This summer marks Wanderlust's third go at a yoga-and-music festival in Tahoe's Squaw Valley. Imagine lithe yogis practicing with top teachers (SF's Stephanie Snyder, Marin's MC Yogi, and more) backed by live music and then heading over to big stages to catch Girl Talk and Michael Franti. To get ready, the fest is taking over the Fillmore May 21. Tickets start at $25 and include two music-charged asana classes, sounds from the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, and a trippy Trance Dance performance from the Madonna of yoga, Shiva Rea.
As children, brothers Albert and Klaus Rainer had their mom's chicken and dumpling soup every Sunday. At their Russian Hill restaurant Leopold's, they recreate the family recipe with tender, herbed dumplings floating in a clear chicken broth with diced vegetables. It's pure comfort food and one of our "Best of the City" picks in the June 2011 issue of 7x7.
3-pound whole chicken
4 quarts chicken stock
Thursday, May 12
The Watershed Project is having its annual fundraiser gala at The Aquarium of the Bay to support the project's Living Shoreline Initiative. Waterbar, Slanted Door, and Greens, with oysters from Hog Island, Tomales Bay, and Drakes Bay will be there, along with local wineries and brews. Tickets are $50 at at Eventbrite. The Embarcadero and Beach Street
Your Brother, His Wife, and Their Kids |
Palace Hotel in SoMa
(starting at $239) 2 Montgomery St., 415-512-1111
Vibe: Big, bright, and airy Victorian style straight out of Titanic—but on dry land.
Highlights: A killer indoor pool with plenty of kids doing canonballs, on-site babysitting, and an old-school bar with dark booths and classic drinks for the grown-ups.
Nearby: Kyo-ya sushi next door and two blocks away, the YBCA complex with bowling alley, skating rink, carousel, and Zeum for the kiddies.
Tip: Skip the rooms along noisy Market Street. Instead, book something overlooking the stained-glass dome of the Garden Court restaurant.
Owner Gerald Hirigoyen named his FiDi restaurant Bocadillos after the little sandwiches of the same name in Basque cuisine. These lamb sliders are a favorite among the lunch crowd during the week, and the recipe comes from Hirigoyen's 2009 cookbook, Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition (Ten Speed).
Makes 4 small burgers
Friday, May 6
Another izakaya opens, this one in SoMa's Zen Compound. The 40-seat Ki restaurant is set to serve sushi (sardines, arctic char, local albacore tuna), yakitori, and a tempura striped bass and pickled slaw roll topped with crushed potato chips. Expect a big selection of sake, whisky, Japanese craft beers, and cocktails. 540 Howard St.
Saturday, May 7
Last year, when editor Howard Junker wrote in Zyzzyva, his popular arts and literary magazine, that he was looking for a successor, an entry-level editorial assistant at another small pub in SF emailed him asking for the job. At 29, Laura Cogan wasn’t much older than the quarterly Junker founded in 1985 and operated out of the ground floor of his home near Golden Gate Park. But Cogan had been reading the journal since she was 8, after her parents moved the family to Sausalito and placed a subscription on the coffee table.
This chocolate-lovers cake from chef Sandi Sumaylo of Greens Restaurant is dark, dense, and, believe it or not, vegan. Make it for Easter dinner or someone’s upcoming birthday. You can tell them that in March, Twitter’s Biz Stone (a vegan) made his birthday wishes over the cake topped with candles.
Makes 1 cake
This Week in Food: Chefapalooza at Pal's Takeaway, Jonathan Waxman Signing, More Brunch, and Free Lunch
Pal’s Takeaway in the Mission is celebrating their second anniversary as a pop-up sandwich shop with three guest chefs (instead of the usual one). Carlo Espinas from Ragazza and Gialina has a spice-rub chicken breast with Calabrian chile spread and sugar snap pea slaw. Comstock's Carlos Espinas designed a pork belly combo with pickled ginger, soy yuzo mayo, and arugula. And Bruno’s Ryan Ostler’s doing a slow-smoked brisket on a Wise Sons Deli bialys with horseradish sour cream and pickled spring shallot. 2751 24th St.
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