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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Getting It Right at the Alembic

Distillations: Getting It Right at the Alembic

The first time I took Miriam out drinking, we went to my very favorite bar and I introduced her to my favorite bartender. Then she accidentally insulted me — badly — while trying to express what a good time she…
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Dining, Eat

The Alembic's Cocktail Evolution

When Daniel Hyatt left the Alembic early this year, it was difficult to image how the bar would function without him. He largely defined the Upper Haight bar's innovative house cocktail style, which fits right in with the classics (much…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds a Hermitage of Sanity at Alembic

Bouncer Finds a Hermitage of Sanity at Alembic

During the Romantic period in the 19th century (if this opening sentence scares you, now's the time to move on to the sex ads), rich people tried to keep it real by hiring "hermits" to live on their property and…
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Dining, SFoodie Planning for SF Beer Week Day 6: Gypsies and Nostalgia

Planning for SF Beer Week Day 6: Gypsies and Nostalgia

SF Beer Week is officially half way over. By this point, you've become something of a gypsy yourself: a beer nomad who wanders between tastings and beer dinners, you haven't changed your clothes, shaved or showered in five days. You've…
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Dining, SFoodie Red Vic to Become Marketplace, Another Burger Place, and Nightlife Additions

Red Vic to Become Marketplace, Another Burger Place, and Nightlife Additions

The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. While we'll always miss the Haight's Red Vic Movie House, we're excited about the recent developments for the space. Earlier we mentioned that…
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Dining, SFoodie Psychedelic Pickled Quail Eggs at Alembic

Psychedelic Pickled Quail Eggs at Alembic

For those of us unfortunate enough to miss the Haight in its heyday, we feel nostalgia we can't explain every time we're in the neighborhood. In the swinging '60s, we were nothing more than an egg in our mother's ovary…
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Dining, SFoodie Dear Restaurants: What We Need from Your Website

Dear Restaurants: What We Need from Your Website

Earlier this week our restaurant critic Jonathan Kauffman criticized the website of one of his favorite restaurants, the Alembic. I thought I'd have a look at the site. Unfortunately, I don't have the patience; the site took so long to…
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Dining, SFoodie Crooked Dealings at Carlos Club, A Shutter After 30 Years, and More Burgers

Crooked Dealings at Carlos Club, A Shutter After 30 Years, and More Burgers

The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Seeing double meant paying double at the now-shuttered Carlos Club. Grub Street reports, via Mission Local, the 24th Street bar's liquor license was…
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Best of San Francisco, Bars & Clubs Best Cocktail Menu

Best Cocktail Menu

If you like choices at a bar, stop by one of Alembic's Savoy Cocktail nights, when its usual menu is replaced with copies of Harry Craddock's 800-plus-recipe tome. The book was written in 1930 by an American bartender who escaped…
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Dining, SFoodie Off the Grid Ft. Mason Center Returns with the Alembic, Tim Luym, JapaCurry

Off the Grid Ft. Mason Center Returns with the Alembic, Tim Luym, JapaCurry

Last December, street-food promoter Matt Cohen told SFoodie readers that 2010 had been a great year for mobile food in the Bay Area, and he vowed to keep it interesting in 2011. Next Friday marks the first delivery on that…
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Dining, SFoodie On Day 10 of Beer Week, a Last Gasp of Liver Abuse

On Day 10 of Beer Week, a Last Gasp of Liver Abuse

Your training regimen paid off! You've survived to the last day of SF Beer Week. Everything you sip today is just gravy. Begin your victory lap at 21st Amendment: Brewers' Sunday Tea Where: 21st Amendment Brewery, 563…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer Week Spotlights Gypsies, Nanobrewers

Beer Week Spotlights Gypsies, Nanobrewers

All professional brewers can trace their roots back to a common hobby - homebrewing, the popularity of which continues…
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Dining, SFoodie Guide to SF Beer Week's Food + Brew Pairings, Part 1

Guide to SF Beer Week's Food + Brew Pairings, Part 1

Stories abound of Belgian monks who toiled through laborious days with nothing to nourish them but low-alcohol beers designed for sustenance. But you're no monk. You're a hungry beer geek. Luckily, multiple beer dinners and pairing seminars are offered each…
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Dining, Eat Heart Is the New Entry-Level Offal

Heart Is the New Entry-Level Offal

Since the era of Anubis and Osiris, we've considered the heart the organ in charge of the emotions. It's belief so ancient that it has become embedded in a hundred idiomatic phrases — "You broke my heart," "My heart is…
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Dining, SFoodie A Monthly Celebration of Bartending OCD

A Monthly Celebration of Bartending OCD

Savoy Cocktail Night at the Alembic Where: The Alembic, 1725 Haight (at Cole), 666-0822 When: Sun., Jan. 30; starts at 6 p.m. The rundown: Once a month at the Alembic, the normal cocktail menu disappears, replaced with copies of The…
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Dining, SFoodie Brews, with Booze: Our Favorite Beer Cocktails

Brews, with Booze: Our Favorite Beer Cocktails

"You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" Sometimes the sum of a culinary collision is greater than its parts. Over the past couple years, this concept has been thoroughly explored in…
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Dining, SFoodie Cold Comfort: S.F.'s Best Holiday Cocktails

Cold Comfort: S.F.'s Best Holiday Cocktails

Hot drinks ― especially the ones on SFoodie's list for the Heat Misers of the world ― are excellent during the holidays, but you can't celebrate on hot drinks alone. Behold our guide to cold-weather cocktails for San Francisco's…
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Dining, SFoodie Stag Dining Group: Current and Former Alembic Chefs Organize Underground Dinners

Stag Dining Group: Current and Former Alembic Chefs Organize Underground Dinners

Two chefs with ties to the Alembic are launching an underground eatery next week in Cole Valley. Jordan Grosser and Ted Fleury ― once co-chefs at the Alembic (Fleury's still there, actually) ― come together again Dec. 17 and 18…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Brandon Josie

S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Brandon Josie

SFoodie's series focusing on San Francisco's up-and-coming talent behind the stick, the Muppet Babies of the shaker. Who: Brandon Josie Where to find him: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo (at Broadway), 398-1359 Background: Starting off as a barback at 15 Romolo…
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Dining, SFoodie This Weekend in Napa, Primal Celebrates the Art of the Hack

This Weekend in Napa, Primal Celebrates the Art of the Hack

A bunch of butchers and chefs will be wielding cleavers against major protein at Primal in Napa this weekend, a repeat of last year's event in the same outdoor location. A bacon taste-off is planned, and expect a slew of…
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