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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Seven: SPiN Opens Tonight

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Plus Eat Drink SF Tickets go on sale, Loló broadens its cocktail menu by quite a bit, and The New York Times throws The Bywater some love.

SPiN Opens Tonight
Susan Sarandon's been on a tear. She's a vocal advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders, she's got a new movie out, and now her ping-pong social club soft-opens this evening. SPiN (690 Folsom), which has or will soon have locations in New York, Chicago, and L.A., is free to get into, and according to Inside Scoop, its 19 tables cost $19-$29 for 30 minutes and $29-$49 for an hour of play. Instructions from pros are available while you eat sliders and ice cream sandwiches, drinking one of the five house cocktails and you put a sick backspin on the ball and destroy your opponents.

Eat Drink SF Tickets on Sale Today
If you're sore about the cancellation of the SF Street Food Festival, there's another late-August event that should cheer you up: Eat Drink SF. From Aug. 25-28, the four-day festival takes over the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, with 160 restaurants and 70 bars. For the first time, it's closing out with a Grand Tasting that honors venues that have been open at least 25 years (Scoma's, Goat Hill Pizza, Sutro's at the Cliff House). Early-bird tickets ($75) are on sale now.

Loló Rolls Out Gigantic New Cocktail List
For summer, the wizards at Loló (974 Valencia) will debut a fairly stupendous 21-drink cocktail list, of which 12 are brand new. Among them are the Devil's Dandruff (bourbon, Calvados, honey, lemon, apple vinegar, and bitters) and the Perfect Stranger (Ford's gin, Lo-Fi dry vermouth, Oloroso sherry, lemon, jalapeño brine, and celery bitters clarified with goat milk).

Shanghai to Become the New Apothecarium
You know that long-abandoned restaurant space mid-block on Market between Dolores and Church, just opposite Safeway? (It's still labeled Shanghai, after the very-short-lived enterprise that went in there, a successor to Pudong and Mecca before that.) Well, noted dispensary The Apothecarium has gotten the go-ahead from Planning to move in, according to Hoodline. It's five times the business' current square footage.

The NYT Approves of The Bywater
It is an uphill battle convincing many residents of the 415 to drive all the way to Los Gatos, but The Bywater (532 N. Santa Cruz Ave) is genuinely worth it. So says me, so says The New York Times Travel section, which calls David Kinch's Manresa follow-up a "place where the chef can have fun."

All About Aquafaba
Are you curious about the wonder ingredient made from chick pea water? The New York Times goes all in on this curious substance and the luscious vegan meringues it is capable of. There's some fun food chemistry at the link, too: "Before aquafaba, the most prominent egg-foam replacers were bubble-making agents such as baking powder or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, or thick bubble-retaining whole foods like applesauce, mashed bananas and ground chia seeds. The problem was that none of these substitutes could do everything an egg could. You can’t make a meringue out of mashed bananas." 

Dr. Oz Think Americans Get "Half Their Antioxidants From Coffee"
He was on Fox and Friends, naturally. Salon is overflowing with skeptical side-eye.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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