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Monday, June 29, 2015

Dogpatch Dive the Sea Star to Become Pet-Friendly

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

The Sea Star, having been around for decades, reopened with a new list of cocktails and a haunted hotel vibe after a fairly extensive renovation last year. The Dogpatch dive had been called the Goat, and its new incarnation was a better fit for a neighborhood that had long since transitioned away from heavy industry to artisanal metalwork.

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Chickens Come Home to Roost: Prop 2 Hits Egg Prices

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Battery cages were the industry standard in California until Proposition 2 was approved by voters in 2008. - WIKIMEDIA
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  • Battery cages were the industry standard in California until Proposition 2 was approved by voters in 2008.

While egg prices have been rising dramatically across the country due to an avian flu epidemic which has killed some 48 millions turkeys and chickens across the Midwest, California's increase can be traced back to a decision made by the state's voters back in 2008. The chickens, in other words, have come home to roost.

Seven years ago, California voters passed Proposition 2, which mandates that the state's confined agricultural livestock be given sufficient space “to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.” The proposition, which covered sow gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages, passed with 63 percent of the vote. Farmers had until January, 2015, to bring their facilities up to the law's standards. Farmers argued, however, that the new law was vague in describing just what size the new confinements should be, and – of course – lawsuits ensued.

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Montesacro's Pinsas Are Not Pizzas

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The Infernetto Pinsa at Montesacro - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • The Infernetto Pinsa at Montesacro

Hold it. Don’t even think about calling Montesacro Pinseria Romana’s defining dish “pizza.” Stop, now.

Presented as a stretched-out concave oval not unlike the Mexican street food staple “huarache,” only with dough in lieu of masa, Montesacro's is a strong statement on art of pizza — or pinsas, or whatever you desire to call a few toppings on intensely heated crust.

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High Water Brewing Releases Nyctophiliac Dark Sour Ale

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Nyctophiliac Dark Sour Ale - HIGH WATER BREWING
  • High Water Brewing
  • Nyctophiliac Dark Sour Ale

Although it sounds as if it could be some ominous beast from a George R.R. Martin fantasy novel, Nyctophiliac is assuredly real. The latest release from Chico's High Water Brewing is a dark sour ale straddling the divide between deep roasted decadence, and tongue-tickling tartness. Darker ales tend to fall out of favor this time of year, so let's some shed light on why this one's worth seeking out before winter returns.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Cheers to San Francisco's Emerging Wine Bar Trend & Tofino Wines

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Smoked Trout Dip and Some Vino Fun at Tofino Wines - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Smoked Trout Dip and Some Vino Fun at Tofino Wines

A rosé can be tremendously swell with domestic and international expressions every bit as riveting as exalted whites and reds. It can also be, well, the summertime shandy of wine. Beaujolais, by contrast, needs more explanation. A tremendously accomplished region of Southern Burgundy focusing on the Gamay grape, it is not in fact 100 percent Beaujolais Nouveau. Thank goodness. And thank goodness we're given the new Tofino Wines Laurel Heights for making believers in rosé from Beaujolais.

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How Food Delivery Service Thistle Changed The Way I Eat

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

ADRIAN SPINELLI
  • Adrian Spinelli
I am insanely carnivorous.

I have bacon with my breakfast at least every other day. I cook a ridiculous Ducasse method cast-iron New York steak on the regular. I eat so much pho that multiple Vietnamese restaurants in the city know me by name when I walk in.

So when I investigated the Berkeley-based Thistle's organic, primarily plant-based, and locally-sourced “healthy food and cold-pressed juice” subscription/delivery service, I had my doubts.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

FRIDAY: Off the Grid's 5th Anniversary at Fort Mason

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM

OFF THE GRID
  • Off the Grid

Not everything makes it to its fifth anniversary. Neither the Carter Administration nor the Battlestar Galactica reboot did, and only two of Elizabeth Taylor’s eight marriages got much farther. So we announce with great fanfare that Off the Grid is about to celebrate its fifth anniversary tomorrow, Friday, June 26 (although the very first market was exactly five years ago today). Good job, y’all!

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Fine & Rare's Brick-and-Mortar Aims for Mid-July

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

FINE & RARE
  • Fine & Rare

Remember when the blocks surrounding City Hall were just a joyless bureaucratic wasteland and you had to walk to Hayes Valley to eat after dark? The Empire Room is rocking it on Golden Gate Ave., and now Fine & Rare is opening a permanent location right next door, in the space where Jeremiah Tower’s Stars once stood. The target date is July 15 and, if Instagram tells the truth, they're in the "choosing enamelware" phase.

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Eat This: Raviolo al Uovo (And More) at Plin

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Plin's Raviolo al Uovo - ALL PHOTOS TREVOR FELCH
  • All Photos Trevor Felch
  • Plin's Raviolo al Uovo

Like any artist, chefs most definitely don’t want to be tied down by a “signature” dish. They want to continually channel their extensive inner creativity and be known as much more than just the mastermind of this particular plate. Hey, why do Broadway actors rarely stay on the same show for more than a couple months Why does Taylor Swift no longer dabble in anything related to country? Same reason. Let the creative energies be free.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Oakland's Forthcoming Salsipuedes Crowdfunds Its Way to Completion

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM

SALSIPUEDES
  • Salsipuedes

The amount of initial capital required to open a restaurant can be daunting to all but the most well-heeled of entrepreneurs, so to facilitate its buildout, North Oakland’s forthcoming Salsipuedes is selling pre-purchase credits at two levels, Supporters ($250) and a Founders Circle ($1000).

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