Food and Drink

'A' for effort?

Don't judge new bar Novela by its gorgeous cover

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COCKTAILS Novela, the new literary-themed lounge in SoMa, is undoubtedly beautiful: plenty of window light pours in during the evening, highlighting tall black shelves packed full of color-coordinated books. The space, a collaboration between acclaimed bar stars Alex Smith and Kate Bolton, is littered with huge, cozy reading chairs as well as low comfy couches.

But my friend and I just somehow felt out of place.Read more »

Moving on

Tablehopping: tracking La Movida's moves, finding the wind (and much more) in The Willows, and tipping you to tartare bliss

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Tablehopping

Crème brûlée, chicken and waffles, barbacoa, and deluxe fried rice — all in a week's work.

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Campos: "Tamale Lady will not go down!" Options proposed

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She's been slinging her steamy goodness to famished drunkards out of a trash bag in a cooler strapped to a wagon for years with no problem (other than some grumbles about a recent, tiny price hike). But it looks like the the health department -- or threat of the health department -- may have finally caught up with the beloved Tamale Lady, aka Virginia Ramos.

Today, SF's Internet melted with news that she had been asked to not sell her tamales at Zeitgeist. That bar posted a message to its Facebook:

We are sad to announce that the Tamale Lady may no longer sell her tamales at Zeitgeist. This is forced on us by SF city codes and regulations.

The SF Department of Public Health has been making efforts recently to reign in unlicensed food vendors, which may have sparked the Zeitgeist reaction -- although the origins of the Zeitgeist decision remain hazy.

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Tablehopping

Hot har gow, cool katsu sammies, and some slutty, thrice-cooked, Manimal-style fries -- welcome to our new food column

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FRESH EATS Why hello there. Have we met before? (Maybe it was over some bacon-wrapped Mission dogs? My memory is a little foggy from that night, me lo siento.) I'm your new culinary correspondent, here to mainline you with the latest food news, sweet deals, events, and ideas on where and what the hell you should be eating each week. You may find some booze news in here too (hic).Read more »

Foggy holiday

A memorable barcrawl to Blarney Stone, Trick Dog, and Blackbird

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SF's first raw milk coffeeshop opens (raw milk pending)

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Drip'd Coffee is pouring gibraltars and cappucinos on Ninth Avenue and Irving. But one piece of the puzzle remains. The small shop intends to be San Francisco's first raw milk coffee bar -- but is still pouring pasteurized moo for the moment. "We're essentially on a waiting list for spots to open up," co-owner Chris Morell writes in an email to the Bay Guardian.

"I've been a drinker of raw milk for years," Morell continues. "After a while, the merge of my coffee craft and raw milk logically came together." He and co-owner Tae Kim -- the two met years ago in the videogame industry -- have set up shop alongside enviro-friendly cleaning supply shop Green11 with their refurbished vintage La Marzocco GS/2 espresso machine, use Sightglass beans, and are now open Friday through Sunday (Fri. and Sat., 8am-2pm; Sun. 9am-3pm).

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The Blob eats Quebec

More than just poutine (but that, too): Surprising flavors enliven a brief tour through one of Canada's culinary capitals

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THE BLOB If you thought the first thing you'd see when you landed in Quebec City, Canada, was a mime in a black mock turtleneck playing "My Heart Will Go On" on an accordion, you'd be almost right. Almost, because the Blob promptly devoured him — chewy! — and went on to enjoy a brief culinary tour of one of the most charming, clean, and friendly cities she's visited.Read more »

Family meal: 18 Reasons joins forces with neighbor Three Squares to extend reach of healthy eating

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Community food hub 18 Reasons has always had the back of the well-meaning kitchen newbie. With a cafe space, educational programming, and tasting events geared towards making a healthy, sustainable diet doable, since 2007 when the organization's co-founders brought in Bi-Rite Market, a happy partner for the little space located a block from the family grocery store's Mission digs. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: It's-It

Golden Survivor Award indeed -- these icecream sandwiches have been around for 85 years

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What's been San Francisco's go-to cold 'n creamy treat for the past 85 years? No, its not Dianne Feinstein. It's It's-It, that native warm weather snack, created on a deliciously fateful day in 1928 when George Whitney squished a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two big oatmeal cookies and dipped the resulting sandwich into dark chocolate. For more than four decades, Whitney sold his It's-Its at Playland-at-the-Beach, until that legendary local amusement park was demolished in the 1970s. Read more »