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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Eight: Imperfect Produce, Sinbad's Is Seriously Gone-Gone

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge This is not a turkey. It's a cake. - GEYSER OF AWESOME
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  • This is not a turkey. It's a cake.

Plus the New Yorker looks at the Mission Chinese Food cookbooks, Stonestown gets a CREAM, Alta CA has a challah-based pop-up brunch, a Kickstarter to hep Palestinian refugees in Beirut buy a food truck, and more!

ALTA CA's Holla! Brunch
For two weekends in December (Dec. 5-6 and 12-13), ALTA CA will stage a challah-based holiday pop-up brunch. The menu is quite extensive, too, with pecan holla-buns, "byalis" (a.k.a. bialies, with smoked onion cream cheese), Choc-O-Holla-Ic French toast, pork shoulder flannel has, a Holla Burger, and a "The Kibosh," a $40 filet mignon and eggs dish on top of Texas Holla with roasted bone marrow horseradish jus. Whoa.
Holla! Brunch at ALTA CA, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 1420 Market St., 415-590-2585 or

The NYT Discovers Imperfect Produce
The Times has a profile of Imperfect Produce, an Emeryville startup that delivers ugly veggies to people's doors in an attempt to stop unnecessary food waste (and deprogram us from the idea that only radially symmetrical tomatoes are tasty). As one food expert says, "There is a real chicken and an egg problem, because retailers say they won’t sell this because people don’t buy it, and people say they want to buy it but retailers won’t sell it." Some of the "cosmetically challenged" produce is almost cute, too. One of the red bell peppers looks like a tardigrade!

Sinbad's Is Gone
Sinbad's is really, really closed this time. For good. Now we may proceed on the Ferry Terminal expansion, which Socketsite says will be ready in 20 years. Hurray!

Stonestown's Getting CREAMed
(Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) will shortly open a franchised kiosk in Stonestown. It's Cream Taco time (almost)!

The New Yorker on The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook
"It's a carefully constructed and deeply personal zine," says The New Yorker's Hua Hsu, in a lengthy essay on the difficulties surrounding authenticity in Asian(-American) cuisine

Pee-Wee Herman's Thanksgiving Cake
Pee-Wee doesn't show up in this video personally, but this is a hilarious, brilliant idea for a turkey surprise. It kind of reminds me of the plastic bird that was always sitting on the dining room table of the model house in Arrested Development. (If you're not following Pee-Wee Herman on Twitter, why bother with being alive?)

A Food Truck Helping Refugees
Women in Beirut with a catering company have launched a Kickstarter to purchase a food truck. It doesn't sound all that exceptional, but these women happen to be refugees living in a camp. (Susan Sarandon is plugging this, so likelier than not, it's worth looking at.)

"My dad, was a Roman-nosed womanizer and an ill-tempered drunk."
Here's a very sweet Thanksgiving personal essay from Betsy Andrews about replicating her alcoholic father's turkey.

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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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