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Monday, January 4, 2016

Save Money. Eat Chips!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Cadillac's complimentary chips and salsa - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Cadillac's complimentary chips and salsa

Among the lies many of us tell ourselves at the start of a new year is that we will spend less money, or that we will at least spend our money more wisely. That could mean eating in instead of going out. It could mean opting for an iced tea instead of a craft cocktail. It could also mean capitalizing on complimentary nibbles and stretching your dollar without foregoing the invitation to imbibe. Case in point: Cadillac Bar & Grill's chips and salsa.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Namu Gaji's Gamja Fries: Another way to top your potato

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

  • Mimi Chen
"French fries were actually invented in Belgium," a friend of mine says from the other side of the table. "American soldiers didn't realize which country they were in when they were eating them, so they called them French fries, but really they're Belgian."

The origin of "French-fried' potatoes has long been a point of conflict between the French and the Belgians. Regardless of how you slice, dice, or fry them, though, potatoes in all forms are an ideal vehicle for delivering delicious toppings. A fan of sauces, spreads and dips of all sorts, I'm always looking for a new way to try them.

This past week I discovered Namu Gaji's gamja fries. Sturdy strips of fried potatoes piled on a plate and doused in spicy sauces and hearty toppings, they were made to be paired with pints of Asahi or soju shots, which is likely why they feature on Namu Gaji's happy hour menu (available Tuesday-Sunday, 5-6:30 p.m.). A bit novel, perhaps, but tasty all the same.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Whitechapel Blossoms on Polk Street

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM

  • Ali Wunderman
If you’ve been dying to party it up in a Victorian-era London underground station, now’s your chance. The team behind fan favorite Smuggler’s Cove invites you to explore the wide world of gin at their latest venture, Whitechapel, named after the East London neighborhood famous for its gin production and the prostitute-murdering Jack The Ripper.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ni Bar is the Izikaya of Your Dreams

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

  • Julie Kramer

Ichi Sushi
is making quite a name for itself — even Martha Stewart had to drop in during a recent visit to San Francisco. It’s no surprise, really; the original tiny location had lines down the block, and the new space, with room for a kitchen, has allowed Chef Tim Archuleta to develop his menu. While the sushi bar and its educational mural occupy the front of the restaurant, the back houses Ni Bar, a cozy place that should not be overlooked. With a broad range of sake and a menu of beautifully-executed izakaya dishes, Ni is perhaps Bernal’s best-kept secret. And now you know.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Taco Tuesdays: Five Places to Celebrate

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Berkeley ice cream sandwich shop C.R.E.A.M. celebrates Taco Tuesdays. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Berkeley ice cream sandwich shop C.R.E.A.M. celebrates Taco Tuesdays.

The national Mexican food chain Taco John's holds a national trademark on the phrase "Taco Tuesday," but you'd never know it because the phrase has transcended ownership and it's a common special everywhere in the United States.

Here in the Bay Area, we may be snobby about our food -- but not too snobby to approach Taco Tuesdays ("s" added to avoid infringement) with style and flavor. Hell, we even have a DJ Taco Tuesday who spins in the clubs around here. Check out five notables:

See Also:

- Tacko, the WASPiest Taco Shop in Town (Maybe Even the Country)

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Celebration in Honor of Ratification: The Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Inside the Cover of a 1932 Prohibition Booklet - FLICKR/SARAHDEER

Celebrating the End of Prohibition

Where: The Royal Exchange (301 Sacramento St.)

When: Wednesday, December 5 from 2-9:30 p.m.

Why: Because you are no longer required to be sober by law.

The rundown: On December 5, 1933, the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution led to the repeal of Prohibition. Proponents of prohibition believed that banning alcoholic beverages would reduce or eliminate crime, mental illness, and social problems, though alcohol obviously continued to be produced and consumed during the ban on booze, albeit illegally. So, where can you celebrate your freedom to drink this December 5?

See Also:

Drink of the Week: Bourbon and Berry at B Restaurant and Bar

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

Drink of the Week: Prado at Copita

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

B Restaurant and Bar Does Bespoke Empanadas

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

B Restaurant and Bar. - VOICE PLACES
  • Voice Places
  • B Restaurant and Bar.

Gotta Empanada?

Where: B Restaurant and Bar, 720 Howard (at Fourth St.), 495-9800

When: Sat., Nov. 17, 4-6 p.m.

Cost: $25 (purchase in advance via Eventbrite)/$35 (door)

The rundown: Taco and nacho bars might be commonplace, but this party puts a spin on do-it-yourself with an empanada bar with different fillings and fixings to contemplate. Empanadas don't appear on the lunch or dinner menus, making this a fleeting special.

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- Drink of the Week: Bourbon and Berry at B Restaurant and Bar

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Need Somewhere To Go Between Today's Parade & Tonight's Party?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

  • flickr/wwarby

What: Halloween Happy Hour

Where: RN74 (301 Mission Street Between Beale St and Fremont St)

When: 4-8 p.m. tonight

What is the city to do when two massively huge events coincidentally collide on the same day? We party, that's what we do. If you're looking for a place to maintain your buzz between today's Giants Victory Parade and tonight's Halloween party, consider RN74 for your happy hour celebration. The menu includes $1 oysters, French pastries, popcorn and sweet treats along with $4 pumpkin beer and $7 themed cocktails.

See also:

- It's Pumpkin Season! 10 Ways to Celebrate

- Start a New Ancient Tradition: Fortune-Telling Irish Halloween Bread

- Angelia's Halloween Cookies: No Trick, Just Treat

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Slow Food Reaches Out With Happy Hours

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

  • Jamber Wine Pub

Slow Sip

Where: Jamber Wine Pub, 858 Folsom (at Fourth St.), 273-9192

When: Wed., Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 (purchase in advance via Eventbrite)

The rundown: Slow Food San Francisco has hit upon a pretty ingenious method for reaching out into the community in hopes of attracting volunteers. Each month, the Slow Sip travels to a new and exciting watering hole for a Happy Hour. Tonight's installment takes up at Jamber Wine Pub, a new addition to SoMa's Folsom Street.

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- Best Practices for Being Authentically Slow Food

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Hour: Cheap Beer and a Moroccan Lamb Sandwich at L'Acajou

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Life in SOMA rocks -- until the munchies come along and an existential crisis ensues. Leave the Sartre at home, but bring the French influence to L'acajou. This hip-but-cozy bakery/café is our go-to Gaul for breakfast; where else do home-baked chocolate-orange croissants ($2.50) or cinnamon morning buns ($2.75) live in these parts? Breakfast lovers can make it jour pour nuit with a fluffy quiche du jour ($18.00, six hefty slices). But breakfast isn't our favorite reason to go.

See Also:

- San Francisco's 10 Best Sandwiches

- The Corner Store's Fried Green Tomato Sandwich Makes a Cal-Southern Spectacle

- Market & Rye's Craveable Roast Beef Sandwich Is Full of Funyuns

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