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Friday, August 28, 2015

Drunk Review: Cockscomb

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 9:15 AM

  • Ali Wunderman
I ate a pig’s face this week. Not cheek meat, or some dish disguising the source of the meat. No: The actual face with its dead eyes, hopes, and dreams.

It all began when my foodie friend invited me to dine with her at Cockscomb, a newish restaurant on Fourth Street. Once I was through giggling at the name, I gladly accepted, blissfully unaware of the menu and the Giants schedule.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Afternoon Merriment: Oh Shit, It's Your Birthday

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 3:02 PM


Every year for my birthday, I cook brunch for about 75 people and one thing always goes wrong. Either my dog eats a pot cookie or I can’t find the heels I want to wear or my or a fragment of eggshell gets baked into a frittata. Problems!

As a reality check about those minor woes, a Levittown, Pa. Sweet Sixteen got ruined by poop falling out of the sky, quite likely from one of five jetliners that a guest learned . We’re talking dookie from the sky, feces from 35,000 feet, chemtrails of caca from a commercial craft. While most partygoers were able to dive under a canopy to shield themselves from a stratospheric soiling, this incident was even worse than the Spider Rain that afflicted Australia the other day, although not as bad as the main plot point in Donnie Darko.

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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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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Portlandia Cookbook Leads To Hilarious Fake Menus

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the creators of Portlandia. - IFC.COM
  • Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the creators of Portlandia.

If you're a hipster, then you've probably already spent at least a few afternoons binge-watching the perceptive, sharp, and incredibly funny satire that is Portlandia. The Peabody-winning comedy spends its seasons gleefully mocking hipsters, punks, hippies, foodies, and anyone else who thinks they know a little bit more than you, and usually, if you're in on the joke, you're also probably the butt of the joke

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Watch John Oliver Take on the Sugar Industry

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM


Last night on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on the sugar industry. Specifically, the 75 pounds of sugar the average American eats in a year, and the steps that the FDA is taking to curtail that consumption. As with most stories about the incredible power of the corporate food industry, it's more about what lobbying groups are doing to strike down an "added sugar" line item on nutrition labels.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Restaurant Trades Cheap Pizza for Bad Reviews in Protest of Yelp's Business Practices

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Botto Bistro now sports this sign encouraging one-star reviews for a pizza discount. - YELP/TREVOR N.
  • Yelp/Trevor N.
  • Botto Bistro now sports this sign encouraging one-star reviews for a pizza discount.

Yelp's reputation took a few hits last week after a judge ruled that the review site could change business reviews depending on how much advertising they bought. This week's not looking much better.

The site's potentially unsavory business practices were too much for Botto Bistro's Davide Cerretini, who noticed when he stopped advertising on Yelp that his one-star reviews started to be more prevalent than his five-star ones. The Richmond restaurant owner decided to take matters into his own hands and is encouraging his loyal customers to post one-star reviews in exchange for discount pizza in an attempt to be the worst-reviewed restaurant on Yelp. 

It's all resulted in some pretty great satire of the worst aspects of the review site (a rich comedic vein that has been mined before):

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Blogger Eats Only Food That's Also an Emoji For Some Reason

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Dietary stunts are popular among bloggers, broadly speaking, because they lead to pageviews and book deals. Julie Powell's struggles cooking through Mastering the Art of French Cooking lead to Julie & Julia. Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon's decision to only eat foods that came within 100 miles of their home in Vancouver, B.C. led to The 100 Mile Diet.

Now we have reached the trend's nadir. A writer at The Atlantic decided to spend a week only eating foods that appear as emojis for no particular reason.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Staten Island Restaurant Trailer Sets Standard for All to Be Judged By

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM


Good morning! How's your day going? Could be a little better, right? The Internet has provided just the thing to put a little more spring in your step. Eater uncovered the apparent restaurant trailer for a new Staten Island restaurant called Troy, where modern conveniences like refrigeration are eschewed for medieval preparations of "raw meat, live fish, and screamin' bird." But the details about the restaurant don't matter, since none of us will go there anyway. It's the restaurant's trailer that concerns us today, a video that has set the standard for all restaurant trailers going forward:

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Watch The Zoo's Adorable Baby Tiger Cub Eat Her First Solid Food

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM

  • Marianne Hale/SF Zoo

It's Friday! This week was better than last week! What better way to celebrate/pass the time to beer o'clock than by watching a video of the most adorable tiger cub on earth eating her first solid food? (That is a trick question. There is no better way.)

See also: Who is Cuter? Baby Tiger in SF or Baby Baboon in Oakland?

Check Out More Photos of That Insanely Cute Baby Tiger at the SF Zoo

Here Are Some Adorable Animals Eating Things

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