Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.
1. Lime becomes nationally infamous. The Bay Citizen/New York Times reports on the crazy scene that has emerged on Sunday brunch at Lime, which once was a restaurant-bar populated exclusively by 23-year-old gay men. These days, the bottomless mimosas have brought in legions of heterosexuals, and locals are not impressed. As Scott James reports:
Visits to Lime on several Sunday afternoons in March and April documented a number of incidents: patrons drinking what appeared to be alcohol outside the club; customers so groggy they had to be held upright; people staggering from the club and walking directly into moving traffic; and puddles of vomit sullying the block.The context for the outrage, of course, is a changing Castro. Last month, for instance, Michael Petrelis made a list of gay organizations and businesses, many of them in the Castro, and its length is eye-opening. And while SFoodie has been hearing "The Castro is becoming too straight" so long that we can't help rolling our eyes every time we hear it, it is important to remember how much tourism (and $$$) the neighborhood brings in. SFoodie doesn't care who gets drunk where, but we hope businesses like Lime don't threaten the Castro's appeal for visitors from all over the world who want to walk down the street, holding hands with their partners, reveling in just how normal it feels.
2. Saveur's history of blogs. Saveur magazine, which, under the editorship of James Oseland has been making a huge (and successful) play to draw the support and patronage of food bloggers, has posted an interesting timeline of food blogs. The timeline begins, in 1997, with the founding of Chowhound, and lists the starting date for Heidi Swanson, David Lebovitz, and Food 52. Anyone starting off a blog may want to spend an hour reading the first, wobbly-kneed posts from A-listers like Orangette and Adam Kuban for a mix of inspiration, nostalgia, and schadenfreude.