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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday Eight: How Many Marshmallow Peeps Could Fit in the Full House House?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge The interior of Basalt, which will open in Napa next month - BASALT
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  • The interior of Basalt, which will open in Napa next month

Plus Waystone's menu leaked, why the BMI is BS, and the first GMO labeling law in the country is in trouble.

Waystone in Mid-Market Will Have Avocado Toast
Hoodline got a look at the menu for Waystone, the next Mid-Market dining powerhouse. It's a project by Chef Billy Riordan and Causwells' Tom Patella, and there will be avocado toast — plus shrimp-and-bacon pie!

An Opening and a New Menu in Wine Country

Basalt in Downtown Napa will open in March with a Californian menu by Chef Esteban Escobar that blends Mexican and Spanish influences — think chicharrones with lime salt and honey, or an achiote-cocoa marinated local black bass, black bean ragout and blood orange. Meanwhile, in Healdsburg, Casey and Patrick Van Voorhis (formerly of Cotogna) have breathed new life into Pizzando, with a papparedelle al sugo funghi and a burrata with roasted apple, prosciutto, aceto balsamico, and grilled focaccia.

The Full House House Could Hold 144,072 Marshmallow Peeps
That's according to a press release I just got from the Peeps peeps. That figure is a little close for comfort to the supposed 144,000 survivors of God's wrath in the Book of Revelation, though. If you want an even bigger number, Peeps claims that 1.6 billion Peeps could fit in a square mile, which means that San Francisco's theoretical Peepulation would be approximately 75 billion — but way, way less after you nuke them and they expand. In other news, Easter is coming!

Is Lunch Dead?
"Breaking for a midday meal might have made more sense when laborers toiled with their bodies on tasks — building, planting, harvesting, manufacturing — that required rest and refueling. But in an economy where the standard task is sitting in front of a computer, lunch is less intuitive and far more optional." So says the New York Times Magazine, in a long story called "Failure to Lunch."

BMI Is Full of It
Speaking as someone who is right at the border of overweight and obese, according to the Body Mass Index, and perfectly content with it, here's a good takedown of why it's a terrible measurement of cardiovascular health. According to FiveThirtyEight, "What’s more, a man with a normal BMI and disproportionately big belly had more than twice the mortality risk of a man who was overweight or obese by BMI but not by waistline. Among women, those who were normal weight by BMI but had a high waist-to-hip ratio had a 48 percent higher mortality risk than those with a similar BMI but a healthy waist-to-hip ratio, and a 32 percent higher risk compared with those who were obese according to BMI only."

Gov. John Kasich Fine With Gay Cupcakes, Mayor of Jakarta Probably Not
Hey, remember all those homophobic bakers or lesbian bakers with homophobic wedding clients and all that bullshit? Gov. John Kasich, the "moderate" in the GOP primary — he still wants to go to war with Russia, but whatever — thinks we should get past all that. [Warning: link goes to right-wing site.] However, according to JoeMyGod, the mayor of Jakarta is telling expectant mothers that instant noodles and canned milk will produce gay babies.

It's Not Looking Good for Vermont's GMO Law...
As of July 1, Vermont will force producers to label genetically modified ingredients, unless thwarted by an act of Congress. That looks pretty likely according to Salon, because the Republican controlled Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry will supersede Vermont by making such information voluntary. If you'd expect the Democrats on the committee would fight it, that's not likely either, because the ranking Democrat represents Michigan, which is home to food corporations like Kellogg's and Dow Chemical. 

...But Famous Vermonter Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's Tells Salon We're All Gonna Be OK
Because Bernie, that's why.
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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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