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Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday Twelve: Oysterfest Tickets, A Book on Aperitivos

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click to enlarge I met a dude with these Ninja Turtles nails while waiting in line for El Rio's Galactic Urinal at Hard French. COWABUNGA! - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • I met a dude with these Ninja Turtles nails while waiting in line for El Rio's Galactic Urinal at Hard French. COWABUNGA!

Plus Food & Wine recognizes Ravi Kapur and David Barzelay's culinary talents, Jon Stewart rescued a runaway bull, and a fuller picture of the Premier Cru wind scandal.

Oysterfest Is May 7. Chromeo Will Be There. Will You?
The 17th annual oyster-and-music festival thingy returns to Golden Gate Park's Sharon Meadow on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Chromeo is headlining, with IamSu!, Kinky, De Lux, Miguel Migs, Johnny Maxwell, and more. Tickets start at $45.

Food & Wine Names Ravi Kapur and David Barzelay Among Its 11 Best New Chefs
Congrats to Liholiho Yacht Club and Lazy Bear. As the Chronicle's Paolo Lucchesi notes, it comes after the magazine neglected to include a single Bay Area chef on 2015's list.

A Book about the "Italian Ritual of Aperitivo" from he Editors of PUNCH
If you're a fan of high-end cocktail culture, you should be reading PUNCH magazine, whose editor and deputy editor (Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau) will be swinging through S.F. on a tour to promote their new book about aperitivos, Spritz. They'll be at 15 Romolo next Thursday, April 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. $40 gets you in and puts a copy in your hands (which means you'll have 50 recipes to play with).

Oakland's Little Giant Ice Cream Will Open on Sutter
Little Giant — you know then from their Airstream — has been scooping Manberry, Beez Cheez, and Pumpkin Cheese Cake Copy at 1951 Telegraph in Oakland for five months now, and they're opening a second shop at 214 Sutter Street near Claude Lane. (You can also find them at Off the Grid and at the Yerba Buena bowling alley and ice rink.) No definite date yet, but it looks like another month or so.

Sing a Song at the Hard Rock Cafe on Tax Day and Get a Free Legendary Burger
If I were not going to be on a plane coming back from Coachella at this exact moment (Monday, April 18, from 5-7 p.m.) I would totally be at Pier 39 belting out "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie to get a free #SingForYourSupper burger. Just sayin'. 

Premier Cru Ponzi Scheme Makes National News
The NYT weighs in on the collapse of Berkeley's Premier Cru over the wine futures scandal, and implicitly indicts the entire industry, because proprietor John Fox is basically the Bernie Madoff of oenophiles: "Although fake vintage wine has dogged the industry for years, there are signs that wine fraud has reached a new 'financialized' stage, where millions of dollars are lost without a single bottle changing hands."

Jon Stewart Rescued a Runaway Bull in Queens and Brought it to Upstate New York
True story!

Tech Types Who Biohack
I'm not sure about using the term "biohacking" to refer to "skipping a meal" — using CRISPR to graft plant DNA into your arms so you can photosynthesize while sitting in the park, maybe — but Buzzfeed goes deep into the realm of fasting and tech: "These mostly young, mostly male, hype men for biohacking have built an ethos around the diet, which promises peak productivity and readiness for a future where technology is king and the smartest man wins." And like self-flagellating penitents purging themselves of unwanted desires, they use Pavlok to zap the hunger pangs away.

Our Man in Havana (Can't Get a Table, Either)
The New York Times ventures to Cuba to find that people there aren't accustomed to making reservations for restaurants. Sounds droll, but restaurant culture there is even more complicated than here, what with the dual-currency system and laws prohibiting venues from having more than 50 seats. Also, the, uh, food shortages.

Arsenic and Old Lace and Cocoa Puffs
Pardon the NYT onslaught today, but "F.D.A. Proposes a Limit on Arsenic in Rice Cereal for Babies" just feels like a depressing-beyond-belief headline. (Apparently, even 100 parts per billion is too much.)

Just a Fun Rundown on Mushrooms

Pardon the link from one list to another, but if you find Kingdom Fungi freaky and cool, here's a cool list of links highlighting their freakiness and coolness. Point no. 3 is especially neat-o.

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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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