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Reverb Kitchen & Bar in Russian Hill serves creative cocktails and dishes

Reverb's bar in Russian Hill
Belly up to the bar at Reverb in Russian Hill

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

Polk St. in Russian Hill is quickly becoming one of my go-to ‘hoods when I need a fun happy hour spot or place to grab a drink with my girlfriends. When I first moved into town, I’d start at the bottom of the hill, usually around Geary, and walk my way to the top around California St. to take in all of the sights, sounds and smells in the shopping and restaurant district. I recently discovered Reverb Kitchen & Bar (FKA Verbena), which opened in March 2015, and it’s quickly becoming a great neighborhood place for drinks and bites.

My friend and I visited after work one day and started our meal with a couple cocktails. You’ll absolutely love the natural lighting, exposed brick, leather bench seating and unique architectural wooden walls throughout the restaurant. If you’re a gin fan, check out the Clearer Conscience, a combination of gin, dry vermouth, cucumber, house-made thyme galangal syrup and soda. My girlfriend had the Monk of Guadalajara, a blend of tequila, st. germain, yellow chartreuse, lime and blackberry. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. so make sure you go early to try these cocktails and more. Craft beers and a wide selection of wines are also available.

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Start your night with some cocktails and popcorn
Reverb's Cheese Plate
Reverb’s Cheese Plate

Our server brought out some complimentary kale popcorn to enjoy with our cocktails and it perfectly complemented the herbaceousness of our drinks. We also shared the Cheese Plate, which was a beautiful spread of three types of chesses, toffied pistachios, honeycomb, apricot and crunchy, buttery bread. Don’t forget to check out the Charcuterie or the Fried Green Tomatoes if you’re still hungry.

Reverb's Corn Puddin'
Reverb’s Corn Puddin’

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There are quite a few lighter fare items on the menu like an Asparagus Soup or a Squash & Sunflowers salad. But let’s get real and order like big girls. We went for the Brandt Family Ranch Burger and the Corn Puddin’. The burger was served with white cheddar, aioli, house-made ketchup, pickles and a side of sweet potato fries. The “puddin'” was a plate of jerk shrimp served on a bed of pasta, yellow corn and popcorn. The dish was adventurous and is ideal for those who order their food on the wildside. Other entrees that were making their rounds around the restaurant were the Fried Chicken & Amaranth Waffle and the Charred Prime Flat Iron Steak.

Reverb's Brioche Donuts
Reverb’s Brioche Donuts

In true form, we saved room for dessert and went for the Brioche Donuts rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a passion fruit nectarine coulis and ricotta cream. The flower garnish was plucked from the rooftop garden. (How cool is that!?)

Thank you Reverb for allowing us to check out your restaurant! You guys have to check it out if you’re in the area. For more information, visit www.reverbsf.com.

 

 

 

Local musicians set the mood at Uncasked

Westfield UTC Uncasked brings on local flavor in San Diego

San Diego Brewers Guild has done a great job once again, bringing locals to Westfield UTC to try out fantastic foods, beer tastings, and allover summer fun. It really did feel like a neighborhood party, with couches set up for everyone to relax in between strolling the mall to various food and drink stations.

San Diego’s favorite craft breweries, including Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Rough Draft Brewing Company, Groundswell Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company & Mother Earth Brew Co., offered some of their newest and most popular tastes.

Of course, a huge bonus to the drinks were California cuisine from Lemonade, savory grill items from Seasons 52 and comfort food from Tender Greens. To round out the afternoon’s festivities, guests will enjoy live music from Casey Turner and Nathan and Jessie, plus play fun beach games while they sip their suds.

As an added bonus to this event, 100 percent of the proceeds from Uncasked benefited the San Diego Brewers Guild, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and increasing visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer. The SDBG is responsible for maintaining San Diego’s reputation as the “Capital of Craft,” and does this through its core annual events and public educationThe proceeds from this tournament will help to sustain these initiatives, including San Diego Beer Week (SDBW), a weeklong celebration of all things San Diego craft beer held annually the first week of November, and the Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival.

