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Drinking Las Vegas

Along with many prominent San Francisco bartenders last week, I took in the unholy jambalaya of libation promotion that is the Las Vegas Bar Show. While boutique brands like Michter's whiskey and Barsol Pisco had small booths on the periphery of the show, the main floor was dominated by big brands, novelty vodkas (such as O2, "the world's first sparkling vodka"),



energy drinks and lots of blondes, such as you see at the Nuvo ("the world's first sparkling liqueur") and Rock Star Energy Drink booths.

The Eat + Drink List: This week’s top 7

1. Honk if you love cheeses

Stompin' at the Savoy

This was the scene last week at the Alembic, the best cocktail bar between Van Ness and Japan, where intrepid bartenders Thomas Waugh and Daniel Hyatt (in ties and vests) had suspended the use of their standard cocktail list and replaced it with the entire 293-page Savoy Cocktail Book. Originally published in 1930, this volume is both a valuable historical clue to the vibrancy of a distant age and a still-relevant compendium of drinking fun. A dozen copies of the book were available at the bar, and drinkers were invited to simply thumb through it and find something they wanted to drink.

7 Food Finds



Check out these events—all happening this week.

1. Native Brew Ha Ha
The Slow Beer Festival  being held in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, March 1st, might not be the place to chug a beer in under 15 seconds, but it is the place to enjoy some of the area’s finest cold ones, paired with Hog Island oysters and Fatted Calf charcuterie.

2. Tasting is Believing

Last Call: La Paulée de San Francisco

On March 1, there is an event in San Francisco that every true lover of wine needs to attend. Specifically, it's a Burgundy event, but you can't really call yourself a true lover of wine if you don't love Burgundy, because Burgundy is, quite simply, the best.

7 Food Finds



7 Food Finds

Check out these seven events, all happening this week.

1. What it Boils Down To
Simply prepared, delicious meats (capon, brisket, oxtail, tongue…) served with an array of sauces and paired with Paolo Sartirano’s selection of classic Italian wines.  Where to find it:  Sausalito’s Poggio Trattoria will be serving traditional Italian Bollito Misto dinner all this week, February 19-23rd for a very reasonable $19 per person.

7 Food Finds

1. Celebrating the Sourpuss
Yuzus, kishus, and mandarinquats—oh my!  With winter well underway, so is citrus season. Make reservations for Manresa’s Citrus Modernista Dinner on Tuesday, February 26 for a multi-course meal ($140 pp) featuring the bounty of the restaurant’s garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

2. Choc it Up

7 Food Finds


Happy Year of the Rat!

Check out these 7 things—all happening this week.

1. You calling me fat?: Fat Tuesday’s today, so join in the debauchery at Townhall and then plan your 40 days of meat-free living. For inspiration, check out Millennium’s Eric Tucker, who’s doing a cooking demo and signing his latest book The Artful Vegan on Saturday at 11:15 a .m. at the Ferry Building Marketplace.

3 Superbowl Parties

I won’t be in town this coming Sunday when the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots for the biggest football game of the year. But if I were, I’d put my bet on one of these food-and-drink-oriented Superbowl parties. Why go to any old sports bar when you can go to a real restaurant or a nice hotel?


Enrico's patio lets you watch the game outside.
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