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Thursday, August 6, 2015

S.F. After 11: Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM

  • Ali Wunderman

If you’re like me and often find yourself hankering for some late night food, but find the prospect of taking the last slim pickings from the shelf at 7-Eleven to be beyond depressing, then you might find yourself on a bar stool next to me at Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem.

Don’t let the verbose name intimidate you — it’s taken from The Muppets, which is hard not to love, even if Kermit and Miss Piggy have called it quits on their 40-year relationship.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

The Most Fabulous Thing We Saw All Week

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Last evening, I had the pleasure of dropping by the Clift Hotel's 100th anniversary party, which was a pretty swank affair even if I did observe a lot of vulgar people gobbling down oysters as fast as the kitchen staff could place them on the ice bed. (So tacky.)

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grow a Living Wall for the Express Purpose of Making Cocktails

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Shawna Coronado

Living walls, the toast of Dwell magazine, have been around for a while now. But more often than not, they’re purely ornamental, the equivalent of throw rugs for your vinyl siding. But now green lifestyle evangelist (and writer-photographer) Shawna Coronado, not content with decorative verticality, is putting these horticultural wonders to work.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Where to Find Drinking Vinegar in San Francisco

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Honey Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar is available at Bi-Rite Market. - POK POK
  • Pok Pok
  • Honey Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar is available at Bi-Rite Market.

Vinegar-based syrups (or shrubs) have been chic on bar menus around town for more than a few years, a secret acidic weapon to punch up a cocktail. But the syrup itself is gaining ground in the non-alcoholic world for use with soda and sparkling water. It's typically known as drinking vinegar. Often sweetened with fructose or honey, these drinking vinegars are a far cry from pinching your nose as you chug some cider vinegar in hopes of a health boost.

Bi-Rite Market carries Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar from Portland's famed Pok Pok Thai restaurant, where it's used as an alcoholic mixer and a club soda-based drink. Bi-Rite carries a 16-ounce bottle that's infused with clover honey, but the online shop features flavors that haven't made it down to San Francisco yet, such as pomegranate and tamarind.

Nippon Ya in Japantown imports 7-ounce bottles of drinking vinegar in sweet varieties like apple and pineapple that are infused with fruit juice. When mixed with sparkling water, these taste less like a "health tonic" and more like a novelty drink than Som (though Pok Pok makes no such claims on vitality).

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- Lev's Debuts Kombucha Vinegar

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hey, Honey: There's a Drink Called Artisanal Lemonade

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Don't let the artisanal tag dissuade you. - HEY, HONEY!
  • Hey, Honey!
  • Don't let the artisanal tag dissuade you.

The descriptor of "artisanal lemonade" put us off trying the Bay Area-made Hey, Honey! for the past few months that it has been available at local markets like Rainbow Grocery and Other Avenues. C'mon, we thought, even lemonade is now artisanal? How much more handmade can something be than to squeeze a lemon in your hand?

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- How To Buy Artisanal Ice Cream

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

35 Champagnes in 3 Hours at Arlequin's Bubbly Tasting

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Arlequin Wine Champagne Tasting

Where: Arlequin Wine Merchant, 384 Hayes (at Gough), 863-1104

When: Thurs., Dec. 6th; 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: $65 per person; pay at the door

The Rundown: We love our booze. Cocktails? Certainly. Wine? Uh huh. Beer? Sure. While we enjoy all those equally, it's sparkling wine we love the most. It has versatility, variety, bubbles, pairs well with most food, and you can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you were stuck on a desert isle, and you had a stash of sparkling wine, you'd just call it vacation.

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- Is Your Champagne Unworthy of a Toast? Turn It into Cocktails

- New Champagnes by Moët & Chandon

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

San Francisco is Home to Two of the Oldest Bars in the U.S.: Can You Guess Which Ones?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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  • The Saloon
As far as booze-related, hands-on historical homework goes, the fact that San Francisco contains two of the top ten oldest bars in the United States could radically transform even the most uninterested students into students bursting with eagerness and a real thirst for knowledge. We went to check 'em out and report back to the class.

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- Sprouted Rye at Bar Tartine

- Top 8 Outdoor Bars in San Francisco

- Drinking at Upcider, S.F.'s First Cider Bar

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tonight: Herb Caen Honored With Martini Competition

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

2nd Annual Herb Caen Martini Competition

Where: Bottle Cap, 1707 Powell (at Union), 529-2237

When: Tues., Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 (purchase in advance via Eventbrite)/$10 at the door

The rundown: This contest pays tribute to the late, great Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, who loved a stiff drink as much as he loved, well, some other pursuits. "Martinis are like breasts," begins a famous Caen quote. "One isn't enough, and three is too many."

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- We Tried the Three-Martini Lunch at Park Tavern and Lived to Tell the Tale

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Drinking at Upcider, S.F.'s First Cider Bar

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM

  • Anna Roth

American craft cider has been enjoying something of a Renaissance these days -- a market once dominated by UK imports like Magners and Strongbow now has plenty of stateside competition. It was only a matter of time before someone dreamed up a bar devoted entirely to cider, and a few months ago it became a reality: S.F.'s first cider bar, Upcider, opened in Polk Gulch.

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- Beer of the Week: Cascade Figaro Sour Ale

- On Finding Real Apple Cider

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Ryan Scott Guest Bartends for New TV Series and Charity

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Ryan Scott is returning to food television. - 3-SUM EATS
  • 3-Sum Eats
  • Ryan Scott is returning to food television.

Ryan Scott, Top Chef alum and proprietor of Market & Rye restaurants and the 3-Sum Eats food truck, is set to film an episode of his forthcoming television series Food Rush while guest bartending at Jardiniere from 6-8 p.m. on July 18.

Scott has created the Balsamic Berry cocktail ($9) for the occasion, a mix of gin, strawberries, lime juice, champagne, and secret ingredients; we'll go ahead and assume balsamic vinegar is one of them, but there could be almost anything else when considering it's from the mind of a chef who puts Funyons in roast beef sandwiches and turns root beer floats into Twinkies.

Proceeds from Balsamic Berry sales will be donated to Scott's new non-profit organization Harvest of the Heart. Food Rush debuts on Live Well Network on September 10.

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