Wednesday Seven: Bacon Bacon and Fogo de Chão to Hit SoMa, Giant Snails in Oakland?

Plus the Mission-Bernal Holiday Walk lights up an often-overlooked stretch of culinary excellence this Thursday, Mario Batali partners with Belcampo Meat Co., and the truth about yogurt may be shocking.

[jump] Bacon Bacon Redux
According to Inside Scoop, Bacon Bacon is coming to South Beach. A new cafe at 737 Third Street should be open for breakfast and lunch in early January, with dinner service picking up by the Giants' home opener.

Fogo de Chão Opens Dec. 23
Fresh-Mex no more, San Francisco's only Chevy's has been gone for a while now. In its place comes Fogo de Chão, the Brazilian equivalent of Ruth's Chris. The churrascaria chain is taking its gaucho chefs and sexy cuts (alcatra, fraldinha) to 201 Third Street in SoMa, only a few blocks from the forthcoming Bacon Bacon, next week.

Mission-Bernal Holiday Walk
Although it doesn't get quite the attention it deserves, the commercial stretch of Mission Street south of Cesar Chavez is one of the best strips in town for eating and drinking. Bernalwood caught that Mission-Bernal Holiday Walk is this Thursday, Dec. 17. Over 40 businesses will participate — look for wreaths on their doors to know that they're in — on the gradually ascending slope from Cesar Chavez down to Randall Street, including Blue Plate SF, Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, Cafe Seventy8, The Front Porch, Iron & Gold, Old Bus Tavern, The Royal Cuckoo Organ Lounge, Virgil’s Sea Room, BEL, and Ichi Sushi.

Mario Batali and Belcampo Meat Co.
The celeb chef has partnered with Belcampo Meat to create a collection of free-range, certified-organic salumi from a proprietary breed of hogs raised on Shasta Valley farms. Belcampo by Mario Batali will be available at seven of the chain's locations, with an eight-ounce spicy pepperoni, eight-ounce traditional salumi, and one-pound cotechino.
Giant Snails in Oakland
Well, this is unsettling. Giant African Snails, the highly invasive (and occasionally meningitis-spreading) mollusks that apparently grow to be three inches long, have allegedly been found in Oakland, according to NBC's Jody Hernandez. (They're nocturnal, of course.)

Lettuce is Worse for the Environment Than Bacon?
If you're one of the Bacon Bacon haters, make sure to read this Scientific American article about how lettuce might actually have greater carbon dioxide emissions, calorie for calorie than salty pork products. Lettuce, being a thirsty, energy-intensive crop that's challenging to ship, is singled out as the bad guy mostly because it sounds so inoffensive. (It's actually very complicated, and of course, eating less meat is indisputably better for the environment than a beef-heavy diet. But the thesis makes a good case for why going vegan doesn't automatically lower your carbon footprint.)

Yogurt Might Be the Key to Everything

Oh, God, your self-righteous friend who won't shut up about yogurt might be onto something. According to Salon, probiotics are more than just good for your gut. They might be crucial for human happiness itself. I had not one but two conversations about fecal transplants at holiday parties last weekend, so this is way better.

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