Food and Drink

Appetite: Insects and mezcal

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A new twist on the tequila worm at Don Bugito dinner at Headlands Center for the Arts

Nestled near the ocean in the wilds of the Marin Headlands sits Headlands Center for the Arts, an artists' haven in a reclaimed military barracks that is inspiring just to be in, as it must be for its artists in residence. Known for the culinary care and special event meals they host in their warm, open kitchen and dining room, I was intrigued to check it out. So what better excuse than for a five-course insect and mezcal dinner?

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Going veg at the wing shop: Wing Wings' deep-fried oyster mushrooms

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Owner Christian Ciscle's been trying to get me to come into his Lower Haight wings shop for a minute. I was always like “Christian (full disclosure: Ciscle took me on board as counterperson back in the days when he managed SoMa's Little Skillet to-go window), they're wings. I don't eat meat."

But then I went, and now I have to apologize because: Wing Wings' deep-fried oyster mushrooms. Read more »

A broke ass in our ranks: SFBG Culture Editor Caitlin Donohue honored by Broke Ass Stuart for her insolvency

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We here at the Guardian pride ourselves on being populist. That means documenting the latest in the people's protests, and generally being a resources for students, artists, families, anyone in that good old 99 percent. But it's not 100 percent for your benefit, dear readers. SF's not a cheap city to live in. Case in point: Culture Editor Caitlin Donohue's been chosen as Broke Ass Stuart's Broke Ass of the Week. Read more »

Fall fresh

New places, new tastes: Notable dishes at Park Tavern, Canela, and Umami Burger

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APPETITE These three new places just opened; these early dishes jump out.

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Appetite: Recapping Whiskyfest 2011

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Another year, another WhiskyFest. I've been attending a number of years now, ever relishing an opportunity to try unexplored whiskies, refresh my taste memory on others, and connect with whisk(e)y industry folk and distillers here from Kentucky to Scotland.

A number of options listed as VIP tastes (more than ever this year) were not, in fact, available at all. Some purveyors said these bottles -- like Isle of Jura's Shackleton or Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale Cognac -- hadn't reached the States yet. I find this a problem, particularly for those paying more to hit VIP hour for these rare tastes ($135 regular tickets; $185 for VIP hour).

One that WAS there however, was the soft, layered, fruity yet slightly oaky, Tamdhu 30 year from Gordon and MacPhail.

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Appetite: Two tastings to watch for

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Two excellent yearly reasons to wet your whistle are coming to town this week. Whiskey and wine, anyone?

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Go mango

Crossing lines and eating out at Mingalaba Restaurant in Burlingame

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CHEAP EATS Arrgh, the best laid plans of hedgehogs and chicken farmers!

I was so homesick I eventually convinced my love to leave her besoddened home town in the capable (snicker snicker) hands of FEMA and commence via Hyundai toward San Francisco. Mostly I cried. But also I promised to eat her pussy once for every state line we crossed.Read more »

The novelty doughnut grows up

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Having come of age in Portland at a time that coincided with the rise of Voodoo Doughnut, the novelty doughnut trend has had ample time to lose its luster for me. It is easy to be jaded when you grew up with 2 a.m. Nyquil-glazed treats. But today I had a rhubarb doughnut from Dynamo and my essential understanding of the fancy doughnut meme has shifted forever. Read more »

Your Sunday meal plan: Sweet treats, Latino eats at this weekend's food events

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After the demise of the Underground Market, a bit of a streetside, downlow foodie vacuum has developed in SF. Sure, we've still got Off the Grid, Mission Community Market, and for the moment at least, the Free Farm Stand -- but it's not enough food-themed events for a town that rejoices in innovation and knowing what to eat before one's coworker does. Hot! New! More! Luckily this Sunday there's ample opportunity to get your locally-sourced snack on, in style. Read more »

Been There: Autumnal Equinox Gathering at Gospel Flat Farm in Bolinas

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On the purposefully unmarked road heading into Bolinas, there is a very wonderful spot you don't want to miss. The Gospel Flat Farm is a family-run organic edible haven, with an honor-based farm stand that is open 24 hours a day.

Sam Love and I were introduced to the farm when we met a couple of wonderful free spirits, Kalie and Scott, while hiking in Samuel P. Taylor Park a few weeks back. Scott is the resident bread baker at the farm's wood powered oven, and he and Kalie invited us to a photography show and autumnal equinox gathering down at the farm. So last Friday, after a sun-soaked hike on Mt. Tam, we wended our way down the hill to Bolinas to explore the farm.

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