Blog: My Dining Pet Peeves

I obviously go out to eat a fair amount. If you have been following my blogs, you will know that I am not a big fan of cooking at home in my downtime and usually prefer to have someone else do it for me. This week I amuse you, the reader, with a list of my pet peeves about diningout. I'm not going to name names, because that would be rude, but here are some things that I consider to be simply unacceptable.

Zuni Cafe Finally Solves Its Glass Problems

Just to let y’all know--In the last couple of months, Zuni Cafe finally solved its lifelong glass problems. Thanks to wine director Thierry Lovato and co-owner Gilbert Pilgram, those former clunky, thick-rimmed, poorly balanced café glasses that were Zuni’s one major blemish for years have now been replaced by elegant, thin-lipped, all purpose wine glasses. A minor change to many, perhaps, but it’s significant to me and makes me much happier to order finer wine there. Thanks, Zuni

People Still Into Talking About Wine

It seems that wine is seeing it through all of this economic glumness.  Talking about wine, that is.  Snooth, a social wine review site, just closed another round of angel financing of around $1 million.   The site’s mission is to “help you find better wine,” and is a place for people to rate, explore and discuss all things vino. 

Cheap Eat Of The Week: Balompié Cafe

What if I told you that the best meal that I, someone who dines out four or five nights a week, have had recently cost only $9.95? True! Last Friday I headed to Limón Rotisserie in hopes of getting a good, cheap meal within a one-block radius of my house. The crushing mob of people with that same idea (and the one-and-a-half hour wait) deterred me, so I soldiered on to Balompié Café, one of my favorite restaurants.

700 Billion Dollar Martinis at Kells and Cigar Bar

If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait until Tuesday to celebrate inauguration.  So let's get the party started now – with some cocktails.  Head over to Kells or Cigar Bar and indulge in the “$700 Billion Martini,” ordered up as part of SVEDKA Vodka’s "Join the Party," marketing campaign, which launched on Super Tuesday and has a yearlong mission to put the “party” back in politics.  They're serving the martinis now through inauguration night.


Here’s what’s in them:

Liberal amounts (ha! get it?) of  SVEDKA Vodka

1 part fresh lime juice

1 part simple sugar

Conservative splash (ha! again) of Lemon Juice

Garnish with $700 Billion of freshly minted US Currency
(fresh mint works too)

Charles Phan's Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop on the Eve of Opening

Now that Charles Phan is about to open his latest restaurant, Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop, comparisons between the San Francisco super-star chef and his New York equivalent, Momofuku empire-keeper David Chang, seem inevitable. They both now preside over some of the best-loved restaurants in their respective cities, serving Asian food with a decidedly modern bent. Reservations are hard to come by at both Slanted Door and Momofuku, Ko and Momofuku Ssam bar. Chang's recently opened Momofuku Bakery–Milk Bar is his fourth venture, and Heaven's Dog makes baby number three for Phan.

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