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Friday, May 20, 2011

Ascending Ramen in Parkside, Falling Stars and Their Grilling Tips: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM

My own favorite celebrity cookbook.
  • My own favorite celebrity cookbook.

Highlights from the blog this week:

1. Carina Ost dredged the internet and pulled up 10 sopping, putrid celebrity cookbooks. Now that food has become the new rock, expect the System of a Down cupcake guide sometime soon.

2. Luis Chong continues to monitor San Francisco's ramen scene. This week, he samples the tonkotsu ramen at the new Ramen Doraku in Parkside.

3. We finally wrapped up the SFoodie's 92 with a few of our favorite places: Mission Chinese Food, Il Cane Rosso, and Cafe Jacqueline. You can find the full list of our 92 favorite dishes (this year) at the end of dish number 1, BBQ pork buns from Cafe Bakery.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Chef-Crushing on London, Discovering Anda Piroshki: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Gialina's Atomica. - NICK VASILOPOULOS/STOQQ
  • Nick Vasilopoulos/Stoqq
  • Gialina's Atomica.

Highlights from the blog this week:

1. Laura Beck eats at Ubuntu, faints, then interviews chef Aaron London as soon as she recovers. London reveals that he does indeed work 100 hours a week and strives to make every part of the artichoke edible, which is pretty much the vegetarian equivalent of learning to cook pig bladders and coxcombs.

2. Jason Henry writes a post honoring the great ― and expanding ― City Beer Store on its five-year anniversary, then describes some of the tripped-out specialty beers the owners served at their anniversary party.

3. John Birdsall interviews Anna Tvelova, a Moscow-to-S.F. transplant who's just about to open Anda Piroshki at the 331 Cortland Marketplace in Bernal Heights. Bonuses: There will be borscht, and vegan piroshki.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Cold Ice, Hot Tofu, and Fresh Croissants: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Starter Bakery croissants. - JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall
  • Starter Bakery croissants.

Highlights from the blog this week:

1. SFoodie bloggers locate two dishes I've been curious about for a while: Luis Chong finds Taiwanese-style shaved ice in the Outer Sunset, just in time for a miniheatwave, and Sean Timberlake writes an SF92 post about the ephemeral, freshly made oboro tofu at Eiji.

2. Getting to talk to Mission High principal Eric Guthertz and Bi-Rite's Sam Mogannam about the lunch that Bi-Rite, Frances, Slanted Door, and Delfina cooked for the students yesterday was probably the highlight of my week. As Mogannam said about the principal's efforts to reward the kids for improving their scores by more than 10 percent, "Seeing him being able to turn the school around and have those kids see they can accomplish something was awesome."

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Truck Backlash, Buffet Busting, & Rum School: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Study hall at Smuggler's Cove. - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Study hall at Smuggler's Cove.

Highlights from the blog this week:

1. When Martin Cate announced his 200-rum tasting program at Smugglers' Cove, it seemed almost inconceivable that three people would make it through the full list, let alone so quickly. Lou Bustamante interviews three of the program's success stories and reports on their 201st rum: Triumvirate, which they helped distill.

2. All of us at SFoodie were heartened that San Francisco's new street food regulations passed so easily this fall. Thanks to John Birdsall's reporting this week, we're learning the downside of the new regs: Any NIMBY within range of a prime spot can block a food truck from parking there.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Babka Lust, Library Tips, and the Fawaffle: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Sardines: Tasty, plentiful, and local.
  • Sardines: Tasty, plentiful, and local.

Highlights from the blog this week:

1. In this week's Weekly cover story, "Go Fish," Peter Jamison argues that the answer to the question "How can I make sure my seafood is sustainably sourced?" is to eat local. He provides a list of local fish and shellfish to shop for. Or, in the case of California sardines, you can just go to Contigo for one of this year's 92 favorite dishes: sardine and avocado toasts with pickled onions.



2. Not to torture anyone who's already tired of matzoh, but Alex Hochman writes lovingly about Wise Sons Deli's chocolate babka French toast. Which you will be able to order the Saturday after next.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Urban Farm Stands, Fava Leaves, and the Right Way to Sting

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I want to see this at the corner of 27th and Church.
  • I want to see this at the corner of 27th and Church.

