You'd rightly guess that a book signing for the memoir of an ex-erotic dancer turned legit writer would be different from the rest. On top of signing books, Lily Burana will be performing with SF burlesque-troupe Sugar Shack tonight. Here's hoping this doesn't give James Frey any ideas.
Things to do for May 14, 2009
Burlesque, Gin Dinners and B2B Festivities
The weekend is dressed to run.
Head down to Santa Cruz and check out Bonny Doon's new café venture with Manresa's chef/owner David Kinch opening Saturday. Steps from the wine-tasting bar, you'll find braised lamb necks and seared flatiron steaks prepped with wine drinking in mind—we know you're game.
You've trained. Your Fat Elvis costume is a masterpiece. And you're primed to have a good time, um, "running." So head to the Cosmopolitan for a prerace pick-me-up of homemade muffins, frittatas, OJ—and, naturally, a B2B-friendly fully stocked bar.
Stumbling distance from the B2B finish line, you'll find burgers and sausages hot off the grill, BBQ oysters and handcrafted brews from Beach Chalet Brewery—the best postrecovery meal of champions around.
Just when you thought Mint Plaza's Blue Bottle and Chez Papa Resto were good enough, along comes one of New York's Il Buco founders, Alberto Avalle and his ristorante/alimentari to complete the rockstar lineup. Look for olive oil, air and salt-cured meats made in-house and hand-rolled pastas—like Nonna used to make.
Cocktail Week will be over, but by going to Thursday's four-course, all-inclusive, gin-soaked dinner, and drinking elbow-to-elbow with the master distillers from Beefeater and Plymouth gin, you're doing your part to help the spirit of Cocktail Week live on.