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Pumpkin Morning, Noon and Night: An Exercise in Seasonality Disorder

We've broached seasonality disorder once or twice in the past. Maybe you experience it while biting into a peach on a cold August day. Or perhaps you really get that Twilight Zone feeling after seeing roasted asparagus (topped with an egg of some sort?) on menu after menu after menu after menu during the spring. Now that it's November, pumpkins and squashes explodeth all over the place, but—blessedly—their versatility keeps us guessing.

My Week in Food: Blue Bottle, Empanadas, The Perfect Costume

Last night, I came up with the perfect idea for Halloween and since I'm not into dressing up myself, you can have my ultimate mixologist costume. All it entails is a mustache, suspenders, a page boy cap, a shaker, and an ice pick for making perfect ice. Obscure bitters would be good. For a little gore, add some fake blood to the tip of the ice pick which you can say is from the customer you stabbed when they asked for a vodka tonic.

ACRE/SF Brings Clothing + Coffee to North Beach

Calling all bridge & tunnelers, tourists and yes, even you locals -- there's a new reason to head out to North Beach, and it's not for a night of epic boozing, but rather, for a daytime tryst. That's right, take a little urban hike out to Acrimony's amazing new sister-store, ACRE/SF, a cafe-clothier that recently opened on Telegraph Hill.

For her latest retail endeavor, local fashion darling Jenny Chung chose to open a concept store that incorporates the little pleasures in life: clothing, accessories and a good cup of coffee. Twice the size of Acrimony, the loftly new storefront houses a full boutique and cafe, serving keenly fresly brewed Blue Bottle coffee, an assortment of bottled beverages, daily pastries from House of Bagels, and even some It's-Its ice creams sandwiches. That's right, ladies and gents -- shopping just got a lot sweeter.

Secret Recipe: Blue Bottle Coffee's Pixie Tangerine Chiffon Cake

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 lauren@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

In the August Eat+Drink issue, which hits newsstands July 28, we interviewed Blue Bottle Coffee pastry chef Caitlin Williams Freeman about her Alamo Square dining room. She also shared with us her recipe for a Pixie tangerine chiffon cake, artistically crafted in the style of painter Wayne Thiebaud. Pixie tangerines also happen to be the official fruit of her hometown of Ojai, near Santa Barbara.

7 Last Minute Father's Day Ideas With Local Flavor

In case you forgot, Sunday is Father's Day. Don't stress. Lots of local food and drink gift possibilites are just a click away. Here are a few picks that will save you and your dad from the steak-of-the-month club.

1) Boccalone's Salumi Society is great Father's Day material. Buy dad a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription for assortments of porcine products delivered on a regular basis, straight to his door. There's also a Father's Day gift certificate option if you'd like to keep it open-ended.

Local Father's Day Gifts Great for Every Dad, All Under $100

For the most part, men are practical, so get them something they can use. Golf accessories and the latest gadgets are the obvious go-tos, but in our experience, guys are specific about their gadgetry and it's best not to interfere (unless you know exactly what they're eyeing). This year, our Father's Day picks feature hip local products that are sensible, won't break the bank, and will please even the toughest dads.

The Secret Honey Bees of SF's Restaurant Rooftops

Yesterday I climbed a ladder up to the rooftop of Nopa restaurant to visit its brand new baby bee hives. Owner Jeff Hanak has been working with Terry Oxford and Brian Linke of Urban Bee SF to cultivate a two-hive community for three weeks now. Weather permitting, its honey will surface on the food and cocktail menus below the roof as soon as June. The idea of freshly harvested honey on a menu is romantic and all, but these urban hives are really all about the bees.

Locked & Loaded: Five Guest-Worthy Coffee Spots

The holidays have arrived, and you may have family or friends that came with them. Don't just leave them shivering in your drafty Victorian all day, take those kids out for coffee. Sure, you could drag them to your corner cafe, but why not take them on a caffeinated adventure instead at one of the city's unique venues. Here are five spots to wow your guests.

Locked & Loaded: Tasting Blue Bottle's New Honduras Marcala

Seasonal coffees are all the rage lately: Think, coffee you can only get at certain times of the year.  Blue Bottle recently added a new one to its lineup, Honduras Marcala. I tried it twice today, first at home, and then again at Cento, where they are serving it up as their current drip. So how was it? 

Fully Caffeinated: A Citywide Map of Third Wave Coffee

Whether your loyalty lies with Blue Bottle or you're more of a Four Barrel fanatic, more than 40 cafes in town now provide a Third Wave fix (post-WWII rise of instant coffee=first wave, Starbucks and Peet’s=second wave, obsessive, bean-sourcing micro-roasters like Blue Bottle and Four Barrel=third wave). Here's where to find the Third Wave variety across the city.

 

Third Wave Coffee Spot Map

(green=Barefood, blue=Blue Bottle, orange=De La Paz, purple=Ecco, pink=Four Barrel, red=Ritual, navy blue=Verve)

 

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