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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Hana, Cocotte and Sakoon

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Hana, Cocotte and Sakoon

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reviewed this week: a Japanese restaurant in Rohnert Park, French cuisine in San Francisco, and Indian fare in Mountain View. Leslie shares her spirits tips about Scotch.

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Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd reports on the juiciest restaurant updates from hot new spots: The Commissary from Chef Traci Des Jardins, and Chino from the people behind Tacolicious.

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DIY Tonic Water: Use It for Personalized Gin and Tonics All Summer Long

DIY Tonic Water: Use It for Personalized Gin and Tonics All Summer Long

| May 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer, which is the best time of year for cool, icy cocktails. The queen of all iced cocktails is the gin and tonic—but it’s so often ruined by overly sweetened, mass-produced tonic water. Making your own tonic water is much easier than you’d think and far tastier than even the fanciest artisanal brands. Kate Williams will show you how.

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Bay Area Bites Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

Bay Area Bites Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

| May 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

This Mother’s Day menu, which weighs heavily on springtime produce, has something for everyone: a fruity cocktail, a yummy vegetarian frittata, a hearty savory bread pudding, some little muffins, a glammed-up potato dish (everyone loves potatoes), and a fruit component that can act like dessert.

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Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Bray, England I sampled a stunning rhubarb champagne cocktail and was determined to re-create my own (simpler) version at home.

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I Killed Audrey Hepburn

I Killed Audrey Hepburn

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Michael Procopio shares a story about adolescent innocence, travel, synchronicity, and Hollywood stars. A recipe for a Slow-Acting Old Fashioned Cocktail is included.

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UPDATE: Feds Say Powdered Liquor Not Actually Legal

UPDATE: Feds Say Powdered Liquor Not Actually Legal

| April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

UPDATE: Tuesday April 21: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau told CNN that its approval of Palchohol was an error. NPR amended the headline and Monday’s story accordingly.

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Spirited Sweets for St. Patrick’s (or Any) Day

Spirited Sweets for St. Patrick’s (or Any) Day

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The typical green-themed cookie or cupcake is no match for these alcohol-infused treats. Celebrate with Kahlua cake, a mint-liqueur milkshake, wine-soaked fruit salad or beer-glazed bacon candy.

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For a Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need the Motion of the Ocean

For a Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need the Motion of the Ocean

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The longer bourbon ages, the richer its flavor and color. Now, an artisan Kentucky distiller is speeding up nature by sending barrels on boat journeys on the high seas. How does it work? Chemistry.

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The Upside of All This Cold? A Boom in Ice Cider

The Upside of All This Cold? A Boom in Ice Cider

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canada invented ice cider in the ’90s. Now it’s becoming trendy and Vermont wants to cash in, too. The frigid winter has been just the stuff to turn the state’s frozen apples into tasty dessert wine.

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On a Bender: Bender’s Rye Launches the New ‘It’ Whiskey

On a Bender: Bender’s Rye Launches the New ‘It’ Whiskey

Move over, bourbon: rye whiskey is making a comeback. Stephanie Rosenbaum talks to founders Carl Bender and Christopher Cohen of San Francisco’s new Bender’s Rye.

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‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson Prepares Her San Francisco Debut: Aveline and The European

‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson Prepares Her San Francisco Debut: Aveline and The European

| March 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

Mary Ladd talks with ‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson about her San Francisco debut in the Warwick Hotel. Aveline and The European promise contrasting light foods and manly drinks. Start planning now for the fall openings.

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Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

| February 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Greg and Shelley Lindgren share news on their businesses: his Rye on the Road will soon get new digs, and A16 celebrates its anniversary on Valentine’s Day. The power hospitality couple share wine and cocktail ideas that are fun and interesting…including a recipe for “My Bitter Valentine” which will be the Valentine’s day special at Rye.

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Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It’s Still Illegal

Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It’s Still Illegal

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s be clear: Making spirits at home with plans to drink it remains against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it’s the first step toward a professional, legit operation.

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