 

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ICYMI: Eat Drink SF 2015 Grand Tasting

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Welcome to Eat Drink SF 2015!

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

Eat Drink SF really knows how to attract the masses to Fort Mason. With the promise of unlimited food and drinks, celeb chef demos, music and giveaways, why wouldn’t you spend your afternoon and/or evening in complete indulgence? Each of the three Grand Tasting events put the spotlight on more than 30 of the city’s top restaurants, along with spirits purveyors, wine makers and craft beers.

Top Chef Ryan Scott and Olympian Brian Boitano
Top Chef Ryan Scott and Olympian Brian Boitano talk shop on the Main Stage.
Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern
Tyler Florence serving up a Corn and Prawn soup at the Wayfare Tavern booth.
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Local pizza legend Tony Gemignani shows off his Purple Potato Sicilian Pizza.
Executive Chef, Danny Kou, of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Executive Chef, Danny Kou, of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Chef Joanne Weir of Copita Tequileria y Comida
Chef Joanne Weir of Copita Tequileria y Comida
Chef Michael Chiarello
Chef Michael Chiarello shares the secrets of his risotto on the Main Stage

I was lucky enough to attend both Grand Tasting events on Saturday afternoon and evening and finally got to meet the minds behind some of the restaurants I’ve been dying to try — and not to mention taste a menu item or two. I can’t tell you how many people I talked to at both events who kept saying that the event was so fun. I tend to forget that there’s a massive amount of San Francisco restaurants and chefs who have really made a name for themselves in the culinary world on a global scale. We’re all so lucky to have such easy access to these places and people. Eat Drink SF is just one of several food-centric events in the city that shows off local stars, produce, spirits, wine, food non-profits and more. 

Here are my picks for some of the best bites from Eat Drink SF 2015. (You may not want to look through these photos on an empty stomach.)

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The crew from Tony’s Pizza in North Beach serving up their famous meatballs and sausage.
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Souvla serves up their AMAZING lamb
Noodles and Shrimp from Slanted Door
Noodles and Shrimp from Slanted Door
Eat Drink SF Scoma
A super fresh Crab Louis Salad from Scoma’s
Handmade pasta from Ristobar
Handmade pasta from Ristobar
Eat Drink SF Ramen Bar
Deviled Ramen Eggs from the Ramen Bar
Eat Drink SF Tony's Pizza
Tony’s delicious Purple Potato Sicilian Pizza
Eat Drink SF Poggio
Poggio served up Rock Shrimp, Burrata, Corn and Pesto
Cafe Madeleine's Panna Cotta
Cafe Madeleine’s Panna Cotta
Crab Cakes from One Market
Crab Cakes from One Market
Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak
Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak
Emporio Rulli's Lemoncocco
Emporio Rulli’s Lemoncocco
Hops & Hominy's Pulled Pork Sandwich
Hops & Hominy’s Pulled Pork Sandwich
Butterscotch Pudding from Hopscotch in Oakland
Butterscotch Pudding from Hopscotch in Oakland
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Desserts from Ca'Momi
Desserts from Ca’Momi
Copita's Tuna Crudo Tostaditas
Copita’s Tuna Crudo Tostaditas
Whole Food's cheeseplate
Whole Food’s cheeseplate
The dessert spread from Cafe Madeleine
The dessert spread from Cafe Madeleine
Tomato tarts from the brand new Bon Marché
Tomato tarts from the brand new Bon Marché
Craft beers in the Backyard
Craft beers in the Backyard

If you’re looking for the best way to try out dozens of SF restaurants all under the same roof and in just a few hours, Eat Drink SF is how to do it. While we’re counting down until next year’s event, we can all salivate over these guys and their restaurant friends on their Instagram account @EatDrinkSF.

