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Lauren Sloss

Lauren Sloss

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Lauren is a Bay Area-native whose serious eater status was sealed when she tried Brie for the first time at the age of 6. Since then, she has lived and eaten extensively in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and London, before making a grand homecoming to San Francisco where she eats at least an avocado a day. She has been writing for Serious Eats since 2011.

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  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Favorite foods: Good cheese, freshly baked bread, bourbon.
  • Last bite on earth: A juicy, perfectly salted cheeseburger, followed by a sip of sour beer.

Where to Drink on San Francisco's Divisadero Street

Whether you're feeling like a fresh local beer, a tasty glass of wine, a craft cocktail, or a shot of whiskey, it's all within a couple of blocks: the Divisadero strip is studded with places that have drinks very much worth drinking. Bonus: there are no major hills to climb in the midst of your bar crawling. More

Our 6 Best Bites From Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, CA

There's a pocket-sized music festival hiding out in Sonoma. With small crowds, big smiles, and a killer musical lineup tucked amongst the vineyards, the Huichica Music Festival may well be heaven. The festival is in its fourth year at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery (that's gun-lock bun-shoe) and 2013 was twice as big as 2012. If the quality of the food and music lineups are any indicator, the festival is on the brink of becoming a capital B big deal. What could make a vineyard-based music festival even better? A fantastic selection of good eats, of course. More

San Francisco: Snapshots from Choke, a Cynar and Artichoke Pop-Up Dinner

For Morgan Schick and Eric Quilty, creating food-and-cocktail pairings was always part of the game plan. Schick (of the Mission's Trick Dog) and Quilty (of East Bay Spice Company) banded together in 2010 to form Jupiter Olympus, a cocktail consulting group. At Choke, an artichoke-themed dinner hosted by Cynar, they paired 5 cocktails with food from Chris Kronner of Kronnerburger and Kevin Cimino of St. Vincent. More

Ask a Chef: What Music Is Playing in Your Kitchen?

We are really freaking excited for the first annual Bottle Rock Festival, coming to Napa Valley this week. Featuring an absolutely stellar lineup of musical acts (have I mentioned that The Black Keys are one of my favorite things?) and an equally kick-ass roster of food and drink, Bottle Rock is bringing together the best of the music and Bay Area food worlds. For this special edition of Ask a Chef, we asked some chefs who will be at the festival what tunes get them going in the kitchen. More

First Look: All of the Cocktails at Tribune Tavern, Oakland CA

Downtown Oakland gets quiet on the weekends. The work week crowd, dispersed to Lake Merritt, Temescal, and Berkeley, leaves the streets more or less empty, and many of the restaurants closed. But tucked under the towering Oakland Tribune building lies a new cocktail destination, harkening back to the hard drinking, three-martini lunch days of newspaper glory. More

Hangover Helper: The Fisherman's Breakfast at the Fresh Fish Market, Tauranga, New Zealand

This plate of food is big enough to share, and I highly recommend you do (remember: you're hungover, that doesn't mean you have to be totally stupid). $10.50 gets you two meaty, flaky hunks of fried snapper, a pile of french fries, a scoop of coleslaw, and two orange-yolked, perfectly runny fried eggs on top. Tauranga is a seaside town, and a major port for boat traffic in New Zealand. So, this snapper is fresh, easily flaking apart with the touch of a fork. More

The Best Things I Ate in New Zealand

New Zealand's membership in the British Commonwealth has a major impact on the food of course. Pies, sausage rolls, and fish and chips all make appearances. What's stand-out here is the likelihood that the your fried fish will be caught just that morning, that your pie will be filled with freshly hunted wild game meat, that the eggs in your Kiwi breakfast will be a luscious golden-orange, and the tomatoes bursting with sweet ripeness. More

First Look: Cocktails at The Alchemist in San Francisco

"I wanted a list that wouldn't scare away people who aren't cocktail-savvy, but would lure in the nerds, the people I hang out with, too," bartender Seth Laufman said of the opening menu. "I wanted to work with good spirits, with people who know what they're doing. But I want it to be approachable." This approachability is reflected in the cocktail names—from the Beez Nuts, a riff on a Bee's Knees, to the Campfire Fizz, which features smoky mezcal and Lagunitas IPA. More

Ask a Chef: What Music Is Playing in Your Kitchen?

@Mr. Nick Dan Auerbach is my spirit animal. Obsessed.

@Laura Arnold, good catch! updated.

@ChristopherRobin88, I'll have to try some Explosions in the Sky next time I'm cooking! Personally, I was surprised by the lack of Motown... who doesn't love chopping to The Temptations and Sam Cooke?? Either that or I've seen The Big Chill too many times.

The Best Things I Ate in New Zealand

@imwalking - definitely had some great lamb, the best by far was at Mudbrick! As for fish and chips, my favorite was at Tauranga Fresh Fish. Keep an eye out for the Fisherman's Breakfast from there as a Hangover Helper!

