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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday Nine: Eat Mitchell's Ice Cream, Help Fire Victims (TONIGHT!)

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click to enlarge The Fabada at Bellota, made with Asturian white bean and chorizo stew, morcilla, pork belly, grilled octopus, and charred and fermented cabbage. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
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  • The Fabada at Bellota, made with Asturian white bean and chorizo stew, morcilla, pork belly, grilled octopus, and charred and fermented cabbage.
Plus Ike's expands yet again, Nellie's Soulfood bids adieu, and Volta gets even better.

Help Victims of the Mission Fire Recover, By Eating Mitchell's Ice Cream
Bernalwood shares word of the Mission Bernal Merchant's Association's efforts to help their neighbors recover from the devastating five-alarm fire that began above Cole Hardware at 3312 Mission Street on Saturday, June 21. Mitchell's Ice Cream will donate 25 percent of it sales, Cafe 78 is chipping in 15 percent of its receipts, and Blue Plate will hand over the entirety of what it takes in on meat loaf and mac 'n' cheese.

Ike's Expands (and Moves Around a Bit)
With 31 locations and counting, Ike's is on a rampage, but Hoodline reports that there's some shuffling here in town first. As the lease on the Castro location (3489 16th St.) is soon to run out, that location will close as of Aug. 29. However, Ike Shehadeh & co. are concurrently operating a few blocks away, inside Sweet Inspiration at 2239 Market. In the next month or so, Ike's will also open an express-style "Ike's Press" inside the former Blondie's Pizza (63 Powell) and a regular, full-service eatery inside an old Quizno's at 901 Polk.

Nellie's Soulfood Closes
In yet another example of Old Oakland eateries — many black-owned — calling it quits, Nellie's Soulfood (1155 Third St.) has announced that Thursday, June 30 will be its last day. The EBX says founder Nellie Ozen (who started selling smothered steak 50 years ago, and still gets up every day at 4 a.m. to cook) and her daughter are ready to retire, and the building has been sold.

Killer Shrimp Was a Pop-Up, Says CEO of Unsuccessful Restaurant Location
OK, sure. Eater reports that the 10-month-old location of SoCal chain Killer Shrimp (1516 Broadway) was secretly a pop-up all along, and that the chain wants to reopen in a new spot nearer the waterfront. Will there be Killer Pot Pies, Killer Paella, and Killer Shrimp "Shelled"? You'll have to do your own sleuthing, cause I definitely won't.

click to enlarge San Tropez Burger - VOLTA
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Volta Adds Brunch, a Two-Course Lunch Prix Fixe, and More
Franco-Scandinavian superstar Volta (868 Mission) has made some serious menu additions. First, there's now weekend brunch (Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) with poached eggs, a tartine, a gallette, and a Bostock (rum-soaked brioche, frangipane, an almonds) on the menu — as well as cocktails like a Bloody Viking (Aquavit private reserve, Gamle Ode dill aquavit, Volta bloody mary mix, and cornichons). Second, lunch now includes a two-course prix fixe ($22, available Monday through Friday) with herring three ways, a Köttbullar, and a roasted wild mushroom soup with ramps known as Creme do Cepes. Third and finally, Happy Hour got a boost with the addition of $5 bar snacks, like a chicken wing confit and a Saint Tropez Burger (a "topless" sandwich with a "bronzed" bottom bun, sunny side-up egg, green peppercorn, sauce, and frites) plus $8 wine, $4 craft beer, and $9 cocktails. Whew!

The Rum Festival Returns Aug. 26-27

A production of The Rum Lab, the California Rum Festival will hit SOMArts (934 Brannan) for the second time at the end of August. With seminars, tasting rooms, and rum-inaries like Martin Cate (owner of Smugglers Cove and Whitechapel) and Forrest Cokely (aka The Rum Connoisseur), it's a two-day celebration of the Golden State's deep love of the sugar-derived spirit. 

Caesare Assad and Loretta Oden Cook Five-Course Meal for Farm to Fork SF
At 7 p.m. next Friday, July 8, at The Village (969 Market), Chef Caesare Assad of The Cleaver Group and Emmy-winning TV host (and Potawatomi chief) Loretta Barrett Oden of Seasoned With Spirit will serve a five-course dinner of traditional Native American recipes from the Capay Valley. A portion of the night's sales will go to Oakland's Mandela Marketplace, as part of an event series called Farm to Fork SF put on by The Village's sister company Madrone Studios (which screens documentary shorts prior to each dinner).

Shedding Light on the Old Wine Industry
Although a lot of data-driven analysis can suck the life force out of any given topic, this FiveThirtyEight story about rich oenophiles who love to analyze their holdings is full of fascinating tidbits. (For starters, it centers around the wine cellar of Willam Koch, who is a Koch Brother but not one of the outspoken libertarian Koch Brothers.) Consider this: “Old wines’ value is driven by their age-worthiness and verifiable storage history, which really does impact their taste, whereas new wines’ value is driven by critics’ rating scores and hyper-inflation in the high end of the market, neither of which correlates with taste.”

Amsterdam Bans Beer Bikes
"As a mass destination for the more raucous kind of party tourism, Amsterdam already sees plenty of tourist vomit without seeing it projected off a trolley at full velocity," writes City Lab, quoting several residents of the Dutch capital lamenting "hen parties [or] groups of naked men or women with an inflatable penis" turning the charming city's narrow alleys into zones of mayhem. The ban goes into effect next year.

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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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