The 170-seat restaurant was known for serving modern Chinese food in a dark, clubby setting alongside intricate cocktails and DJ sets near Union Square. This is not the end of the international Hakkasan chain, though. Hakkasan expects to reopen some of its other 11 locations when it is safe to do so and continue to expand with other restaurants in the future, according to a statement sent to the Chronicle. … [Read more...] about It cost $7 million to build Hakkasan. Now coronavirus has closed S.F. restaurant for good
I underwent a nasal swab, which was very unpleasant, and you start thinking about how you start implementing that elsewhere. You can’t have a health care worker do that in a low-income setting, where there aren’t enough swabs and PPE. People cough and sneeze, and even though everybody [in the ER who] is doing these tests are in full PPE gear, they’re still at risk of infection. … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Testing Is Expensive. It Doesn’t Have to Be
Domaine Pierre Frick Chasselas, Alsace, France 2017 (from £19.99, Smiling Grape; Forest Wines) Silvaner – or to use the local spelling, sylvaner – has an even tougher time making its presence felt in Alsace, another part of the world with a justified reputation for riesling, but where claims of greatness are also reserved for wines made from spicy gewurztraminer and pinot gris. Alsace sylvaner can sometimes come across as rather insipid by comparison, although Domaine Bruno Sorg Sylvaner Vieille Vignes 2016 (from £13.29, Noel Young Wines; Bottle Apostle; Hedley Wright) fairly ripples with juicy ripeness of fruit, while still retaining the variety’s intrinsic nimble raciness. Another grape that sometimes struggles for recognition in Alsace is chasselas, which is best known for the quietly incisive, but (at least by the time they end up in the UK) expensive dry whites it yields in Switzerland. The Frick family, however, use it to make something truly special … [Read more...] about Almost famous: less well-known wines
The right to food was declared binding international law in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights more than 50 years ago. Notably, the U.S. is one of two nations that has not agreed to recognize this right and repeatedly votes against the annual Right to Food Resolution in the U.N. General Assembly, "usually as the sole dissenter." … [Read more...] about Amid COVID-19, US should embrace the right to food
“This place is pretty rich in history and most shop owners have worked hard to create a name for the market,” said Mehra of the traders’ association. “By issuing just one order to change the name, the very essence of the place will cease to exist.” … [Read more...] about ‘Khan Market Gang’: Modi mocks his elite adversaries
It has been trading under its current name since 1806, it boasts 250 kinds of whisky, a very well-kept cellar and no jukebox (bliss). The staff are warm and friendly and not in a production-line way, in fact they've long been my mates. Gwen, who runs the place, is a sharp-witted, elegant and glamorous northern angel, the kind Dylan Thomas would find a whole book in. I haven't even touched on the original features and beautiful Victorian decor, the snug rooms with cosy fires or the well-heated and well-sheltered "smokers rule" beer garden. Every now and again there's talk of it being sold, and this scares me to death. We love the Briton's. Change nothing, lovely old pub. Go nowhere. … [Read more...] about What’s your perfect pub?