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Friday, March 8, 2013

Drink of the Week: Sipping Like Our Forefathers at the Hancock Room

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
The rabid nature of modern politics, with its zealous "with us or against us" rhetoric, and increasing complexity that requires studious investments simply to decipher any true agendas, has sadly made patriotism a divisive political sentiment. Perhaps this is the reason for the recent popularity of American history movies referencing past political heroes like Lincoln (ironically pivotal to the most politically divided time in our nation's history)--as repositories of our national pride. Those political heroes, no matter our voting preferences, are the union points where we can agree to feel patriotic.

In some ways, that is part of the appeal of the Hancock Room, a bar themed with decorations, drinks, and images of the founding fathers; it offers a sanctuary to celebrate that collective pride with cocktails and, at least a few moments, asks you to check your politics at the door and agree on one thing: cocktails are delicious.

See also: Drink of the Week: The Viceroy at Cantina

Drink of the Week: Seduced by the Moroccan Cosmopolitan at OneUp

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Drink of the Week: The Viceroy at Cantina

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

Few spirits that have the potential to incite the kind of heated debate that pisco, the South American unaged grape based brandy, is capable of. Should you ever have the misfortune of asking a Chilean and a Peruvian about the origins of pisco, you would quickly find yourself with no answer and in the middle of a discussion on the verge of fisticuffs. It would be safer to light up a smoke while filling up your car with gas.

Both countries proudly claim pisco as a national invention and the Pisco Sour as the national drink (oddly a drink invented by an American, Victor Vaughn Morris in Lima, Peru). At Cantina, bar manager Shaher Misif is doing his part to unify the divide with cocktails.

See also: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch

Drink of the Week: Seduced by the Moroccan Cosmopolitan at OneUp

Drink of the Week: Fire in the Sky at Dosa

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Drink of the Week: Seduced by the Moroccan Cosmopolitan at OneUp

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
"What the hell am I doing?" I muttered to myself sitting in the lounge of OneUp, the new restaurant that replaced the Grandviews at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt.

If you've never heard of OneUp it's probably because it is territory long ceded by locals to the tourists; there in the center of the hustle, it is a spot hidden in plain sight. Everyone except us knows the location, and it seemed like the perfect place to rendezvous with an old flame.

See also: Drink of the Week: John Chapman at Hog & Rocks

Drink of the Week: Cucumber Collins at Goose & Gander

Farm Fresh Cocktails at Hog & Rocks

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Drink of the Week: Fire in the Sky at Dosa

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

The world may either be coming to an end, Kal-El may have finally arrived from Krypton (keep an eye out for a Fortress of Solitude to show up in Siberia), or perhaps humanity just dodged a 10-ton bullet. It is probably a good day to celebrate being alive, and hurry over to DOSA on Valencia for a cocktail like the Fire in the Sky ($10, Black Grouse scotch, Pimm's No. 1, Massenez Crème de Pêche, lemon, black cardamom).

See also: Newly Renovated Dosa on Valencia Will Offer Spicy New Cocktails

Three Cocktails to Charm the Year of the Snake

Getting Poached Like a Pear at Blackbird

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Drink(s) of the Week: Three Cocktails to Charm the Year of the Snake

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

The Stone Serpent at M.Y. China - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • The Stone Serpent at M.Y. China

The first night of Chinese New Year begins on Saturday, and while lucky foods like mandarins (to symbolize wealth) and noodles (for longevity and a full life) are traditional, we found three different cocktails to ensure a full year of good luck. Enjoy all three and triple your happiness -- and hopefully not your hangover.

Drink: Stone Serpent

Where: M.Y. China, 845 Market, fourth floor, 580-300

Why: The orange-red cocktail garnished with a golden yellow lemon twist is meant to represent the colors of the red Chinese envelopes, a tradition designed to forgive past grudges and start the year fresh. The Stone Serpent ($11, VSOP Raynal, grapefruit juice, Cointreau, Cherry Heering, Peychauds, ginger, Belfast apple cider) has an almost chocolately quality from the brandy, and plenty of ginger bite. The light float of a San Francisco Chinatown classic, Belfast cider (around since 1848, and sold almost exclusively here), represents the banquets at which it is always served.

