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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Closure Double-Whammy: Doc's Clock and Dat Spot

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

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Thursday Ten: Umami Burger's Dessert Sliders, A Coffee Dinner at Cassava

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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Plus Oakland might get a lot more food trucks, the Restaurant at Meadowood's forthcoming casual sister restaurant, why it's so hard for food delivery startups to retain workers, and the training video Snoop Dogg made for Burger King.

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Cassava re-opens with updated kitchen and swanky new items

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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After closing for kitchen renovations early this year, Cassava has re-opened their doors to the Outer Richmond and to foodies everywhere. The restaurant's biggest changes—a new electric hood, induction burners, and a tabletop fryer — may go unnoticed by the average diner, but the revamped dishes that come from the kitchen of executive chef and co-owner Kris Toliao will not.

Stewed lamb cheeks with slow roasted cauliflower, fried chick peas, and scallion oil is one of several noteworthy new items on the menu, which remains much the same as before, with a half a dozen starters ranging from house-stuffed chorizo to a Chioggia beet salad, a modest selection of entrees, and a four-course prix fixe option for $42. Not to be missed is the signature house-smoked trout, served with whipped crème fraiche, harissa, arugula, and toast. As opposed to smoked salmon, which is full of healthier omega-3 fats, trout contains omega-6, I learned from co-owner and hostess extraordinaire Yuka Ioroi.

"It's the same as bacon" she said with a wink. It's also remarkably addictive.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

UPDATED: What Is a $15 Cup of Coffee Like, Really?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 4:30 PM

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UPDATE (5:16 P.M.): Equator Coffee says that more Finca Sophia will be available tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 10.

Equator Coffee on Market and Sixth Street has been selling $15 cups of Finca Sophia coffee. Buzzfeed wrote a story about it today, and while it mostly contains complete sentences, it didn't provide much of a non-gif picture of what this coffee is really about. This isn't the most expensive cup of coffee I've ever heard of — a few years ago, there was that $20-per-cup batch of Kopi Luwak, or beans pooped out by civet cats in Southeast Asia — but it's the fanciest I've ever had.

I like Sightglass and Ritual as much as anyone, but I can be a little put off by coffee's preciousness — tasting notes are lovely, but coffee is fundamentally a utilitarian beverage that most people drink with the taste of toothpaste still in their mouths. To confirm (or allay) my skepticism, I spoke with Akaash Saini, Equator's Community Engagement Manager (and a contestant in pour-over competitions), who broke it all down while pouring it over.

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Wednesday Ten: Mosu Opens Tuesday, Keeping Bison Artisanal, Red Lobster Sales Spike

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Radishes, the perfect late-winter pop of color. - INSTAGRAM/CUESA
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  • Radishes, the perfect late-winter pop of color.

Plus we might get a Trader Joe's (surprise) downtown, even though the Polk Street Whole Foods is looking a little less likely.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wise Sons Has Bagels!

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 12:30 PM

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The last time I went home to Long Island, my return flight was delayed. Although I effectively started my workday at 2:30 a.m. Pacific time, I felt a little chagrined, arriving in the office close to noon. To distract my hardworking colleagues and pre-empt any resentment, I opened up a bag of bagels that I'd bought at the local bagel store near my parents' house and effectively couriered from three time zones away — and all was well.

In other words, few things make me happier than good bagels. The Bay Area's reputation for lackluster product isn't entirely deserved — something I dove deeply into last summer — but it's always good to have more options. Wise Sons, which has long had a superb bialy, has finally introduced its bagel, and proprietors Leo Beckerman and Evan Bloom are set to open Wise Sons Bakery & Bagel at 1520 Fillmore St. sometime in the next few weeks (or so I am told).

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Tuesday Eight: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and Shinola Launch Cruffin

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Apart from utility poles, there is no sign that the Drake's Bay Oyster Company ever existed, barely a year after the National Park Service demolished it. - PAUL DALLY
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  • Apart from utility poles, there is no sign that the Drake's Bay Oyster Company ever existed, barely a year after the National Park Service demolished it.

Plus DOUGH & CO. "doughnates" proceeds from horchata cookies to La Cocina, the Eagle Plaza moves closer to realization, and a response to the Elle profile of the Moon Juice founder who eats all that weird shit.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Seven: PETA "Hotties" To Protest Tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM

These "Banana Babes" were protesting in Victoria, B.C. PETA's press release says nothing about banana clothes for tomorrow's protest, nor does it sound like a man will be there. - PETA
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  • These "Banana Babes" were protesting in Victoria, B.C. PETA's press release says nothing about banana clothes for tomorrow's protest, nor does it sound like a man will be there.

Plus Off the Grid: Fort Mason returns Friday, the Baked Bear's custom ice cream sandwiches arrive Saturday, and what exactly were those triangles in the sky?

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The Five Best Foodie Ads of Super Bowl 50

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Kind of a boring game, non? At least it's over. A couple people died in a fiery crash in SoMa, and thieves swiped some tickets and a signed Cam Newton jersey destined for an official NFL auction, but none of the protests ended violently and all those heavily armed cops don't seem to have squeeze the trigger even once. If you're like me, you got up to stir Ro-Tel into Velveeta or use the restroom during some of those seemingly endless fouls, gleefully skipping the actual sport part and running back to the TV when they went to commercial. But even the most avid ad fans can't see everything. Here are our favorite food ads from the Superb Owl 50, a.k.a. Sup Bro, a.k.a. Plus We Rob.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Hawaiian Pop-up 'āina Goes Brick-and-Mortar in the Dogpatch This Spring

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Lapsang Chinese sausage and mushrooms with perfect poached eggs - 'ĀINA
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  • Lapsang Chinese sausage and mushrooms with perfect poached eggs

When I visited 'āina, a weekend Hawaiian pop-up at 903 Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights, I was surprised by how flavorful (and SPAM-free) it was. Rather, the Kalbi loco moco with hearts of palm pico de gallo, Korean short ribs, smoked mushroom gravy, and sunny-side-up eggs were like a dream hangover cure. But in its own right, the flavors were complex — much more so than any rice plate with a scoop of macaroni salad.

Now 'āina is taking the flavors of the Big Island and going brick and mortar. Chef Jordan Keao's "love letter" to his native island chain will open sometime this spring at 900 22nd Street in the Dogpatch.

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