December 8, 2009

December 8, 2009

~BAR 888~, the bar adjoining Luce in the Hotel Intercontinental, is offering a tasty evening break: a plate of farmstead cheeses and a sparkling wine flight from Domaine Chandon for $20. Sounds like my kind of way to unwind after a day of shopping, or catching up with a friend after work. The offer is available from 2:30pm—8pm daily until December 30th, 2009.

This week’s Wednesday tasting at ~WILLIAM CROSS WINE MERCHANTS~ is a bubbly one! You’ll get to taste six different kinds of sparkling wines and Champagnes to see what you may want to be drinking and giving this holiday. On the docket: Domaine J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux; 2005 Domaine Carneros Brut Sparkling Wine; Serge Mathieu Blanc de Noir Champagne; Raventos I Blanc Brut Rose Cava; Taittinger La Française Brut Champagne; and Alfred Gratien Cuvee Brut Classique Champagne. (Photo by Mathew Sumner.)

bottles.png Broc Cellars winery is hosting a tasting of their “Naturale Series” this Sunday the 13th, and chef Ian Begg of ~NAKED LUNCH~ will be serving light bites to pair with each of the different varietals. It’s shaping up to be quite the lineup, here’s a peek: ‘08 Rose, “Naturale” Series with chevre mousse, persimmon, balsamic, basil; ‘08 Pinot Noir, “Naturale” Series, Tondre Grapefield Vineyard with wild mushroom, sea beans, thyme, puff pastry; ‘08 Grenache, “Naturale” Series, Eagle Point Ranch Vineyard with grilled pork belly, scallions, apple glaze; and ‘07 Mourvedre, Luna Matta Vineyard with braised lamb, pomegranate, arugula.

Celebrate the holidays at ~18 REASONS~ with a very bubbly 18th Hour. Bi-Rite’s wine buyer, Trac Le, will pour 6 Champagnes from the region’s well-known and cult producers. The lineup will include: Larmandier Bernier “Terre de Vertus”; Agrapart ‘7 Crus’; Jacquesson ‘Cuvee 737’; Alfred Gratien Champagne; Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve; and Billecart Salmon Rosé. Yeah, you saw that right—they’re pouring some Billy. Please note the Champagne supplies are limited to the first 50 people to arrive.

~METRO CAFE 311~ is offering no corkage/free BYOB this holiday season until the end of December 2009 (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve). Also by popular demand from their loyal regulars, they are offering a “Metro Kathmandu Daily Special,” such as their delicious momos, chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, and saag paneer during the holiday season.  

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The Tonic owners are in the midst of opening ~BULLITT~ in the former Bar Johnny space on Russian Hill. They have already put up fresh paint, installed some TVs, and in the coming weeks, look for a few communal tables, new tabletops, and new barstools, plus a mini dancefloor in the back which should get going after 10pm. The menu is all about affordable pub fare, with a variety of burgers named after 60’s personages, from the Miles Davis (blue cheese and bacon) to the Charles Manson (sautéed jalapenos, Sneaky’s BBQ habanero sauce, Tapatio, and grilled onions)—and they’re almost all under $10, including a choice of a side (five kinds of fries, mac and cheese, onion rings, etc.). You’ll also find bar-friendly food like wings and nachos, plus a variety of salads. Weekend brunch will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet for $9.95 from 10am—3pm, and they are also continuing the weekend bottomless mimosa mayhem for $15. Or you can get a Bloody Mary and a half pint of beer for $10. During the week, hours are 4pm—2am, with the kitchen open late, until 1:30am.