It’s spring and therefore time again to toast the season with some specially prepared cocktails using seasonal fruit by a dozen of the Bay Area’s better bartenders. It’s the May Flowers party at the Ferry Building this evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Your ticket gets you drinks from people like Alex Smith of Emeryville’s Honor Bar, and Claire Sprouse from Rickhouse, as well as bites from 15 Romolo and Fifth Floor, among others. Also, we hear, The Ice Cream Bar will be in attendance and possibly giving us a hint of things to come with a boozy fountain drink of some kind — we’re still waiting for them to get that liquor license. Tickets are still available, and will be available at the door, though advance purchase is encouraged.
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The bar at AQ. [Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux]
BOOZE WIRE - SoMa’s new AQ restaurant has made the most of its wait for a full liquor license by offering a compelling group of cocktails made with apertifs. Alcademics has passed on the list, which describes each drink using a little anecdote. Cute. [Semi-related: AQ also started brunch last weekend. They're serving homemade monkey bread, scrapple Monte Cristo, and other things, of course.] [Alcademics]
QUOTE OF THE DAY – “I think the word mouthfeel is creepy…there’s gotta be a better way to describe that.” — The Restaurant at Meadowood executive chef Christopher Kostow responding to questions after his “Mouthfeel: The Art of Texture in Food” demo at Flavor Napa Valley. [ISSF]
REVAMPS – Brenda’s second chapter has started over on Polk St. As you know, owner Brenda Buenviaje has been working towards this new much larger dining room for quite some time now. The Tender has some pictures and it really does bring in the NOLA vibe with the white tablecloths. Weekend brunch might be a good time to pop in for a look. [The Tender]
THE BRUNCH BUNCH – Segue to Canteen in the Tender Nob, where chef Dennis Leary will serve his last Saturday brunch this weekend. Not to fret, however, it’s still on for Sundays, and with extended hours at that: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This gives Leary more time to prep for the Saturday night fixed price dinners. [ISSF]
NOW OPEN – Things are looking a little different now in the Macy’s basement food court (where you hopefully won’t be spending too much time?). GrubStreet reports SC Asian has opened, serving quick-and-dirty pan-Asian items like banh mi, bao, and Asian tacos. [GrubStreet]
OUTER RICHMOND – Tomorrow is Aziza Day, seriously. So go have a delicious cocktail at Aziza’s bar and celebrate. [The Feast]
The former Starlight Room bar. [Photo: Examiner]
BOOZE WIRE – SFoodie has an interview revealing a bit about the future of Starlight Room’s cocktail list a la Zero Zero alum Joel Teitelbaum: “The list will follow a timeline of the history of the cocktail from its birth, through prohibition and into modern day, touching on major events, the evolution of spirits and the styles of eras that we still draw on in the cocktail renaissance of the last 15 years.” [SFoodie]
MENU REVEALS – Inside Scoop passes on a preliminary menu and an opening date of September 5th for Healdsbug Yucatecan restaurant, Mateo’s Cocina Latina. There’s even a brunch menu, complete with blue corn pancakes and tortilla Española. [ISSF]
BANKRUPTCY WIRE - Chron breaks the news that the Andronico’s 82-year-old supermarket chain has filed for bankruptcy and may be taken over by a venture capital firm. If the deal goes through, “customers can expect to see a fully stocked market almost immediately.” [Chron]
THE SHUTTER - Bernalwood is on the case at Mission Street’s Jasmine Tea House, and Craigslist confirms the business if for sale. Since the little Chinese joint is officially closed, it can officially declare the day Bill Clinton visited as its shining moment. [Bernalwood]
BUGS – For those of you that didn’t get to sink your teeth into a fresh moth larvae taco at the SF Street Food Festival, here’s a fun picture for you. [Mission Mission]
The Mission branch of Dosa‘s been closed for ten days while they remodeled and added a new bar. Now, the restaurant’s liquor license has come through, and they’re ready to reopen tonight with a new cocktail program, modeled after the popular one at their sister restaurant on Fillmore. Also, there’s a group of new menu items on the food side, and we’re still waiting to hear what those are.
With that, folks, we’re off for the long weekend. Please indulge responsibly, and be sure to let us know if these modernist grilling tips were any help.
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Heading to Chicago tomorrow!
I’m taking an extended trip to Chicago around my 5 year college reunion. Here are 5 things I’m looking forward to while back in the Chi:
- Being back on the University of Chicago’s breathtakingly beautiful campus
- Reconnecting with college friends
- Re-visiting Millennium Park – one of my favorite parks, in college
- Finally meeting the awesome women behind Twenty Thirty Forty,
- Bopping around some of my favorite neighborhoods such as Hyde Park, Wicker Park and the Gold Coast (for the gorgeous homes)
While I stress about packing today, check out my recent Closets & Cocktails feature one of my favorite blogs, 365 Fashion Rehab. And don’t worry, I’ll keep the posts coming while I’m gone, starting with Treasure Island, part II tomorrow See you next week!
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