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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday Eleven: A Blizzard of Dairy Queens Is Coming!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 3:45 PM

A beverage from the forthcoming 'Aina - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • A beverage from the forthcoming 'Aina
Derp! Some days you have to write your restaurant review ... and the bar column, plus both arts stories for the week. So here's a mega-roundup covering food news from the last 48 hours.

Bar San Pancho Opens
Joe Hargrave of Tacolicious closed Chino and opened Bar San Pancho (3198 16th St.) in its place. The vibe is similar to its predecessor, with sizable menu of tacos, tortas, and chingaderas (like MF Hot Wings, MF Hotter Wings, "Dorilotos," and a "Popcorn Elote Loco") and a ton of cocktails and beer, including an option to build your own drink. Also: jalapeño poppers tacos.

Dairy Queen Is Coming!
Right now if you want a DQ Sundae (or an Orange Julius, apparently), you have to go to Tanforan or Serramonte. According to the Business Times, Dairy Queen — owned by largely benevolent overlord Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway — might open 400 locations in California, including up to 40(!) in Oakland. That's a lot of Dilly Bars.

Ales Unlimited Takes Over The Basement
Remember 222 Hyde? The address that was formerly an eponymous "rave cave" has held The Basement since December 2014, and according to Hoodline, Pac Heights' Ales Unlimited is taking over the club and turning it into a craft beer bar called Ales Unlimited Beer Basement. (The space only has a beer license, so it's a workaround.) There will be comedy and there won't be televisions, and the current Basement isn't going anywhere until the end of the month.

AL's Place Adds Outdoor Seating
Can't get a seat at AL's Place? You can get a little luckier now that Eater reveals the restaurant has added 18 outdoor seats (with heat lamps!).

North Carolina Breweries Team Up To Create a Special Beer to Fight Discrimination
This is a way better idea than blanket boycotts of entire states that effectively abandon their LGBT citizens to the wolves. Via JoeMyGod, some 30 North Carolina craft breweries have come together to create “Don’t Be Mean to People: a golden rule (saison)." It only ships to N.C. residents, but we can still raise a glass and toast the good people of a beleaguered state from afar.

Rainbow Bagels Are Sweeping Brooklyn
"Time has transformed [Williamsburg] from the sort of place coveted by a select few to a destination for just about anyone visiting New York City," says the Washington Post, worked up into a serious lather over the #rainbowbagel and "world premier bagel artist" Scott Rossillo. I know what I think, but what do you think? OK, here's what I think: it looks like something a dog would poop out after eating a box of Crayola 64.

The Virtues of Entomophagy
Salon talks to Andreas Johnson, director of the forthcoming documentary BUGS, about how termite queens taste like foie gras, the deliciousness of maggot cheese, and how "good tasting, culturally appropriate, available food" is probably the best we can hope for in terms of sustainability.

Franz Kafka Loved Beer
NPR goes long and deep about Franz Kafka's happy associations of drinking with his overbearing father, with a touching bit about how, dying of tuberculosis at age 40, he relished those memories as he became consumed by thirst, too weak to drink.

How Austin's Burger-Scape Has Changed Since Dazed and Confused
If you've ever cruised around north Austin, Tex., you've noticed Top Notch Hamburgers, and maybe remembered it from Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. Munchies looks at how much Austin has changed since 1994. Spoiler: Lots of cool places are gone.

The United States Produces 956,166,000 Pounds of Cheese Per Month
I'm grimacing a little over the existence of the category of "Hispanic cheese" (wut?) but FiveThirtyEight's breakdown of how much cheese Americans consume is fascinating. Unsurprisingly, mozzarella and cheddar lead the pack.

There Is a Worldwide Epidemic of Yacht Fires
This is at best marginally food-related — although I can't be alone in associating yachts with Champagne and maybe a little Sade on the top deck. Apparently, super-yachts (which are defined as anything longer than 78 feet) are catching fire around the world, and while it may be coincidence, the details are kind of amazing. According to Bloomberg, the upkeep is extraordinary — some 10 percent of the initial cost of the yacht, every year — and insurance policies can include coverage for giant squid attacks.

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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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