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February 11, 2013



Anette and Brent

Happy Valentine's Week! As you can imagine, the last month has been busy for us as we we were preparing for the big day. Brent has just finished molding and cutting the rocky road hearts, and the Valentine wine truffle, mint and fudge hearts have been formed and wrapped. If you love cherry cordials, we make the most amazing dark Italian cordials ever -- all natural cherries in 60% dark chocolate. We have the perfect Valentine chocolate gift for that special someone on your list, including your children, teacher and friends.   


Anette and Brent

Anette's Chocolates


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CRAFT BEER DINNER - 2/11   21st amendment   

Todd Humphries' Kitchen Door is hosting a 21st Amendment Beer Dinner this evening and there are still a few spots available. The reception starts at 6:15 pm and the five-course dinner is $70 per person, all inclusive. Email Tim to make reservations. Visit Oxbow's calendar of events to see the full menu with beer pairings for the evening.

MARDI GRAS - 2/12    Mardi Gras        

La Crepe! is celebrating Mardi Gras all day tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12. They'll be serving a crawfish etoufee crepe, a Louisiana classic! Crawfish tails are smothered in a buttery blend of onions, peppers, celery and garlic and then folded inside a delicious savory crpe. The etoufee in being flown in fresh from Deanie's Seafood, in business in New Orleans for 50 years and rated "Best Seafood Restaurant" by the Times Picayune.  

CHINESE NEW YEAR - 2/17     Chinese lion dancers
Join Tillerman Tea as they welcome the Year of the Snake this Sunday, February 17 at 1 p.m. We'll summon good luck and fun for the entire family with a traditional lion dance, tea ceremonies, red envelopes full of treats and fabulous dim sum.

The lion dance, featuring the San Francisco Wushu team, will take place at 1 p.m. These creatures and their thundering musical accompaniment are believed to dispel evil spirits and ensure prosperity, abundance and good fortune. Red envelopes and dim sum will be shared throughout the afternoon, while supplies last.

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CHOCOLATE HEARTS             Chocolates for Valentine's Day  

Valentine's Day is just three days away...the perfect amount of time to stow away a sweet treat for your Valentine! Hearts, hearts and more hearts are wrapped and ready at Anette's Chocolates. Petite hearts, wine, fudge, mint hearts...stop by for a taste and pick out a sweet gift for that special someone. 

HEART VASES AND MORE    Simon Pearce vases        

If you're looking for something special for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, stop in Poor House for lots of great gift ideas. Check out the beautiful Simon Pearce hand-blown petite glass heart vases, plus lots of additional glass vases in assorted sizes. Or toast your Valentine with Simon Pearce champagne flutes. It's the perfect way to say "I love you." 

SWEET PACKAGE     I love you cupcakes    

There is no love sweeter than the love of cupcakes. Make your sweetie swoon this Valentine's Day with a Kara's Cupcakes sweet package!  A selection of four lovely cupcakes is presented in Kara's signature pink box adorned with custom wrapping and sealed with their signature sticker. Pre-order a sweet package for your sweetie for a curbside pick-up or delivery today!

FRESH BAKED GOODIES     Model Bakery brownie hearts     

Love is in the air...and what better way to show it than fresh-baked, sweet treats for your sweetie! This Valentine's Day steer clear of those generic store-bought items and stop by the Model Bakery for their famous heart-shaped iced cookies, chocolate-raspberry brownie hearts, red velvet baby heart-shaped cakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, individual Valentine's tortes and cheesecakes and other tasty treats. Nothing says "I love you" like fresh-baked goodies from their ovens to your loved one's tummy!


This week, in celebration of Valentine's Day, Three Twins Ice Cream is featuring a special flavor, chocolate lavender ice cream. Get it while you can!

VALENTINE'S SPECIAL       Heart chiambellina        

Let Ca' Momi set the mood with a perfect Valentine's special. The special includes a bottle of their sparkling ros wine, arancini appetizer, any of their wood-fired oven pizzas, and a heart-shaped ciambellina for dessert, all for only $48. Love is a wonderful thing. L'amore una cosa meravigliosa. Come celebrate it with Ca' Momi!

LOVE ON THE HALF SHELL       Hog Island kumamotos        

Kumamotos are the sweethearts of the oyster world. Sweet, buttery flavors (cucumber and honeydew), firm, full meat and deeply cupped, fluted shells of aubergine, sea green and smoky greys. For your heart's pleasure, Hog Island is featuring California Kumamotos on the menu throughout February -- drop in and fall in love.   

