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Dining, SFoodie Grass-Fed, Dry-Farmed: Adventures on CUESA's Meat and Potatoes Tour

Grass-Fed, Dry-Farmed: Adventures on CUESA's Meat and Potatoes Tour

In a mostly harvested potato field, 46 visitors are stooped over dying potato plants, digging into the loamy soil with their bare hands beneath the overcast skies of coastal Marin County. They're harvesting German Butterballs, filling paper bags with…
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News, The Snitch Cartels Abandon National Forest in Mendocino County

Cartels Abandon National Forest in Mendocino County

Hikers, campers, and hunters were, for years, warned to stay away from public lands in certain California counties. Because, in addition to spectacular redwoods and hidden creeks, places like the Mendocino National Forest were full of Latino gangsters with machine…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Exploring San Francisco's Hidden Wineries

Exploring San Francisco's Hidden Wineries

Before the 1906 earthquake leveled parts of the city and Prohibition curbed drinking, San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood (then known as "South of the Slot") was filled with wineries and cellars. The wineries sourced grapes from Napa and Sonoma and the…
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Dining, SFoodie Wine Country Report: McEvoy Ranch, Fried Chicken & Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Wine Country Report: McEvoy Ranch, Fried Chicken & Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

McEvoy Ranch If your weekend vision quest revolves around limited edition extra virgin olive oil, wine and beautiful and rather green environs, there's a ranch just 15 minutes outside of downtown Petaluma worth checking out. Why visit: Award winning McEvoy…
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Dining, SFoodie Wine Country Report: Duck Tacos and Live Music at City Winery, Passport Zinfandel Tasting in Sonoma

Wine Country Report: Duck Tacos and Live Music at City Winery, Passport Zinfandel Tasting in Sonoma

If your idea of a great music experience has morphed from brown-bagging booze and stage diving in a purple velvet skin revealing outfit to something more comfy -- say, a seated meal of local duck tacos with decent (on tap)…
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Music, Hear This A Western Winter Formal Featuring The Easy Leaves: Show Preview

A Western Winter Formal Featuring The Easy Leaves: Show Preview

San Francisco talks a big game about its folksy leanings, but what have you done lately to conjure the frontier spirit besides drink beer out of a mason jar? Never fear: The Great American Music Hall's got your city-slicker back…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Bubbles: From Rubble to Bubbles at J Vineyards

Bay Area Bubbles: From Rubble to Bubbles at J Vineyards

Sometimes the most seemingly obtuse bits of knowledge lead to bigger, better, and in some cases, bubblier things. When Judy Jordan got her degree in Earth Sciences/Geology from Stanford and returned home to work at her father's winery, Jordan,…
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News, The Snitch Meet America's First Marijuana Mayor: Sebastopol's Robert Jacob

Meet America's First Marijuana Mayor: Sebastopol's Robert Jacob

Wednesday was not a day to get things done for Robert Jacob. His first day on the job as the mayor of Sebastopol -- a town of 7,500 in Sonoma County, with politics so left-wing that makes Berkeley seem that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Crash Course

Crash Course

If the fifth annual Cinema by the Bay showcase of locally significant films is any indication, this Bay Area of ours is a fertile crossroads indeed. Local moviemakers seem keen on stories about lives colliding, with sparks flying. Holy…
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News, The Snitch Armed Robbery Victim Who Calls Police Is Arrested For Marijuana Grow

Armed Robbery Victim Who Calls Police Is Arrested For Marijuana Grow

The innovative policing in Mendocino County -- when sheriff's deputies issued licenses to marijuana growers in exchange for a fee -- put cash in the hands of cops and letting legal growers feel safe calling cops if they were victims…
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Dining, Eat Saison's Bar Menu: Belly Up to the One Percent

Saison's Bar Menu: Belly Up to the One Percent

There's no getting around it: Saison is expensive. At $248 ($396 with wine pairings), the mandatory tasting menu in the 18-seat dining room is the priciest in the city. Even at the bar, pretentiously called "the salon," items on the…
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Dining, Eat

New Albion: Historic Local Ale Comes Back to Life

All right class, it's time for a history lesson. Can anybody tell us which brewery is acknowledged as the first modern microbrewery in the United States? If you answered New Albion Brewing Company, you get an A. Does anybody know…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Know Your Sparkling Wine

Drink of the Week: Know Your Sparkling Wine

The end of the year brings many things: family, parties, and lots of sparkling wine. While we love cocktails, it's this time of year we simply give in to any and all excuses for bubbly. It's like wine that got…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bottles Up

Bottles Up

Years from now when you move from the city (and you'll move from the city; everyone does), you'll look back fondly on these days when everything strange and enchanting was right on your doorstep. Take tonight: At the "Red &…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: There's Much More to Napa than Wine

Recent Acquisitions: There's Much More to Napa than Wine

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. George Yount didn't seek out adventure, but he certainly didn't resist…
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Dining, SFoodie Wine of the Week: Sonoma Rookie Ram's Gate Hits the Big Leagues

Wine of the Week: Sonoma Rookie Ram's Gate Hits the Big Leagues

There are thousands of wines vying for your attention. Napa Valley Vintners, the trade organization that promotes and protects the Napa Valley name and runs the preeminent Auction Napa Valley, boasts 431 members alone - -and those are just the…
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News, The Snitch

Drivers Break Guinness World Record with Donuts

Drivers in Sonoma just might have broken the Guinness World Record for -- of all strange things -- spinning the most donuts yesterday afternoon. News reports detailed the excitement at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma where 75 drivers spun simultaneous donuts…
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Music, All Shook Down Top 5 Reasons Lady Gaga Should Move to the Bay Area

Top 5 Reasons Lady Gaga Should Move to the Bay Area

Though she was born in New York City, recent news suggests Lady Gaga might be considering a move to the Bay Area. At the end of last month, Gaga was spotted hitting the rounds of fancy restaurants in Sonoma,…
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Dining, SFoodie Quivira Makes Jam, Not Just Jammy Wines

Quivira Makes Jam, Not Just Jammy Wines

Wines are often described as "jammy," but how often can you buy jam and wine from the same producer? Dry Creek Valley producer Quivira will sell you both, and some honey from the estate as well, with the help of…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco's Table Scraps Make for Much Healthier Wines

San Francisco's Table Scraps Make for Much Healthier Wines

San Francisco residents may have groaned when the city passed mandatory composting laws in 2009, but now they might be sighing in relaxation as they sip wines grown on soil enriched with their city-mandated table scraps. A record amount of…
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