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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Nine: Bacon Bacon No. 2 Opens, R.I.P. Sam Beall

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge A somewhat contradictory message at the Bacon and Beer Classic last Saturday. I pigged out, dignity and health be damned. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • A somewhat contradictory message at the Bacon and Beer Classic last Saturday. I pigged out, dignity and health be damned.

Plus Bill Clinton talks about veganism, Lucky Peach demonstrates how (not to) eat a burrito, and will people be monitoring your compost bucket?

Farm-to-Table Champion with Long S.F. History Dies at 39
Sam Beall, of Tennessee's Blackberry Farm, died in a skiing accident in Vail on Thursday. The son of the founder of Ruby Tuesday, he had extensive ties to the Bay Area: studying at California Culinary Academy, worked in the Ritz-Carlton and at Cowgirl Creamery and interned at the French Laundry. According to the New York Times, Blackberry Farm was rated as the top resort in the U.S. and Canada by Travel and Leisure.

Poke Bar to Replace Chili Pies
Sometime next month, the former Chili Pies space at 314 Church Street will become Poke Bar, which according to Hoodline sounds a lot like Sushirrito.

Cupola Pizzeria Closed
First Lark Creek Steakhouse, now Cupola has vacated the fourth floor of the Westfield. That's a shame; I liked it.

Caputo Now Serving Brunch
Caputo, the 100-seat restaurant at 100 Brannan Street, is now open for brunch on weekends, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Executive Chef and partner Sam Ramadan and Chef de Cuisine Carrie Anne Lopez new menu includes areamy polenta with broccolini, Pecorino Toscano, thyme, and poached eggs ($13), and a sausage hash with housemade marinara, Yukon potatoes, fior di latte, Calabrian chili, and sunny side up eggs ($15).

Bacon Bacon No. 2 Open in South Beach
The first permanent Bacon Bacon location in Cole Valley has had a challenging relationship with some of its neighbors, so hopefully the second one at 737 Third Street near AT&T Park will merely entice hordes of bacon fans with its lovely aroma. According to Hoodline, there will be coffee by Roast Co.

Bill Clinton Credits Veganism With Saving His Life
Remember Phil Hartman's SNL parody of Bill Clinton campaigning in a McDonald's, eating everybody's food? (If you don't, that's OK. It was from 1992.) Well, the 69-year-old former president went vegan in 2010 after leaving office and having heart trouble, and while he's not a purist about it, he told The Hill that "The vegan diet is what I like the best,” he said. "I have more energy. I never clog. For me, the no dairy thing, because I had an allergy, has really helped a lot. And I feel good.” He added, "Lasagna, I like the chili enchiladas, they nailed the meat substitute stuff. It used to be when I started this, it was inedible. It’s so much better now."

A Plan to Monitor Your Compost Bin
SF Citizen points to this "technology tool" that will get us closer to San Francisco's stated goal of zero waste by 2020: "Build an IT hardware or software system that analyzes San Francisco residents’ trash disposal, monitors bin fill rates, analyzes user habits, and engages the public about recycling and composting." Not to be all alarmist, but that does sound a lot like peering at people's garbage.

How Does Tapping Maple Trees for Sap Not Kill Them?
The New York Times asks and answers this charming Leap Year Day query about maple syrup. (Basically, you just don't suck them dry.) This is your reminder that in most of North America, it's still winter, and still very cold.

Lucky Peach's Definitive Burrito-Eating Guide (With GIFs!)
Just obey.

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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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