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Secret Recipe: Pistachio Meatballs from Zare at Fly Trap

7x7 asks the city'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.

Makes 5 servings

2 eggs

Secret Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings from Leopold's

As children, brothers Albert and Klaus Rainer had their mom's chicken and dumpling soup every Sunday. At their Russian Hill restaurant Leopold's, they recreate the family recipe with tender, herbed dumplings floating in a clear chicken broth with diced vegetables. It's pure comfort food and one of our "Best of the City" picks in the June 2011 issue of 7x7.  

3-pound whole chicken

4 quarts chicken stock

3 onions

2 carrots

Four Cocktails to Serve at Your Bay to Breakers Party

Whether you're in the race or not, Bay to Breakers is unofficially SF's biggest drinking day of the year. Having a party? Keep it classy and serve some cocktails (pre-8 am is no time for beer). 

Our mixologist friends over at have supplied us with an arsenal of recipes to whip up before you don your costume and head down the course. Happy running and be safe out there. 

Secret Recipe: Cumin-Scented Lamb Sliders from Bocadillos

Owner Gerald Hirigoyen named his FiDi restaurant Bocadillos after the little sandwiches of the same name in Basque cuisine. These lamb sliders are a favorite among the lunch crowd during the week, and the recipe comes from Hirigoyen's 2009 cookbook, Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition (Ten Speed).

Makes 4 small burgers

Four Mom-Proof Cocktails to Make Her for Mother's Day

Quality time with Mom is a must this Sunday, and this is your cue to indulge her. Instead of breakfast in bed, throw her a cocktail party and mix up light, refreshing cocktails for a pleasantly-buzzed, heady day of celebration.

Try these recipes from our pals at and toast the woman who gave you life!

Three Mint Julep Recipes for the Kentucky Derby

This Saturday is the Kentucky Derby––if you're not headed to Golden Gate Fields, you'll need to find a wacky hat, the horse with the best name (this year's contenders: Archarcharch, Pants on Fire, Master of Hounds, and Derby Kitten) and glue a mint julep to your palm.

Throw your own Derby party with these julep recipes from, cooked up by Erick Castro, bar manager over at Rickhouse.

5 Variations on Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

On Cinco de Mayo, the margarita is king. But if you're going to dedicate yourself to a night of drinking, sipping the same thing gets old pretty quick. Have an at-home celebration and try these margarita variations from that range from spicy to sweet. Enjoy!

1. Spicy Grand Margarita

2. Agave Ginger-Rita

4 Easter Sunday Cocktail Recipes

It's Easter this Sunday–the national day of brunching and feasting on sweets. We kid, we kid. But seriously, it's time to break out the shakers and toast the holiday (and your post-Tax Day blues) with these floral, fruity drink recipes from our pals at Happy Easter everyone!

Secret Recipe: Vegan Devil's Food Cake from Greens Restaurant

This chocolate-lovers cake from chef Sandi Sumaylo of Greens Restaurant is dark, dense, and, believe it or not, vegan. Make it for Easter dinner or someone’s upcoming birthday. You can tell them that in March, Twitter’s Biz Stone (a vegan) made his birthday wishes over the cake topped with candles.

Makes 1 cake

Royal Wedding Cocktails from Slow Club

Can you feel the love tonight? If not, you should, because The Royal Wedding is fast approaching. In honor of the festivities, we're publishing King's Ginger and No. 3 Gin cocktail recipes by local bartenders that would be fit to serve at a royal event. Berry Bros. & Rudd, the makers of The King's Ginger and No.3, have been supplying the British Royal Family with spirits since 1760 during the reign of King George III.

This week, we turn to the expertise of James Goad, head bartender at Slow Club. He's whipped up two royal wedding drinks -- The King's Road and The Monarch. Head over to Slow Club to try them out or make them on your own at home.

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