Wine and Chocolate, or A Bittersweet Decision

by Jonathan “Max” Davis

[Readership of EatDrinkFilms has grown wonderfully since we started in April, 2014. While all or our articles are available on the site, we know that it can be overwhelming to go through them.

Occasionally, we like to bring back popular articles from the early days and are proud to bring you this unique classic. -ed/]

You’ve probably tried it; I’ve done it many times, but it never goes well.  The plates have been cleared and there is still wine in the glass, maybe even more in the bottle.
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Thirst for Happiness: A Trip to the San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival

by Risa Nye 

I recently attended the San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival, which took place in one of the cavernous exhibit halls on the edge of the Bay at Fort Mason. I’ve been writing about happy hours, local bars, distilleries and cocktails for several years now, so I hoped this event would provide me with some new information about the local craft distillery scene—and the chance to “try and buy” new spirits.  Continue reading

Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland

Tanya Holland will be signing copies of  Brown Sugar Kitchen at Books Inc. in Alameda (Fri/12, 7-9 pm), The Gardener in Berkeley (Sat/13, 11 am-1 pm), Market Hall in Oakland (Sat/13, 3-5 pm), The Left Bank in Larkspur (Sun/14, 12:30-2:30 pm), and Chronicle Books in San Francisco (Mon/15, 3-4 pm) this week.

Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco. Continue reading