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Friday, November 18, 2011

Alien Pastry Chefs, Nice Baristas, and Fall Cocktails: This Week in Food Bloggery

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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Highlights from the blog this week: 


1. Have you read Lauren Smiley's great profile of Oscar Yedra yet? Yedra's a master butcher who, until now, has remained low profile in a food scene turning butchers into artisans (at minimum), even celebrities. SFoodie accompanied the cover story with a video of the man leading his team to victory in Eat Real Festival's beef butchering contest.

2. Is Sweet Genius host Ron Ben-Israel an evil space-alien genius? After watching the show, Michael Leaverton is convinced he deserves recognition along the lines of Ming the Merciless and Khan Noonien Singh.

3. In his interview with Noah Sanders, Verve Coffee's Colby Barr talks frankly about the issue that perplexes many coffee drinkers and is ignored by the geekerati: customer service. If SFoodie lived in Santa Cruz, we'd patronize his shop every day -- as it is, we pick up his beans at the Frog Hollow Farms stand in the Ferry Building.

4. Speaking of coffee, Laura Beck offers more tips for turning Ritual into your office away from your bedroom. Helpful: Tucking your tip into your cleavage to make sure the counter people notice it. 


 5. Lou Bustamante's drink of the week this week is the Orchard Malt Mule from Jasper's Corner Tap, which seems to manage the rare feat (for a cocktail) of tasting autumnal without knocking you out with pumpkin-pie spices.

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