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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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Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

For regular drinkers, the New Year’s resolution tradition may involve what’s known as a dry January: giving up booze for a month. But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits? A small but intriguing study suggests yes.

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Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

After being revamped by New York’s April Bloomfield, Tosca Cafe in North Beach opened to great fanfare. Is the pricey, popular new version worth the cost? Kate Williams gives her take.

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“Winter Cocktails” Review and Post-Holiday Drink Picks

“Winter Cocktails” Review and Post-Holiday Drink Picks

Time to relax from the holiday frenzy with the perfect drink. We’ve got your post-holiday cocktail recipes covered, with a review of the new Winter Cocktails, plus great recipes from our archives and offbeat, mostly local sparklers to put the fizz in your new year.

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DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

| December 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.

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Alembic’s Danny Louie Talks Cocktails, Creativity and Shares a Seasonal Drink Recipe

Alembic’s Danny Louie Talks Cocktails, Creativity and Shares a Seasonal Drink Recipe

| October 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

What’s hot in the world of craft cocktails? We talk to Danny Louie, the head bartender at The Alembic. Louie has also worked to start-up food trucks and pop-ups and he shares his recipe for Vasco da gama, an enticing drink for the fall weather.

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Holiday Spirit: The Coping Mechanism

Holiday Spirit: The Coping Mechanism

| October 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Short of a magic wand to transport you elsewhere, this cocktail has everything you need to help cope with holiday get-togethers.

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Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

America is in the midst of a rye whiskey renaissance. Lovers of the spirit say it’s spicier, edgier and less sweet than bourbons. But when scientists look at the flavor signatures of American whiskeys, what matters the most isn’t always the grain in the bottle.

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Final Sips of Summer: Easy Cocktails for Labor Day Weekend

Final Sips of Summer: Easy Cocktails for Labor Day Weekend

| September 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Skipping the playa this year? Now that it finally feels like summer, kick back and chill out with our easy Labor Day weekend cocktails.

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Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pirates, pokers and alleged demonic origins — the history of rum is filled with raucousness and rebellion. To celebrate National Rum Day, we bring you tales from this drink’s past, including its laudable origins as a food waste solution.

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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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