1. In this week's top story, John Birdsall reports that San Francisco finally revised its urban gardening regulations, becoming the most progressive city in the nation in that regards. (Let's hope it shames inspires Oakland to rethink the Novella Carpenter crackdown.) By August, I expect to see fourth-graders on every corner in Noe Valley, hawking the mâche they grew in their back yards.

2. SFoodie's 92-dish countdown rolls along, with fava greens, mussels steamed with harissa, and cumin lamb. In other words, a marginally balanced diet.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Maps, Maps, Maps: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Castro Farmers Market: Back in business. - KENNEJIMA/FLICKR
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  • Castro Farmers Market: Back in business.

Five SFoodie highlights from this week:

1. Sean Timberlake just updated the map of San Francisco farmers' markets that Jun Belen created last year. Then he came up with a schedule of markets, listed by day of the week. This is one for the bookmark bar in your browser. Is there any way we can turn it into an app?

2. Do you heart Chaac?

3. It's been amazing to watch the food community react to the Japan earthquake and tsunami by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for relief efforts. Here's a smaller fundraising assignment for you this evening: Head down to Los Panchos at Mission and Valencia for few pupusas and and other Salvadoran antojitos ― the restaurant may have escaped major destruction from Wednesday night's fire, but the owners do have to repair a few things, and any extra business helps. Then head down for drinks and dancing (with DJ Hard French spinning, it won't be hard) at El Rio, dropping some cash at the door to help out the tenants of the buildings who lost everything.



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Friday, April 1, 2011

Devil Burgers, Farewell to Feely, and Mutually Supportive Deliciousness

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Vegetarians can apparently thank St. Francis back for its veggie burger. - SOUPSTANCE/FLICKR
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  • Vegetarians can apparently thank St. Francis back for its veggie burger.

Five highlights from the blogs and beyond:

1. This week, SFoodie hit the two-thirds mark on our countdown of our 92 favorite dishes (well, this year), covering ravioli in Russian Hill, SOMA breakfast pastries, and Burmese noodles in the Richmond.

We here at SFoodie do want to note that, having read our fair share of bell

hooks and Adrienne Rich in college, there's no

hierarchy to the 92, but instead a collective of equally delicious,

mutually supportive foods.

2. Laura Hooper Beck just posted a list of her seven favorite veggie burgers in the Bay Area. Plant Cafe I knew about, Saturn Cafe I'd heard about, but the St. Francis Fountain devil burger? Interesting. So far, commenters have added veggie burgers at Namu and Hotel Utah to her rankings.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Kati Rolls, Three-Fingered Gamblers, and Holy Cannoli: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 5:24 PM

A kati-roll vendor in Kolkota. - AMANDERSON2/FLICKR

Five highlights from the blogs this week:

1. John Birdsall interviews Annamika Khanna from Kasa about the closing of her Marina branch, learns why she's doing weekly vegan dinners at the Corner if she eats dairy herself, and gets the sad news that Kasa's kati roll truck is still a long ways off.

2. Can't figure out which was more entertaining: Jesse Hirsch's profile of SFoodie blogger Lou Bustamante ― part of Jesse's new series of getting-to-know-you pieces about our contributors ― or Lou's profile pic. To clarify: Lou makes that face a lot.

3. My favorite post this week was Birdsall's SFoodie's 92 piece about the memories that Swensen's sticky chewy chocolate ice cream

evokes. Being babysat at the racetrack? Sidling up to a three-fingered gamblers for betting tips? I was

lucky if I was allowed to watch more than two hours of television in a row.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Amazing Drunken Feats, Stinky Cheese, and Cookies: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Dead pig: the new tablescape. - NICASIO VALLEY CHEESE CO.
  • Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.
  • Dead pig: the new tablescape.

Highlights from the blog this week.

1. Finally, Carina Ost proved that it's possible to be drunk on a Saturday night and remember Benu's odd late-night Saturday burrito stand.

2. Used to be every party had an ice sculpture. Then it was a pair of turntables and a DJ. Now it's a pig carcass. Sean Timberlake attends the pork happy hour at Fatted Calf's new Hayes Valley store, centered around the breakdown of a whole pig. It's a great way to entice people to cook new cuts of pork. If you're the customer who ends up buying the head, please, please take the bus home. You will make 100 commutes memorable, and perhaps eclipse that awful chicken-on-the-30 urban myth that's been circulating for a couple of decades.

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