Food and Drink

Drifting by

THE WEEKNIGHTER Taking it all in over cocktails at Driftwood

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culture@sfbg.com

THE WEEKNIGHTER "It's all fun and games and whippings until the end when everyone is really drunk. Then it's just a bunch of wasted people rubbing their penises on things. That's when I go inside and lock my door." I was telling this to the bartender and a couple people sitting next to me. We were talking about the Folsom Street Fair.Read more »

Let's go eat

TABLEHOPPING This week's openings include Arguello, Marlowe gets a new home, Quince reveals its fresh look, and dinner launches at Wise Sons.

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Hype machine

TABLEHOPPING Lazy Bear lumbers into the light, Mid-Market scores another dining spot, plus oyster happy hours

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CHOW NOW

When the website and ticketing software used to book the first tables at your restaurant crashes (just like Burning Man!), you could say you have a hot opening on your hands.Read more »

Straight shooter

THE WEEKNIGHTER Hunting big game -- and primo cocktails -- at Bloodhound

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culture@sfbg.com

THE WEEKNIGHTER I've never been hunting and I've only shot a gun on one occasion. OK, it was multiple guns on the same occasion in a shooting range in San Diego, but still I've only shot at things once in my life. I guess I did a good job of killing the piece of paper I was shooting at since my friend Josh told me I had good aim for a beginner. It was pretty easy considering the target just hung there and took the abuse.Read more »

Pedaling and feasting

MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 From whole cracked crabs to lamb burritos: eating my way through coastal California bike tours

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FEAST: COAST BY BIKE I spent my vacations on my bicycle this summer, pedaling from southern Oregon to San Luis Obispo and looping through the Santa Cruz Mountains on three separate bike tours, covering almost 1,000 miles over three weeks, fully loaded with camping and other gear.Read more »

Blame it on Rio

MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 The city on most everyone's bucket list, for delicious reasons.

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Go west

MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 Chomping through the varied eats of the Western neighborhoods.

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joe@sfbg.com

FEAST: WESTERN NEIGHBORHOODS Vacations are expensive. But if you're a Bay Area cat hankering for new eats to explore, check out a magical, far-off foggy place many call the Outerlands: San Francisco's oft-ignored Inner and Outer Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods. (And yes, there's even a restaurant called Outerlands at 4001 Judah, serving local, organic food.)Read more »

Making a splash

MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 An education on natural wines on the Parisian dining scene

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culture@sfbg.com

FEAST: PARIS Our first night in Paris was the stuff of foodie dreams: digging into steak tartare and downing natural wines with Autour d'un Verre restaurant co-owners and chefs Vikki Perry and Kevin Blackwell — at another well-known restaurant, Les Fines Gueules, where the conversation flowed freely, and the couple's young daughter and pet dog under the table rounded out the comfortable, friendly atmosphere.Read more »

Southern light

MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 Eating a path through southern Italy

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marke@sfbg.com

FEAST: ITALY There are 22 Caravaggio paintings in southern mainland Italy, and we were determined to feast our eyes on every last one of them this past May. (We got up all the way up to 21: one was on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art.) As important: We would eat and drink a wide path to each painting, leaving no plate unlicked in that famously delicious part of the world. Here are some highlights.

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Mezcal: Mexico In a Bottle fest sets high bar for mezcal lovers

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When it comes to tasting mezcal, the experts have some generally accepted rules. Chief among them is that "you should never taste more than four together," cautioned Oaxaca's Graciela Carreño of Mezcal Real Minero at the Mezcal: Mexico In a Bottle event, held at Public Works, Sept. 14. It's usually good advice: With the spirit's alcohol content regularly topping 50 percent ABV, and its flavor components so nuanced yet so varied from one bottle to the next, it can be hard to distinguish mezcal's finer points when your tastebuds are aflame with intense spice, smoke, and minerality.

But when you're staring down nearly 20 of the world's absolute best mezcal brands in one room, each of which has at least three or four different offerings on hand (if not plenty more), heeding that first caveat is a patent impossibility.

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