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Friday, June 25, 2010

A Year Later, Remembering Michael Jackson with Edible Tributes

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Jesus Juice is Humphry Slocombe's top-selling sorbet. - SCOTT BEALE/LAUGHINGSQUID.COM
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  • Jesus Juice is Humphry Slocombe's top-selling sorbet.
Today is the anniversary of Michael Jackson's tragic death. This blogger plans to spend most of the day alternating between moonwalking, sobbing, and, if we can muster an appetite, eating and drinking San Francisco's dear tributes to the King of Pop.

We'd start on the top of SFMOMA at the Rooftop Coffee Bar and sip the Bubbles white hot chocolate with edible gold leaf, a nod to the museum's famous Michael Jackson and Bubbles piece by Jeff Koons. The Rooftop Garden reopens today after more than a month of renovations, so it's gonna be extra snazzy. Then, it'd be off to Humphry Slocombe for a lick or five of Jesus Juice, the shop's best-selling sorbet that's a blend of red wine and Coca-Cola (shh, don't tell Pepsi).

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Should Vitamin Popcorn Be Part of Your Balanced Diet?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

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The other night, while trawling the Lower Haight for good Snacktion, we came across Tate's Vitamin Popcorn, which boasts 10 "essential vitamins and minerals" such as beta-carotene, zinc, and Vitamins A, C, and E. Plus honey-roasted peanuts! Our late night snack fixes are rarely of the health-boosting sort, so this seemed to be the best of both worlds.

Three out of three friends we surveyed couldn't get past the first bite. We shoveled a few handfuls of it, both out of reflex and of research, looking past a frankly medicinal taste for as long as we could. But they were right. It's a great idea, but we don't think Vitamin Popcorn needs to be part of your balanced diet.

Take our word for it, or take the "healthy" challenge for yourself by ordering online or at Haight Fillmore Whole Foods (503 Haight at Fillmore).

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

From Napa to Hong Kong and Back: Meet Amazing Delights' Well-Traveled Figs

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

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A new Hong Kong-based company called Amazing Delights hopes to market its fig-based confections to the health-conscious. When its Divine line ("trust in every bit [sic]") hit local shelves later this year (probably), they might well be the most well-traveled figs around. The company sources figs and nuts from Napa County, exports them to Hong Kong, and will soon send them back to California in snack form. Low in fat and with no added sweeteners except honey, these are pretty healthy, and taste good. Maybe not the most innovative thing you can do with Northern California produce, but it is kinda fascinating to have a taste of something with so many return frequent flyer miles.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Haight Gets Its Own Potato Chip, Complete with Chesty Hippie Chick

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Totally crunchy. - T. PALMER
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  • Totally crunchy.
Venice, Calif.-based Rock-n-Roll Gourmet has introduced a new line of baked potato snacks under the Hippie Chips banner, paying tribute to the epicenter of the Summer of Love with a flavor callled Haight-Ashberry Jalapeño. With investors that reportedly include the founder of Patrón, Rock-n-Roll Gourmet and Hippie Chips might be poised to reach a wide audience, despite the cringe-worthy packaging emblazoned with a peace-lovin' blonde exclaiming, "They're awesome!" (Because people in the sixties said awesome all the time, apparently.)

A zesty combo of fruit juice concentrate and jalapeño spice, they're pretty good if you like baked potato chips. But they simply might not be worth the embarrassment of buying 'em.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Snacktion: Fiji's Answer to Chex Mix

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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  • T. Palmer
Name: Fiji Mix
Brand: Bhooja King
Origin: Hayward
Found at: Rainbow Grocery (1745 Folsom at 13th St.)
Cost: $3.79
Ingredients:

Peas, salt, poha, garlic, peanuts, chile, canola oil, gram flour, nuts
The word:
Poha, or flattened rice snacks, form the basis of Fiji's answer to Chex Mix. 
Tasting notes: Spicy and addictive, with a harder-than-expected crunch. The ingredients list mysterious "nuts," and other than peanuts, we can't tell what those might be.
Extra credit: We're also fond of Bhooja King's Indian snacks

