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The Old Fashioned Old Fashioned

Muddle one half of a sugar cube in a double rocks (‘lowball’) glass with three dashes of Angostura Bitters.

Take a wide strip of lemon and orange (peeled with a vegetable peeler) and wipe it across the inside wall of the lowball glass, leave the peels in the glass.

Add one large ice cube.

Add 1 oz Michter’s Rye and 1 oz Fighting Cock 103 proof bourbon to the glass.

Stir once.

Voila – the perfect Old Fashioned.

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It’s been eight years…

It’s been eight years since I’ve left you babe, let me tell you ’bout what’s gone down…

A little over ten years ago, we started up Scowl, Nu? as a personal journal where we would write about our daily life in San Francisco. Scowl, Nu? turned into Scowlzine and along with a cast of fellow writers, we tried to bring an online magazine to market – well before today’s established blogging syndicates.

Then we stopped. Occasionally, we posted articles on Yelp or Judy’s Book, and rarely, we’d be inspired to write something on the site, but it just fell into disrepair. Heck, for the last year, the site was essentially broken – unable to even serve up basic content.

But we’re now heading towards the end of the first decade of the new millennium and there’s some interesting stuff to talk about. Barring that, we’re rapidly becoming barflies again, this time moving towards the cocktail scene instead of the beer world.

So, will we stick to it this time? Who knows. If nothing else, getting the site online again was a feat in itself.

Welcome to the ten year anniversary of Scowl, Nu?

PS, if you don’t get the reference… here’s a hint

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Just getting Technorati to work…

Technorati Profile

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Traditional AND Fusion?

Traditional AND Fusion?

Review of: Koo
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 4
Read review on Judy’s Book.

I admit it – for years, I was a sushi purist. Sure, I would have spicy tuna rolls and the occasional California roll because they’ve become common in Japan, but when it comes to anything beyond that (especially those with the dreaded cream cheese), I would just turn up my nose and decline.

However, based on the great reviews of Koo and the pedigree of its head chef, we decided to take the long ride on the N-line into the inner sunset and give Koo a try.

The restaurant is cosy without being cramped – and the use of dark wood and heavily saturated earth tones combined with gentle, ambient music makes the space extremely comfortable.

The food is both traditional and fusion – the nigiri and maki offered are purely traditional – and the katsuo nigiri was so good, I had to order a second order. The ika-natto maki was also a highlight of the night. However, as traditional as the nigiri and maki are, the special rolls and appetizers take their inspiration from many cultures – a tuna and salmon tartare with guacamole and shrimp chips combines Hawaiian Poke with Mexican guacamole and chips… and a Tokyo Crunch roll was topped with ground bits of tonkatsu (breaded fried pork).

Instead of creating a mish-mosh of foods, Koo has pulled off the best of both worlds. If you’re in the mood for traditional sushi or Japanese inspired Fusion cuisine, make a trip to the inner sunset and give Koo a chance.

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Not the worst beer… but certainly not the best

Not the worst beer… but certainly not the best

Review of: Eldo’s Grill & Microbrewery
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 1
Read review on Judy’s Book.

The space that now houses Eldo’s was once the Golden Gate Brewery – a decent brewpub that collapsed at the end of the dot-com bubble. Now reinvented as a tex-mex brewpub, Eldo’s has supposedly been getting a good reputation for it’s beer. Let’s clarify things – the only reputation it should have is for mediocrity.

It’s a sad, sad day when I can recommend the corporate brewpub offerings of Gordon Biersch before I can recommend these beers. I struggled to finish a completely pedestrian porter that lacked body, taste and aroma, while my wife combatted an overly carbonated pilsner that tasted nothing like the Czech archetypes from which this style of beer comes from.

At 10:30 on a Saturday, it was dead empty. Tells you something, eh?

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Ugh.

Ugh.

Review of: Biaggi’s Ristorante
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 1
Read review on Judy’s Book.

It’s been a half hour since the meal ended, and I can already tell that it’s going to be a long night.

Let’s ignore some specific things about the place – such as me asking for my gimlet with only fresh lime (none of that phosphorescent bottled Rose’s Lime “Juice”), which was fine, but the two ordered for my colleagues coming with that telltale green sheen of Rose’s. Let’s forget about them bringing our main courses while we were still eating our salads and appetizers. Let’s also forget about the smudged still-damp wine glasses they brought for our overpriced bottle of white wine.

Even if you forget all of this, the food was still pretty darned bad. I mean, the pasta I had (with shrimp and ham in a cream sauce) is already starting a cramp – and I love rich foods. It’s barely more edible than the Macaroni Grille. That’s not an endorsement by any stretch.

Excuse me while I search the honor bar for some Alka Seltzer…

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