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Jay Barmann

Extraordinary Sparklers Get Their Moment in the Flute

I confess that I like my wine odd. A blend of five grapes from Croatia that no one’s heard of? Sold. An orange wine so sour it might as well be kombucha? More, please. And when it comes to the sparkly stuff, show me something fizzy and lean with character from a little-known corner of Italy, and I’m smitten.

Five Delicious, Chilled Spring Soups Around Town (+ Recipe)

The weather may not be sweltering, but it's the time of year to start enjoying some refreshing and original chilled soups at some of the city's most notable eating spots. And it's also time to stop being afraid of soup that isn't hot.

2014's Best Cocktails, Bar Trends, Classic Sips, and More

7x7 Magazine's annual Best of SF showcases all you could ever hope to eat, drink, see, buy, know, and do in the city. Here is the Best of Drink: 

Foodie Updates: Palm House, Arguello, and More of SF's Biggest Openings

May continues to be the busiest month of the year so far for openings, not to mention all the tidbits coming out about openings slated for later in the year. This week marked the debuts of Palm House, Uno Dos Tacos, Bartlett Hall, Kusakabe, The Commissary, and Ume, and there's only more to come in the next couple of weeks.

Where to Have a Multi-Course Cocktail Experience

There's a growing trend among higher end cocktail establishments to offer lower-alcohol, aperitif-style cocktails alongside more high-octane options – perfect for the casual weeknight dinner, when you're not looking to leave the place super buzzed. But several spots around town are taking the trend one step further by offering three-course cocktail tastings, graduating from easy-sipping aperitifs to spiritous lowballs and digestifs. 

Foodie Updates: Outerlands Reopens, Oakland's Plum Transformed, and More

The biggest food-news items this week are the reopening, at long last, of Outerlands (albeit for lunch only right now), and the transformation of Oakland's Plum into something a bit more casual, and more Japanese, called Ume.

The Bay Area's Deep-Dish Pizza Options Ranked

I could have called this the Top 5 Deep Dish Pizzas in the Bay Area, but that would have been a bit misleading –  there really are only five purveyors of the stuff in the Bay Area (five and a half if you include The Star, the new spinoff of Little Star in Oakland).

Foodie Updates: Saison Wine Bar Spinoff, New Restaurant in Dogpatch, and More

In this week’s food-world headlines, we have the big update of Michael Bauer’s Top 100 restaurants, a spinoff wine bar and retail shop coming from Saison partner/wine director Mark Bright, and a huge new restaurant and distillery concept coming to Dogpatch from a Portland restaurateur.

Foodie Updates: Smokestack, 4505's BBQ Spot, and Urban Putt Open Their Doors

It was a big weekend for restaurant openings (and reopenings), kicking off what's going to be a busy spring with so many new food and drink options. In the Mission, Urban Putt debuts tonight, and the grand reopening of La Rondalla happened last Thursday. Also, Dirty Habit opened on schedule, the enlarged Hog Island Oyster Company reopened at the Ferry Building, and 4505 Burgers & BBQ opened its doors on Divisadero, for takeout only.

Five Tequila Cocktails (That Aren't Margaritas) to Try on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday this year, which may not bode well for a tequila bar crawl. But in case you're a Monday drinker, or if you're just looking for some agave-fueled options for your Sunday Funday, consider sipping these non-margarita spins on the classic margarita, and one that's just a straight up tequila martini.

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