Things to do for November 09, 2011

The Weekender

Pinball, Ice Skating and Pork Belly

The weekend answers to Sir Weekend, thank you.

Wednesday
Ice Skating in Union Square
ICE BREAKER

Ice Skating in Union Square

Sometimes it’s the classic date activity—like ice skating in the heart of Union Square—that wins her over. Even so, you’ve got a twist up your sleeve. On second thought, you might want to keep that flask in your jacket pocket.

Thursday
Mold-Marinated Chicken in the Mission
STICK FIGURES

Mold-Marinated Chicken in the Mission

This stamp-sized izakaya promises to be fully, authentically Japanese. Which means you’ll want to try the fried chicken marinated with koji, a mold that’s grown on rice. Our tip: order their largest bottle of sake and go with it.

Friday
Thai Pork Belly in Hayes Valley
TAKE IT TO 11

Thai Pork Belly in Hayes Valley

This cult Thai restaurant’s Tenderloin outpost is finally expanding to Hayes Valley. Expect the same good, spicy food (crispy pork belly), more upscale environs and a bigger beer and wine list. That is to say, you’re cleared to go extra spicy.

Opens Nov 11, Lers Ros Hayes, 307 Hayes St (at Franklin), 415-874-9661

Foraged Cocktails and Poetry
SUGAR PLUM

Foraged Cocktails and Poetry

Normally, you’re right to be wary of foraged berries and herbs. But if they’re muddled in enough alcohol, we’re guessing you’ll be all right. Oh, and if the walls (which are plastered with pages from the The Norton Anthology, poetry edition) start to get blurry, keep drinking.

Opens Nov 11, Plum Bar, 2214 Broadway (at Grand), Oakland, 510-444-7586

Saturday
Mapping Every Pinball Machine in SF
PINBALL WIZARD

Mapping Every Pinball Machine in SF

It’s safe to say you would never map out every single bar in the city that has a pinball machine, then organize it all via neighborhood, and also by game. But you’re also not complaining that someone did.

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