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Friday, April 1, 2016

Top New Food Trucks to Enter the Arena

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

A.K. CARROLL
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On your mark, get set, eat. Off the Grid has launched their 2016 season, which means none of us need worry about who’s cooking dinner on Friday night (or any other day of the week, depending on your location). With over 200 vendors sizzling, sautéing, stuffing and serving, the network of Street Food vendors offers a diverse options to say the least. A few notable newbies have joined the Fort Mason lineup, where 30 vendors serve from 5-10 p.m. each Friday.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pop Quiz, Hot Shot: S.F.'s 5 Best Trivia Nights

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Team Condé Nasty taking home the gold at Vinyl - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • Team Condé Nasty taking home the gold at Vinyl

There’s nothing more satisfying than having your obscure knowledge of American serial killers validated by questions posed at bar trivia. Since San Francisco is full of smarties, it makes sense that there is a surplus of trivia hot spots to keep everyone on top of their game.

Here are five of the best. (Note: This is by no means a definitive list):

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Five Hot Chocolates to Try This San Francisco Summer

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Dandelion Chocolate's house hot chocolate with a complimentary oatmeal cookie. - BETTY WANG
  • Betty Wang
  • Dandelion Chocolate's house hot chocolate with a complimentary oatmeal cookie.


Summer in San Francisco means it's hot chocolate time. Sure, global warming continues to loom and we'll get random spurts of traditional summer weather occasionally (much to the dismay of tourists who think they beat the system by purchasing a pastel "San Francisco" sweatshirt). That being said, however, and back to the point: hot chocolate and foggy weather are a combination that can't be beat.

So when you catch yourself with a craving and don't have access to a microwave to make a prepackaged cup from the lovely Swiss Miss ladies, here are five contenders in and around the city, with a little something unique for every option that make them worth trying.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brrr ... It's Cold in Here: 5 Frozen Drinks for Summer

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM


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  • Mai Tai from Li Po Lounge

When I see a frozen cocktail on a menu, I have instant tunnel vision, becoming blind to all the other artfully crafted drinks on the carefully cultivated menus. A perfectly balanced Negroni made with housemade vermouth? Don’t care. But a refreshing blended beverage dispensed from a machine? Why, don’t mind if I do! Perhaps it's because they conjure childhood memories of 7-Eleven Slurpees sucked down on yearly road trips to Idaho, or later recollections of spiking said frosty beverages with confiscated alcohol from my parents’ liquor cabinet before high school dances. Whatever the reason, I have a deep, lasting love for them. One of the main reasons I always choose to stay at the ACE Hotel while in Palm Springs is their ever-rotating (and thankfully ever-present) frozen cocktails served at their poolside bar. Fortunately, wonderful versions of these icy concoctions can be found throughout San Francisco — no road trip required.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Top 5 Humane Fast Food Joints in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 7:40 AM

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Regardless of what some militant herbivores will tell you, not all meat-eaters are evil marauding baby-eaters who have zero regard for where their meat came from. San Francisco is already a leader in providing diners with organic, humanely raised meat -- and it's not just for the fancy restaurants. Here are our top five places to get humanely-raised fast food in the city.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Five Giant Snacks New to AT&T Park This Season

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Giants opening day is only a week away, and as much as we adore our World Series champions, we can't help but wish the food in the stands was as good as the action on the field. 

This year that might finally be happening. Crave-able additions to the AT&T Park menu include a veggie frankfurter, beef brisket, and corned beef sandwiches. Here's the heavy hitting highlights of the new Giant snacks.

