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Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Nectarines from Larkspur's Picco

Word on the street is that we're looking at a very nice weekend ahead, weather-wise, so in the spirit of a fog-free couple of days here's a very grill-friendly recipe for grilled pork tenderloin and nectarines with a bacon vinaigrette, courtesy of one of our very favorite North Bay restaurants, Picco (yes, home of the soft-serve I blogged about some weeks back). This recipe serves four, but we're betting you could easily double or even triple it and invite a crowd. This recipe is just one of many featured in a new book titled Organic Marin: Recipes From Land to Table, which showcases recipes from great restaurants in Marin (and a few in San Francisco, too).

Oyaji: Where Hideki-san Knows Your Name



The other night I was taken to Oyaji, a sushi spot on Clement Street, so far out in the avenues you might as well get on a plane to Tokyo. I’ve heard a lot about it from my friends that frequent it. They talk about the sushi, sure, but what they really talk about is Hideki-san, the theatrical, ham-of-a-chef and owner who knows his fish and drinks like one too.

The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Picks



1. Mondays with Morrone
Award winning Bay Area chef George Morrone will add his seasonal influences to the Fish and Farm menu on Mondays for the rest of August and the entire month of September (with the exception of Labor Day, September 1).  Each Monday, the menu will also feature one of Morrone’s famous soups from his cookbook, Simply Elegant Soup.  Call 415-474-3474 to make a reservation. 

Ready, Set, Caffeinate! Four Barrel Coffee Opens

Eater SF reported yesterday that the Four Barrel back-alley coffee cart is no longer—the end of an era of clandestine caffeination? Perhaps, but in this case the end of one era is the beginning of another. We caught up with Four Barrel owner Jeremy Tooker, who is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on his coffee house, which he expects will be up and running by Saturday. “It’s gorgeous!” he exclaims (in a charmingly immodest fashion, given that he designed and built the space himself, using recycled and repurposed wood).

Summer Vegetable Cianfotta from A16 Food + Wine

Welcome to the very first installment of Recipe Friday, the latest feature here at Bits+Bites. We've got a stack of soon-to-be-released cookbooks from local chefs and bartenders and we couldn't resist sharing—each Friday, we'll be giving you a sneak peek at one of the recipes from the book. This week, we're pleased as punch to be sharing a recipe from the forthcoming book, A16 Food + Wine. This lovely book, photographed by Ed Anderson (who photographed our "Around the World in 31 Meals" story in the August issue) makes me want to rush into the kitchen. This recipe, summer in a bowl, is the first thing I plan to cook.
 

Slow Food Nation: Slow on the Go


El Huarache Loco, just one of the many vendors
at Slow Food Nation's Slow on the Go.

Slow Food Nation is only 11 days away—have you bought your tickets yet? If not, hop on over to the site now and take your pick—taste pavilions, day trips and special dinners await. But today we want to tell you a part of the Nation that requires no special admission—Slow on the Go.

Sentinel's Lunch Menu Now Online

Dennis Leary's Sentinel, our favorite downtown lunch spot as of late, now has its daily menu online.  Today's special?  Roasted Pork Loin with Figs and Caramelized  Onions.  Wow. Hurry and go grab it!

Au Revoir, Rubicon

Is a taco truck pulled up outside a great restaurant at midnight an ominous sign? Is it comparable, symbolically, to the raven perched outside the house of someone at death's door?


It's October and It's 75! Go Eat Outside in the Mission


Bar Bambino is heating up the patio.

Zuni Cafe: Through a Glass Newly?

If I tell you that the picture below was taken at Zuni (which you already should have recognized), what do you find significant about  the scene?



The answer has nothing to do with the always-sensational roast chicken or the fact that Thierry Lovato, the wine director, paired it for me with a half bottle of lovely Crozes-Hermitage from Domaine Combier, an interesting if not classic choice. No, the real shocker in the photo is the glass, which you can see is not the regular old lousy Zuni wine glass. Rather, it was a thin-rimmed, deftly shaped bowl that worked beautifully for wine in every way that Zuni's regular glass (at left in the picture below) does not.
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