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Sensory Delights and the Magnetic Charlie Hallowell Lure at Oakland's Penrose

When he started kissing babies, I was convinced: Oakland restaurateur Charlie Hallowell, 40, is on a tear. Hailed for his first two hits, Boot & Shoe Service on Grand Avenue and Pizzaiolo in Temescal, he makes the rounds at Penrose, which opened in late November, with the charisma of a politician and the authenticity of a favorite local chef. And with rapier wit and the mouth of a sailor, Hallowell is as much a part of the experience as the food.

We Wanna Be Friends With: SF-Marin Food Bank's Paul Ash

Our city is chock-full of interesting people and wild personalities. Overwhelmed by the coolness? Every week we'll pick one standout local we'd love to be friends with to answer seven essential questions about their life in San Francisco.

Hot Stuff: Locally Made Hot Sauces

Ding ding, it’s time for the final round of this two-part series on locally made hot stuff (you can read the first piece on sriracha and a couple kimchees here). This installment is all about hot sauces made by SF restaurants and markets, and no, this is by no means a totally exhaustive piece--feel free to add your faves in the comments. We’re listing the sauces in order of heat, so the last one is packing some serious Scoville heat units. Fire in the hole!

Old-Fashioned Sherry Makes A Granny-Chic Comeback

If you last saw a bottle of sherry in the back of a dusty liquor cabinet, its San Francisco cult following may surprise you. But this old-school fortified wine is gaining momentum—going beyond esoteric insider obsession to the trendy tipple of choice.

Foodie Agenda: A Louisiana Menu, A Girls Night Cooking Class, and More!

Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon Appetit! 

Drink Here Now: The Square Comes to North Beach, Mardi Gras, and More!

It's five o'clock somewhere. Here are five places to toss one back this week.

Secret Recipe: Wise Sons' Chocolate Babka

7x7 asks the Bay Area's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.<--break-->

Market Watch: Looking Forward to Spring with Chef Yoni Levy

Though it's only been open for a couple of months, Alta CA, the latest addition to the Daniel Patterson Group of restaurants, seems to have hit its stride. Executive Chef Yoni Levy stopped by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to tell me about what he and his crew have been up to and what he is most looking forward to as spring approaches.

31 California Beers On Tap, Dungeness Crab Tots at Hopwater Distribution

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Little noticed among the foamy flurry of Beer Week events was the Valentine’s Day opening of Hopwater Distribution, a taproom in lower Nob Hill. Although there are other beer bars in San Francisco that have 31 or more taps, Hopwaters’ are dedicated to pouring California brews.

Insider Picks: Ben Flajnik's 7 Favorite Wine Country Spots

7x7 asks Bay Area insiders to tell us the tricks of their trade, secret spots, and most beloved mainstays. Want to know where local tastemakers spend their time? Email, and we'll get the scoop.

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