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If You Liked that Wine, You Should’ve Put a Ring on It

If You Liked that Wine, You Should’ve Put a Ring on It

| August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

An art student has designed a line of jewelry specifically for tasting wine and cognac. One ring perches a petite wineglass atop your finger. Another is a miniature snifter. The spirit sippers aren’t available for purchase, but if you’re itching to don your stemware, try an old-fashioned tastevin.

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Tribune Tavern Opens for Brunch: A Sneak Peek

Tribune Tavern Opens for Brunch: A Sneak Peek

| July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tribune Tavern brings brunch to 13th and Franklin in downtown Oakland.

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5 Sips of Summer: Think Pink Cocktails

5 Sips of Summer: Think Pink Cocktails

Stephanie Rosenbaum offers recipes for 5 perfect-for-summer pink drinks, cool-down, sun-down cocktails for warm summer weather wherever you can find it.

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New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

| July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the unregulated heyday before Prohibition, distilleries in New York produced whiskey, gin, rum and other spirits. Then the industry was all but wiped out for the next 80 years. But state laws regulating distilling have been loosened and now dozens of new distilleries have sprung up.

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Local Sake: America’s Craft Brewers Look East For Inspiration

Local Sake: America’s Craft Brewers Look East For Inspiration

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many Americans have encountered sake as that hot, cloudy beverage served in sushi bars. But now, the good stuff is coming. High-end imports from Japan are up, and many bars now focus on sake. Best of all, perhaps, are the microbreweries popping up across the country.

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Explore the “World of Doughnuts” (& Vintage Cocktails) with BAB Contributor Stephanie Rosenbaum

Explore the “World of Doughnuts” (& Vintage Cocktails) with BAB Contributor Stephanie Rosenbaum

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The World of Doughnuts is vast and delicious. Doughnuts may initially seem like an American delight, but each culture around the world has tempting recipes that are included here: gulab jamun and jalebis (India), churros (Mexico), and banana-influenced sweeties from Guam. Mary Ladd learns that making these sweet treats at home can be fresh, easy and filling fun.

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The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

A beer-cocktail combo popular in 19th century England is seeing a global revival. Shandies are tasty, fruity and practically scream summertime. They’re also lower in alcohol than a regular beer, which makes them more appealing as governments tighten rules on drinking and driving.

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Craft Mocktails: Soda Machines Beg For Experimentation

Craft Mocktails: Soda Machines Beg For Experimentation

| July 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chefs and mixologists have been pushing the envelope with soda recipes since the craft cocktail movement surfaced a few years back. And since most soda recipes take little time, effort and money, it’s easy to try something new.

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LGBT Pride Profile: Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley aka Tango & Stache

LGBT Pride Profile: Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley aka Tango & Stache

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley live and work around good food and drink in San Francisco. The couple worked together at Bar Bambino and Ryan does PR for restaurants and spirits companies while Joshua has a pop-up called Tango & Stache. Find out how they celebrate Pride and what it was like for Joshua to grapple with being “out” in the kitchen.

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The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist

The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The martini has been called “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” But is this cocktail perfectly American? Maybe not entirely. In honor of National Martini Day, we decided to dig into the drink’s muddled past.

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Not Everyone Cheers Turkey’s Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules

Not Everyone Cheers Turkey’s Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Among the many reasons for ongoing riots in Turkey: A recent law restricting the advertising and sale of alcohol. Secular Turks see the new rules as the latest effort by the ruling AK Party to impose religious values on the population.

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Rhubarb Brings Spring To The Table

Rhubarb Brings Spring To The Table

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

A vegetable that often masquerades as a fruit in sweet dishes, rhubarb is a true harbinger of the season, appearing in April and, if we’re lucky, lasting until July. You can save some for an off-season fix, too, because it freezes and thaws beautifully.

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Exploratorium Elevates Museum Eating Experience

Exploratorium Elevates Museum Eating Experience

| May 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Chef Loretta Keller, the force behind the Exploratorium’s new culinary options, talks bee jet lag, living foods, and seawater cocktails with BAB’s Sarah Henry.

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Sip. Savor. Share! Food Photography Show in SF Opens May 9

Sip. Savor. Share! Food Photography Show in SF Opens May 9

| May 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Feast your eyes on the images in Sip. Savor. Share!, a local food-filled photography show sponsored by the urban art collective Femme Cartel. The show opens May 9 and runs through May 26 at the Mission’s Roll Up Gallery.

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