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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What We Ate at the Winter Fancy Food Show: Day Two

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

The more time I spend at the Winter Fancy Foods Show at the Moscone Center, the more callous I become. In a convention center full of hard-working sales reps and people who've broken through their fear of failure and sunk their life savings into a passion project, I find myself triangulating between samples of cheese, looking for the line of least resistance. Because "taking it all in" exposes you to the possibility of too many unwanted sales pitches, it's easy to miss stuff.

Even though I was largely covering the same ground I did on Sunday, I found tons of wonderful stuff that didn't catch me eye the first time around, including the That's It Fruit Bar astronaut. (The company tested its products at NASA and managed to get some to the International Space Station.)

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Monday, January 18, 2016

What We Ate at the Winter Fancy Food Show: Day One

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM

click image Surprisingly tasty frozen vegetables from Stahlbush Island Farms - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Surprisingly tasty frozen vegetables from Stahlbush Island Farms

It's the Winter Fancy Foods Show! The annual three-day affair means my volume of unsolicited email triples from its already high level, and also that there are hundreds of booths at the Moscone Center offering free samples of cheese — many with toothpicks adorned with the flags of whatever countries they're from — plus unexpected Sriracha- and chipotle-flavored nibbles, and specialty teas. My stars, are there a lot of teas (and infused olive oils).

I wandered through almost all of the show on Day 1, and although one's eyes glaze over from the totality of it all, it's possible to uncover a lot of quirky, delicious things from plucky foodie entrepreneurs. Here's the best of what I found.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Semen Cocktails: The Mixology of Man Sauce Is a Real Thing

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

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It would have been simpler if Paul "Fotie" Photenhauer, semen-cooking enthusiast, were more of a creep. Then it would have been easy to dismiss his self-published cookbooks, 2011's Natural Harvest: A Collection of Semen-Based Recipes and the new Semenology: The Semen Bartender's Handbook -- two volumes that literally made me throw up in my mouth a little bit when I received them.

They have recipes like Slightly Saltier Caviar, Special 'S' Barbecue Sauce, Mexican Cumslide, and Watermelon Gin Jizz, all which require teaspoons and tablespoons of the stuff. There are sentences such as, "Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic," along with tips on how to make one's semen taste better (ginger!) and last longer (keep it in the freezer!). And then there are the photos, which give a new dimension to the term "food porn."

See also: Meet the Man Who Had Sex with a Dolphin (and Wrote a Book About It)

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Get Hungry: Food Photos from Last Sunday's SF DISH Event

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

BAY EWALD
  • Bay Ewald

The good thing about cooking being considered a form of art is that in the end, you can eat the artwork. The 5th Annual SF DISH Event was held on Sunday, September 30th in the Terra Gallery and felt very much to me like an edible art show. The vendors were enthusiastic, the food was both beautifully presented and full of flavor, and the crowd could not have been more pumped to engage in the act of eating with fellow foodie friends. Here are some of my favorite dish and drink images captured from a memorable day.

See Also:

Eat Yourself Senseless at SF Weekly's DISH 2012

SF Weekly's DISH Preview: Mini-Arepas at Maite Catering

SF Weekly's DISH Preview: Pizza and Pork Sandwiches from Carmel Pizza

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Food Porn From Last Weekend's Eat Real Fest

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Ice cream from Nieves Cinco de Mayo. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Ice cream from Nieves Cinco de Mayo.

Last weekend thousands of Bay Area food lovers descended on Oakland's Jack London Square for the fourth annual Eat Real Fest. More than 50 local food vendors were on hand to provide bites of their food for $5 or less, there were plenty of craft beers and wines on hand, and despite high summer temperatures and enormous crowds, everyone had a good time. We sent a photographer to bring you this slideshow of the highlights of the Eat Real Festival, and now have brought some of our favorite photos to the blog.

See Also:

- Food of the Eat Real Festival

- Meatopia Report and More From Oakland's Eat Real Fest, Going on All Weekend

- Celebrate Bay Area Food at This Weekend's Eat Real Festival

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bacon Girl Comes Out With Her First Calendar

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Bacon Medusa, aka Miss November. - RAY BUSSOLARI/BACON GIRL
  • Ray Bussolari/Bacon Girl
  • Bacon Medusa, aka Miss November.

Two years ago, Bigi -- as she calls herself when engaging in Bacon Girl activities -- somehow ended up at the Cochon 555 event as the guest of a friend, despite the fact that she'd been a strict vegetarian for 13 years. "She told me it was a 'charity event,'" Bigi explains. Nevertheless, she spent a few hours wandering around the booths, talking to the farmers and chefs about pork.


"They kept telling me about these heritage-breed hogs, which I didn't know much about," she says. "I was also finding out about how the farmers raised them. This wasn't part of Food Inc. -- this was small family farms, raising their pigs humanely." Then she smelled Allan Benton's bacon cooking at one of the stands, and couldn't resist trying it.

"I stood in that line three times," she says. "And the next morning, I woke up thinking about bacon." Bigi started eating sustainably raised, artisanal bacon every day. For months. In January 2010, she went to a party where her friends kidded her about her new eating habits. "I

don't know what to do," she told one, somewhat in her cups. "I'm going to have to start wearing it."

It was as if she had been bitten by a mutant spider or zapped by gamma rays. Bacon Girl was born.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Food Porn Alert: Dishes from DISH 2011

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Spoons of ceviche from La Mar. - GIL RIEGO, JR.
  • Gil Riego, Jr.
  • Spoons of ceviche from La Mar.

Yesterday, hundreds of people came to the Design Center in Potrero Hill to eat barbecued pork belly sliders, roasted salmon, braised tenderloin, ceviche, and cupcakes, then return to the beginning to start eating them all over again. It was SF Weekly's DISH, our annual celebration of San Francisco's restaurant scene.

Greeted by food trucks and plied with craft brews, attendees could choose bites from 40 San Francisco restaurants and bakeries. Photographer Gil Riego Jr. was on hand to compile photographic evidence of the event.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Get Hungry: Pictures from the Bay Area BBQ Championship

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong

The Bay Area BBQ Championship went down Saturday, with 32 competitors throwing down their best 'cue in the parking lot at the Oakland Coliseum before an A's-Angels doubleheader.

The big winners? Big B's Down N Dirty of Pacifica was named Grand Champion, while Slap Yo Daddy of Diamond Bar was named Reserve Grand Champion. The Throwdown Champion was R & R BBQ, of San Jose, while the people's choice was Smoked Planet of Riverside.

We snapped pictures of some of the amazing meats on display at the event, which wasn't easy because our mouth was watering.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

June's Best Food Photos: Marginally SFW

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Salmon with spring vegetables and XVOO sauce from Locanda. - KIMBERLY SANDIE
  • Kimberly Sandie
  • Salmon with spring vegetables and XVOO sauce from Locanda.


Web editor Jake Swearingen just put up a slideshow of some of the best dishes SF Weekly has photographed this month, including hand pies, tea-smoked duck and pan con chicharron. Why? Because it's lunchtime, the work week is slowing down, and all you have energy to do is drool on the keyboard.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Food Porn at SF Underground Market

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 9:35 AM

It's cold and rainy. The only way to warm up is to get excited for the next SF Underground Market on Saturday, June 11, and the only way to do that is to check out the greatest hits from its past events. So: some of the hottest pics of the tastiest things to nosh on at SF Underground Market. Let's do this!

Josey Baker's Bread. - ALBERT LAW
  • Albert Law
  • Josey Baker's Bread.

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