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Monday, July 13, 2015

Video: Drone Drops Whoppers For Homeless People in SF

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Not the Whopper Dropper - DON MCCULLOUGH/FLICKR
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  • Not the Whopper Dropper

Could drones be the answer to solving hunger among the homeless? Or just an ethically murky mash-up of technology and altruism?

In 2014, Dronelyfe, a San Francisco-based production company that specializes in aerial video and photography, collaborated with L.A.-based filmmaker Mitch Surette to create a video in which a claw-handed drone drops Burger King Whoppers into the hands of homeless people.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chipotle Thinks a Living Wage and an Affordable Burrito Don't Go Together

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:01 AM

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Remember the spate of articles earlier this year that traced the unintended consequences of Prop J, San Francisco’s minimum wage hike? Everyone from the Chronicle to Forbes to the Wall Street Journal investigated how the increase could be the death knell for the city’s small businesses. Borderlands Books in the Mission became the public face of the wage war; citing high overhead costs exacerbated by the new $15 minimum wage, the shop teetered on the brink of shuttering. (A monthly sponsorship program is keeping it afloat for the time being.)

Not to bury the lede here, but the latest twist in the minimum wage saga comes from an unlikely source: Chipotle. A report from wealth management firm William Blair finds that the restaurant chain hiked prices more than 10 percent across the menu, with a 14 percent increase on steak and barbacoa entrees. The company had planned to raise prices four to six percent in select markets. So why the big bump in San Francisco?

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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Bay Area Is Full of Skinny People

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Maybe it's all those hills we climb or just the popularity of the treadmill desk. More likely, it's that you can't afford rent and groceries anymore. Whatever the case may be,  a new study has found that the San Francisco Bay Area is full of skinny people. 

According to, the Bay Area has the fifth smallest weight problem in the United States. The study rates American cities based statistics concerning obesity, lifestyle habits, and occurrence of weight-related illnesses, including diabetes and high blood pressure. The news comes just in time to honor of National Nutrition Month, which also happens to fall during Girl Scout Cookie season.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kamala Harris Attempts to Ban Foie Gras in California — Again

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Well, here we go again. We're getting word that Attorney General Kamala Harris filed an appeal with Ninth Circuit Court today, hoping to once again make foie gras illegal in California. 

As readers (and foodies) already know, the ban on foie gras was overturned in January, making  it perfectly legal for foodies to snack on the fatty duck liver. A California judge claimed that the state's ban on foie gras was creating unfair financial injury to out-of-state producers, for starters. 

Obviously, animal cruelty activists were not thrilled, saying forced feeding ducks and geese to enlarge their livers amounts to animal cruelty. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ain't No Thanksgiving Like a Doctors' Wives Thanksgiving

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Bon appétit!
  • Bon appétit!
Ignore the diets of the past and you ignore a serving of history — it'd be a gastric bypass of sorts. And so, with Thanksgiving imminent and the time of day where people begin boozing it up and commingling upon us, we bring you this: Thanksgiving recipes from the UCSF Doctors' Wives Association

It's always a trip to travel back to an era when More Doctors Smoked Camels — and, all but certainly, a Y-Chromosome was a prerequisite in the field of practicing medicine, and the term "confirmed bachelor" had deeper meanings. Add to that: The wives of healthcare professionals were happy to share recipes consisting largely of cream, corn syrup, and, oddly enough, bullion.

How, we wonder, did anyone survive back in those days? The answer is simple. They all died.  

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

If You Have Enough Food for the Holidays, Then Share It

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

It's that time of the year, when rain is possible and eggnog is plentiful. 

And you eat too much. 

Thanksgiving is here and instead of stuffing your face with stuffing, how about you cut back on the overeating and donate a little food to people who really need it. 

The SF-Marin Food Bank is asking you to help make sure no one goes hungry in San Francisco and Marin this holiday season.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Delivery Truck Workers Beaten Over Loaves of Bread

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM

San Francisco police are investigating an unexpected food crime, involving a pair of hungry robbers who attacked two men and stole loaves of bread from a delivery truck this morning. 

According to police, a truck loaded with delicious bread was parked at the 500 block of Florida Street at about 2:30 a.m. when two unknown men started their version of carb-loading, pilfering loaves of bread from the back of the truck. Two of the delivery truck employees saw what was happening and attempted to stop the theft.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

South SF Recycling Agency Converting Compost Into Fuel

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 7:21 AM

SSFSC managing partners and elected offcials from South San Franscisco, Millbrae, Brisbane and Colma join SSFSC President Doug Button in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the company's new dry anaerobic digester. - SSFSC
  • SSFSC managing partners and elected offcials from South San Franscisco, Millbrae, Brisbane and Colma join SSFSC President Doug Button in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the company's new dry anaerobic digester.
New technology is enabling South San Francisco trash trucks to run on the very refuse they pick up.

South San Francisco Scavenger Company, which provides recycling and solid waste services at the San Francisco International Airport and in South San Francisco, Brisbane, and Millbrae, is partnering with the facility that processes its trash to convert food scraps into fuel.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cops Say Happy Donut Shooting Suspect Still on the Lam and Could Be Dying

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Doughnuts are yummy, crime is yucky
  • Doughnuts are yummy, crime is yucky

San Francisco police are asking for your help in locating the man who shot another man inside a Visitaction Valley Happy Donuts earlier this week. Police say it's urgent, as the suspect could be dying from wounds he got during the robbery.

On Monday just before 3 a.m., the armed robber walked into the pastry shop on the 2600 Block of Bayshore Boulevard where he attempted to rob the owner who pulled out his own knife, police said.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Here's A Possible Silver Lining to the Chez Panisse Fire

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM


The food Twittersphere has been buzzing this morning about the news of a fire last night at iconic Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse. The fire was first reported around 3 a.m. by a passer-by, and contained sometime between 3:30 and 3:45 a.m. -- before the blaze could f-up any more than the exterior and front porch, according to reports from several sources.

Alice Waters told The New York Times that she hoped to re-open the popular cafe later this week, thanks to her business interruption insurance.

But there's got to a silver lining to this tragedy.

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