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Elixirs Made To Fight Malaria Still Shine On The Modern Bar

Elixirs Made To Fight Malaria Still Shine On The Modern Bar

| December 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Many modern day liqueurs, like Campari and Pimm’s, started off as 19th century medicinal tonics made to cure an array of ailments, including malaria. So if you’re sipping a French aperitif or an absinth cocktail this holiday season, chances are you’re also imbibing a bit of malaria history.

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An Interview with Charles Phan, Author of “Vietnamese Home Cooking”

An Interview with Charles Phan, Author of “Vietnamese Home Cooking”

| October 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

Mary Ladd interviews Vietnamese food expert and chef Charles Phan, whose first cookbook, Vietnamese Home Cooking is now out. Phan discusses cooking with Alice Waters, his “refugee thinking” and upcoming Bourbon and fried chicken “Southern bar” concept.

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Spicy Margarita with Jalapeño and Cilantro

Spicy Margarita with Jalapeño and Cilantro

| September 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Garden inspired cocktails are simply one of my favorite things. And this margarita is no exception. It’s not only spicy (thank you, jalapeños!) but the cilantro adds all these lovely citrus notes to it, plus keeps it feeling fresh and crisp so you can drink many more than you should!

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Gifting an Epic Dinner in the Desert at Burning Man

Gifting an Epic Dinner in the Desert at Burning Man

| August 23, 2012 | 4 Comments

Black Rock French Quarter Organizers plan for an epic dinner to thank theme camp volunteers.

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Tropical Nostalgia: The Luau at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Tropical Nostalgia: The Luau at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

| July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Maria Finn tries to keep the spirit of her Hawaiian vacation alive by attending a luau at the Fairmont Hotel’s Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.

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Mezcal Primer + Tasting Event in San Francisco

Mezcal Primer + Tasting Event in San Francisco

| July 17, 2012 | 4 Comments

Local SF mezcal blog Mezcalistas and The Bold Italic are hosting a mezcal tasting July 25th to bring the renown Mexican spirit to the United States. In anticipation here’s a quick run down of what you need to know about mezcal including the tequila connection and a resolution of some lingering myths.

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Strawberry and Mint Mojito (Made with Beer)

Strawberry and Mint Mojito (Made with Beer)

| July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Made with fresh strawberries, American blonde ale and agave nectar…this mojito is anything but ordinary. It’s fresh, bright and bound to be a classic.

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Medlock Ames: Century-Old Biker Bar Turns Eco-Friendly Tasting Room

Medlock Ames: Century-Old Biker Bar Turns Eco-Friendly Tasting Room

| July 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the heart of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, nestled between grapevines and the area’s rolling foothills, is the modern yet rustic Medlock Ames Tasting Room and Alexander Valley Bar. The tasting room is the only place in town where you can enjoy all of the lovely wines made by Medlock Ames just up the road at their Bell Mountain ranch. And just as it’s making its last call, the bar next door starts serving up fresh, garden-inspired cocktails using ingredients grown at that very location.

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SF Chefs Lets You Eat, Drink and Ogle Chefs and Their Goods

SF Chefs Lets You Eat, Drink and Ogle Chefs and Their Goods

| July 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd reports on the history behind the SF Chefs food festival, which is celebrating its fourth year this summer with a bounty of dinners, tastings, classes, and cooking demos. SF Chefs is the brainchild of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and celebrates our culinary community.

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Liquid Pie: Bourbon and Berry Cocktail (Made with Beer)

Liquid Pie: Bourbon and Berry Cocktail (Made with Beer)

| June 27, 2012 | 3 Comments

Called “Liquid Pie,” this cocktail is a combination of bourbon, berries and beer. The bourbon provides subtle flavors of vanilla and caramel while the Pilsner adds some crust-like notes to the mix. And of course, the fresh berries bring it all home. You’ll swear it tastes like pie!

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The girl & the fig’s Lavender Mojito

The girl & the fig’s Lavender Mojito

| June 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

A culinary staple of Sonoma County is Sondra Bernstein’s the girl & the fig, which is why it was my pleasure to spend the day farming, cooking and eating with the self-proclaimed “fig girl” herself. This lovely and fresh Lavender Mojito is just one of the many cocktails we made using biodynamically farmed ingredients from their plot at Imagery Estate Winery, located in Glen Ellen.

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Best first date spots in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties

Best first date spots in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Where’s the best place to take a first date? We round up ten varied, vetted spots to ensure your first dinner a deux is unforgettable.

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Eating in Portland: A Weekend Away

Eating in Portland: A Weekend Away

| May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Megan Gordon escapes to Portland for a very quick weekend trip where she discovers Sweet and Salty cookies, strong cocktails, even stronger coffee, and some very spicy chicken wings. This article begins to answer the question, where to eat and drink in Portland right now?

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Interview with Absinthe Chef Adam Keough: spicy rabbit meatballs, food secrets and culinary mentors

Interview with Absinthe Chef Adam Keough: spicy rabbit meatballs, food secrets and culinary mentors

| May 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd profiles Absinthe chef Adam Keough, who shares his spicy rabbit meatball recipe and talks about cooking, food and his culinary mentors.

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