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Cold Hot One

This is a photo of my third favorite creation of Mexico, after tequila and the taco.


A Michelada

Cantina is Open for Business



That's Duggan McDonnell in his new bar, Cantina. It's well worth visiting.

580 Sutter St. (at Mason)

Little Liguria

The Discovery Channel


Andrea Arria Devoe, friend and Daily Candy editor,
enjoys a bowl of the spicy tofu ramen.

Should one ever think that they’ve “discovered” a place in San Francisco—say, a tiny slice of a restaurant along a touristy stretch of Geary Street, a little Japanese spot that happens to have a ramen menu buried amongst a menu of many other things—they will always find that they have, in fact, “discovered” nothing as soon as they look on Yelp and find 72 (yes, 72!) postings on that exact “discovery.”

What I Learned on My Cocktail Cruise


Cantina's Tropic of Sazerac.

Tuesdays with Tori

Along the information highway, there are endless recipe stops, so it’s nice when someone takes control of the wheel and lets you kick back.

Tori Ritchie (my former boss from my days back at SF mag, the author of many cookbooks, the former host of Ultimate Kitchens on the Food Network and a regular guest cook on CBS’s Early Show), has just launched Tuesday Recipe, a website that’s very much like Tori herself: to the point, decidedly unfrou-frou and refreshingly free of bells and whistles.

Tonic Boom

Since the subjects of gin and tonic water have been coming up repeatedly, I thought I would add a plug for one of the best and most needed products I’ve seen come around in quite some time: Fever-Tree tonic water.



Bad tonic water is a major thorn in the side of any serious gin drinker. Indeed, I had to give up the G&T when I first moved to SF, because tonic water everywhere was off the gun, which made for flat, awful drinks. Even the tonic in bottles wasn’t so great, and choice is limited to Schweppes, basically.
   

Summer Drinking


Zuni's cocktails

Summer’s just around the corner, and heat spells like last week’s are good reminders of the absolute perfection of drinking a light, refreshing aperitif on a warm, sunny evening before dinner.

My top 5 restaurant bars for aperitif cocktails are:
5. Ame
4. Americano
3. Slanted Door
2. Perbacco

Pomander Recipe from Yountville's Bouchon



I went to Napa last week and stopped by Bouchon in Yountville to check out the cocktail list. It’s a truly lively restaurant and bar, and I was particularly enchanted with the Pomander, a drink dominated by flavors of clove and spice, yet incredibly refreshing and delicious at the same time.

Pomander Recipe:
2 oz Hangar One mandarin blossom vodka
1 oz aquavit
1 oz Velvet Falernum
1 drop essential oil of clove

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake gently for 6-10 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Bushi-tei's Blossoms

Growing up in the D.C. area, I didn’t realize how special cherry blossom season was until I left. Even fall foliage in New England (where I went to college) doesn’t compare. So when I found out that bushi-tei restaurant in Japantown had a four-course prix fixe meal in honor of cherry blossoms, I took action. Unfortunately for me, I’m not the only one who pounced on this unique offering of cherry blossoms mingled with wild shrimp, a brined cherry leaf stuffed with tuna tartare, veal loin stuffed with dried cherries and a cherry mousse with cherry compote.


Cherry blossoms in D.C.
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