Eat + Drink
I can't say how pleased I was to get the press release from one of my favorite SF restaurants, Bocadillos, that it is now offering a Basque happy hour menu from 5-7. Having visited Basque, Spain for the first time last fall, I can verify that every hour in that wonderful town of San Sebastian is a happy one, especially come evening in San Sebastian, when the town's myriad bars open their doors. Inside, revelers find the txacoli (a light, tart, slightly sparkling white wine) flowing and set platters of the world's tastiest drinking food, pintxos--or tapas, as we know them.
1. Heart to Heart
Kick off your weekend by attending the sixth annual Food From the Heart event at the Ferry Building, an evening of music, dancing, food and wine. This year, entertainment comes in the form of gypsy jazz, Tango and a classical music quartet—sample small plates from $2 to 4 per taste and wine pours from $4 to 6. Admission to the event is free; for more information click here.
But this is San Francisco Beer Week. And there's a ton of great stuff going on.
For instance, tonight at Magnolia Brewpub, brewmaster Dave McLean and Taylor Boetticher of Fatted Calf are doing the Fest of Meat, pairing Taylor's carnal delicacies with McLean's delicious brews (call Magnolia to see if any seats remain). On Wendesday, Sierra Nevada brewmaster Terence Sullivan will be hanging out at the Page, and Toronado's Beer and Cheese Night with famed NY State brewery Ommegang will be going down in the Lower Haight. And there's much, much more. If you love beer, there's not a better week to be a San Franciscan. Check it all out here.
As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers (Jamie Lauren being our first), 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie’s inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.
I like flowers as much as the next girl, but I must admit that receiving a big basket of gorgeous organic vegetables at my desk was pretty much the highlight of last week. The vegetables—from deep-purple Rossa di Treviso to fat Brussels sprouts and super-sweet carrots the size of my index finger—represented the weekly harvest from Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, who have recently begun offering weekly CSA boxes. Because of Oak Hill's partnership with Marina lunch spot Blue Barn Gourmet (Blue Barn's owner, Sam Josi, is the step-grandson of Oak Hill owner Anne Teller), Blue Barn is the pickup spot for the boxes, delivered each Wednesday.
Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including chef gossip, a bit of PlumpJackin', hot openings, sad closings, and even some Top Chef updates.
1) As the calendar changes, the final tally of all the restaurant closures in the month of January topped 25, so to commemorate the fallen, it was time to take one last look back at those that passed away. Godspeed.
To celebrate our Eat & Drink awards (a.k.a the Piggies, thusly named because winners receive their own bronze pig statuette) we convinced seven of our winning restaurants to host pork-centric dinners on Monday nights throughout the month of February.
Participating restaurants: Ozumo, Delfina, La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Nopa and Kokkari—check out some of the amazing pork concoctions below. Smoked bacon cocktails and more! Behold below, the dates and menus—call restaurants directly to reserve your table!
Monday, February 9 - Nopa, Delfina
Monday, February 16 - Kokkari
Monday, February 23 - La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Ozumo
In our opinion, one of San Francisco's greatest attributes is its plethora of indie cafes and friendly coffee shops, eager to welcome you for an hour or two (or entire afternoon if you're an amiable patron and order something occasionaly). On the other hand, this makes it more difficult to sift through the masses and reveal the true gems. Which is where we come in: We've done the work for you. Whether you're an artist, self-employed or simply need to get out of the house once in awhile, hit up one of these beloved spots for a respite, quality eats and a little peace of mind (oh and occasionally, complimentary WiFi, too).
BEAN BAG CAFE (601 Divisadero St., 415-563-3634)