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Thursday, April 16, 2015

PETA is Partnering with a Notorious Arizona Sheriff to Reduce Prison Meat Consumption

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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In perhaps the oddest nonprofit synergy since the not-especially-health-conscious 7-Eleven baked pink ribbon-shaped donuts for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is buddying up with 82-year-old Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to get the entire US prison system to serve meat-less meals to inmates.

Yes, that would be the same Joe Arpaio who only yesterday lost a racial profiling case that determined that his office disproportionately targets Latinos for traffic stops, the same Joe Arpaio who’s staunch support for the anti-immigrant SB1070 led San Francisco’s city government to boycott of the entire state of Arizona for a time, and the same Joe Arpaio who uses his cruel mistreatment of prisoners to demagogue his way to re-election again and again in law-and-order Phoenix.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Another Day, Another Seemingly Ridiculous Brewery Squabble

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:14 PM

The Cambria-based brewery will need to change its name. - CAMBRIA BEER COMPANY/FACEBOOK
Earlier this week, you may recall that Lagunitas filed a lawsuit against Sierra-Nevada ostensibly for copyright infringement on the kerned letters "IPA" on a label. A day later, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee announced that the brewery was dropping the suit. 

But boozemakers seem mighty litigious these days. Now Kendall-Jackson winery has sent a cease and desist to owners of the small Cambria Beer Company on the North Coast for having the gall to name their brewery after the town where they live  — a name that the winemaking giant has trademarked.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Foie Gras Dishes Currently Being Served in the Bay Area

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM


Amazingly, it’s still illegal to produce in Spain, but foie gras is once again showing up on California restaurant plates outside of the secret demimonde of forbidden pleasures. If you're the sort of person who seeks such pleasures, you might be wondering just where you can get it, so here are the foie gras dishes currently being served, with seven highlights we expect to see again soon.

One thing to note: There may be protesters. PETA was out in full force at One Market yesterday, even though the restaurant has not yet begun offering a foie gras dish on its menu just yet.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Foie Gras is Legal Again in California

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Guys guys guys a federal judge has struck down the two-and-a-half year law prohibiting foie gras from being sold in California. Eater broke the news about an hour ago that a U.S. District Court Judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the interstate commerce clause supersedes state law, and so the gloriously rich fatty goose liver is once again legal in California as long as it's been imported from another state. (Eater also posted the full brief if you want the legal nitty gritty.)

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Yelp Is Not Up to Hanky Panky in Reviews, Reports Federal Trade Commission

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Yelp, the review site that industry folks love to hate, has always faced its share of rumors that it gives restaurants better placement in exchange for ad dollars.

But after an exhaustive survey, the Federal Trade Commission has ruled that Yelp is in the clear: not charging extra money for better page placement, removing good reviews from restaurants that don't pay for advertising, or anything else that the S.F.-based site has been accused of over the years.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

SFO Food Worker Strike Enters Second Day; Bring Your Own Food

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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As hundreds of travelers are stuck at SFO waiting out #stormageddon, they might not even be able to take consolation in Bloody Marys and overpriced burgers while they're doing it.

A second day of strike from UNITE HERE Local 2, the hotel and restaurant workers union, has nearly 1,000 employees walking off the job and airport concessions closed or partially closed. And anyone traveling to SFO today is encouraged to bring their own food.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

It's a Bad Week for California's Salmon

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

As if decades of damming, overfishing, pollution, and development over their habitats didn't already make things rough enough for California's salmon, this week has brought news of two more trials and tribulations.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yank Sing Workers Receive $4 Million Settlement

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

A dim sum cart at Yank Sing's Rincon Center location. - FLICKR/SADSNAPS

Opulent dim sum restaurant Yank Sing was in the news yesterday and not for its famous soup dumplings. The restaurant's owners were ordered to pay a historic $4 million settlement to workers to cover violations including back pay, tips, holiday pay, and more.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Berkeley Becomes First City in Country to Pass Soda Tax; S.F.'s Soda Tax Fizzles

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Last night's election brought all sorts of news, good and bad, but lost in the Republican takeover and marijuana legalization may be the fact that Berkeley became the first city in the country to vote to tax sugary beverages. The measure passed with a little more than 75 percent of Berkeley citizens in favor of it.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

In Defense of Asking if a Restaurant Can Make Gluten-Free Food

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

A few weeks ago, a pair of San Francisco restaurants posted window signs that have stirred up a hornet’s nest of anti-gluten sentiment. The first to make news was SO’s “We don’t give a shit about gluten-free” tirade; the second was Burr-Eatery’s sign claiming nobody was gluten-free in Colonial Mexico. 

Both signs were championed by locals, which further marginalizes those who have medical reasons for avoiding gluten, carbohydrates, or other foods. The mockery may be brought on by overly aggressive customers on fad diets, but the ripple effect doesn’t end there.

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