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Monday, July 20, 2015

Oakland's Umami Mart Launches Monthly Sake Subscription Service

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM

A party outside Umami Mart. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • A party outside Umami Mart.

When you pair the words “sake” and “Oakland”, you might think of the infamous bottomless sake at Coach Sushi, which has left many a patron contemplating his existence among the ducks on the grass beside Lake Merritt. Any respectable foodie understands the complexities of craft beer and boutique wine, but for many, sake remains that mysteriously drinkable and somewhat forgettable liquid used to wash down plates of raw fish.

But sake is ready for its turn to get serious. In February, Oakland's Umami Mart, purveyor of Japanese bar and kitchenware, began selling Japanese craft beer and sake, and based on customers' growing interest, decided to launch Sake Gumi, a monthly sake subscription which will deliver a hand-picked selection to its members starting July 22.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THURSDAY: Get Samoa Donuts Delivered!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Samoa donuts (with size comparisons in the form of actual Samoas) - DREW SWANTAK/THRILLIST
  • Drew Swantak/Thrillist
  • Samoa donuts (with size comparisons in the form of actual Samoas)

After Thin Mints, the most popular Girl Scout cookies are Samoas, those vanilla beauties covered in caramel, toasted coconut and chocolate. They have absolutely nothing to do with the South Pacific nation of the same name whose population is smaller than Fremont’s, but they’re coming for you in the form of donuts.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

OMG It's Crab Season: Two Great Deals to Get You Started Off Right

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM


You guys Dungeness crab season is here and everyone is losing their collective mind. There are a bunch of restaurants around the Bay Area selling whole or half crabs — Eater has a great map of all of  'em, and we cannot recommend enough the cold steamed crab at Swan Oyster Depot and the wood-roasted crab at Camino in Oakland. Only thing is, eating whole crabs in restaurants can get a little pricey. Here are a few deals to help set the tone for the rest of your crustacean-eating season.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tax Relief: The Best Tax Day Deals Around Town

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM


Ugh, taxes. Amirite? The only silver lining to tax day being just around the corner -- besides the fact that it will be over for another year, of course -- is that restaurants and bars begin to offer tax season discounts and sometimes freebies in commiseration. The list isn't super-long right now, but we'll keep adding to it as we hear more. Know of a deal we didn't include? Leave a tip in the comments.

See also: Five Apps for Urban Hunting and Gathering

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Free Chicken at Pollo Campero Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

  • Pollo Campero

Free chicken, free chicken! Next Tuesday, the lines may be longer than usual at the newish Mission spot Pollo Campero (2740 Mission St.), or as we like to call it, the Best Juicy Guatemalan Fried Chicken, Evah! Pollo Campero is rolling a freebie leg OR thigh between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on April 9. We're thinking that this free offer may or may not be in response to the major Tuesday draw at nearby Popeye's Louisiana Chicken: where $1.29 nabs one leg and one thigh pieces of chicken all day, every Tuesday.

See also: Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in San Francisco

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Scavenger Hunt and $3 Cookbooks at the Library's Big Book Sale

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's big book sale at Fort Mason.
  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's big book sale at Fort Mason.

Looking for some vintage James Beard cookbooks or to read and learn the rules of hospitality from restaurant guru Danny Meyer? Consider stocking up on cookbooks at the upcoming 49th Annual Big Book Sale, which benefits San Francisco's public libraries and is held at the Festival Pavilion of Fort Mason. Book nerds of all stripes have been known to swoon when faced with an entire warehouse of deeply discounted books, organized and stacked in fine fashion.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Literary Director Byron Spooner promises that for this sale, there will be eight to ten thousand cookbooks. The bargain prices of $3 or less only add to the temptation (we dare you to walk away from an egg cookery book in primo condition!)

