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Dining, SFoodie Novela Taps in to the Spirits of the Holidays

Novela Taps in to the Spirits of the Holidays

I measure the arrival of the holidays not by the sales, Christmas trees, or holiday decorations, but by the steady fattening of both my social calendar and my girth. The last gasp of holiday parties and gatherings with friends…
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Dining, SFoodie Help S.F. Food Banks by Drinking Cocktails — Lots of Them

Help S.F. Food Banks by Drinking Cocktails — Lots of Them

For most of us, this is a month of family and feasting on the year’s harvest and good fortune, but for others it is not. With the skyrocketing cost of living in the Bay Area, there are more and…
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Dining, SFoodie At Devoto Cider, the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

At Devoto Cider, the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Blame the national hysteria around gluten, the juice craze, or the exploding interest in craft beer, but hard cider is hot right now. It occupies an interesting middle ground of being somewhere in-between beer and wine and, according to…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Mare Island Brewing Co.: Beers Chased With History

Mare Island Brewing Co.: Beers Chased With History

If you've been to Vallejo's waterfront, it was most likely on your way to the Napa Valley. Vallejo is an old Navy town that fell on hard economic times after the military closed the shipyard on Mare Island, and seems…
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Dining, SFoodie Mare Island Brewing Company Brings History and Suds to Vallejo’s Waterfront

Mare Island Brewing Company Brings History and Suds to Vallejo’s Waterfront

If you’ve been to Vallejo’s waterfront, it was most likely on your way to the Napa Valley. Vallejo is an old Navy town that fell on hard economic times after the military closed the shipyards on Mare Island, and seems…
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News, Feature The Lunch Box Identity: Family History and a Little Juice

The Lunch Box Identity: Family History and a Little Juice

There are some food preferences that are automatically built into each of us, coded into our DNA or culture. Others, the more powerful ones, are forged in a series of events that tip a dish into something we forever after…
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Dining, SFoodie Cocktail Contests: Behind the Scenes with an S.F. Bartender in Las Vegas

Cocktail Contests: Behind the Scenes with an S.F. Bartender in Las Vegas

If you’re like me, chances are you’ve watched your fair share of the cooking and cocktail competitions, elements that are now de rigueur for every food event. But I had always wondered how different the experience was for the…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Take it Outside: Where to Drink Outdoors This Fall

Take it Outside: Where to Drink Outdoors This Fall

Who doesn't enjoy a nice drink outdoors? With Indian summer showing signs of life in the Bay Area, and Mission Dolores Park out of commission for the big renovation, it may seem like there's nowhere to go. But San Francisco…
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Dining, SFoodie Cabanas and Cocktails: New Drinks at Twilight at the Presidio

Cabanas and Cocktails: New Drinks at Twilight at the Presidio

One of the best reasons to live in San Francisco is the expanse of park and outdoor spaces available. Routine and workloads can make us forget to enjoy the dozens of neighborhood parks. Certainly the weather here makes it…
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Dining, SFoodie The Most Laid-Back Spots For Outdoor Drinking in San Francisco's Summer

The Most Laid-Back Spots For Outdoor Drinking in San Francisco's Summer

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice drink out doors? With indian summer showing signs of life in the Bay Area, and Mission Dolores Park out of commission for the big renovation, it may seem like there’s nowhere to go. But…
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Dining, SFoodie Get Ready For Another Festival: LuckyRice Returns to S.F.

Get Ready For Another Festival: LuckyRice Returns to S.F.

There’s no shortage of food festivals in the Bay Area—just as we are finishing digesting the deliciousness from the August assault of Eat Drink SF, Outside Lands, and the Street Food Fest, the second annual LuckyRice festival returns. The…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Haven is Real

Drink of the Week: Haven is Real

Last call: with this 142nd column, almost three years worth of drinking and writing Drink of the Week, it’s time for me to give up my seat at the bar. Thanks for reading and drinking along with me here,…
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Dining, SFoodie SF Street Food Fest Kick-Off: Fry Around the World on a Chicken Wing

SF Street Food Fest Kick-Off: Fry Around the World on a Chicken Wing

With the biggest, baddest, grub-slinging-est street food festival rolling into Folsom Street this Saturday, La Cocina kicks off the celebration this Friday with an eleven-chef tour of fried chicken the night before. The name, Friday Night Fried Chicken Family…
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Dining, SFoodie The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands 2014: Day 2

The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands 2014: Day 2

It's Outside Lands, and we're on the ground eating and drinking our way through the festival. Don't miss our Day One picks, including bacon flights, pastrami fries, and truffle burrata, and our staff coverage over on the music blog All…
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Dining, SFoodie The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands 2014: Day 1

The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands 2014: Day 1

Outside Lands! Golden Gate Park's massive annual food, beer, wine, and chef spectacular with a few musical acts thrown in. Join us as we eat our way through this year's more than 100 food and drink booths. Check out our…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Enjoying the Collective Spirit at Lolinda

Drink of the Week: Enjoying the Collective Spirit at Lolinda

If there’s one thing you can count on when covering the bar and restaurant scene, it’s that the players will eventually change. New chefs behind the stoves draw the most attention and expectations, but for me a new bar…
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Dining, SFoodie Make Some Cocktails Disappear at Outside Lands’ GastroMagic Stage

Make Some Cocktails Disappear at Outside Lands’ GastroMagic Stage

Not content to merely offer an excellent collection of food, beer, and wine from local producers, the folks at Outside Lands have added cocktails curated by local bartenders. Located near the GatroMagic concept, where chefs and dancers/musicians/entertainers collide on…
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Dining, SFoodie Which Beers to Pair With Your Outside Lands 2014 Experience

Which Beers to Pair With Your Outside Lands 2014 Experience

The scale of Outside Lands can be a little daunting. Festival maps are crucial to find your way around, but even more so is defining a boomerang spot — a location everyone returns to when you loose people in…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Ellwood Shandy at Dirty Habit

Drink of the Week: Ellwood Shandy at Dirty Habit

It’s almost impossible to have a discussion about Dirty Habit without the issue of the name coming up. Most people hate the name because they find it unappetizing for a restaurant, though if I have any issue with it…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week:  The City's Classiest Bar Crawl

Drink of the Week: The City's Classiest Bar Crawl

We all love secret things: passages, menus, and stories. Even the most mundane gets a sheen of intrigue when it's secret, although most noteworthy when it yields something exclusive. A recent partnership between Burritt Tavern and Wingtip has revealed…
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