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    June 10, 2013

    National Parks To Get Major Food Makeover

    Culinary offerings in America's national parks are about to get a lot tastier. A new initiative announced by the National Park Service last week outlines guidelines for healthier concessions in parks, including the use of local, sustainably produced foods whenever possible, reports the Washington Po ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    The Chron Finally Launches Its (Leaky) Paywall

    The paywall that San Francisco Chronicle flirted with for years appeared over the weekend, accompanied by a euphemistic letter from Chron president Mark Adkins. He characterized it as a safe harbor for the paper's "premium content" (ie, news and columns) "uncluttered" by the slideshows, celebrity go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Vegan Butterfingers, Election Night Get-Down, and Holiday Loaf News!

    ​ The big news this week is both Gardein and Trader Joe's have come out with vegan Thanksgiving "loafs" of sorts. You better make your pro and con lists now because you can get BOTH of these AND a Field Roast loaf! Or you totally can and be awesome. See Also: - Homeless Roosters, Singing Pigs, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Digg v1: Betaworks Flushes Seven Years of Internet History Down the Toilet

    The end of San Francisco-based Digg has been nigh for over two years, ever since founder Kevin Rose helmed a disastrous redesign in August 2010 and many of the site's users fled to Reddit, but the news-sharing behemoth plodded along, not realizing it was supposed to be dead. That is, until yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Desperate Newspapers Pin Hopes on Annoyed Readers

    News publishers have always treated readers like commodities -- because that's what readers are. The real customers for publishers aren't readers, but advertisers. Readers are the product. It's not quite that simple, of course, and more enlightened publishers treat readers with respect and cover the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    When S.F. Gas Price Skyrocket, Just Blame Iran

    ​As Billy Beane taught us, you probably can't trust your instincts without cold hard statistics to back them up. So for anyone who suspected that gasoline prices might be rising with Icarusian ferver, your intuitions have been vindicated. On Monday AAA released their monthly report on America's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    There's a National Kerfuffle About Restaurant Stars, and Why I Don't Care

    ​If you hadn't heard, the LA Times, which recently hired Jonathan Gold away from our sister paper the LA Weekly, made the decision last week to drop assigning stars to restaurant reviews. "Star ratings are increasingly difficult to align with the reality of dining in Southern California," food edi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    News Sites Can't Rely on Advertising

    ​I'm not about to pretend that I know how to solve the economic dilemma that the news business finds itself in. I've been studying the matter, and writing about it off and on, for 16 years, and, like everyone, I really don't know. Maybe it will be nonprofits. Maybe paywalls. Maybe micropayments wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    What Our Love for Cupcakes (Still!) Says About Us

    Jane Rix / ShutterstockLook deep into my icing and tell me what you see...​The days when Samantha and Carrie were cooing over Magnolia Bakery's icing swirls seem so long ago -- like, 2000 -- and yet the cupcake trend will not die. Cupcake shops are still legion, and cupcake reality TV shows and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Facebook Just Keeps Getting Worse

    ​Over the years, whenever Facebook has made changes, people have inevitably complained --  on Facebook -- about the changes Facebook made to Facebook. "I'm leaving Facebook," those people would declare, on Facebook. Of course, few of them ever actually left Facebook. Until recently, I have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Is American Sushi on the Decline? Some Say Yes.

    ​It's no surprise that when the Washington Post brings a storied, Japan-trained sushi chef to a neighborhood, fusion-happy sushi restaurant, he doesn't like what he's eating. What is interesting, though, are the reasons why. It's not necessarily the fact that most of the sushi rolls are covered in ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012
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    January 19, 2012

    What Happens When You Don't Test Recipes? Lost Readers, Even Lawsuits

    Andrew Huff/FlickrThe Chicago Tribune's test kitchen: It doesn't need to be big to be effective.​Last month, a Chilean court ruled that a major newspaper there had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to readers who'd made a recipe for churros that it had published. Why? Well, the recipe had c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Local Food Is Bigger Business Than You Might Expect

    John Loo/Flickr​Given the fact that most Americans have to peel stickers or plastic off their produce before eating them, you'd think that the local-foods business represents a tiny, not-very-lucrative segment of the food system. But a new USDA report, whose findings the Washington Post summa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Congress Rules That Pizza Sauce Is a Vegetable

    Alan Cowan / ShutterstockSource of many vital nutrients. Apparently.​Criticize the Obama administration if you will for being too soft on GMOs or too hard on legal pot dispensaries, but it seems to be on the marks when it comes to school lunch. The USDA, under the administration, has been working ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011
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    July 27, 2011

    Pop-Up Indian Dinner Flies Across the Country for Secret S.F. Meal

    Veronika Lukasova/Washington PostStrangers commune over Gujarati food at a Hush pop-up dinner in Washington, D.C.​Here are three really rare pop-up dinners: Hush Supper Club proprietor Geeta is dropping into the Bay Area this week from her normal turf in Washington, D.C., to host four secret m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Filthy Fast Food Playgrounds, Michelle Obama Eats a Burger (Gasp!)