See also: Score Bargain Cookbooks at the Library's Big Book Sale

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Friday, February 17, 2012

At the Weekly's DRINK Event, Taste All You Want to Benefit Your Beloved Bartender

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

If your bartender is your hero, drink in his/her honor at our tasting event.
  • If your bartender is your hero, drink in his/her honor at our tasting event.
​Do you love your bartender so much that sometimes you wish you could crawl over the bar and just fix him (or her) a drink? SF Weekly feels your love. On March 10, the Weekly is hosting our second annual DRINK event at the Metreon, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the United States Bartenders' Guild

The event is co-sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, and beer will be provided by Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Trumer Pils, and Magnolia Brewery; wine from Charles Krug, LangeTwins, and SF's own Bluxome Street Winery will be flowing. 

If you're into the harder stuff, sip on spirits from Don Q Rum, Death's Door, and St. George Spirits, as well as offerings from Crystal Head Vodka, Templeton Rye, BrancaMenta, Carpana, and Infinium Spirits, perfect for blending with Fever-Tree mixers.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Twenty-Five Lusk Serves 6-Course Champagne/Strawberry Menu

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Seared diver scallop with foie gras torchon and grilled strawberries
  • Seared diver scallop with foie gras torchon and grilled strawberries

SFoodie is willing to put ourselves on the line for you. So when we heard Twenty-Five Lusk is offering a 6-course Champagne and strawberry themed menu for $90 -- $60 food, $30 wine pairings -- through Blackboard Eats, we ran over to throw ourselves on that grenade.


Wine pairing is easy with sparkling wine, which goes with almost anything. That's good for this menu, because fresh strawberries -- and most fresh fruits -- are a challenge for wine. You generally need the wine to be sweeter than whatever you're drinking it with. A dish of fresh strawberries would make the world's best Cabernets taste sour. Try it.

Fortunately, because of the way they're made, almost all bubblies have a little residual sugar, sometimes below the level of perception, but enough to keep their flavor from being ruined by slightly sweet foods.

Thus while sparkling wine isn't usually our first choice with oysters, when Twenty-Five Lusk starts the meal with three oysters with a strawberry verbena Champagne mignonette, we're happy to have a glass of bubbly.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rainbow Customer Appreciation Day: 20 Percent Off All Your Hippie Needs!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM


Where: Rainbow Grocery

When: Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: 20 percent off the ENTIRE STORE

The rundown: You know, we can make fun of Rainbow all we want but at the end of the day, places like it are the reason we live in San Francisco. I mean, if we don't stand for a worker-owned co-op with an entirely organic produce section and more Biodynamic wines than you could drown the entire French army in, what do we stand for? So bring us your vegan nacho cheese and your organic herbal Viagra! Bring us your 50 brands of agave and your vegetarian dog food! And give it all to us for 20 percent off, because bitches, we believe in your mission and all, but we're flat broke. Or, we're at least as flat broke as someone who can afford to shop at Rainbow is. Gotta love this city.

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus! and tweets at mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie on Twitter: @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Fifth Floor's Deal for the Masses: Burger, Bourbon, and Beer

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Fifth Floor's Mighty Burger. - JESSE HIRSCH
  • Jesse Hirsch
  • Fifth Floor's Mighty Burger.

Maybe you've always wanted to try Fifth Floor but thought the price tag was a little prohibitive. Perhaps you're curious about its dreamboat chef, but find menu elements like carrot foam and pastis emulsion a little effete (you're a 'Merican, goshdernit!) Or maybe you just want a damn fine burger, paired with some beer and whiskey.

This weekend SFoodie checked out Fifth Floor's burger, bourbon, and beer deal, served in the bar/lounge area outside the restaurant proper. For a fairly priced $25 (everything is relative), you get a thick patty of ground short rib, chuck, and skirt steak served on a chewy, almost-sweet brioche bun. It's topped with a tangle of cooked onions, bearing light hints of bourbon; crisp, housemade pickles; shredded lettuce; Comté cheese; and smoky pimentón aoli.

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