See Also: M.Y. China: High-End Cuisine Finds a Niche in a Busy Mall

Drink of the Week: The Black Pearl at E&O Asian Kitchen

Drink of the Week: Chinese Mai Tai at Li Po Lounge

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Drink of the Week: Getting Poached Like a Pear at Blackbird

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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  • Lou Bustamante

Neutral territory is not something you find very often in bars. But what if the bar sits in an intersection where the Castro, Mission, and Lower Haight all meet? Far enough away to be in none of them officially, but near enough to be in all of them is Blackbird, a bar that attracts some of the most diverse crowds in San Francisco. Belly up to the bar, and in the course of a few rounds you will meet people from all of those neighborhoods and beyond.

See also:Drink of the Week: The Rastafari at Lark Creek Steak

Drink of the Week: Drink Like a Big Shot at Capo's

Local Pears Keep Flavors Sweet Through the Holidays

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Drink of the Week: The Rastafari at Lark Creek Steak

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
I was enjoying lunch at Lark Creek Steak recently with a cowboy and a rastafari, and while you never would think that these two would get along so swell, there we were, having the best time. Did I mention that the cowboy was a hamburger and the rastafari was a cocktail? And no, don't worry, they weren't "talking to me." Or me to them. Much.

See Also: Lark Creek Steak's Steakburger

Drink of the Week: Champion's Cup at Sweetwater Café

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Drink of the Week: Champion's Cup at Sweetwater Café

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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  • Lou Bustamante

Despite having grown up in the Bay Area, I never made it to the original Sweetwater, and arriving to the new incarnation of the music hall for brunch created more questions than expectations. Would it be filled with twirling deadheads, wealthy Marinites, or regular people? Would I be eating inside a huge, dark space? Would the cocktails come in plastic cups with juices from a soda gun?

See Also: Drink Like a Big Shot at Capo's

The Oaxacan Cross at Lolinda

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Drink of the Week: Drink Like a Big Shot at Capo's

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The oregano spiked Wise Guys cocktail - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • The oregano spiked Wise Guys cocktail

If there's one thing you can say about Tony Gemignani, pizza champ and owner of Capo's and nearby Tony's Pizza Napoletana, is that the guy knows how to entertain. From his dough whirling days on the pizza competition circuit, to his ability to articulate regional styles of pizza pies into ideal studies in cheese and crust, it's no wonder he manages to stand out in a pizza-saturated town. At Tony's Pizza Napoletana, it's largely his food and iconic North Beach location that set the mood, but at Capo's, it's the decor, retro dishes, and whiskey cocktails that generate the atmosphere of a Mafioso red sauce Italian joint from Chicago.

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- Capo's: A Pizza Master's New Shrine to Chicago-Style Pies

- Capo's Quattro Forni Gets Four Times The Love

- Drink of the Week: The Oaxacan Cross at Lolinda

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Drink of the Week: The Oaxacan Cross at Lolinda

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

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  • Lou Bustamante
When you spend enough time going to bars, talking to bartenders, and trying their drinks, you start to develop a mental list of people to keep an eye on. Having seen Chris Lane behind the bar at Flora, Heaven's Dog, Tradition, and Wo Hing, there was little doubt the low-key, gracious, and talented barman could run a great show. So when I heard that Chris Lane had taken over the bar at Lolinda from Lane Ford, the Argentine-style grill from the team behind Delarosa and Beretta, I had to hurry in.

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- Pairing Beer with Argentinean Cuisine at Lolinda

- Drink of the Week: Drink #7 at Chambers

- Drink of the Week: Puttin' on the Bix

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