It’s not Derby Day without a Mint Julep! Elixir has created a special Mint Julep Cocktail Menu to celebrate a day at the races – derby hats and seersucker suits are encouraged! A pot of Kentucky Burgoo stew will also be on hand.
Sunday May 5th
12PM-6PM: Cinco de Mayo Party
Continuing the weekend’s festivities Elixir presents their Cinco de Mayo Party and the release of their Rare Tequila Collection, collected over ten years and presented to the public for the first time. Drink specials include $6 ElJimador Blanco Tequila luge shots and $8 Herradura Margaritas.
I'm in NYC this week as Nespresso's blogger/ambassador from San Francisco. This photo was taken as we got back home (away from home) to the Mondrian SoHo. It was snowing, and although not great for heels, it was gorgeous.
Indulge, and say all things cheese at next week's Artisan Cheese Festival taking place at the Sheraton in Sonoma County. There will be cheese makers, brewers, wineries, and chefs. See the entire participant list HERE.
Yesterday, myself and other members of the media visited Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park, California for a tour of their exquisite gardens and work place. To say the least, it was impressive. When your work surroundings consist of exotic cacti, plump grapefruit trees, and a massive outdoor kitchen, we think you've got it quite good.
From mini Umami Hatch Burgers, to Chicken Tinga Tostadas, it was a night to remember. After all, this is the first time in Sunset's 115 year history that they've dedicated an issue entirely to food. Although the first, I have a feeling this won't be the last. With Food Editor Margo True, the staff at Sunset are pros when it comes to all things food and drink. Their wine cellar is a vino lover's dream.
Super Bowl XLVI is right around the corner and we know that many of you are either hosting your own game day party, or attending a gathering as a guest. Even if you aren't a big fan of football, we know you're a fan of food, and there's going to be plenty of that to go around on this very special football Sunday.
Food Fashionista asked some super Chefs to share their favorite recipes for the annual football festivities. Best part of all, you can easily create these unique and tasty recipes at home with the step-by-step instructions and ingredients listed by these professional chefs.
This year, forego being the friend who brings the bag of chips and jar of salsa, and impress your friends with one of the dishes below. We can't predict if it'll be the San Francisco 49er's or the Baltimore Ravens who'll be holding up the trophy this year, but we can guarantee that you'll be a winner in the eyes of your Superbowl party comrades and foes if you make one of these recipes for this coming Sunday's big celebration.
Chef Justin Simoneaux's recommended recipe is Smoked Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo, because it’s hearty and can feed a group! Also, since the Niners are playing the Ravens in his home state of New Orleans, it’s like bringing a little taste of the South to San Francisco.
As you can tell from the photo, Justin's team is the Saints!
"My recipe is for roasted chicken wings in fesenjoon sauce. This is simple and uncomplicated, the sauce even matches my favorite team, the niners. This recipe is easy and a crowd pleaser. The color is reminiscent of the 49ers. Prediction - 49ers: 36, Baltimore: 24" - Hoss Zare
"I chose this recipe because I wanted to do something with crab, keeping the main ingredient local as the 49ers are in the Superbowl. I also wanted to make it finger food and fun so that people had to use their hands to eat it. I like to compare it to the shellfish version of chicken wings and something that would go really well with cold beer on Superbowl Sunday. The crab could easily be substituted for head on shrimp in the shell." - Mark Dommen
"My favorite Team has to be the Jets because I was named after them back when they would win in the 70's!
Even though it's labor intensive, these tacos can be done DAYS ahead and bring the Big game a fancy factor!. Braise the beef days ahead, keep warm during the game, and guests can make their tacos during the breaks in the game! These will definitely take your game to another level!" - Jet Tila
"Why is this dish my favorite? Well coming from Philly you can't watch football without Philly Cheese Steak. It's like drinking water for us. I think I had my first Cheese steak when I was 5 and then once every weekend since then...well when I lived there that is, I can still smell those Amorosa Rolls though this version is more a West Coast style." - Chef Thomas Weibull
The Winter Fancy Food Show - the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, arrived in San Francisco for its 38th year. Food Fashionista was there to capture all the latest products and the action on the show floors. 80,000 items from 35+ countries and regions were represented by 1,300 exhibitors from all over the world.
See all of our photos + more to be added on album below:
Join San Francisco's newest culinary education center on Saturday, January 19th for a peek into what’s happening at San Francisco Cooking School. Come by anytime between noon and 3pm to see cooking demonstrations in our state-of-the-art kitchen classroom, meet many of our talented instructors, and learn about our all-new schedule of 2013 classes. You can register for classes on-site and enter to win a free class valued at $160.
Demos will take place at:
12:15pm - Greek Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon and Feta
1:00pm - Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies
1:45pm - Warm Cheese Gougeres
2:30pm - Creamy Carrot Soup with Curry and Lime
San Francisco Cooking School free Public Open House
In a city packed with Chinese restaurants, you’d wonder if we really need another one. When they come in the distinct shape and form of Hakkasan, you’ll know this isn’t your average, typical Chinese dining room or fare. From the hugely successful London-based restaurant group arrives the newest arrival of the world famous Hakkasan destination at One Kearny in San Francisco. Indulge in Roasted silver cod with champagne and Chinese honey sauce and Truffle braised noodles with crabmeat and scallops. Hakkasan isn’t take-out Chinese. It’s take your date out to Chinese kind of food.
If you find yourself craving dim sum in the East Bay, look no further than King Valley Tea House in Pinole. On Saturdays, there's even a local, year-round Farmers' Market right across the street where you can grab fresh produce, kettle corn, pizza, and artisan gifts. Who knew?
Enjoy “Holiday Tea” for the adults, or “Magical Tea” for the kids in celebration of the season at Top of the Mark's world-renowned 19th floor sky lounge located on top of Nob Hill.
The holidays at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins are celebrated with decorations, gingerbread houses, carolers, and the return of holiday tea at the Top of the Mark lounge. For the entire month of December, the iconic Top of the Mark offers a traditional “Holiday Tea” and a special “Magical Tea” for kids featuring delicious sweet and savory bites by Executive Chef Christophe Depuichaffray and Pastry Chef Phoung Vuong in addition to a selection of specialty teas.