Trying to remember every wine I’ve tried this year is like attempting to remember every at-bat the Giants had at AT&T Park. Narrowing it down to wines I actually enjoyed is akin to detailing each one of Marco Scutaro’s hits — I know there were a lot, but I only remember a few.
These five wines stick out: Read More
There’s nothing like misplaced expectations to muck everything up.
For years, Pacific Catch was just a massive, hokey-looking spot I’d spy while cruising down Lincoln Way. I never paid it much mind; chain restaurants rarely make it on the radar.
Then I was struck by that dastardly rule of threes. In a one-month period, three different people — one a food writer — told me Pacific Catch was much better than it looked. Read More
The BarNotes app puts the crafty drinker in touch with a community of like-minded enthusiasts who introduce new takes on old classics. Users can like or comment on cocktails, suggest different portions, post variations and even create their own recipes. Curated cocktail lists cater to the holiday, game day or even time of day. Creator Brandon Herring, an Atlanta native who now lives in San Francisco, and partner Peter Bodenheimer, who resides in New Orleans, have blended the two cocktail hubs using social media. Read More
I’d like to think there are people who plot their weeks around dinner specials at the Basque Cultural Center. Certainly the clientele has an air of permanency, of dining patterns reaching back for decades. “Put down those chips, Murray, you know Thursday is fondue night!”
I’m teasing, but without malice. The Basque Cultural Center is a delight, a place where only the sourest scenester wouldn’t appreciate its warmth or lack of pretense. Read More
DNA Lounge Cocktail connoisseurs may be surprised to learn that subtlety is on the menu at the South of Market dance club and concert venue. Bartender Jared Williams has carved out a niche for himself, mixing drinks as boldly individualistic as the club’s clientele. Staircases figure prominently in DNA’s architecture. Beyond the main bar, which sits like an arena in the center of the space, a small stage is framed by two wide staircases zigzagging up to the second floor. Read More
Few things make me happier than drinking Champagne, especially when I have an extraordinary bottle to share with friends. I’ve been doing quite a bit of that over the past couple of weeks and, much to the chagrin of my liver, have tasted quite a few that are memorably delicious and relatively reasonably priced. Read More
On the block that contains State Bird Provisions, did you know there are some shops, even other restaurants? Rack your brain and try to remember what’s nearby: “Well, I think there’s a Subway, and a shop that sells hats, and um, maybe a big patch of dirt?”
I get it. This year’s runaway culinary darling has such an outsized presence that it practically obscures anything within visual range.
But from the doorway of State Bird, where you’ve just been told the wait time is eight hours, you can cast your eyes on a fine alternative for dinner. Read More
When considering wine gifts, you can spend as much as you will, but all you need is a good waiter’s corkscrew, a carafe and a little argon to help preserve open bottles. What’s the big fuss? We could end it here — I could say, “Happy holidays and good luck shopping.”
But even when you keep your wine accessories simple, they can still be a special gift for someone.
Let’s start with wine glasses. You need a good all-purpose glass that can be used for most types of wine — sparkling, still and dessert. Read More
Tradition This is a candlelit spot where brunette bartenders in denim collars and suspenders mix cocktails for experienced drinkers. The walls are adorned with vintage posters of Seagram’s 7, Four Roses bourbon and Cutty Sark. Brought to you by the owners of Bourbon and Branch, Rickhouse and Local Edition, Tradition looks back on American bar archetypes — the Irish, the speakeasy, the dive and the tiki. It also spent a spell as Mr. Lew’s before its current iteration. Read More
There’s no shortage of theatrical color in San Francisco during the holidays, and if The Crackpot Crones have their way, their “Crones for the Holidays” just might leave an indelible imprint.
The troupe, which blends improv and sketch comedy, opens its new show, a robust, feminism-tinged estrogen parade, on Saturday at Stage Werx.
One question immediately comes to mind: What exactly is a crackpot crone? Read More