Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Tasty Twist at Clock Bar

When I extolled the virtues of the giganto home-made pretzel at Monk's Kettle to SS, she heartily agreed with me, but then insisted I should also add the diminutive but equally as divine pretzel knot at Michael Mina's Clock Bar in the Westin St. Francis to my braided dough repertoire.

So off we went for a lovely nightcap comprising the award-winning Snap, a 12-dollar cocktail made of canton ginger liqueur, Hennessey, fresh lime, pineapple, St. Elizabeth all spice dram served up with a dusting of fresh nutmeg.

The crispy-on-the-outside, pillowy-soft-on-the-inside pretzel, accompanied by a dollop of spicy boccalone mustard, comes from Esther's German Bakery in Mountain View and cost us a mere 5 bucks as did the trio of tasty dips: spicy hummus, chunky aubergine and zesty olive-walnut, compliments of Marin Gourmet in San Rafael.

All of the snacks at Clock Bar are locally sourced and cost only a fraction of what the liquid libations scoring the hefty liquor list (it's 14 pages) have been priced at. So you can nibble to your heart's content while sipping (very) slowly on your 1—OK, maybe 2—beverages for the night.

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