The season is winding down at the American Conservatory Theater, with its productions of Arcadia and Black Watch both set to close this weekend; and at the Magic Theatre, where the American premiere of Mark O'Rowe's Terminus closes Sunday as well. But across the Bay there is still stuff happening at Berkeley Rep and CalShakes, with the latter having just kicked off its summer season last week, and a small S.F. company is doing Sondheim's great fairy tale mashup, Into the Woods.
In this week's food news, we have the opening of a new bar/restaurant in the TenderNob, some movement at the vacant Bar Bambino space on 16th, and the debut of A16's East Bay spinoff.
Here's an update on some of the big food news that dropped this week, including a local star chef who's headed for the small screen.
Fact: No one really knows what California cuisine is anymore.
I had a moment of discovery while researching the piece about sour beer that I wrote for the May issue of 7x7 that is probably worth mentioning. I was familiar with the genre before, but I quickly figured out that this wasn't the kind of trend — like rosé wine or rye whiskey -— that was likely to appeal to a wide range of drinkers.
It's now semi-officially the start of summer, and with it comes the best reason of all to escape town on the weekends: Fog. You'll be itching for some warmth and sunshine in the coming weeks and months, and the great thing is it's just a short drive away.
Like kombucha, pickles, and orange wine, the recent trendiness of sour beer exemplifies a fascination with fermentation and all things old-world, as well as that badge of cool the city’s epicurean elites attach to all “acquired tastes.”
Nopalito started it. In the past few years, restaurants such as Tacolicious, Rosa Mexicano, and Mamacita have been putting the Mission burrito in its place, broadening our palates for Mexican flavors with mid-priced sit-down spots.
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