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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday Five: Craft Beer Festival, $35 Permits for a Bonfire?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

click to enlarge The original Taco Bell is filling out its change-of-address form with the help of a police escort. - TACO BELL
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  • The original Taco Bell is filling out its change-of-address form with the help of a police escort.

Also, the Hayes Valley Samovar location is going to become a French restaurant, the original Taco Bell is moving 45 miles away, milk is bad for you, and coffee is good for you.

Craft Beer Lives
Ballast Point might have gone over to the dark side, but you can still sample 150 beers and meads from 75 producers this Saturday at the San Francisco Craft Beer Festival: Holiday Edition. Tickets include a glass, unlimited 2-oz. tastings, and lots of seminars to help you keep track of whatever you're drinking with increasingly low inhibition. "Designated drivers" get half-price entry!
SF Craft Beer Festival: Holiday Edition, Saturday, Nov. 21, $22-$79, at the Armory, 1800 Mission.

Hayes Valley Samovar to Become Revelry
The renovation of the Samovar Tea Lounge in Hayes Alley that was to follow the Valencia Street location's debut did not materialize, and the space at 297 Page is set to become a French restaurant called Revelry Bistro, according to Hoodline. Speaking of which, wasn't the Castro Samovar supposed to get a liquor license?

It Might Cost You $35 to Roast Marshmallows on Ocean Beach
When people bloviate against excessive government regulation, I usually wait for the storm to pass. But according to the SF Appeal, it's could cost you $35 to get a permit(!) for a bonfire at Ocean Beach. (Not even Principal Skinner, who one phoned ahead to book an appointment for an angry mob, has that kind of foresight.) The upside is that the public comment period for this buzzkill proposal has been extended to Dec. 4, so good luck, s'mores-values voters.

Got (Rid Of) Milk?
Mother Jones's cover story is an expose on the supposedly essential nature of milk consumption. While it's good for kids, studies have shown that adult women who drank a lot of milk actually experienced more bone fractures than those that didn't, while milk consumption also correlates with high rates of prostate cancer in men. More importantly, it's just a big ruse by Big Dairy, and a lot of the science is funded by Dannon and Nestle the way Exxon muddied the water on climate change data. 

Drink Coffee Instead
Another Mother Jones writer, Tom Philpott (who's the one who rang the alarm about almond milk last year), wrote a short post extolling the benefits of coffee. You can have up to five cups a day!

Watch the Original Taco Bell Move
Founded in 1962 (the same year as Target and Walmart) and located in Downey, Calif., (the same town as the oldest operating McDonald's), the first Taco Bell is about to pick up and move. Via Quartz, "Numero Uno" is going to Irvine, the fastest-growing big city in the state, some 45 miles away in Orange County, and you can watch it on a webcam this Saturday. Note: You can't actually eat there, because although the building has been landmarked, it's been defunct since the days of $.59-$.79-$1.09.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

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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