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Friday, March 18, 2011

Amazing Drunken Feats, Stinky Cheese, and Cookies: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Dead pig: the new tablescape. - NICASIO VALLEY CHEESE CO.
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  • Dead pig: the new tablescape.

Highlights from the blog this week.

1. Finally, Carina Ost proved that it's possible to be drunk on a Saturday night and remember Benu's odd late-night Saturday burrito stand.

2. Used to be every party had an ice sculpture. Then it was a pair of turntables and a DJ. Now it's a pig carcass. Sean Timberlake attends the pork happy hour at Fatted Calf's new Hayes Valley store, centered around the breakdown of a whole pig. It's a great way to entice people to cook new cuts of pork. If you're the customer who ends up buying the head, please, please take the bus home. You will make 100 commutes memorable, and perhaps eclipse that awful chicken-on-the-30 urban myth that's been circulating for a couple of decades.

  • Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.

3. I first tried Nicasio Valley Cheese Company's full line of cheeses at a wine tasting a few months back, and the one I liked best was its Taleggio-like square.

After three cheese pros talked it up to me this week, I bought another

wedge ― and found it had gotten even better. An approachably pungent

cheese for people who are working their way up to époisses.

4. Two SFoodie plugs I have to second: The cookies from Sweet Constructions, which John Birdsall wrote up this week, are so polished, so good, it's a wonder someone hasn't given the bakers the funds to set up a permanent stall. And Jason Henry wrote up Jesse Friedman's dry, clean ginger beer, fizzed up with yeast, which is the kind of soda that kombucha always wanted to be.

5. Last call: You have 24 hours to make it to Noe Valley Bakery for hamantaschen before Purim begins.

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