Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary Street, San Francisco

There’s a reason Lefty’s has been around for a long time, and a reason it deserves a visit – great transporting atmosphere, solid food and drinks, and bartenders that are friendly and well-versed in the history of the place. And like any good San Francisco establishment… a challenging set of stairs in a dangerously narrow hallway that must be overcome if one wants to use a bathroom. How anyone could manage it after a couple drinks is beyond me. Another reason to go!

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Harvey Wallbanger

Let’s hear it for Harvey! This is a drink I’ve been curious about all my life. If my parents weren’t drinking it in the seventies, they were certainly referencing it in conversation as a popular beverage among the kings and queens of the shag carpet set.

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Huevos Rancheros and Tequila

Fresh homemade salsa has become a regular thing with me lately, and any dish I find that can accommodate it is going straight to the top of my “to do” list. More often than not, I’m racing to finish a leftover stash of it from a previous night’s meal. Any more than two days sitting in the refrigerator, and the salsa loses its potency, becomes too watery and stands in the refrigerator merely as a reminder of my inability to reduce recipe measurements when I’m only cooking for myself and MG and not the entire

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String of Pearls

This is a sweet, smooth, dare I say “cozy” after-dinner drink to serve on a night you’re staying in with a movie on the big screen TV.  They also might fit alongside the Sidecar, Whiskey Sour and Horse’s Neck at a 1940’s Prohibition-themed party. The creme de cacao and the half-and-half pretty much sweep any alcoholic bite right out of the glass, so be careful.  They go down fast.

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Sam’s Red Dot

Shake the contents over ice and pour with the two raspberries waiting anxiously at the bottom of your glass. The ruby color and the sweet taste make it a great dessert drink. For an additional kick, add 1 ounce of Bailey’s. For even more of a kick, set the lighting low, dress your cat up in jewelry and pretend you’re at a swanky ball. Dance around the room and say things like “Oh you mad boy!” and “Let’s all do the Lindy!”

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Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary (Part 2)

Parisian bartender Ferdinand Petiot is generally credited with inventing the Bloody Mary while working at a Parisian bar called Harry’s New York Bar. The bar itself was originally a bistro purchased by an American jockey named Tod Sloan. Sloan was partnered with a New Yorker who closed his own bar in Manhattan and had it shipped to Paris.

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Homemade Guac and Salsa for Chicken Soft Tacos

There is a lot to be said for swinging around a knife.  Stabbing vegetables is a great method for chasing away the blahs.  The only thing better is chowing down on the delicious results.  I promised MG and Michael, our dinner guest to supply the homemade guac and the salsa, plus season up some chicken if MG agreed to employ his trademark secret for cooking the tortillas just long enough for sturdiness without burning.

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