Sweet potato fries at Murphy's Pub - ERIN BROWNER
  • Erin Browner
  • Sweet potato fries at Murphy's Pub

5. Curry dusted sweet potato fries served at Murph's Pub: Obviously the sweet potato version of fries could never replace baseball's infamous garlic fries, but we appreciate the healthier (and less stinky) option.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Top 5 Racist Food Faux Pas

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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By now, you've probably heard about Ben & Jerry's limited-release ice cream flavor, "Taste the Lin-Sanity," which included a lychee swirl and Fortune Cookies. You know, because he's Asian. Because, you know, if he was African-American, Ben and Jerry woulda thought it was a good idea to fill it with watermelon and fried chicken. OH WAIT. Anyway, we live in an incredibly racist world filled with crap like this that happens all the time, and so we thought we'd take a walk down memory lane and see what other fun food campaigns turned out to be just the tiniest bit racist. And by "tiniest bit racist," we mean, Long Duk Dong-level racist.

5. NYPD Cases Muslim Restaurants
Turns out, the NYPD just really loves to keep an eye on Muslim restaurants. Maybe it's because some of them sell donuts? Or maybe it's because they're profiling based on race. One or the other, we guess. Maybe both!

4. Fun with receipts!
Restaurants just can't stop being racist on their receipts. Not only are these people racist, they're also incredibly stupid. Customers get copies of their receipts, brainiacs.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Five Mall Food Court Finds S.F. Foodies Can Stomach

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

The typical mall food court is the culinary equivalent of The Epcot Center -- a rickety selection of "ethnic" delights poorly prepared and served lukewarm to the grinning consumers of modern America. There the fruits of the world's gastronomic endeavors are reduced to their most basic,  blandly palatable components ... Unless you're lucky enough to stroll down the Concourse level of the Westfield San Francisco Centre.

Though its lowest level maintains the plasticky gleam of a mall eatery, as well as the seemingly required selection of Buckhorn Grills and Kichi Japanese Kiosks seemingly native to all food courts, the Westfield Center also manages to transcend the abject disgust so often associated with a meal spent in the basement of a monument to shopping.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Top 5 YouTube Cooking Shows

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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ig news in the food world: Food Network exec Bruce Seidel is jumping ship for YouTube's new food channel. Considering that the internet seems like it might be here to stay, it's probably not a terrible idea. While Bruce is most likely pondering YouTube's food channel future, we'd like to humbly (?) suggest a few YouTube stars to take with him to the big time. Bruce, call us -- we'll do lunch on you.

5. Nicko's Kitchen
Nicko is a lovely large-and-in-charge Aussie and he's teaching us how to create food, down under-style. He's basically a male version of Guy Fieri -- lots of fast, loud talking and catchy theme songs. He's easy to follow, has adorable kids, and that accent. We like! We're telling you, Bruce, this guy could take off.

4. Depression Era Cooking
The original slow cook, 96 year old Clara, tells tales of surviving the great depression on nothing but a tomato plant and a can of beans. She's adorable, sassy, and LIVED THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION. Have some respect! Clara's show is part History Channel, part Food Network, and 100-percent awesome. She even talks about how, during the depression, bootleggers came door to door to convince people to store whiskey in their backyard. Screw Boardwalk Empire, we've got Clara.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Top 5 Cooking with Dog Episodes

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

First, everyone relax! It's a cooking show about a woman who cooks with her dog. Second, his name is Frances, he's internet savvy, he wears many hats (figuratively and literally), and he loves to sit on the kitchen counter and narrate each episode while his mom (girlfriend? beard?) does the cooking. SFoodie is rightfully obsessed with Frances so get excited for some unsanitary deliciousness via our five favorite episodes. Take it away, dog!

5. Kohaku Namasu (Pickled Daikon and Carrot Salad)

It's a new year's recipe, so we have to include it. Plus, Frances asks for votes in some YouTube contest at the end, and it's truly amazing. If you do one thing for me today, please pay my rent. If you do another thing, please get to the end of this video to see Frances using a PowerBook. He's good in the kitchen, he knows how to work a computer, and he can talk -- he's really got it all!

4. Christmas Crepes

Although the holidays have passed, nothing beats Frances in a Santa hat. Plus, I swear, Frances is sleeping standing up for over half of this episode. Quit sleeping on the job, dog! Okay, okay: Keep sleeping on the job. It's adorable.

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