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Five Ways to Shake Up Your Weekend Brunch Routine

The harem-style feast at Pera

Tired of the same old egg-and-bacon plate, or pancakes, or omelet routine? This town definitely offers many tasty renditions of classic American breakfast items, but here are a few international ways to get something new in your weekend mix.

Five New Restaurants to Try This Month

Looking for someplace new to try? Here’s your monthly reminder of five new spots that recently opened around town.

Say, "Be Mine, ALL MINE" with These Locally Made Sweet Treats

Ah yes, Valentine’s Day is coming, a day many loooove to hate. But here’s the bright side: Whether you’re single or coupled up, anyone can appreciate delicious sweets.

Score Some of the Best Eats on Super Bowl Sunday (At Home or On the Town)

buffalo wings

Ah yes, Super Bowl Sunday is coming up quickly, and it’s like the entire city is conspiring to get you fat and drunk (well, except Mayor Ed Lee). Whether you’re looking for a spot where you can hang out with your fellow fans and yell at the TV with your mouth full of nachos (sorry, Mom), or are looking for ways to supply your house party with the finest spread possible, we’ve got you covered. 

How to Survive Being Sick at Home in SF

Out the Door's Chicken Porridge

After being knocked down hard with the evil flu (five days in bed, and home for two weeks), I learned a few tricks about how to survive in style as a solo apartment dweller with no one to really take care of me. Yup, it was just me, and a lot of episodes of Downton Abbey.

While plenty of friends said, “Let me know if you need something,” I didn’t really feel like taking anyone up on it—everyone is so busy (and let’s be honest, they didn’t want to come anywhere near me). So, viva delivery (and delivery services)!

Five New Restaurants to Try This Month

cocotte san francisco

American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

The second location of this grilled cheese sandwich pusher has opened in the former Café Gratitude space in the Mission, serving breakfast and lunch for now (dinner is coming soon), like grilled cheese sandwiches with an egg, or biscuits and gravy. You’ll also find coffee and espresso from De La Paz, housemade sodas, some craft beers on tap, and wine by the glass or bottle. Open Wed–Fri 8 am–6 pm and Sat–Sun 10 am–6 pm, closed Mon–Tue.

 

Cocotte

Five of the City’s Best Spots for Solo Diners

SPQR counter

Some folks are uncomfortable dining out alone and would rather keep their eyes glued to their iPhone all night, while others enjoy the adventure of solo flight; it certainly makes it easy to meet new people, and to get to know the restaurant staff. Here are five of the city’s best counters where solo diners can score a totally delicious meal (and not feel like a freak).

Five New Culinary Skills to Master in the New Year

handmade pasta

While everyone is talking about classic hard-to-fulfill New Year’s resolutions like “lose 10 pounds!” and drinking less (wah!), why not focus on something that adds to your arsenal of culinary and wine skills instead? Below are our five picks for ways to increase your bragging rights.

Pastry Chef Nicole Plue Plays with Childhood Classics

Nicole Plue

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs? Or Oreo cookies perhaps? So is pastry chef Nicole Plue, a James Beard award winner who’s feeding the craving for her favorite childhood sweets with a just-launched line of treats and toppings called Sideshow by Nicole Plue.

Meet Your New Main Squeeze

Sow Juices

After doing some serious holiday damage (oh, you know, the decorated cookies, the latkes, the holiday party buffets, the prime rib at Christmas, the rum balls), your body could probably use a break. The next big thing that seems to be hitting our fair city is a large number of fresh juice shops and stands and cleanse deliveries. Whether you’re up for a three-day cleanse, or maybe just a liquid lunch, here are five spots that will have your body giving thanks for the nutrient boost (instead of the egg nog).

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