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The Slanted Peruvian Docks: Pisco Sours all around!


Pisco Sour: The  new margarita? Photo courtesy of David Fukuda

Between Piqueo’s and Limòn, I thought SF had had its Peruvian moment, but apparently, it’s just begun. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana is set to open today; and Pisco, a bar and lounge by Destino chef-owner James Shenk, opens the first week of October. (Oh, yeah, and there’s Limon’s new rotisserie.)

Museum Artifacts: The Moss Room and the Academy Cafe

Yes, I’ll be headed to the amazing, new California Academy of Sciences to marvel at the albino alligator and the suspended blue whale skeleton and the high-tech hand-driers in the bathrooms (a true force of nature).

But I’m to be honest, I think I’ll just let my kids look at the fish while I eat.


Charles Phan stands by the living wall that runs between
his restaurant and Loretta Keller's.

City Barn, Country Barn


Red Barn's offerings: From lemon cucumbers to peppers.

Cavallo Point: The Cooking School Gets Cracking


You're in good hands with Kelsie Kerr.

There is cooking school and there is cooking school. The former is characterized by students in an auditorium wearing white coats intent on learning about brunoising, mother sauces, sanitation, hotel pans and ice sculpture. The latter comes in the form of an intimate class situated in a beautiful setting filled with a small group of people who just want to learn how to make a good dinner, all lead by a sweet Sissy Spacek-alike who coauthored the recent cookbook The Art of Simple Cooking with Alice Waters.

OPEN City at New Langton Arts

Even in my jaded moments (like, say, when we’re in the throes of shipping our October issue and are wondering why on earth we decided to put so many goddamn words in each story), I realize I live in a pretty unique food town. And not simply because we have such good raw product to work with and so many talented chefs and great restaurants, but also because we live in a town where people are willing to take chances.


In-town turkeys: potential ingredients for OPEN City?

City Bites at Macy's

As we assemble our weekly eat + drink events e-newsletter (Sent to your inbox every Wednesday! Chock-a-block full of useful information! To sign up, enter your email address on our homepage!) there is always an event or two that we can’t squeeze in but that you certainly shouldn’t miss. This fall, there’s a whole series of events, called City Bites, happening in the Cellar at Macy’s, and the series kicks off this Wednesday with an event all about honey.


Who are you calling honey, sweetheart? Scott, Mayclem and Werner together at Macy's

Hoss Zaré Takes on The Fly Trap


Hoss Zaré in his newfound home: The Fly Trap.

Hoss Zaré began cooking more than 18 years ago in the kitchen of the SF institution, The Fly Trap. Now, Hoss is returning to the same SoMa spot where he once started as a line cook and ended up a chef. This time around (tonight to be exact), Hoss will open the doors to Zaré at Fly Trap and offer guests a little bit of history with a side order of modern Mediterranean. 

Welcome to Michael Chiarello-land


Michael Chiarello in the raw space of his upcoming
Yountville restaurant.


I’ve met some TV stars of the culinary sort: Mario Batali (ok, I didn’t really meet him; like a stalker, I snapped a picture of him as he was riding a bike during the Aspen Food & Wine Classic), Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart, Cat Cora and Tyler Florence. Interestingly, some seem to keep up their persona off camera (Tyler, Martha, Cat), while Jacques Pepin was a whole different person. Much more serious and political and just pretty damn cool—not at all the sweet French grandpa you never had.
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