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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday Ten: The Artisan Cheese Festival, Death Valley Super Bloom

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  • Organic cherry tomatoes and fresh summer corn in a garlic shiso butter sauce over noodles.

Plus Noodle Theory Provisions No. 2 opens, some racists jerks bought Mexican food using a marked-up fiver, and does your lemon tree have Asian citrus psyllids on it?

Head to Petaluma for the Artisan Cheese Festival, March 18-20
Some of the farm tours have already sold out, but there's plenty of cheese to wolf down at the California Artisan Cheese Festival the weekend after next. Head to the Cheesemonger's Duel — sure to be rather polite — or seminars that focus on wine-and-cheese or cheese-and-chocolate pairings. (There's even a sake-cheese pairing, with Cowgirl Creamery and Chef Ken Tominaga of Pabu Izakaya and Ramen Bar.)

Death Valley Is Having a Super Bloom
The national park that once recorded the all-time hottest temperature in the Western Hemisphere (134 degrees) is currently covered in flowers, owing to the rainy winter. According to the Huffington Post, it's the first such super bloom since 2005, and it's not as ephemeral as you might think: The peak desert wildflower season lasts until July. The National Park Service keeps a closer eye on where to go for maximum wildflower action.

'Aina Parties at El Rio Saturday
Forthcoming Hawaiian Dogpatch restaurant 'aina is throwing a Pa'u Hana (or "rocking backyard island-style shindig") at El Rio this Saturday, March 12, from 3-8 p.m. in anticipation of its eventual opening. Look for Chef Jordan Keao's rice bowls along with a signature punch from bar master Jason Alonzo, set to Sol Wright's island reggae beats.

Bitcoin Investor Wants to Put a Brewpub Below 20Mission
The site of a T-Mobile at 3491 20th Street also houses the co-living space 20Mission, and bitcoin investor Jared Kenna would like to convert the former into a brewery or pub while keeping the former. According to Mission Local, there might also be a wine bar next door.

Fires Close Mason Pacific and Boogaloo's
Via Eater and Mission Local, respectively, two recent fires have closed Mason Pacific (1358 Mason Ave.) and the not-long-for-this-world Boogaloo's (3296 22nd St.). While the former will be out for two weeks, it's possible that Boogaloo's — which endured a fire of sorts last fall — might reopen as soon as Thursday. It's still doomed, though, owing to that whopping $17,500 monthly rent.

Noodle Theory Provisions Opens Second Location on Oakland/Emeryville Border
Rockridge's Noodle Theory Provisions will open another outpost at 5849 San Pablo Avenue that's three times bigger than the original, according to Inside Scoop. That's 3,000 square feet of handwrapped shrimp and Chinese chive dumplings and slow-roasted pork ramen, and it's softly open for lunch as of today. Expect full dinner service to pick up Monday, March 14.

Racists Buy Mexican Food Using Money With Anti-Mexican Message on It
Via SFist, someone bought Mexican food in Alameda using a $5 bill with "STOP THE MEXICAN INVASION OF THE USA" on it, twice. (La Penca Azul donated it to the Boys and Girls Club.)

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It's Asian Citrus Psyllid Season
Do you have citrus trees? Are they sprouting new leaves? You may want to examine them for the destructive Asian citrus psyllid. Entomologists at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources want you to grab a magnifying glass and look for small yellow eggs, sesame seed-sized yellow nymphs with curly white tubules (a waxy substance they excrete), or aphid=like adults that perch with their hindquarters angled up.

Costco Will Pay Its Workers More
Don't you love Costco? Yeah, me too. And for the first time since 2007, Costco employees will get a raise. According to Business Finance News, the wage floor will rise from $11.50-$12 per hour to $13-$13.50 per hour. That's hardly high living, but compared to Walmart, it's something. Additionally, wages for associates top out at $22.50 per hour, which most employees reach after four years.

The Evolution of the Postwar Japanese Diet
I think most Americans can agree that the Japanese eat better than we do. Here's a good breakdown via Salon of why, after a near-famine in the immediate post-World War II period, that came to be. Amazingly, the average Japanese person in 1955 ate just 3.4 eggs per year.

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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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