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Dirty fast food slides. The Chicago Tribune/LA Times profile an Arizona woman who is evaluating the playgrounds at fast food restaurants by taking video of the filth and sending s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    R.I.P. Hazel Dickens, American Legend, Feminist Folk Singer, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fixture

    Jay BlakesbergHazel Dickens with Dolly Parton and Warren Hellman​Hazel Dickens, a bluegrass singer who played every Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival since the free event began in 2001, died today at age 75.Described by the Washington Post as "a living legend of American music," Dickens use ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010
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    October 28, 2010

    S.F. Bedbug Website Spawns Bogus Trend Stories Nationwide

    Louis De Vos, Université Libre de BruxellesNow you see me...​The website, run by San Franciscan Maciej Ceglowski, takes pains to note that its anonymous reports of insect sitings should not be taken as hard evidence of a plague. But that hasn't stopped newspaper and television ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    When To Stop Texting and Use Your Phone as a Phone

    ​How do you judge when a conversation is more appropriate for texting or a phone call? For example, "Do you think red or pink go-go boots would go better with my plaid lederhosen?" is clearly a text question while "Can you explain Neitchze's view on nihilism and how it pertains to vegan Indian cui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    R.E.M., The Roots, and a Bunch of Waffles Tell Feds To Preserve Net Neutrality

    R.E.M. loves net neutrality! ​A group of musicians that includes R.E.M., Jackson Browne, The Roots, Moby, and OK Go has sent a letter to the FCC urging legal protection for net neutrality, the principle (and current reality) that all information can travel equally quickly on the Internet.The FCC i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Memo to Elena Kagan: Come Out of the Closet

    Elena Kagen's life as a -- ahem -- softball player shouldn't be a big secret​"She's a lesbian!" said Betty White over and over again on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. White was talking about a character in a Little Women parody but she might as well have been talking about Elena Kagan, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Is the Government Caving to Pressure Over Regulating Sodium?

    A public interest group first asked FDA to intervene in 1978.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Salt politics: At Food Politics, Marion Nestle considers the on-one-minute, gone-the-next rumor that FDA has plans to regulate the salt content in processed foods. She lays out the simple timelin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Calling Bullshit on Eater's Crusade to Bust Restaurant Critics

    One-time New York Times critic Ruth Reichl in disguise.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. To catch a d-bag: Tim Carman of Washington City Paper calls Eater a dick for its initiative to unmask food critics. Eater National's Greg Morabito, you see, has this ongoing obsession he calls "To Catc ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009
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    July 15, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    Our favorite morsels from the food blogs and beyond. First Foodie: Is Michelle Obama a stealth locavore? Grist's Tom Laskawy ponders the possibility. According to the Washington Post, FLOTUS's commitment to denying Big Ag goes a bit beyond scratching out a few rows of heirloom radishes on the South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Chronic City: Seeds of Change -- Marijuana Going Mainstream

    Two major new polls underscored a fact many of us already know: When it comes to marijuana, the political ground is shifting underneath our feet - and the change is picking up momentum as it goes.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Iraqi Shoe Guy Disses San Francisco

    By Matt Smith When Muntadar al-Zaidi of Cairo-based al-Baghdadia TV threw his size 10 shoes at President George Bush, San Franciscans were thrilled. It now appears, however, that it's not just George W. Bush who was knocked down a notch by Zaidi's impressive pitching. His filthy flying apparel ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    One Thing Gavin Newsom and George W. Bush Have in Common

    By Benjamin Wachs Hey boys and girls! It’s time to play “Name That Scandal!” I’ll tell you the details of a spectacularly-failing government program, and you tell me which program it is and who’s responsible! Ready, set...go! Today’s scandal: • Spent massive amounts of public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Sanctuary City: Now Endorsed by 17,945 Law Enforcement Agencies Nationwide

    By Benjamin Wachs Despite Gavin Newsom's recent flipping (or is it flopping? Or swaying to-and-fro?) on the issue of exactly how San Francisco's "Sanctuary City" policy will be enforced in the case of felons, the overall concept of Sanctuary City has gotten a big endorsement: Some 18,000 law-en ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    April 8, 2008

    Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer Prize

    Bob Dylan has become the first rock musician to win a Pulitzer. Hurray, Bob! His prolific career has had a profound impact on culture at large, but apparently not as profound as the Washington Post, who took home six of those bad boys. -- ASD Staff Report

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    March 23, 2008
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    November 19, 2007

    San Jose Merc 'Downsizing with Dynamite': Washington Post

    So there's towns outside of San Francisco, evidently. And their newspapers also have problems. Their solution: "blow up the newsroom." Preferably while you shout "Al Qaeda Al Qaeda Al Qaeda!" From the Washington Post: "The very top of the organization is saying, blow up the newsroom," says Chris O'B ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007
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    June 15, 2007

    Girl in a Coma, The Ladybug Transistor, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum -- ASD's live music picks for Friday June 15

    File under Bands Named After Smiths Songs: Girl in a Coma, 8 at Fat City. $10. “While Nina is often referred to as "the female version of Morrissey," the band as a whole has been compared to The Smiths, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Pixies. Drawing from these influences (the band's name, Girl in a ... More >>

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    January 24, 2007

    Misc. Reviews

    Ghost Ride: The Blog

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    September 7, 2005
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    May 18, 2005

    SSRI-ay Cap'n

    Depression is all around us, but here's some upcoming shows that won't bring you down

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    April 27, 2005

    Deliver Me

    What to expect when you're reading local baby books

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    March 24, 2004

    Culture Lag

    Art appreciation after closing time

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    September 8, 1999

    A Chance for Respect?

    How to tell whether the San Francisco Chronicle is becoming a great newspaper, or another nondescript Hearst money-machine

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