For more information, visit http://eatdrink-sf.com.

Eat Drink SF is where you want to be this weekend in San Francisco

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Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos courtesy of Eat Drink SF

If you know anything about me, I love a great food festival. And living in San Francisco lends itself to some amazing festivals and award-winning restaurants — just a short bus ride away. I first found out about Eat Drink SF on Instagram and little did I know that they were the brains behind one of the City’s best food, wine and spirits festival.

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In its seventh year, Eat Drink SF offers four days (from August 20-23) of food and booze filled events, competitions, private parties and more. This year will be the second time the main Grand Tasting event convenes at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, with smaller events taking place across the City.

From a local chef Taco Knockdown and a Super Duper Celeb Chef guest series, to three Grand Tasting events and the Ultimate Brunch Party, Eat Drink SF will surely help locals pack on a couple pounds this weekend — in the best way possible. The event also supports two local food-centric organizations, Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation (GGRASF).

I’ll be at the Saturday afternoon and evening Grand Tasting events this weekend so stay tuned for photos on our social media pages. (And yes, I’m fasting now so that I can completely indulge this weekend.) With more than 30 different restaurants at each event and 70+ wines, beers and cocktails, I’m in for it.

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Celebrity chefs will be demoing and emceeing and there’s a huge list of restaurants that I’ve been meaning to try offering some of their best nibbles. I’m especially salivating over tastings offered by restaurants like Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar, Huxley, Gaspar Brasserie, Gitane, ICHI Sushi, La Mar Cebicheria, Nick’s Cove, Palm House, Slanted Door, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Twenty Five Lusk, Park Tavern and Zero Zero.

For more information and tickets, visit http://eatdrink-sf.com/. I’ll see you there!

 

 

Westfield UTC’s 2nd annual Uncasked event

Wander’s First Giveaway! Win Tickets to Westfield UTC’s Uncasked event

The Wander crew is happy to announce our first giveaway!

Congratulations to Tiffany A, who has been selected as our winner! We hope you enjoy yourself this Saturday!

Don’t fret if you weren’t chosen; there is still plenty of time to buy tickets to the event at https://ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15. The event is expected to sell out again this year, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Each $20 ticket includes a branded tasting mug, 10 tickets for pours, unlimited food and beach games.

 

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We are teaming up with Bay Bird Inc. to give away a pair of passes to Westfield UTC’s 2nd Uncasked event coming up on Saturday, August 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Westfield UTC (4545 La Jolla Village Drive).

If you’re looking for an amazing opportunity to enjoy the great San Diego backdrop, combining Westfield UTC’s beautiful outdoor setting with San Diego’s favorite craft breweries, including Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Rough Draft Brewing Company, Groundswell Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company & Mother Earth Brew Co., then this is the contest for you!

Guests can try ten local brews while sampling unlimited bites from some of Westfield UTC’s favorite restaurants, including fresh California cuisine from Lemonade, savory grill items from Seasons 52 and comfort food from Tender Greens. To round out the afternoon’s festivities, guests will enjoy live music from Casey Turner and Nathan and Jessie, plus play fun beach games while they sip their suds.

To win: 

It’s simple really:

  1. Follow our Wander Facebook page and the Westfield UTC Facebook page. Your odds are better increased if you share the post with your friends about the contest!
  2. Comment with your name and the name of your favorite local brew by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
  3. Check our Facebook page at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 18. 

If you want to guarantee that you get to go to Uncasked, tickets can be purchased at: https://ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15. The event is expected to sell out again this year, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Each $20 ticket includes a branded tasting mug, 10 tickets for pours, unlimited food and beach games.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Uncasked will benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and increasing visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer. The SDBG is responsible for maintaining San Diego’s reputation as the “Capital of Craft,” and does this through its core annual events and public educationThe proceeds from this tournament will help to sustain these initiatives, including San Diego Beer Week, and the Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival.

Good luck, and we’ll see you at Uncasked!