@Boston Otter, I almost tried Hell Pizza about 5 times and something always came up (likely, a kebab) -- will have to make sure to next time.

@Irene- good call! The last rendang I'd tried was Malaysian and much sweeter -- this version was a nice contrast, especially when paired with great Malaysian laksa.

@rmcolburn I'm so bummed I didn't make it to Wellington! I've heard great things about the coffee there, among other things.

A Guide to the Art of the Tim Tam Slam

A Guide to the Art of the Tim Tam Slam

@myrnie_twin, that's hardcore! I'll have to give it a go next time.

@RuffledGrouse @DebonaireDeath @AmbitiousDelicious, I've seen them at Cost Plus World Market here in SF, not sure about their east coast offerings or locations:

http://www.worldmarket.com/

Drinks Gift Guide: Maggie's Picks for Holiday Gifts

YAY drywell!! I got her "San Francisco Is For Carnivores" poster as a gift a couple years ago. It was a big hit :)

College Tours: Where to Eat Near The University of Pennsylvania

Re: Pod, agreed, it's overall a pretty absurd place! But a huge plate of food for lunch was a damn good deal, and their short-lived Wednesday night happy hours (unless they came back... oh no) from 10-12 had us all drinking more fluorescent colored cocktails than anyone ever should.

College Tours: Where to Eat Near The University of Pennsylvania

@frabbibobanni I JUST heard about Rx! So so sad. Rimedio does have a nice looking brunch menu -- I may have to try it out next time I'm near campus.

San Francisco: An Excellent Burger Among Dogs at Show Dogs

Awesome burger, awesome review!

Cookie Monster: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

@Carrie/Carey -- YES. Soup, bourbon, Acme sourdough (ooh or green onion slab, or both!), Cowgirl Creamery Cheese, and Full House. And these cookies.

Cookie Monster: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

I like to think of it as "constantly good soup weather." Or, as I grow older, "constantly good bourbon weather." :)

Get to Know Us: Lauren Sloss, Bi-Coastal Sandwich Eater (and More)

@gargupie - a lot of indie bands over at indieshuffle.com, and when I have a spare moment, longer features on whatever strikes my fancy over at my blog, laurenslinernotes.wordpress.com. I used to play piano and sing (decently). Now, I sing in the car, with friends, and certainly less well... but with enthusiasm :) @bicoastcurious - no complaints here!!

San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants: Which Team Is the NFC Champ of Food?

While I certainly respect Ed's assessment, the San Francisco burger scene is nuts. Seriously, guys, Rosamunde's Tuesday burger! With a beer at Toronado, there is nothing better. Not to mention the 4505 Meats burger. And agreed with the previous comments regarding the sandwich front. The pastrami gut bomb may be a New York classic, but give me warm, fresh Dutch Crunch (or sourdough!) and great produce any day (oh hey, avocados). I'll give New York the pizza, though. SF's got the fancy pies down, but nothing can beat a New York corner slice.

San Francisco: 7 Turkey Sandwiches We Love

Oh man, how I long for the turkey delight a petite deli! Seriously, nicest woman in the world. Great round up :)

Snapshots from Sao Paulo: 9 Brazilian Ingredients to Know

@tamenezes, I didn't try the tapioca cuscuz, but did try a couple wonderful tapioca based desserts (check 'em out here http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/11/snapshots-from-sao-paulo-10-great-sweets.html). All the more excuse to make a return trip!

Snapshots from Sao Paulo: 9 Brazilian Ingredients to Know

@grumblekitty - they are dadinho de tapioca (tapioca dice) from Mocoto (http://www.mocoto.com.br/), a great Sao Paulo restaurant specializing in Northeastern cuisine. They have a recipe available on their site (http://www.mocoto.com.br/receitas.html); it is in Portuguese, though. Hope that helps!

Our 10 Favorite Pies in San Francisco

@Smileyface - sweet and buttery. It's much creamier than flan, and doesn't have that eggy firmness (at least the ones we tried!). @jazzinx, Bike Basket Pies is, sadly, no more! Check out this post here - http://bikebasketpies.com/moving-on/

16 Great Bites from the Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco

@Burger365 - Pearl Jam was one of the headliners two years ago, when I happened to enjoy that particular box of chicken and waffles. I wanted to give them a shout out, since I simply didn't have the stomach room to include them this year!

11 Bay Area Breakfast Pastries We Love

Great recommendations, all! @django04, I'm a huge Cheeseboard fan, just about everything they put out is excellent! I always associate them with savory cheesy things (hence their not being on my list for this round up), and will have to try this cheese roll.

A Sandwich a Day: The Kimcheez at Gestalt Haus in San Francisco

@David Kover, Rhea's is fantastic. Look out for a sandwich write-up from there in not too long!

A Sandwich a Day: Jalapeño Popper at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco

@alienrobot, they actually use havarti on their class "mousetrap" sandwich! http://theamericansf.com/ So delicious, especially paired with their tomato soup.

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