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Six Things to Know About Bariani Olive Oil

The Bariani family’s roots stretch all the way back to Lombardy, a region in Northern Italy. The family now grows olives in California, but they stick to Italian traditions when making their organic oils. Here are a few more things that make their wares stand out.

  • Olives are picked once a year at the height of freshness. The short harvest begins in October, when the olives are still green. The staff picks until the end of December before calling it quits until next October.

  • They don’t take shortcuts when processing. The team meticulously cleans the olives as soon as they arrive at the mill. A crusher then turns those olives into a paste, which the team mixes and extracts into an oil. Finally, they keep that oil inside cold steel tanks until its ready to be bottled and sold.

  • They sell more than one oil. In addition to their signature olive oil, the Barianis make an “early harvest” oil, as well as a truffle-infused oil. For the latter, they work closely with suppliers in Northern Italy to import fresh truffles. A few slices are all it takes to give each bottle a flavor perfect for pastas, salads, and other dishes.

  • They also make other products. The Barianis use their olive oil to make beauty products, including cream, shampoo, and soap. They also sell raw honey made from the bees attracted to their olive flowers.

  • They care about the environment. In addition to recycling as many production materials as possible, the Barianis only use shop bags made of canvas jute, an earth-friendly material.

  • You can find their stuff at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

1330 Waller Street
San Francisco,
CA
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1416 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
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Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery: A User’s Guide

Housemade Craft Beers | Seasonal, Local Pub Eats | Weekend Brunch | Growlers to Go

Sample Menu

  • Snack: scotch quail eggs with beer-mustard aioli
  • Entree: beer-brined pork chop with heirloom runner beans and baby kale
  • Dessert: float with Humphry Slocombe Stout ice cream and housemade root beer

What to Drink: You can’t go wrong by sampling anything from the current draft list, which Zagat called one of the most “awesomely-curated” beer lists in the city.

The Vibe: When Imbibe magazine’s editors selected Magnolia as one of their 75 favorite breweries in 2014, owner Dave McLean told an interviewer that he wants to replicate the “comfortable and convivial atmosphere of a true ‘public house’,” complete with pints, brewery tours, and growlers to go.

Inside Tip: Magnolia doesn’t accept reservations. So if you want to get a seat without long waits, avoid peak dining hours.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Grab a whiskey and some stick-to-your-ribs barbecue at Magnolia’s sister restaurant, Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing Co. (2505 3rd Street).

1398 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Blue Front Cafe

  • Number of brothers that founded the Blue Front Cafe: Three
  • Open for: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern
  • Types of shawerma: Chicken and lamb
  • Number of breakfast wraps: Six
  • Vegetarian friendly: Yes
  • Famous patrons: Three-time Grammy winners Train, who performed their first regular coffeehouse gigs here
  • Things you can write at the cozy cafe tables: a journal entry, a screenplay, a college thesis dissecting Marxist principles in omelet preparation

1430 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
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1373 Masonic Ave
San Francisco,
CA
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1301 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
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