Food & Drink

Truffle tour

Notes on top chocolates from around the world

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Wedge issues

Happy days on the Marin-Sonoma Cheese Trail

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caitlin@sfbg.com

FEAST 2012 It is a trip ill-suited for vegans and anyone with a phobia of fossil fuel. But no one said that the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail was an endeavor for everyone. Certainly not the faint of belly — even our truncated voyage of five cheesemakers and 61 miles in a day is a lot, lactophilia notwithstanding.Read more »

5 local food apps

Swipe and point your way to better eating, from vegan treats to Wine Country deals

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culture@sfbg.com

FEAST 2012 You can't eat your smart phone, but it can inform your culinary decisions. Below, the best food apps for exploring the bounty of the Bay Area and surrounds.Read more »

Japanese within reach

Three new affordable Japanese restaurants brighten the scene

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Boozy shakes

A fountain revival -- including adult beverages and delicious food -- at the Corner Store and Ice Cream Bar

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virginia@sfbg.com

APPETITE A wave of old fashioned soda fountains serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic treats alongside quality food is hitting various parts of the country, with two notables in San Francisco.Read more »

East Bay buzz

BEER + WINE ISSUE: A self-guided bike tour to up your brew IQ

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caitlin@sfbg.com

BEER I will not re-enter the one-sided debate of whether the East Bay is cooler than San Francisco (we covered that in our much hullabalooed April 11 cover story, helpfully titled "San Francisco's loss") But I will tell you this: one side of the Bay Bridge has less hills. Less hills being a boon for the drunk biker in us all.Read more »

Fall Beer and Wine Events

Wet your whistle at these toast-worthy upcoming occasions -- and don't forget the mead!

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caitlin@sfbg.com

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RENAISSANCE FAIR

What better pairing for your mug of ale than a feisty joust? Oct. 6-7 at the NorCal Ren Fair means the arrival of the St. Hubertus German mercenaries, costumed troops-for-hire who wear tight colored pants. That weekend is also Oktoberfest at the fair — though of course mead, beer, and four types of cider are available throughout the four-week entirety of the bodice-busting. Just make sure you dodge the roving pack of Puritans who will be roaming ye olde paths and pubs.Read more »

You're drinking Air

BEER + WINE ISSUE: Adult beverages come full circle with new "sparkling alcohol water"

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marke@sfbg.com

AIR Know that for this article I just spent an ungodly amount of time popping the Youtube replay button on Biggie's 1995 30-second TV spot for St. Ides malt liquor, "Big Poppa" shoutouts from passing flygirls and all. Why besides the fashion tips, you ask? Turns out St. Ides is from good ol' San Francisco, created by the McKenzie River Corporation, a somewhat overlooked party beverage marketing powerhouse that also brought us Steele Reserve, Black Star, and the one, the only Sparks, truly the hipster runoff off the '00s.Read more »

Fall wine, uncorked

BEER + WINE ISSUE: A quick tour of the local terroir to catch you up

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virginia@sfbg.com

WINE Recommended bottles, fall events in Sonoma, urban wine classes ... here are a few wine tips for true autumn flight. Check out my online Appetite column on the Pixel Vision blog at SFBG.com this week for restaurants making some of Napa's best cocktails, a family vineyards wine-tasting report, and more Wine Country dining reviews.

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Another IPA

BEER + WINE ISSUE: Confessions of a strong beer addict

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steve@sfbg.com

BEER I'm addicted to strong beer.

In a less confessional mood, I might just leave it at the fact that I love strong, malty, hoppy India pale ales, the nectar of the gods. That weak-tasting lagers and pilsners just don't quite do it for me. But the truth is that I've begun to think of my taste for strong beer as something closer to an addiction, one that I'm increasingly powerless to resist.Read more »