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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sustainable Seafood is Easy with Real Good Fish

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Channel Island Ridgeback prawn ceviche - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • Channel Island Ridgeback prawn ceviche
When Sir Francis Drake first laid his eyes upon the San Francisco Bay, he was rumored to have remarked that it was so clear, he could see straight down to the bottom.

The opacity of our beloved body of water may have changed since then, but believe it or not, the life inside of it has continued to flourish. This ranges from edible life like nori seaweed, anchovies, and shrimp, to sightseeing wonders like great white sharks, humpback whales, and other marine mammals.

As the disconnect between urban eaters and agriculture grows, issues like overfishing become the standard, and go unnoticed by the layperson. In general, San Francisco may be more aware of these sorts of things than most cities, but there remains a tremendous amount of effort that needs to take place in order to staunch and then reverse the damage done to our oceans.

Real Good Fish is a community supported fishery with pick-up sites throughout Northern California, including Sausalito, and they're working to do exactly that. That's why they and Davey Jones Deli partnered with the crew of the Freda B to host a sustainable seafood sailing trip around the Bay over Memorial Day Weekend, which I had the chance to attend (along with about 20 others).

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Bi-Rite Market Turns 75

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

click image BI-RITE MARKET
  • Bi-Rite Market
In an era where evictions and teardowns are still the hot button topics, it’s refreshing to hear about Bi-Rite Market marking its 75th birthday this month. Sam Mogannam, Anne Walker, Calvin Tsay, Kris Hoogerhyde, John Lee, Shakirah Simley, Michael Aldridge, Trac Le, and nearly 300 current staff are all part of a grocery operation that has been holding down the same literal fort on 18th Street since 1940 — Mogannam said today that he started working there in 1974. His father and uncle, Nabil and Jack Mogannam purchased the Market in 1964.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Changing Flavor of Guerneville

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • C. Emmett Sommers

For those of us who didn’t have summer camp, we had the Russian River. For me, it was an oasis away from urban life, a haven of forests, vineyards, and a glorious river that shaped me in the way it shaped the surrounding valley. Growing up, I would spend all summer tucked beneath the redwoods, passing my days with friends building forts along the water, and my nights traversing the intricate social ecosystems that children create for themselves.

Those summers influenced us in the way that only daily exposure to nature can. We learned to read and respect the currents of the water, to recognize poison oak (the hard way), and to hand-catch crawdads for dinner.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

All Good Pizza Offers Healthier Options To Bayview

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Open for business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday - ERIKA MALDONADO
  • Erika Maldonado
  • Open for business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday
With "a little bit of Iowa, a little bit of Lousiana and a whole lot of Bayview," Kristin Houk and Matt Trahan's latest mobile food spot, All Good Pizza is bringing healthy food options to the neighborhood.

Pizza, paninis and salads are made with organic produce, herbs grown on the lot and hot links from San Francisco's Evergood Sausage Company. Houk, originally from Iowa, and Trahan, from Lousiana, live two blocks away from the mobile food facility and wanted to provide healthier food options for their neighborhood.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fresh San Francisco Bay Herring Finally on the Market

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Coming soon to a restaurant near you
  • Coming soon to a restaurant near you

We reported last month that the much-heralded return of a market for fresh herring to San Francisco was off to a slow start. Last year, the California Department of Fish and Game changed its regulations to allow herring meat to be sold locally. Previously, the fish was caught commercially so its roe could be sold in Japan.

Well, it appears the waiting is over. After a month in which it was difficult to track down sufficient quantities of fish, a sizable amount of herring was landed last night, said Tom Worthington of Monterey Fish Market.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fresh Herring to Be Sold in SF This Winter

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

fresh herring
  • fresh herring

Ever wonder where the many tons of fish landed by San Francisco Bay's commercial herring fleet throughout the winter go?

There's a growing market for local and sustainable seafood, but the bay's herring -- an inexpensive fish that lends itself to a variety of preparations -- doesn't end up at the wholesalers that line the piers along Fisherman's Wharf. Instead, the fish are processed for their roe, which is consumed as a delicacy in Japan.

That's about to change. Over the summer, local herring fisherman Ernie Koepf was instrumental in getting California Department of Fish and Game regulations revised to allow for a market from November through March for fresh herring. (The prior regulations, geared to the roe fishery, allowed only a token quota: fresh herring could be landed for only two weeks early in the season, before the fish are abundant.) The department will issue up to 10 permits, each allowing a boat to land up to 1,000 pounds of herring per day for the fresh-fish market.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Pick Summer Fruit from the Trees Outside Your Door

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Fruit trees near the SF Weekly offices
  • Fruit trees near the SF Weekly offices

There's nothing quite as refreshing as fresh fruit on a summer day, but sometimes the supermarket is too far to justify a trip just for some fresh plums. So what do you do?

Try walking around the block. There are more than 5,000 fruit trees on public land in San Francisco, and many of them are ready for harvest right now.

One easy way to find out if your neighborhood has any fruit trees is the S.F.-based Neighborhood Fruit. Founders Kaytea Petro and Oriana Tiell created the site with the hope that it would help local San Franciscans enjoy the abundant local fruit that usually goes to waste.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Petrale Sole and Sand Dabs: Are They Sustainable Seafood?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The Pacific sand dab: sustainable?
  • The Pacific sand dab: sustainable?

Part of today's SF Weekly cover story, "Go Fish," tries to find an answer to that very question. And we take issue with some of what's been purveyed lately as the conventional wisdom on what local fish you should be eating.

In February, San Francisco magazine made a splash with a lengthy story, "The New School of Fish," that examined restaurants' adherence to environmental standards in their choice of fish.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Straight from the Ranch, Part 1: Meat CSAs & Buying Networks

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Inspired by health-food notions, the "locavore" movement,

Michael Pollan, or a simple desire to save money, these days lots of

people are looking to buy their meat as whole animals, in bulk, and/or

direct from the producers. Buying networks and meat CSAs are two approaches:

Marin Sun Farms (Point

Reyes Station, CA, 415-663-8997 x203): Following the same

community-supported agriculture model used by many local farms, members

of Marin Sun's Meat Club CSA pay in advance for monthly assortments of

the farm's grass-fed, organic beef, lamb, mutton, goat, pork, veal,

chicken, and duck. They offer ten different packages of from 5 to 24

pounds, and the cost varies from $30 to $198 a month, paid 6 or 12

monthes in advance. They say this saves members up to 20% compared with

purchasing the same products at their shop or farmers market stands.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Localvore: Bay Area Cravings of the Now

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 9:06 PM


(The wacky bathroom at Four Barrel)

• Free coffee that actually tastes good: Our sister blog reveals a steal of a deal at Four Barrel going on through 4/20 [The Snitch]

• Rising star chefs: The Chron hands out its annual honor to chefs from Aziza, Gitane, Moss Room, Corso and Cafe Majestic [SFGate]

• Ricotta pound cake: Simple to make yet yielding of a tremendously rich flavor [Food Gal]

• Endives: The Trib tributes the great accidental vegetable [Oakland Tribune]

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