Food and Drink Resolutions We'll Actually Keep

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It's S.F., you think someone wouldn't resolve to make more jams and pickles?
We've always loved the new year because it's a nice time to sit back and take stock of where we are in life, but let's face it -- all the losing weight, drinking less, eating more vegetables resolutions in the world won't mean we'll actually do them. Here at SFoodie we've made some resolutions that we're actually looking forward to keeping in 2014.


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Delectable Dates: Date Cake at AQ Restaurant and Bar

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Date Cake, AQ Restaurant and Bar
What better dish to celebrate a dessert date than with a sweet treat that shares its name with the occasion's namesake? Before hitting the SOMA bars this weekend, stop by AQ for a drink and dessert: A sweet date pastry cake that is pretty much a plate of autumn.

See also: Delectable Dates: Granita at State Bird Provisions

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Pied Piper Returns to Palace Hotel Bar

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The painting that spans 16 feet long by six feet deep is valued at $3 to $5 million.
After public outcry and six months of restoration, Maxfield Parish's The Pied Piper of Hamelin is back at the Palace Hotel for good.

The Pied Piper became the center of attention in March after hotel owners wanted to put the painting that is valued at $3 to $5 million on auction at Christie's in New York. The Pied Piper has been a part of the Palace Hotel for more than 100 years.

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Student Throwdown! Culinary Clash hits Luce this Sunday

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Clash of the Culinary Titans, the finalists: Jessica Lee (CCA), Brennan Price (CCA), Juliet Fine (Ai), and Maree Garcia (Ai).
May the best student-chef bag fame and (scholarship) fortune! That's the premise of an upcoming Culinary Clash happening this weekend at the Michelin-starred Luce at the Intercontinental SF. Local culinary students The Art Institute of California - San Francisco (Ai), and the California Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu (CCA) will compete for a top prize in a series of Sunday dinners in collaboration with Chef Daniel Corey. Sunday's dinner is the creation of Maree Garcia, an Ai student: pan seared scallops with broccoli puree and vegetable salad; braised pork shoulder with chilies, poached egg and crispy Brussels sprouts; and a sweet ending of pear sorbet with lemon tuile.

See also: NBC TV Casting: Home Cooks, Step Up (And Tighten Your Apron Strings!)

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Our Food & Drink Resolutions for the New Year

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Food editor Anna Roth is looking forward to some mushroom foraging in 2013.
We're still heavy in New Year's Resolution-making mode over here at SFoodie. But instead of the usual ones about eating more vegetables, drinking less, and working out more -- all well-intentioned, but boring -- we've decided to make some food and drink resolutions this year that will actually be a pleasure to work toward. From exploring historic S.F. restaurants to organizing our booze collections, see what our editor and a few regular contributors want to do food-and-drinks-wise in 2013.

See also:
- Five Things I Learned Eating at Food Trucks Every Week in 2012
- Five Oakland Openings to Anticipate
- All Tomorrow's Portions: Top 7 Food Trends for 2013


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24 Delicious Ways to Beat the Heat in S.F.

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Creme fraiche, pear, and caramel ice cream and Smitten.
Man, it's hot right?! Now that we're closing in on Day Three of this heat wave, we've rounded up some recent SFoodie posts guaranteed to help you cool off. We've got one more addition: Walking over to Arlequin's patio in Hayes Valley where we're writing this, we passed and couldn't resist Smitten Ice Cream's crème fraiche and Ukiah pear ice cream flavor, served with a drizzle of caramel. It was tart, fresh, and totally hit the spot. Just so you know, they're open until 10 p.m. tonight.

See also:
- San Francisco's Top Five Ice Cream Shops
- Know Your Frozen Desserts: Taiwanese Snow Ice, Baltimore Snowballs, and More Icy Treats
- Drink of the Week's Best Warm-Weather Cocktails


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Thighs and Lows of Operation Fried Chicken

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As the author of yesterday's top ten list of the best fried chicken in the city, I wanted to discuss the findings of my arduous journey completing what shall henceforth be known as Operation Fried Chicken.

During OFC, I went from Bayview to North Beach, Hayes Valley to the Richmond, all to taste fried chicken. And though an assignment to eat a copious amount of the stuff might initially sound like a dream come true, I assure you, tasting my weight in chicken was no easy task.

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The Little Chihuahua: Not Our Fave Breakfast Burrito in S.F.

Anna Roth

7x7's list of S.F.'s best breakfast burritos hit our social media stream over the weekend, which thrilled us, because breakfast burritos are our hangover cure of choice. But unfortunately we can't sign off on The Little Chihuahua, which we'd been disappointed by only the day before. The burrito's ingredients were nicely fresh, but all the veggies made the thing way too watery for our taste (7x7 described it as "wet-style"; we'd use the word "soggy"). We wanted crispier potatoes, more cheese, and fewer onions.

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We Put Southpaw's New Jar Sauces to the Test

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Co-owners David Potash and Sarah Knoefler have been getting some attention of late for their Southpaw Kitchen hand-prepared, small-batch, jarred sauces made here in the city. We thought we'd give them a taste, and see how they went with cheese, specifically our favorite of the moment, Casa Madaio Caprotto, a firm, limited-production, goat-milk cheese from Italy.

Here's how they performed:

Red Wine, Port and Onion Spread: reminded us of a lightly sweet onion chutney. The port and red wine come through mildly, like the hint red wine leaves behind when used to deglaze a pan for sauce or gravy.

with the Caprotto: a reasonable pairing. Takes the cheese down a notch; the sweetness mutes and covers some of the cheese's fine grain and firm pepper flavor. It could be great on a high-end burger fresh from the summer grill.

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Citizen Chef: Healthy Meals on Training Wheels

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Citizen Chef launched last week in Whole Foods and Mollie Stones with a line of pre-arranged, ready to cook, healthy meals for about $10. The meals come boxed with pre-cut veggies, a grain and a sauce, and recipes for preparation in 15 minutes or less, with or without the addition of the protein of your choice.

These healthy meals on training wheels are the creation of two San Franciscans: Drew Taylor, great grandson of a lettuce grower, and Adam DeVito, an executive chef. The simplistic pre-packs are meant to take the time, fear, and planning out of getting a healthy meal on the table out of the equation, and get more people eating better.

"We want to make it easy to cook delicious meals at home," says Drew. "In our generation people just don't cook any more." Fifty percent less than in 1977 anyway, according to Drew's stats. The "reality is, people don't have enough time, and or enough confidence, in the kitchen."

I tried a meals and, since I do cook, and my tastes run toward a bit less vegetarian than the base meal provides, so I enlisted Michael Weiler, a friend and vegan from Berkeley, to try a meal as well and report back. Here's what we found:

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