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Friday, September 17, 2010

Tomatoes, Gadflies, and Hand-Pulled Noodles: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 5:47 PM


1. This week we introduce a new SFoodie columnist: Sean Timberlake, founder of the homesteading website Punk Domestics. Observing the tomato glut at local farmers' markets, Timberlake finds dozens of projects for preserving fresh tomatoes ― jams, purées, ketchups, and salsas.

2. There's a war escalating in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area: restaurants versus food trucks. This week LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold penned an op-ed in the LA Times calling on the city to reject new proposed restrictions on mobile food vendors. Meanwhile, SFoodie editor John Birdsall found that Emeryville, which has been one of the most hospitable Bay Area cities for food trucks, is now considering implementing new restrictions, prodded by four local brick-and-mortar businesses who say the trucks are causing them to lose money.

3. That's not all: Birdsall learns that several businesses near Dolores Park are halting the rollout of the Blue Bottle and La Cocina food carts in Dolores Park. They're claiming that they knew nothing of the Rec and Park permit process, despite the fact that it has been covered in dozens of news stories around the Bay Area over the past six months.

4. The intrepid Luis Chong stumbles on the Shandong-style dumplings and skewers at San Dong House BBQ, but arrives too late to try the restaurant's specialty: hand-pulled noodles.

5. And I consider the question: where can a meaty-meat-eater and a vegan dine at the same restaurant without feeling like one party is conceding to the other party's preferences? Readers leave a couple more good suggestions in the comments.

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