California is the fruit and nut basket of the world, with almonds, wine from grapes, stone fruits and citrus grown here available in China, Maine and many points in between. The state is also the country's marijuana garden, with more cannabis grown here than any other state, according to law enforce ... More >>
Few monuments illustrate the tension between state law and tech-world secrecy more perfectly than the mysterious four-story barge docked off the coast of Treasure Island, rumored to be either a data center or, more likely, a floating stockroom for Google's new line of wearable computing. Neither ... More >>
If you were shocked to learn that Utah is gayer than us,then you will probably feel a little confused, anxious, let down, etc. to learn that the state of Mississippi has more same-sex couple raising kids than any other state in the nation. In other words, they are not fleeing to the states that allo ... More >>
Proposition 37, the California initiative to label genetically modified food, was defeated last night with a 53% majority vote against the proposed labeling law. But just because this battle was lost, those behind the Yes on 37 campaign say the war is far from over. The group is focusing on the 4.3 ... More >>
If I may make two predictions about Clear Heart Full Eyes, the solo debut from combustible, fan-friendly Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, they are that: 1. It's not going to save rock 'n' roll. 2. It's not going to be a meta-narrative about how it doesn't save rock and roll. If the last Hold Stea ... More >>
If you read the food media, especially in large cities, you'd believe that the sustainable food revolution is winning. But if you talk to a state senator or member of Congress, writes public-health advocate Michelle Simon, they'll assure you that the food-industry lobbyists are still the ones wit ... More >>
Hey stoners, do you really want Sarah Palin as an ally?It's hard to say exactly where the American marijuana movement is at present. For every Alabama, where a Republican state legislator will sponsor a medical marijuana bill to legalize medical cannabis, there's an Arizona or a Montana, where la ... More >>
You've got a friend in high placesAs if raids from gun-toting Drug Enforcement Agency agents weren't enough to make stoners paranoid, California's medical marijuana clubs can also be shut down real fast by the IRS. That's because the Internal Revenue Service has declared that California's legal m ... More >>
Sam's Chowder HouseSam's Lobster Fest Where: American Legion Post 474 fairgrounds, 470 Capistrano (at Prospect), Half Moon Bay, 650-728-9224 When: Sun., May 15, noon- 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission; food tickets, $1 each; discount for advance purchase online ($10/12 tickets, $20/25, $60/60, ... More >>
Notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other miscellanea dredged up from the food media. avrene just posted a pic of The House's black cod with rabbit ears.1. Black cod season. In the past few weeks, I've been seeing one of my favorite ocean fish on menus: Pacific black cod, ... More >>
Jennifer ChaneyAyelet WaldmanNew York Times best-selling author and Berkeley resident Ayelet Waldman released a new book today called Red Hook Road. She and her husband, Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, have been called "a famous- ... More >>
At ease, soldierOn Thursday, the U.S. military announced that it plans to be less dickish about enforcing the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy that prohibits gay people from serving in the armed forces. I'm not sure why this new plan is supposed to be exciting. The gist of it seems to say, "He ... More >>
The commute to San Francisco is even worse than Fairfield's Those of you who still read news -- God bless you -- here in San Francisco may be aware that the venerable New York Times has beefed up its local coverage with a Bay Area section. The Grey Lady has also inaugurated a local blog; since ou ... More >>
BrentOzar/Flickr Bagdad Cafe's Desert Fries: Satisfying.Before getting totally crunk on Gay Power at Pink Saturday, eat a little something. This trio of Castro spots offers affordable sustenance and serious people-watching, while allowing you to take a load off. You've waited all year for Pri ... More >>
Our favorite morsels from the food blogs and beyond. Doubting Thomas: At Civil Eats, East Bay eco-chef Aaron French is kinda pissed at Thomas Keller for his de facto diss of the strict constructionist view of local foods. If you can get Maine lobster delivered to your back door within a day, should ... More >>
Chez Papa Resto offers a modern take on classic French fare, with prices suitable to current concerns.
A well-known S.F. chef amps up the menu at Sutro's at the Cliff House.
This is Wilbert, everyone. He's a a three-haired, yellow-bellied, stuffed monkey who started his world travels in San Francisco on May 4, 2008. Since then, he's hit up Paris, Jamaica, New York City, Toronto, Vegas, Tokyo, the Amazon, Rio De Janeiro, China, Greece, Oklahoma, Montr ... More >>
Belgian food and an epic beer list work in tandem.
Chic New American eatery takes no prisoners at erstwhile Mission fast-food joint
Very specific dishes at very specific places
Bathing in bivalves by the bucket at three brilliant oyster bars
Charmed by a thoughtful neighborhood restaurant celebrating seafood and spirits
Finding a good meal in the desert outpost is no longer a long shot, but S.F. still wins the bet
Alias' gentle nature informs both his beats and his personality. Just don't tell the rest of hip hop's gruff elite.
The wind-power entrepreneurs at Kenetech have spent millionsin vain tosolve this avian mystery: Why have hundredsof raptors, including golden eagles, died alongside the windmills of Altamont Pass?