Food & Drink

Tasty tunes

Our Outside Lands food-concert pairings

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virginia@sfbg.com

FESTIVAL Outside Lands has been descending on lush Golden Gate Park for three years now. As the music lineup continues to feature some of the biggest acts on the summer tour circuit, the festival's local food and drink offerings have been steadily increasing their profile. A Taste of the Bay Area, OL's edible arena, hosts 54 food vendors, and 30 wineries and winemakers pour 100 different wines amid whimsical barrel seating under the big tent of Wine Lands. As if our dancecards weren't already full of all the music we want to see!Read more »

The toast of London

TRUE TRAVEL TALES: Splashing through the British capital's cocktail scene

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virginia@sfbg.com

>>View an extended version of this article at Virginia's site, the Perfect Spot.Read more »

Sing out, sister

BAR CRAWLER: Dashing through choice karaoke dens

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culture@sfbg.com

BAR CRAWLER Until last week, I'd never set foot in a karaoke lounge. It wasn't exactly on purpose; it was just something — like using dryer sheets and eating those little lathed carrots prepackaged with swimming pools of ranch dressing — that never occurred to me.Read more »

Make a splash

BAR CRAWLER: Rediscovering North Beach's plethora of charm at a dozen bars

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Alameda all at once

BAR CRAWLER: Raising hell on wheels in the Island City

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Tour de tasting room

BARCRAWLER: Three personal pours in wine country

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virginia@sfbg.com

For establishing intimacy and focus, there's nothing like sitting down to a meal and tasting with a vintner when you want to catch a glimpse of the vision and inspiration behind their wines. I recently had the chance to do just that with several local winemakers in Napa and Sonoma — and don't worry, I took good notes.Read more »

(Wo)manhattan diaries

The strongest female touches in the Bay's bars

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ruggy@yelp.com

Let's be frank. Actually, let's be Fran. In this cocktail-centric metropolis, the chances of sipping on a superlative Harvey Wallbanger or a provocative NOLA-inspired Sazerac made from the hands of a fully-tattooed male with an affinity for Rollie Fingers is a fair sight more likely than savoring a boozy palliative shaken by a member of the fairer species.Read more »

A tale of two cocktail trends

Aging in barrels and staying fresh in Napa

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virginia@sfbg.com

In the shifting sea of drink menus around San Francisco, one of the world's leading cocktail cities, excellent cocktails have long been the standard rather than the stand-out. Keeping up on trends can be exhausting — but staying abreast of a great mixology culture can be well worth the hefty bar tabs. This week, we examine two new shakes to the cocktail scene that hail from outside city limits — and have us asking the bartender for another round.

 

BARREL AGINGRead more »

Drinking al Frisco

Three perfect patios for warm weather boozing

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ruggy@yelp.com

RUGGY'S YELP Lately the weather around San Francisco has been more akin to what you'd expect in a city like San Diego. Or San Antonio (remember Pewee, there's no basement in the Alamo!). Or heck, even San Felipe, Mexico.Read more »

Globe

The world keeps turning at this pared-down, purposeful standby

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