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July 2007

The Downtown Vortex

It's hard for me to leave downtown without stopping into one of my favorite watering holes. And it's hard for me to leave one of my favorite downtown watering holes without stumbling into one of my other favorite watering holes nearby. Yesterday I hit Bourbon & Branch for some investigative drinking. (The management is not so good at returning email or phone calls so I had to go to the source. ) The Rouge No. 10 (black pepper-infused gin and strawberries) is still on the menu temporarily, as is another farmer's market drink with peaches and the pepper gin. I'm... Read more →

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Introducing the Shotzi

While waiting for flights back to San Francisco from New Orleans, some of the hungover travelers were trying to piece together what happened the previous evening. Him: "I remember we were all doing shots..." Her: "You were making us all drink tequila shots, and you started freaking out when I wanted Jack. You went off for like five minutes about how we all had to do the same shot. You were like a shot Nazi!" Me: "What's up, Shotzi!" Labels: funny Read more →

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Sick Day Sommelier

Career fantasy vacations are growing in popularity, with people signing on to be interns as chocolatiers, fashion designers, brewmasters, and other dream jobs. Now the Fifth Floor Restaurant and Hotel Palomar offers a Weekend Sommelier package. For $250 guests work with Fifth Floor wine director (and excellent teacher- I've taken one of her "Wines on Wine" classes) Emily Wines, visiting the wine cellar, sampling the night’s dinner with the staff to develop the daily wine specials, serving wine alongside Wines during the dinner course, and of course, engaging in a couple of tasting sessions throughout the day. And you don’t... Read more →

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New drinks in the city

Thursday and Friday of this week I did some (PR-sponsored) investigative drinking at these spots. Sudachi, the new sushi bar on the Polk Street (near the Hemlock, R Bar, Vertigo, Lush Lounge barhopping district) recently opened with a sushi bar room and a front restaurant/entertainment room. They have DJs and live jazz playing a few nights of the week in the front room, with additional programming to come. They have only a beer and wine license now but have made soju cocktails to compensate. The Blueberry Aloe Mojito was fairly tasty, but not as impressive once we asked to see... Read more →

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The New Clubs (Are Actually Bars)

I received the latest copy of San Francisco Magazine in the mail today, in which I have a story on the latest trend in nightlife- retro-opulent design bars with demoted dancefloors. In San Francisco, some of the hot new spots opened recently are: Harlot (Bordello theme) Slide (Speakeasy theme) Etiquette (Victorian-bondage theme) Ambassador (Rat Pack theme)Another interesting note is venues that are more crowded and clubby, such as Harlot and Etiquette, have a specialty cocktail menu at happy hour that they then hide at night when there isn't time for muddling and squeezing fresh juice. Labels: bars, camper_clips, SanFrancisco Read more →

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Bay Area bartenders earn toasts at New Orleans cocktail event

Bay Area bartenders earn toasts at New Orleans cocktail event Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Friday, July 27, 2007 We like to think our bartenders and their drink creations are extraordinary here in the Bay Area. Last weekend at the Tales of the Cocktail event held in New Orleans, we found validation that it's not just too many Negronis triggering our hometown pride -- the Bay Area's bartenders are finally getting respect at the national level. In its fifth year, the Tales of the Cocktail conference celebrates the history of cocktails in New Orleans and the practice of making... Read more →

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The Tales of the Cocktail Swag Awards

It became clear at Tales of the Cocktail that the amount of swag was going to be unmanageable, so I started declining freebies unless I was prepared to lug them home. Not everything made it (hope the hotel maid likes vodka!) and I still had two additional pieces of luggage on the way back. My end tally was 9 pens, 6 keychains, 4 bottle openers, 2 shaker sets, 11 pieces of glassware, 4 DVDs, 4 CDs, 5 mini-bottles, 7 muddlers, 4 books, and a heck of a lot of miscellaneous. And I now present: The Tales of the Cocktail Swag... Read more →

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Tales of the Cocktail 4 - The last two days

I think I'm a rare person that made it through all of Tales of the Cocktail without a hangover. But then I drank a lot on the plane and have one today back in San Francisco. Still, the conference was exhausting and I was starting to feel it on Saturday. At the Cocktails and the Blogosphere talk, they touched on a few interesting things: Blogs' strong points are they're both updated regularly and interactive, and can reach a lot of people fast. They have the ability to spread the word about great recipes (for drinks or drink ingredients) and products,... Read more →

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