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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday Six: 'Aina Sets Opening Date

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Kalua pork belly with kimchi, porched eggs, arugula purée, and asparagus. - 'AINA/INSTAGRAM
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  • Kalua pork belly with kimchi, porched eggs, arugula purée, and asparagus.
Plus people think that drought restrictions should end, text a cake emoji to a new app that sends you a free Uber and takes you to a restaurant with a lot of availability, and #RIPPRince.

'Aina Opens Next Wednesday (For Brunch Only)
Chef Jordan Keau's Hawaiian pop-up 'aina will open as a brick-and-mortar next Wednesday, April 27 at 900 22nd Street in the Dogpatch. Meaning "that which feeds us," 'aina will be open for brunch Wednesdays through Sundays, with dinner to come over the summer. The menu includes dishes like malasadas (filled Portuguese doughnuts), loco moco (a rice-and-egg dish made with short rib in lieu of the traditional hamburger, as well as hearts of palm pico de gallo), Spam musubi, and a Portuguese sausage hash. Look for Jason Alonzo's low-ABV cocktails, like a Hawaiian Vog (Lillet, Cynar, Earl Grey-infused caramelized banana, spice blend, and a malted black sesame foam top) and a Punch Bowl made for two or four people (with Cocchi Americano, Cappelletti, lime juice, papaya juice, and a syrup of torched rosemary and reduced papaya). In short: 'ono grinds!

The Internet Has Stopped.
Bittersweet Prince tributes are everywhere, but I have to applaud my former colleague Matt Saincome's punk satire site The Hard Times for this.

Caputo Kaput
After sales came in short over the first six months at 100 Brannan, Italian restaurant Caputo has shuttered according to Inside Scoops.

Text This App a Cake Emoji and It'll Take You to an Empty Restaurant Via Uber 
My inbox gets besieged every day by press releases for various food apps, most of which suffer from a serious case of me-too-ism. But, which sends a free Uber to take you to a restaurant with lots of open tables, sounds different. You sign up by texting the cake emoji, you can decline the restaurant's algorithm comes up with — and oh yeah, a 16-year-old invented it. Hunh.

Drought Over, California Water Agencies Insist
This feels like a real forehead-slapper to me, and not just because dry La Niña patterns tend to follow wetter El Niño years. The LA Times quotes one official as saying "Continuing to ask Californians to sustain 'heroic water conservation efforts' that don't reflect healthier water supplies today could erode the officials' credibility with residents when they're called upon next time to make sacrifices. Why do I feel like any progress this arid state of 39 million people has made toward sounder water usage is about to be undone?

The New York Times Throws Down on Juicing and Toxins
"To say that drinking juice detoxifies the body isn’t quite the same as claiming leeches suck out poisons, but it’s fairly close," says the Grey Lady.

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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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