Big business has been dancing around marijuana for years. Several would-be entrepreneurs have publicly voiced desires to be the "Starbucks of Marijuana," or the "Anheuser-Busch of marijuana," (sidenote: the undercover FBI agent who snared State Sen. Leland Yee used that same line, while posing as ... More >>
Gene Penaflor was fit to survive. The 72-year-old San Francisco man went missing in the Mendocino woods for almost three weeks, keeping himself alive by eating squirrels and lizards and wrapping himself in leaves. But the missing hunter was found Saturday afternoon -- 19 days after he went missing ... More >>
They say everything old becomes new again. I mostly associate mead with medieval times -- large halls full of burly men hoisting flagons of the stuff as they gnaw on haunches of meat and throw the bones over their shoulders -- but artisanal honey wine is making a comeback in the U.S. (of course). A ... More >>
While real casualties abound, by and large the U.S. Justice Department's crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry has been half-hearted. True, about one-third of San Francisco's licensed medical marijuana dispensaries were shut down from 2011 to 2012. But more are open now, and the fed ... More >>
A while back, a medical cannabis grower told us this story: Needing help on his pot farm, a young entrepreneur drove down Cesar Chavez Avenue, convinced some day laborers to become season-long laborers, and headed north. All went well until the helicopters overhead turned into boots on the ground, a ... More >>
The end of the year brings many things: family, parties, and lots of sparkling wine. While we love cocktails, it's this time of year we simply give in to any and all excuses for bubbly. It's like wine that got bedazzled. While our mental image of sparkling wine mostly stays fixed on Champagne, the ... More >>
Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival Where: Locations throughout Mendocino County (check here for full festival schedule) When: Nov. 2-11 Cost: Varies, but many events are free The rundown: If you're considering a road trip up to Mendocino County, consider going in the next week and a half dur ... More >>
Life in SOMA rocks -- until the munchies come along and an existential crisis ensues. Leave the Sartre at home, but bring the French influence to L'acajou. This hip-but-cozy bakery/café is our go-to Gaul for breakfast; where else do home-baked chocolate-orange croissants ($2.50) or cinnamon mornin ... More >>
Since it opened last December, State Bird Provisions has gotten a lot of acclaim and attention for dishes like the signature fried quail (the California state bird, hence the name) and for serving many dishes dim sum-style, with passed trays and carts. When it opened, an early favorite was the sourd ... More >>
Steve Kleinfeld C.S., General Manager of Urban Tavern, has built a wine list focused on wines with a sustainable focus to serve his mix of local and hotel guests. We have five questions for Sommeliers, and we hit him with them -- and then we can't resist dishing a bit below about his answers. Stev ... More >>
The one-of-a-kind cooperation between medical marijuana growers and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department -- which legitimized cannabis cultivation in the eyes of the law and saved the jobs of deputies facing layoffs -- is at risk, pending the outcome of a court case.Since 2010, Mendocino Cou ... More >>
Remember the good old days, when wine clubs were exclusively the pastime of pretentious assholes/your parents? Those days are over: Rolling Stone magazine just announced its own scheme to sell bottles of fermented grape juice to baby boomers with nothing better to blow their pension checks on. So w ... More >>
PCC Farmland TrustCalifornia's food activists are on the verge of gaining a ban on the import of shark fins. And starting next July, sale of foie gras in this state will be illegal. We care about animal welfare here; we passed a law regulating the size of chickens' cages. But perhaps becaus ... More >>
Sean TimberlakeBlack Dog Farm's jams and preserves range from the mundane to the quirky.Monday's Taste of Mendocino event brought some of the best nibbles and sips from the county to Fort Mason to sample. Under the expansive roof of the Festival Pavilion, long rows of booths offered up tempti ... More >>
This will be you at Taste of Mendocino.Taste of Mendocino Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center When: Mon., June 13, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $35 in advance, $45 onsite, enter discount code of "alice" or "KGO" to save $14.75 on online admission fee. The rundown: Experience the "Mendo vibe" ... More >>
You will need to smoke a joint after bud tending....it's a stressful jobIt may not be the best job in San Francisco: starting pay is $15 an hour, it's part-time, and job security? The federal government could lock you up at any moment. On the other hand, at most locations it includes health benefits ... More >>
thirstycactus/FlickrWhiskyWeek events celebrate everybody's favorite brown spirit.If you can't make it to Friday's WhiskyFest or simply can't wait, there's a multitude of special events breaking out over the next five days in bars and retail shops all over the Bay Area. Here are a few of our ... More >>
Eat Real FestivalBeer is clearly the star of the three-day Oakland festival.SFoodie has already passed along tips for navigating this weekend's Eat Real Festival (which kicks off this afternoon across the Bay in Jack London Square), but don't think we'd forget to break down some of the drinki ... More >>
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I spent the holidays getting my rural hippie on, traveling from the Oregon mountains for Christmas and then down to Big Sur for New Years. So it was only fitting that when forced to return to reality, I'd spend my final night of freedom from the 9 to 5 leaving the planet behind completely. I'm ta ... More >>
Gothiron/FlickrLocal commercial Dungeness season opened yesterday.For some San Franciscans, today is like Christmas Day, the Fourth of July, and 4/20, all rolled into one. The day the first local Dungeness hits restaurant menus justifies sick calls and leisurely lunches, not to mention the ki ... More >>
If the wild foods trend gets any wilder, diners themselves will end up spearing wild boars at the table, perhaps even risking life and limb to subdue their own maniac morels as well. Blessedly, the Wild Kitchen adheres to a less terrifying vision of wild-ness: according to a press release, "wild me ... More >>
Little WingsSummer's the time to hit the road for a little R&R: rest & relaxation (& rock & roll). Big Sur and the Brookdale Lodge are going off down south, but there's also a beachy festival coming up further north, featuring a number of Bay Area acts. On September 5 & 6 ... More >>
Dispensary moratorium: Latest political fad?One by one, across California, the lights are winking out.In city after city, town after town, patients who had dared hope they would at last have safe access to the medicine recommended by their physicians are having those hopes dashed by politic ... More >>
While one of the main headliners might be up in the air for this year's Outside Lands music fest (August 28-30 in Golden Gate Park) at this point, promoters can assure that good quality food vendors have already been secured. "A Taste of the Bay Area" definitely sounds like more than funnel c ... More >>
mendonews.wordpress.comMendocino grow room: Puff, puff, pass? Not so fastIt's not easy being a district attorney, especially in a mostly pot-friendly place like Mendocino County. Whatever law enforcement priorities you follow, it's guaranteed you're going to piss off one group while pleasing another ... More >>
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We haven't got the heart to tell Tommy Chong about this one: California's annual campaign against marijuana growers destroyed nearly three million plants this year. That breaks the old record of about 1.7 million marijuana plants, which was set last year. California Attorney General Jerry Brown ... More >>
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