Eat + Drink
There's no better way to serve a crowd than a punch. It might take a little preparation, but so does potato salad. And once you've got it all together, you can just sit back and enjoy the day. Here's an adaptation of one of my favorite recipes—a classic, going back to the golden age of punch in the 18th century England (no, the woman in the photo is not from the 18th century, although she could be), when tea and rum were prized commodities for the seafaring nation.
Serves about 16.
4 bags of green tea or 4 teaspoons green tea leaves
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups brandy, try VSOP cognac
3/4 cup dark rum
1/2 cup light rum or cachaca
Lunch is served! This week marks the return of the new and improved Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, with more food fixings than ever: wood-fired pizza from Pizza Politana, porchetta sandwiches for Roli Roti, tacos and homemade strawberry horchata from Tacolicious, the latest from the Laiola team, lox sandwiches from Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoke and kimchi okonomiyaki from the folks behind Namu. Additionally, you can find the best seasonal produce from Dirty Girl, Tory Farms, Lucero, Swanton and Lagier Ranches.
Last night's opening of The Plant Café on the Embarcadero—the second location of what was formerly called Lettüs Café in the Marina—marked the dawn of a mini organic empire for owners Matthew Guelke and Mark Lewis. Softly lit by dozens of Edison bulb pendants, the restaurant catered to stylish couples and eco-moms, enjoying a peak at the historic shipping station resuscitated by architect Cass Calder Smith—who also designed the nearby La Mar Cebicheria.
The situation: Since your house has a view, your friends have elected you to be the host of the fireworks party.
The problem: You haven't had time to even think about what to cook.
The solution: A menu of grilled sausages with spicy mustard, German potato salad, fruit kabobs and chilled raspberry cream pie.
• Rosamunde Sausage Grill (545 Haight St., 415-437-6851) doesn't just make the best sausages in SF, they sell them uncooked too. Our perennial favorite is the spicy beer sausage. Pick up as many as you need ($3 a sausage) and while you're at it, add in some of their great potato salad to-go.
Food for the Fourth
Too lazy to fire up your own grill? Don’t worry, Magnolia has you covered. In addition to their regular menu they’ll be serving barbecued brisket, baked beans, corn on the cob, spare ribs, chicken and beef hot links (with sides) all day long on July 4—10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The new television show “Food Party” makes us all realize how lame programming on the Food Network can be.
Listen to the complete Five Farms series, which follows five American farm families.
Even though we San Franciscans are chilly most of the year, during these rare scorching days of summer, it's hard not to occasionally fantasize about a cold beverage, filled to the top with glistening, frosty ice cubes. We don't usually spend a lot of time thinking about ice, but I can assure you that many of city's bartenders do whether it's cubed, spheroid, chipped, shaved or crushed.
The 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival—the kind of place where the likes of Toni Morrison, Sandra Day O’Connor and Frank Gehry bounce around ideas with a capital “I”—kicked off yesterday. Some of the brain food on offer? SF’s own Let’s Be Frank grass-fed hot dogs.
The isn’t the only time LBF has been invited to participate in the festival. Last year, says LBF co-founder Larry Bain, Colin Powell slung dogs at their cart. There are also rumors that the White House could be serving the LBF dogs for their annual Fourth of July picnic. As Bain put it: “I’m not allowed to say, but people are talking to people who are talking to people.”