This weekend’s San Fran-schizo weather report: 85 degrees with a slight chance of never-ending fog. We suggest preparing for a strong front of summer shindigs.
Splashing Through the Sand Bar
You’ll be digging the motion of the ocean when Sam’s ChowderMobile pulls up and dishes everything from fish tacos to crab salad. The new mobile seafood truck also does lobster clambakes and sets up a margarita bar. For international flavor, book a bountiful serving of Gerard’s Paella or some yummy Venga Empanadas, which just added two new sweet options to its savory menu (2124 Folsom Street, inside Stable Cafe; 415-410-8300).
Sipping Whiskey out the Bottle
Get your buzz on with Rye on the Road’s new Bottled Service. They’ll mix up custom concoctions like the signature basil gimlets and bottle ’em in a jazzy jug, ready to be poured into your GoVinos. Master your own mixology with a copy of Joanne Weir’s Tequila cookbook using a new set of Über pro bar tools.
Smoking Funny Things
Grub on Funk N Chunk’s new Heritage Berkshire rib platter (serves twenty) while laughing out loud with conversation starters from TableTopics’s new Summer Party Trio. Fool guests with looks-like-Italian-porcelain break-resistant melamine plates from Smith & Hawken in Mill Valley (800 Redwood Highway; 415-381-1800).
Singin’ Sweet Home Alabama
Set tables with colorful glassware from Ubuntu’s new Annex boutique (1130 Main Street, Napa; 707-251-5656) and festoon your pad with throw pillows, hand towels, rugs, and coasters from Trina Turk’s just-opened Burlingame flagship (1223 Burlingame Avenue; 650-340-8540). Scream for stracciatella and seasonal flavors scooped by Gelateria Cici’s new bicycle that arrives with ice cream dude and all.