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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Afternoon Merriment: Anagrams of SF Chefs in the Style of Lazy Bear

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 4:19 PM

These oysters at ICHI Kakiya could have been served at Unreal Arithmetic. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • These oysters at ICHI Kakiya could have been served at Unreal Arithmetic.

This morning, 7x7 published a truly hilarious account of a “non-critic” and her solo dining excursion to Lazy Bear, David Barzelay’s supper club on 19th Street. Because it’s a hyper-communal meal and sitting cheek-by-jowl with strangers can be discomfiting, Ali Wunderman got kinda wasted.

By the end of the meal, she was a little too drunk to record her thoughts in the booklet Lazy Bear provides so diners can remember their dinner. (Although assuming she’s poked around on the tire fire of pettiness and self-aggrandizement that is Yelp, she should know that she’s in the upper quartile of humanity, minimum.) Still, she was happy.

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Pop-Up Radar: Cheesesteaks (and Wings) at Deli Board

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:21 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

We love a good pop-up around here. Their fleeting nature makes stopping by a little tricky (and we sometimes have to review them on Day One, which has the potential to be less than fair). But Deli Board knows their sandwiches, and our trust that they would know how to do a cheesesteak properly was not misplaced.

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Make Way, Bay Area Coffee Snobs: Counter Culture Has Arrived

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Counter Culture Coffee's Roasting and Classroom Facility in Emeryville - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Counter Culture Coffee's Roasting and Classroom Facility in Emeryville

Coffee beans sourced with sustainability in mind and roasted with a surgeon’s delicate hand aren’t exactly new to the Bay Area. We’re still surfing in the Third Wave. After all, a certain once small local roaster and café is now challenging Starbucks for global growth, one Google Ventures funding paycheck at a time. Strangely, the Bay Area wasn’t even acquainted with one of the country’s most celebrated coffee sources that was founded twenty years ago, while the Second Wave flag was still flying high. Starting this week, Counter Culture Coffee is staking its claim in the Wild Caffeinated West.

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Tony Gemignani's Slice House Hits It Out of the Park

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The Grandma - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • The Grandma

Tony Gemignani
is an 11-time World Pizza Champion who sits atop an empire that runs from North Beach to AT&T Park to Rohnert Park to Castro Valley to Vegas [note: Gemignani got his start in Castro Valley, but does not currently own any restaurants there]. One time, he almost got into a physical fight with Francis Ford Coppola over the way pizzaiolos in Naples toss their dough. While there are Slice House stands dotted throughout the baseball stadium, the two-floor pizzeria Gemignani opened this week in the former Ironside is a welcome addition for non-ticket-holders. They've knocked it out the park, literally.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Repose Coffee Spruces Up Lower Divis, Parklet to Follow

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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Divisadero might be the new Valencia, but it doesn’t yet have the density of coffee shops and parklets that the Mission’s increasingly post-hip drag does. Yes, there’s Vinyl, Mojo, and of course, the Mill, but considering the huge numbers of cafes that have gone into the Castro in the last 18 months, the neighborhood can clearly sustain a few more (especially as so many morning commuters cross Divis).

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We Ate at the SPAM Truck, (Maybe) So That You Don't Have To

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

You have only a couple of hours to ditch whatever it is you're doing and visit the SPAM Truck, which is parked behind the stadium on Third Street near Mission Creek until 4 p.m. today. Although they are only giving out samples during today's Giants game, making the trek was actually way more fun that I would ever have thought. If you miss it — and if you do, you also miss the opportunity to have your picture taken while wearing a SPAM can costume and another pic with the wuvable knight mascot — you can also catch the truck at Safeway at Westlake Plaza in Daly City tomorrow (Friday, April 24) or nab it on its visit to Pier 39 over the weekend. After that, it's going to Denver.

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100 Years On, Remembering the Armenian Genocide With Soujouk

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM

NADIR KEKLIK
  • Nadir Keklik

Every few years, my parents, Paul and Priscilla, host a party of extended family and friends to make a cured Armenian sausage called soujouk. It’s pungent, spicy, hard, tough, chewy, delicious, often nearly black, and takes over a month to make. As with  many Armenian foods, soujouk is not widely available outside of specialty markets, and if you want to replicate Grandma Nouritza’s, you’re better off making it at home.

Since it's only worth making in huge quantities, before throwing a party my folks will ask their guests how many pounds of meat they would like and multiply accordingly. Alongside bird-watching and Ms. Pac-Man, cuts of meat are one of my father’s specialties. His father was a butcher who owned Monument Market in Everett, Massachusetts, and as Dad grew up, he learned the trade. These days, he gets his meat from his butcher cousin, Nish, or from guys who Grandpa taught to cut, grinding it himself in the basement. Raw and cured recipes necessitate higher-quality meat than what’s found at a supermarket, usually requiring a visit to your local butcher. Luckily for San Francisco, artisanal meats are all the mustachioed rage, so it should be easy to ride to one by penny-farthing.

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Between Two Slices: Duc Loi Market's Banh Mi

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM

ADRIAN SPINELLI
  • Adrian Spinelli

Between Two Slices appears every Thursday on
SFoodie, chronicling the finest sandwiches that San Francisco has to offer!

Judging by its storefront, the Duc Loi Market on Mission and 18th Streets is a most unassuming place. What looks like just an Asian specialty grocery from the outside is actually an expansive operation, offering produce, liquor, and a meat counter. At the end of said meat counter, against the wall facing the street, lies one of the best kept secrets in the Mission: The Mission Banh Mi deli.

It’s become my happy late weekday lunch treat, bypassing the checkstands and heading over to Annie Ngo’s countertop to order a $5 banh mi sandwich. A huge banner over the counter details the layers of the “Authentic Vietnamese” (#1), highlighted by pork shoulder pot roast, liverwurst, pork roll (like mortadella), head cheese and pork belly. It’s a comprehensive traditional banh mi to say the least, but the crown jewel of this place lies just below it on the menu.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Two Bay Area Authors Investigate Everything About Yogurt

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 4:30 PM

EVA KOLENKO
  • Eva Kolenko

What are the chances that two Bay Area food writers would release books on the same topic within the same month? Well, it happened, and it’s a pretty specialized topic at that.

Yogurt Culture: A Global Look at How to Make, Bake, Sip, and Chill the World’s Creamiest, Healthiest Food (Rux Martin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by San Jose-based food blogger and writer Cheryl Sternman Rule with photos by Ellen Silverman, and Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Ten Speed Press) by Napa Valley cheese enthusiast and San Francisco Chronicle contributor Janet Fletcher with photos by Eva Kolenko, are going head-to-head in a battle for those who can’t get enough of the dairy delight. Anyone looking to make their own, and anyone interested in ways to enjoy it other than atop granola, should give them a look-see.

Rule said that she only became aware of Fletcher’s book well after she signed a contract with her publisher. “Given how healthy and popular yogurt is, it’s probably not surprising that two books have come out in the same season," she told SF Weekly.

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Know Your Farmer: Poli Yerena, at Heart of the City Farmers Market

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 2:55 PM

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Name
: Poli Yerena

Farm location: Watsonville

What time he woke up this morning: 3:15


Six days a week, Apolinar (“Poli”) Yerena and his wife drive from their 22-acre, certified organic farm in Watsonville, making deliveries on their way to their stand at the Ferry Building Farmers Market or Heart of the City, in Civic Center. Today, they arrived at 8 a.m., after making four or five deliveries en route. The drive home is much tougher, though.

“We go back, it takes three hours because of the traffic. We’re done at 11 p.m., every day,” Yerena told SF Weekly.

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