March 10, 2009

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Festa del Pesto at Farina last Thursday—in case you missed it, the special pricing continues this week through -Thursday. I am also giving away three bottles of their perfetto pesto, which Farina is selling at the special price of $9 during the festa. The first three readers to email luckyme [at] with “pesto” in the subject line are the lucky winners. (So if you’re reading this Tuesday night, it’ll be too late—sorry Charlie.) I’ll let you know if you’re a winner as soon as I get your email! The catch: you have to go to Farina and pick it up yourself.

It was the week of festas, because Sunday night was also the Festa della Donna at A16. Chef Liza Shaw’s menu rocked the house, most especially the ricotta and mint caramelle with braised rabbit and English peas, the quintessence of spring. It’s not a pasta you see very often (very labor intensive), but you’ll be happy to know A16 made so many caramelle that the dish will be around for the next few days. So scoot on over if you can!

Now, I’m not a big one on “the best” this, and “the best” that (it’s like being asked my favorite restaurant—ugh), but sometimes you just gotta call it. So I’ve got something for ya: the last six weeks, I have inadvertently been punishing myself by trying to find the best burger at SF restaurants with cloth napkins. Yup, 15 burgers later, I have an answer. Check out the results of my burger tour in this week’s the regular. And vegetarians, you might want to skip ahead to another section.

And what the hell, it’s a new month, time for a new book giveaway from Ten Speed Press! This month I am giving away Simply Mexican by Lourdes Castro. The three winners will be stoked because the book doesn’t come out until April, so you’re getting advance copies! All you need to do is send an email to luckyme [at], telling me your favorite Mexican dish in the Bay Area, whether it’s a taco, torta, or tlacoyo! Looking forward to seeing your faves. Deadline to enter is midnight on Sunday March 15th, and I’ll alert the three winners after the drawing next week!

That reminds me, I’ll be emceeing the second episode of Edible Pursuit this Sunday at Acme Chophouse—see you there? It’s a blast. Read all about it in the socialite.

Yours in beef,