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Five Favorite San Francisco Summertime Soups

Despite its reputation as winter fare, an expertly crafted soup may be the best canvas for summer's pure, clean, vegetal flavors. Just think about a crisp, vibrant gazpacho, and you get the drift. Here, some of our favorite summer soups that capture the freshness of the season. Grab a spoon and dig in.

Limited Release Brew at City Beer Store

If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to visit the recently expanded and re-opened City Beer store, your search is over. Next Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m., Almanac Beer Company is holding the bottle release event for their second and latest seasonal ale.

Almanac’s co-founders, Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan, settled on a Belgian Farmhouse style ale to create this limited release brew: Almanac Autumn 2011 Farmhouse Pale with Organic Plums.

Secret Recipe: Lumberjack Cake from Frances

We heart Frances' Lumberjack cake so much, we made it No. 92 on The Big Eat 2011: 100 Things to Try Before You Die. This coconut-enriched cake doesn't require much sugar thanks to the dates and pears that also give this confection a nice, moist crumb.

Secret Recipe: Market Shots from Frances

Photo from tablehopper.com

Every week, we ask the city's favorite chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, entrees, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email lauren@hartlemedia.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef. Check back every Thursday for a new secret recipe. 

Market Watch: Shopping the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market with Frances' Melissa Perello

Chef Melissa Perello of Frances has been a fixture at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market for many years. Even when this well-known Bay Area chef was between restaurants, she still made it down regularly to see her favorite farmers, scope out the produce, and check in with fellow chefs. Now that Melissa is behind the helm at Frances, her much lauded restaurant that opened last December, she can once again be found at the market every week pushing her chef cart through the crowds, tasting, smelling and sampling for her menu of new American classics.

The 20 Best Dishes of 2009

No longer in a pre- or post-holiday stupor, we finally feel we've got the clarity to reflect on a year of eating. It took some sifting through our notebooks, some brain jogging, some staring off into space: And then it all came back to us with the shocking clarity that only memories of delicious meals can conjur up. Some of these dishes are from new restaurants, and some from old favorites. Either way, they all defined a moment.

JESSICA'S TOP 10

First Bite: Frances, Plain and Simple

There are some restaurants that just fit into a neighborhood seemlessly, like they have always been there. Last Thursday, Frances--the month-old solo venture from Melissa Perello--felt like one of those spots. A group of four men sat beside us, chatting up co-owner and wine expert Paul Einbund before paying with a black Amex card. Two women flanked us on the other side, ordering snacks, appetizers and wine.

Melissa Perello's Frances Opens

For every restaurant that has closed (and this year, there have been many) another opens in its place. The natural ebb and flow is what makes this a good eating town, constantly in a state of change and renewal. The latest long-awaited addition to the dining scene is Frances, Melissa Perello's first solo venture, which will open it's doors today (3870 17th Street between Noe and Sanchez, 415-621-3870) in the former home of a short-lived Filipino restaurant that Perello (and her father and a team of pros) renovated extensively.

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