Posts for February 20, 2012

Miss Pearl's Reopens; A Mission Bar Celebrates Its Last Days; and More

North Beach: On February 22, learn how to make Southern Indian cuisine with chef Irfan Dama at Tante Marie's Cooking School (271 Francisco Street). [7x7]
Mission: Check out the final days of Ace Cafe (1799 Mission Street), which is soon to become The Armory Club, owned by neighbors [Mission Mission]
Oakland: Miss Pearl's (1 Broadway), which has been closed for months due to flooding, is reopening tomorrow with a redesigned interior and new bar program courtesy of Kristin Almy. [SFoodie]
Napa: Norman Rose Tavern (1401 First Street) finally got a full liquor license, so they are now offering specialty cocktails along with a late night menu on Fridays and Saturdays. [Scoop]

Where to Eat Tomorrow for Mardi Gras

Boxing Room

What better reason to get your eat and drink on than Fat Tuesday? Tomorrow many of your favorite restaurants are hosting Mardi Gras parties with special cocktails, menus, and more. The hottest tickets are Boxing Room's $2 oysters, duck and sausage jambalaya, and live jazz; and Town Hall's ninth annual blow-out bash.

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Bourbon & Branch/Rickhouse's Latest Bar Project Has a New Name

The boys, Brian Sheehy, Doug Dalton, and Steve McKinley, behind Bourbon and Branch and Rickhouse have finally got the liquor license for their newest location, an underground space at 691 Market. Last Summer, Grub Street learned that the team was working on this bar project called Edition. Today, a revised working title for the bar has been reveled and it's Local Edition. The name is a cute play on words considering that the bar will be housed at the Hearst Building. The concept will be similar to the team's other bars with a focus on spirits and cocktails. Expect more details to come later in the year. [Grub Street, Earlier]

Walk-Ins Welcome at Ravi Kapur Pop-Up Tonight

Ravi Kapur, the chef formerly of Prospect, kicks off his first pop-up event this evening at Citizen's Band. Although seating for the supper virtually sold out immediately, walk-ins will be welcome at the counter. The meal costs $65 and features dishes like clams with curry and pig's ear, duck miso sausage, and beets with seaweed and ranch. Doors open at 5:30, so show up early if you want to get in on the action. [LiveSOMA]

Burgundy Lovers Arrive to Celebrate La Paulée

Take a wine seminar at RN74 on Thursday.

The wine glitterati have arrived in town for this week's celebration of Burgundy, La Paulée. Although the festivities don't start until Wednesday, chefs, winemakers, and sommeliers are already preparing for the expensive 4-day long party. Taking place at various locations throughout the city and Napa, La Paulée is an annual wine festival that's held in New York one year and San Francisco the next. There are several tastings, dinners, and seminars to choose from and for just $4,000 you can attend the Legends Dinner that features Burgundy's superstar wine makers and food by Meadowood's Chris Kostow.

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Heston Blumenthal Will Cook a $330,000 Lab-Grown Burger

Blumenthal.Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

While one of Britian's celebrity chefs is shutting down a prison with a lost vegetable peeler, another one is signing on to grill up some real-life mystery meat. Over the weekend, the Guardian reported that Dutch scientists were close to producing "an artificial burger that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing." And Heston Blumenthal will have the somewhat dubious honor of being the chef who cooks it.

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Outer Sunset Culinary Revival; FDA Investigates Inhalable Caffeine

•Happening right now: a culinary revival in the Outer Sunset. [Chron]

• While shooting a new show about cooking in prison, Gordon Ramsay's team misplaced a vegetable peeler — which caused the Brixton Prison to be put on lockdown for two hours while people searched for the utensil, "fearing it could be used as a weapon." [Telegraph]

• Profits are booming in the livestock trade, and all that money is creating a ripple effect of good fortune. [USAT]

• Potential buzz kill alert: The FDA plans to examine whether inhalable caffeine is safe. [AP]

• Restaurateurs in London are getting ready for the influx of business that this summer's Olympics are sure to bring. [BBC]

Tina Fey’s ‘Disgusting’ Writing Diet Consists of ‘Old Balls’

"It's hard if you're both a writer and an actor, because you're supposed to be all healthy when you're an actor, but if you're writing, you got to eat the most disgusting stuff you can find. The most disgusting stuff I've eaten was at SNL, at 3 in the morning — old, cold Carmine's meatballs that had been delivered five hours earlier. That's probably the worst. Old meatballs. Old balls!" —Tina Fey to Grub Street at the WGA Awards, when asked about her most peculiar writing rituals.

Bobby Brown Consoles Himself Post-Funeral With Bobby Flay’s Food

Just hours after making the scene at ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday, Brown jetted to the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut to perform with New Edition, where he crooned classics like "Mr. Telephone Man" and "Tenderoni." Later, he and his sizable entourage wined and dined. People reports that his group was spotted dining at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain, and that Brown appeared "relaxed and low-key." He drank some Grey Goose and "did a little dance" for neighboring diners. But the good mood apparently didn't last.

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Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Lucca Food Store See the menu

    “Billy's Philly”

    Billy is only there after 5 pm but if you are around go there and ask for his billy philly, the best philly you'll find this side of the Mississippi.

  • Le P'tit Laurent See the menu

    “Elegant Sauces & Fabulous Bread”

    It is the place me and my love go for every intimate moment.

  • Hidive See the menu

    “Are you kidding?”

    You have to be totally drunk to think that this is even acceptable as a public watering hole.


Jay Barmann
NY Mag