Politically Correct Java
As you sip your morning latte, consider this: Conventionally produced coffee is the third-largest pesticide crop in the world, behind cotton and tobacco. That's according to Sam, Sal, and Frieda Mogannam (of Rendezvous du Monde), whose Organic Grounds coffeehouse and juice bar serves certified organic coffee, grown with "sustainable farming methods" and without pesticides. The beans are roasted by Coast Roast, a family-owned outfit in Tomales. And, unlike produce, organic in this case doesn't mean more expensive. By-the-cup and per-pound prices are comparable with Peet's. Organic Grounds is at Ninth and Irving, familiar stomping grounds for the Mogannams, who grew up in the Sunset.
Cheap Eats on Nob Hill
Here's something to make you early diners feel like a Nob Hill swell without busting the bank. Masons, that elegant eatery in the Fairmont Hotel, hosts happy hours, Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m., with bar menu items for half-price: beef carpaccio, steamed mussels and clams, pizza, and beef brochette all at $3; spring rolls or spicy chicken wings for $2.25; and oysters at 70 cents each. All that plus jazz singer Denise Perrier Monday nights, Scotty Wright Tuesday-Friday.
When You're Hot
Hawthorne Lane, the new SOMA restaurant brought to you by Anne and David Gingrass, formerly of Postrio, is already hot. A call Monday revealed that this weekend was almost completely reserved. Dish thinks it best to wait until the feeding frenzy dies down. Where's Hawthorne Lane? Off Hawthorne Street between Second and Third streets, a block east of Moscone and a block south of SFMOMA.
By Barbara Lane