Food & Drink

Blame it on Rio

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

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Go west

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

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.

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Southern light

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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"Titties and fried chicken"

THE WEEKNIGHTER/SEX ISSUE In which Stuart succumbs to the lure of cheap buffets and plentiful boobs.

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culture@sfbg.com

THE WEEKNIGHTER "Come on Stuart. Titties and fried chicken. How can you, of all people, say no?"

They were cajoling me via Twitter. There's probably some hip slang for that, twijoling maybe, but I don't know what it is. Regardless, Mik, Ed, Dottie, and Cait were really giving it to me. And of course I caved. Willpower isn't one of my powers. Plus, Mik was visiting from New York and I'd been meaning to go for so long anyway.Read more »

What's up, doc?

TABLEHOPPING Doc Ricketts, Bistro L'Aviateur, Le Marais Bistro and Bakery, and more whip up some juicy new food destinations 

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Under fire

Mezcal braces for the fight of its 400-year life

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culture@sfbg.com

FOOD AND DRINK If you've ever tasted a fine mezcal, you know it's a special thing. Bright, complex, spicy, smooth, smoky, minerally — mezcal is a spirit bursting with character. So it's no wonder that after more than four centuries of distillation, it's picked up its share of catchphrases. "Para todo mal, mezcal; para todo bien, también." (For everything bad, mezcal; for everything good, the same.") "Sip it, don't shoot it." "You don't find mezcal; mezcal finds you."Read more »

Feasting on flacks

THE WEEKNIGHTER Scarfing seafood fusion and calling bluffs at Chaya.

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culture@sfbg.com

THE WEEKNIGHTER Sometimes it happens. PR companies take me out, feed me, and get me boozed up. All with the hope that I will write about the place that's feeding/boozing me. Sometimes I write about the place, sometimes I don't. I make no promises other than I promise to consume the food and booze that's put in front of me. I imagine I've had worse lifetimes, but I wouldn't know.Read more »

Salvation

THE WEEKNIGHTER Papusas save the day (and the hangover) at Balompie Cafe.

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culture@sfbg.com

THE WEEKNIGHTER How is it already eight years ago that Nick and I were eating pupusas at Balompie Café (3349 18th Mission, SF. 415-648-9199)? It was the beginning of the World Cup in 2006. At least I think it was. It's hard to remember this far out, but there was soccer on and excitement was in the air about a sport that, most of the time, Americans don't give a shit about.Read more »