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Let the Games Begin

Here’s a little tidbit of information about me: I love to win. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true—it’s more that I hate to lose. My family will vouch for me on this one, citing a childhood spent flipping Monopoly boards and getting in fights over games of Uno. Believe me, it’s not something I’m proud of, and as an adult I try to avoid head-to-head competition, lest the evil competitive demon rear her ugly head.

Red Bubbly



If you haven’t had sparkling Shiraz yet, you’re missing out. I just had my first taste in July at a Rye mix-off competition, second yesterday with Mr. Hardy himself and might just swing by the Jug Shop tonight to pick up a bottle.

Hardy Family Shiraz

A few weeks ago, I attended the Family Winemakers of California tasting event at Fort Mason, where hundreds of small, family-owned wineries were pouring their wines. I kept asking one question: How is the family involved? Growing up watching Falcon Crest, I’m guilty of romanticizing the lifestyles of families who own vineyards—you mean they all don’t have chauffeurs and lounge by the pool all day? 

Saving the World

What does sustainability mean to you?

That was the question posed to these panelists on Sunday morning at the Gastronomy by the Bay roundtable entitled Organic Farming and the Food Chain.


Sustainability panel

Organic farmer, Andy Griffin, Mariquita Farm
Organic winery owner Julie Johnson, Tres Sabores Winery (organic since 1990) Julie Johnson

Gastronomy by the Bay

I worked over Labor Day Weekend, but when work requires that one eat and drink and be merry, the line gets blurry.


Cooking demos outside the Ferry Building Marketplace

This weekend was the Gastronomy by the Bay event—the first international culinary event that brings together chefs and press from North America and Europe. I attended two of the three roundtables—one on sustainability, organic farming and the food chain and the other on gastronomic guides and the Internet.

Dine for a Cause


Machu Picchu
photography by Rachel Berg

We San Franciscans are all too familiar with earthquakes. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been following the news about Peru’s 7.9er last week. Recent reports put the death toll at more than 500, with tens of thousands victims left homeless. Tragedies like this often make me feel helpless—what can I do to help people thousands of miles away?

Sozai-Style Eats


The re-usable bento box.

A Taste of Some of the Other Drinks

Now that you know the winner, here’s my take on the other drinks. Stay tuned for the official recipes, to be posted over the next few days.


H.

H. from Elixir infused his vodka with chai and added fresh strawberry and lychee liqueur to make an extremely complex and surprising drink. 


Alberta

Bottle Service Superlatives


Alberta's The Woo-Hoo

Most Sophisticated: The Woo-Hoo (Alberta, Cocktails on the Fly)
Most Fun: Rocket Bob (Vince, La Rocca’s Corner)
Most Interesting Use of Ingredients: Ruby Natsumi (H., Elixir)
Most Exotic: Fortune and Glory (Jackie, Le Colonial)

Third Place/Best Balance: Day Off (Vard, Sip Lounge)

Bottle Service Success




photos by Matthew Knudsen

As you know, the 7x7 Bottle Service Pour-Off went down last night, and I think most people would agree that it was a rousing success. Sip Lounge is a great space with a great vibe, especially when it's filled with so many good people there to cheer on their favorite bartenders.
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