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Snacktion: Cornbrights, Sugary Extruded Corn Snacks from El Salvador

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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Name: Cornbrights
Brand: Productos Alimenticios
Origin: El Salvador
Found at: La Loma Produce #7 (2695 San Bruno at Bacon)
Cost: $0.99
Ingredients: Sugar, corn grits, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated palm olein or cottonseed oil, salt, artificial flavors, artificial colors, citric acid
Calories per serving: Not listed
The word:
"Sugar-coated extruded corn snack."
Tasting notes: Reminiscent of Corn Pops cereal with an extra few coats of thick, crusty sugar.
Buy it again? No, but we want to kinda badly.
Extra credit: La Loma is a great spot for all kinds of sweet, salty, and spicy Snacktion from El Salvador and Mexico.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Snacktion: Sonoma Sunshine's Chocolaty, Nut-Studded Take on the Rice Krispies Treat

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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Name: Sonoma Sunshine Krispettes
Brand: Caroline's Desserts
Origin: Washington
Found at: Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe (2890 Taylor at Jefferson)
Cost: $4.95
Ingredients: Marshmallows, organic gluten free crispy brown rice cereal, unsalted butter, apricots, pistachios, chocolate chips, soy lecithin, pure vanilla
Calories per serving: 80
The word:
Like a Rice Krispies treat, but with the additions of dark chocolate drizzles, dried apricots, and pistachios.
Tasting notes: The crisped rice tastes stale, but the flavor combos are good.
Buy it again? No.
Extra credit: Shamelessly steal the idea and make it yourself.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Snacktion: Snow Ball Cookies

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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  • T. Palmer
Name: Snow Ball Cookies
Brand: Nijiya Market
Origin: Torrance
Found at: Nijiya Market (1737 Post at Webster)
Cost: $1.69
Ingredients:

Flour, butter, powdered sugar, pecans
Calories per serving: Not listed
The word:
These classic powdered sugar dusted pecan cookies aren't particularly Japanese, but are an exotic addition to this local Japanese indie grocery chain. 
Tasting notes: A napkin is essential, both to navigate a crumby mess, and to make sure none of this sweet goodness goes to waste.
Buy it again? Yes
Extra credit: See if you can eat these without your pants looking like a Studio 54 casualty.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snacktion: DeLessio's Rabanada, Brazilian-Style French Toast

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM

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  • T. Palmer
Name: Rabanada
Found at: DeLessio Market and Bakery (302 Broderick at Oak; also at 1695 Market at Gough)
Cost: $2.25
Ingredients: French bread, milk, condensed milk, organic sugar, cinnamon
The word:
Brazilian French toast made creamier with the addition of condensed milk, pan-fried and tossed with sugar and cinnamon.
Tasting notes: It's all about the contrast between outside and inside. It doesn't turn soggy, and you don't even have to heat it, though that'd probably be good, too.
Buy it again? We're going to hell if we do, but what the hell.
Extra credit: Add butter or syrup, and you're really asking for it (in the best possible way).

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Snacktion: Chocolate Tortilla Chips

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 9:30 AM

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  • T. Palmer
Name: Chocolate Tortilla Chips

Brand: FoodShouldTasteGood

Origin: Massachusetts

Found at: Falletti Foods (308 Broderick at Fell)

Cost: $3.29

Ingredients: Stone ground corn, high oleic sunflower oil and/or safflower oil, semi-sweet chocolate powder, evaporated cane juice, corn bran, Dutch cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sea salt.

Calories per serving: 140

The word: Chocolate-flavored corn tortilla chips that are free of gluten, trans fats, and cholesterol.

Tasting notes: Chocolate's savory side really shines through here. There's only a hint of sweetness and a light, crisp crunch.

Buy it again? Yes

Extra credit: These don't need toppings to satisfy, but taste as good with salsa and cream cheese as with honey and ice cream.

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