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Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Eight: China Live to Debut For Chinese New Year, RN74's Sunday Feasts

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM

White truffle and braised oxtail risotto served in a roasted sugar pumpkin. - RN74/INSTAGRAM
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  • White truffle and braised oxtail risotto served in a roasted sugar pumpkin.
Plus Michael Mina has yet another new project, Forgery's got some autumnal alcohol, the Wine Train steps in it again, K&L Wine Merchants has a huge new location, and more.

China Live Set to Open by Chinese New Year
China Live, the upmarket four-floor complex of restaurants, tea parlors, shops, and event spaces on the 600 block of Broadway, looks like it's set to open by Chinese New Year.  

RN74's Sunday Feasts
Starting this Sunday, Nov. 8, Michael Lee Rafidi, the new executive chef at Michael Mina's RN74 will begin a $45 family-style meal of eight to 10 dishes. Every two months, teh menu will rotate to a new region, starting with Burgundy, the restaurant's main inspiration. Think Escargot croissants with chartreuse beurre and dill pollen, a sunchoke vichysoisse and crawfish bisque, and slow-roasted chicken "coq au vin" with hand-made egg noodles, poached porcini, and black truffle. Wines by the carafe will be available for $35.
RN74, 301 Mission, 415-543-7474 or

And Another New Michael Mina Project
Michael Mina has many restaurants. He is about to open another at 350 Mission, which is effectively across the street from RN74. According to Hoodline, although the liquor license says it's called Middle'terranea (which is also the name of Mina's pop-up test kitchen in the Marina) that is not going to be the name.

Forgery's Fall Cocktails
, the sexy PlumpJack club in Western SoMa, has put out a new menu of cocktails for the fall including a Fall Gimlet (Bombay Saphire East Gin, fall spiced lime cordial, and something called fall spiced mist), and a Sour Cherry Negroni (Sipsmith gin, Campari, Leopold's sour cherry liqueur, and sweet vermouth.)
Forgery, 1525 Mission, 415-796-2325.

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Wine Train Ad Offends Lawsuit Plaintiffs
The tail-between-its-legs Napa Valley Wine Train, still smarting from the ugly incident in August when a book club of black women got booted off for being too raucous, has a new ad out that has apparently. "We Are All Dreamers." Is it because it sorta depicts a black person who has been left off a train in the middle of nowhere?

K&L Expands
The new K&L Wine Merchants is three times as big as the old one, according to Inside Scoop. That will allow for more spirits and craft beers, and more tasting events.
K&L Wine Merchants, 855 Harrison 877-559-4637. 

Starbucks and the War on Xmas
Because Starbucks didn't put Scriptural verses or Christmas trees or Linus from Peanuts proselytizing about the Messiah on its holiday cups (which are red), it's apparently the tool of the Antichrist, according to the right-wingers at Breitbart, to whom I will not link.

Oregon Norovirus Outbreak Caused by Pumpkin Carving
Like a cruise ship that turns into a involuntary vomitorium, a Eugene, Ore., Catholic high school has had an outbreak of norovirus. Some 100 students, faculty, and parents have gotten sick. It may have all come from one gourd, too, as 10 students attended an event with a "master carver" going to town on a pumpkin. I'm dying to know what he carved, unleashing millions of microorganisms on his audience: Lazarus looking like a Walking Dead zombie? A dramatic rendering of an annulment, with flames and lightning bolts? Pope Francis standing on a cactus devouring a snake? If only Catholics could be like Christianity's more joyless sects and declare that Halloween is Satan's holiday, this might never have happened.

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