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Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Six: Mark Bittman Joins the Purple Carrot, Hillside Supper Club's "Turkey Fries"

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A coffin full of uneaten Halloween candy. - @NOELMULKEY/INSTAGRAM
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  • A coffin full of uneaten Halloween candy.

Plus unicorn wines, some news about a beautiful fish, what El Niño might do to the seafood supply, and some wisdom about why people tend to smoke when they drink.

Mark Bittman Joins Meal Delivery Startup
When recent Berkeley transplant Mark Bittman cheekily announced he was leaving his high-profile position at the New York Times for a tech startup, he kept mum on exactly which company he was joining. Now we know: It's "plant-based" meal delivery service The Purple Carrot. Bittman's title is Chief Innovation Officer, and all of the food comes from his own recipes. A quick tool around the site showed the stamp of his personality right away, with preparation notes for the black bean burger all but urging panicky eater to "take it easy already" if they don't have basic kitchen equipment.

click to enlarge Black bean burger - AYA BRACKET
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"Turkey Fries" at Hillside Supper Club

Now that it's Monday and your Halloween candy stash is rapidly becoming a pile of wax lips and Neccos because somebody ate the last fun-size 3 Musketeers, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Hillside Supper Club's Chefs Tony Ferrari and Johnathan Sutton create an "alternative Thanksgiving" soup made with chicory, butter beans, and "turkey fries" — which are really smoked turkey testes, sourced from the Russian River Valley. Why settle for a Rocky Mountain oyster when you can, um, gobble-gobble this ballsy dish?
Hillside Supper Club, 300 Precita Ave., 415-285-6005 or

Unicorn Wines

They're not magnums with a $1 billion valuation, but highly sought-after wines produced in small quantities. Food and Wine has a sharp rundown.

El Niño and the Briny Deep
So it, like, rained and stuff. El Niño is here, we're looking to it for the state's salvation, but it could cause a major seafood shortage by killing off a lot of phytoplankton.

Smoking and Drinking
Someone finally laid it all out. What's the deal with only bumming a smoke when you start to drink? Basically, it's simple: Alcohol makes you tired, and nicotine keeps you up.

Trout of the Golden West
The "most beautiful trout in the world," the California Golden Trout is an ecological sentinel. This photo-essay by Earth Island Journal shows the trouble its waterways are in.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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