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Dining, Eat Impure Thoughts: Drinking "Kitchen Sink Blends" is Not Palate Suicide

Impure Thoughts: Drinking "Kitchen Sink Blends" is Not Palate Suicide

Chardonnay may still be rocking the national bestseller lists, but here in the Bay Area we've evolved more sophisticated tastes. Wines known as "kitchen sink blends" are hot now around town, and a good way to discover and enjoy new…
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Dining, SFoodie Broadbent Vinho Verde

Broadbent Vinho Verde

Portugal may best be known as a producer of Port and Madeira, but it's a nation with a winemaking culture as diverse as it is old. Scores and scores of grape varieties, some grown few places else, occur throughout the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Fados</i>


The Fado is a dolorous folksong tradition from Portugal, first sung in the early 19th century by barefoot peasants mending nets and contemplating a roiling black Atlantic. It has survived to the present day, providing MP3 succor to middle-class professionals…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sound System Gonna Bring Me Back Up

Sound System Gonna Bring Me Back Up

The Portuguese empire may be gone, but the cultural flow between Portugal and its former colonies never stopped. Witness the phenomenon of kuduro, a hybrid of lo-fi electronics, West African percussion, calypso rhythms, and hip-hop rhyming born in Angola and…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide


Rosemary-Artichoke Hummus Courtesy of Genie Gratto Approximately 24 cents per serving, with a two-tablespoon serving size --------------------------------- According to Gratto, this recipe makes a light and delicious spread for sandwiches, or a festive dip with crackers or chips. "Canned artichokes…
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Music, Blonde Redhead, Sunset Rubdown and More SF Show Previews

Blonde Redhead, Sunset Rubdown and More SF Show Previews

Given their respective noise-rock and industrial pedigrees, guitarist Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard, Hank III, Tomahawk) and bassist/programmer Paul Barker (Ministry and related side projects the Revolting Cocks, Lard, and 1000 Homo DJs) could have indulged in all manner of experimental…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

First the humorous, funky sex appeal of Electric Six and now the hilarious, sci-fi-ghetto fury of the Lost Sounds. It seems my prayers have been answered: I can return wholeheartedly to the squalid fold of rock 'n' roll assured of…
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Dining, Eat Ciao, Italia

Ciao, Italia

On Sept. 12, 2001, I sat down at the Splendido bar and had a drink. The beverage in question was a negroni, not only because the gin, Campari, and orange juice sounded soothing to my hangover-wracked body, but also because…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Mediterranean Restaurant

The Mediterranean Basin and its common, sun-kissed currency -- olives, fennel, grapes, and so on -- have provided fertile inspiration to many a local restaurant. 42 Degrees takes its name from one of the region's tastier coordinates -- the latitudinal…
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Dining, Side Dish

Side Dish

Fire on the MountainThe wine community is still reeling from the devastating warehouse fire that turned 85,000 cases (that's 1,020,000 bottles) of Northern California's finest low-volume handcrafted wine into ashes. For those of you who haven't been paying attention, an…
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The Barefoot Contessa

Cape Verde is composed of 10 small islands, nestled in the Atlantic 350 miles off the coast of Senegal. When Cesaria Evora was a girl, her isle, S‹o Vicente, was green and lush, like a perfect tropical paradise. Today, after…
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