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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday Afternoon Merriment: Rainbow Doritos and the Culture Wars

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM


Doritos now has Rainbow Doritos. And because nothing is too banal to become a highly charged signifier in the never-ending culture wars, these Frito-Lay corn chips have electrified the antigay right. By partnering with Dan Savage’s #ItGetsBetter project — which, while certainly pro-LGBT, is probably better described as anti-teen-suicide — Doritos have now become the thin edge of the wedge for the toppling of Christianity.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Snack Nation: Sriracha Almonds, SuperSeedz, and Macadamias

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Snacks - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
  • Snacks

While you can shell your own nuts and seeds, snacking is really a way to get in touch with your inner couch potato. Spicy fun with a mild kick is up for the latest batch of snacks. Although Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds' packaging sports a fiery combo of peppers and flames, the actual flavor within offers a hint of garlic and vinegar that isn't outrageously spicy.

True to the genre, some of the most fun with the Blue Diamond Sriracha almonds is sneaking orange-hued licks off your fingers before chasing it with some beer for an updated take on beer nuts. Insider tip: Wipe down your remote control to avoid your roommate/husband finding the powdered evidence.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Touch Our Junk: Doritos Roulette

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Ali Wunderman

We all have our guilty pleasures, which is why junk food purveyors such as Frito-Lay release things like their latest concoction, the limited edition Doritos Roulette. The premise behind these chips, inasmuch as they have a premise at all, is that you never know when you’ll grab a spicy chip and end up with your mouth on fire, scrambling to find the closest carton of milk (or bag of milk, if you’re Canadian). They’re the shishito peppers of the junk food world.

When I found out that these Doritos, normally so timid and harmless, sent a young British girl to the hospital I knew I had to try them for myself.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Snack Nation: Dark Chocolate Bars and Inca Berry Energy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM

click image Ocho candy bars: caramel & peanut, peanut butter, coconut, dark coffee, and mocha. - OCHO FACEBOOK
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  • Ocho candy bars: caramel & peanut, peanut butter, coconut, dark coffee, and mocha.
Live in San Francisco long enough, and you may feel a tad guilty about how few times you’ve hiked the Marin Headlands. Maybe your hikes skew more urban and gritty, trekking the mean streets of the Mission to SOMA a few times a month. Some snack-y products mean you don’t have to pony up $4 for a mediocre muffin somewhere en route. Rule #1: snacks should be easy to stow in that purse, murse, or fanny pack if you must break all fashion laws. While these are organic products, they are mainly enjoyable based on taste, ingredients and packability.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Brackers: Raw Food Snacking for Indecisive Eaters

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Brackers' cardamom-kissed sesame apple fig variety. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Brackers' cardamom-kissed sesame apple fig variety.

"Crunchy, like crackers -- filling, like bread!" The Daly City-based raw food company Amai Health Products takes the portmanteau to new heights with Brackers.

The snack features soaked and often sprouted seeds for quick, clean energy that doesn't lead to a crash or what the company describes as a sluggish "food fog." There are three flavors -- tostada, sundried tomato and chili chipotle with corn, and cardamom-kissed sesame apple fig -- and the latter stands head and shoulders above the rest with its complexity of sweet and aromatic flavors. All possess a crunch that invites fiendishness/gluttony and is hard to achieve in a raw snack.

Truthfully, these taste a lot more like crackers than bread, but the claim that they're filling is also accurate and the cardamom variety would make for a worthy accompaniment for preserves, cheese, or other typical bread toppers. Find 'em at Other Avenues.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jerky v. Jerky: Eliminating the Bland in the Big Meat-Off

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM

When we wrote up Krave's artisan jerky, a reader suggested that Oaktown Jerk made a jerky worth looking into. Then we discovered the new artisan jerky Jerk'N Pickle at the SF Chocolate Salon, and realized that it was time for a jerky-off.


Oaktown Jerk:

Cool label to be sure, but the meat was less inspired than we'd hoped. Oaktown uses grass-fed beef, which is harder to work with and often delivers tougher texture and gamier flavors, which proved to be the case here.

Hickory Smoke -- Mild: Bland to mild in flavor, and a chewy piece of meat.

Hickory Smoke -- Spicy: Bland. Liver-y (or gamey if you prefer) with a modest building of spices.

Sesame Teriyaki

Also bland. Also liver-y.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Na Ya Dessert House's Takoyaki and Thai Crepes

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Na Ya's takoyaki, $5. - YOK. K.

Na Kuanha wanted to open a stand just to sell takoyaki, Osaka-style octopus fritters (which even have their own song). But the Richmond storefront she found was too big to focus on just one street snack, so she added Japanese crepes, Taiwanese honey toast and grass jelly desserts, and Thai crepes. It's hardly cavernous, Na Ya Dessert House ― there's room for six small tables, plus a cash register and a small prep area where Kuanha assembles desserts.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wing Lee Bakery's Egg Custard Cakes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Wing Lee Bakery's custard-filled rice cakes. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Wing Lee Bakery's custard-filled rice cakes.
While colored hard-boiled eggs are probably in some people's minds at this time of year, SFoodie was craving the sweet and creamy yolk center of a different variety. One of our favorite snacks is the custard-filled sweet rice cakes (nai won gow) at Wing Lee Bakery.

The cakes are rare items available only every other day. SFoodie assumed that this was some brilliant scheme to create demand, but the staff tells us that's not the case. They explained that the baker's repertoire is so wide that they cannot make every item every day.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kaia Foods' BBQ Kale Chips: Sunny Green Delights from Oakland

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM

  • Tamara Palmer
Oakland's Kaia Foods makes kale chips in regular and BBQ varieties, the latter pumped up with flavorings that include sun-dried tomatoes, agave nectar, apple cider vinegar, wheat-free tamari, and chile/onion/garlic powders. We're not sure how these came to be labeled "BBQ" ― that's not exactly what they evoked on our palate. We got more of a sunny, almost a Tuscan vibe, not down-home Southern. Delicate crispness made the chips a standout (no hint of the raw-snacks toughness we were expecting), and they're gluten free. Would we ever choose kale chips over potato chips? Oh hell no. Theoretically.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sweet Revolution Plus Kika's Treats Equals Sweet Treaty

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Bet we can't eat just one. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Bet we can't eat just one.
San Francisco indie confectioners Sweet Revolution and Kika's Treats, who share kitchen space, have just unveiled their first collaboration. If Sweet Treaty isn't a new invention, we don't know of anything like it locally. It's a puffed corn cake dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with salt. Or we should probably say was, because ours, which we found at Other Avenues (3930 Judah at 44th Ave.), is now just a memory that we're fiending to refuel.

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