i’m off to italy for a few weeks, with a pit stop in new york on the way back. not sure if i’ll post much while away, but there will be lots to come in early april! good bye san francisco rain, hello europe!
champagne in a coup, and some incredible bone marrow with caper gremolata and garlic confit. not a bad way to wind down the day. i will say however, that i usually drink cocktails at alembic because they’re phenomenal and i’m obsessed with the southern exposure (it was the first drink that made me appreciate gin).
had a perfect friday lunch, on a sunny sf day, at recently opened southern pacific brewing in the mission. the space is beautiful, huge, and manages to find the perfect balance of cold steel and concrete, and warm wood and greenery. there’s tons of natural light, outdoor seating, brewing on-site, a full bar, and food all day. making me even more stoked on the place is the fact that an old friend happens to be the owner. my burger with pickled veggies and garlic-sage fries hit the spot, as did the house brewed helles lager. i’m already looking forward to going back and sending everyone i know.
despite the cold it was another great evening of cocktails at the ferry building, with infusions, foams, and even homemade gummy bears. the first farmers market happy hour of the season featured all female bartenders, as well as women-owned spirits pur and square one. jennifer seidman’s “indian summer” punch, featuring oxley gin and pickled beet juice, was the first drink i tried and my favorite of the night – i just love pickles so much! the bites were all delicious, but being the sucker that i am for meatballs and soup, my standout favorite (i may have had four or five) was claudine’s meatball soup.