Share a little coffee love on Valentine's Day with Ritual Coffee Roasters. Come down and enjoy two cappuccinos for the price of one at Ritual! Whether you are with your sweetie, or want to share some coffee sweetness with a friend, cappuccinos made with the current seasonal espresso blend, Lovers' Quarrel, is sure to leave you all hearts!
CAVIAR SAMPLER FOR TWO          Caviar from Kanaloa Seafood        

This Valentine's Day, treat yourself and your sweetie to a romantic caviar sampler platter from Kanaloa Seafood Market. Sized just for two and as colorful as a bouquet of flowers, Kanaloa's 5 oz caviar sampler features red, black, orange, green and yellow Tobiko accompanied with delicious cocktail bilinis and sour cream. And of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without Chef Martin's handmade, heart-shaped crab cakes or oysters Rockefeller. Pre-orders accepted through tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12. Call 244-FISH and place your Valentine's Day order. 

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIALS     C CASA lamb chops            

C CASA will have two tasty specials available for Valentine's Day. Enjoy two grilled lamb chops with a veggie chile relleno and pineapple mint salsa for $25, or for vegetarians, the seasonal crab salad with field greens, avocado and raspberries is $15.25. 

THE PERFECT CUT            Five Dot Bavettes        

To help you prepare the perfect dinner on Valentine's Day, Five Dot Ranch will have the meat case full of your favorite cuts. They will be featuring filet mignon for $26.99/lb., bavette for $9.99/lb. and bone-in New York for $19.99/lb. Five Dot will also be featuring the beef lover's favorite: dry-aged ribeye, two for $40. For recipe ideas, cooking instructions and side suggestions please feel free to ask the guys behind the counter. 

PASSION MONTH   Sangria        

February is passion month at Pica PicaWhether your true love lies with Oscar Night or your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, love them all with Pica Pica's passion fruit sangria or frescas!

February specials are passion fruit sangria for $5 and passion fruit fresca (fruit juice drink) for $2.

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SOUP'S ON        Spices for chicken soup        

Before winter is over take advantage of the cold days by making a hearty soup spiced with Whole Spice herbs. Whole Spice has a wide selection of winter spices, herbs and blends they recommend for creating delicious tasting broth for soups and stews: turmeric, cumin, celery powder, ginger, ground mustard, granulated onion and garlic, paprika and parsley. Add  your favorite organic veggies and egg or rice noodles and you have a healthy and satisfying meal. A family favorite is chicken noodle soup -- click here for the recipe.

Specials this Week
TEA OF THE WEEK           Gunpowder tea        

Chinese New Year is marked with lots of fireworks, so what better way to celebrate than with gunpowder green tea (Zhu Cha). Called the Green Pearl in China because of the pearl-like shape of the tea leaf, gunpowder received its English name from British soldiers who thought it resembled the gunpowder pellets they would grind for use in their firearms. Tillerman Tea's Zhu Cha is known as "pinhead," which is the highest quality; look for the downy white parts of the leaves as your assurance of quality. Pinhead Gunpowder is picked during the spring harvest, and the tender tea shoots are rolled, then basket-fired, imparting the distinctive smoky aromatic balanced with the bright fresh herbaceous flavors. Available this week for $16.15 / 100g, a 10% saving (regularly $17.95). 


Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is offering

the Miticana de Oveja, a sheep's milk cheese from

Spain and the 2011 Banshee Mordecai Proprietary White from California as its Friends of Oxbow specials this week at 15% off. This flavorful   

Banshee Winesheep's milk cheese is very soft and quite mild, similar to the more popular French variation, Boucheron, which is also formed into logs. The core has a tangy, buttery quality that intensifies with age. Eat this cheese to eat at room temperature to fully enjoy its complexity. The intricate flavors create a seamless accompaniment for this flavorful white wine.
This is the first vintage of Mordecai White from Banshee after several successful vintages of their Mordecai Red wine. Hailing from the coolest climates of northern California, where minerals and acidity abound, the 2011 Mordecai White marries the classic Northern Italian varietals of Chardonnay 40%, Sauvignon Blanc 19%, and Tocai Friulano 9%, with cool climate parcels of Chenin Blanc 10%, and Viognier 11%. This unusual blend possesses beautiful aromas of white flowers and honeysuckle, followed by apricot and peach notes that follow through on the palate.  



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