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Friday, February 5, 2016

Hawaiian Pop-up 'āina Goes Brick-and-Mortar in the Dogpatch This Spring

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Lapsang Chinese sausage and mushrooms with perfect poached eggs - 'ĀINA
  • 'āina
  • Lapsang Chinese sausage and mushrooms with perfect poached eggs

When I visited 'āina, a weekend Hawaiian pop-up at 903 Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights, I was surprised by how flavorful (and SPAM-free) it was. Rather, the Kalbi loco moco with hearts of palm pico de gallo, Korean short ribs, smoked mushroom gravy, and sunny-side-up eggs were like a dream hangover cure. But in its own right, the flavors were complex — much more so than any rice plate with a scoop of macaroni salad.

Now 'āina is taking the flavors of the Big Island and going brick and mortar. Chef Jordan Keao's "love letter" to his native island chain will open sometime this spring at 900 22nd Street in the Dogpatch.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cochon 555's Heritage BBQ Hits Magnolia Dogpatch Sept. 13

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Cochon 555

Fans of all that is porcine have reason to celebrate.

Cochon555’s Heritage BBQ competition tour, promoting heritage breed pigs and global grilling cultures, will take place Sunday, September 13 at the Magnolia Brewery at Dogpatch. 

While their flagship event Cochon 555 — often held in Napa — is a well-known pork event, “This is the first year Cochon555 will be hosting Heritage BBQ in San Francisco,” Brady Lowe, co-founder of Cochon, told SF Weekly.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Dogpatch Dive the Sea Star to Become Pet-Friendly

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

The Sea Star, having been around for decades, reopened with a new list of cocktails and a haunted hotel vibe after a fairly extensive renovation last year. The Dogpatch dive had been called the Goat, and its new incarnation was a better fit for a neighborhood that had long since transitioned away from heavy industry to artisanal metalwork.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

La Fromagerie Drops in Dogpatch

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  • Mary Ladd

Stroll, shop, repeat: with La Fromagerie moving into the same 'hood as Mr. and Miscellaneous, Poco Dolce and Little Nib, this increasingly morphing Third Street area is becoming an easy stop for gourmet goods. It's easy to get cheesy at La Fromagerie, which is housed in a light, sweet spot. The petite sized store from French Alps native Ruben Donze offers cheese of the European and domestic variety, charcuterie, escargots, fruity jams, Firebrand artisan bread and truffle mousse ($5.99).

See also:

- Two Cheese Plates That Educate

- Frog Hollow Pears and Bellwether Carmody Cheese: Best Hostess Gift Ever?

- Watch Talking Goats Dressed as Elves Sell California Goat Cheese

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Drink of the Week: Sangria at Poquito

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

  • Lou Bustamante

Some develop their drink-making skills by reading old books, watching bartenders, or learning from friends. Others get their training by doing hard time.

This was the case for Richard Vila of Poquito in the Dogpatch, the distinctive restaurant and bar that serves traditional Spanish and Ecuadorian tapas and great cocktails. The training and techniques for the flavorful and faintly sweet red sangria ($5/glass or $18/pitcher, tempranillo wine, brandy, citrus, seasonal fruit) and white sangria ($6/glass or $21/pitcher, torrontés wine, cachaça, citrus, seasonal fruit) came from spending summers with family in Spain. As punishment for causing mischief, he would be given the tedious task of helping his aunt in the kitchen. "Her favorite (and my least favorite) thing to have me do was to cut fruit [into tiny pieces] for sangria," explained Vila.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Preview Recchiuti's Chocolate Lab on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Michael Recchiuti inside the forthcoming Chocolate Lab. - TOM SEAWELL PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Michael Recchiuti inside the forthcoming Chocolate Lab.

Chocolate spin art by Recchiuti. - TOM SEAWELL PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Tom Seawell Photography
  • Chocolate spin art by Recchiuti.

The next Sunday Streets takes place in Dogpatch on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. While out gallivanting, be sure to stop by and get a preview of Chocolate Lab (801 22nd St. at Tennessee), the forthcoming cafe by noted local chocolatier Michael Recchiuti that's due to debut in September. He'll spend the day (from noon to 4 p.m.) demonstrating the wonders of chocolate spin art, and answering questions about the Lab and Little Nib, the neighboring retail shop that's open for a special preview today through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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