Hugo Chavez is dead, but Venezuelan food lives on at Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, the second S.F. spot for Carácas cuisine. And it's far less polarizing than inflammatory anti-American rhetoric. In fact, it's delicious.
If you can find it, that is. The nondescript Castro location is hidden in plain si ... More >>
This morning, suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi embraced his wife Eliana Lopez for the first time in nearly five months after a judge lifted a protective order that had barred the couple from communicating or seeing each other.
The court instead issued a modified order, clarifying that ... More >>
Eliana Lopez's testimony was like watching a live taping of Telemundo; there were laughs, cries, boo's, and applause as she testified, sometimes with a little sass, on her husband's behalf at City Hall last night. Lopez, a well-known Venezuelan soap opera star, smirked, smiled, rolled her eyes, and ... More >>
The now-infamous Eliana Lopez video may be used as evidence in suspended-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's ethics hearing, Judge Garrett Wong ruled .
The video, in which Lopez tearfully showed a bruise she said her husband gave her, could also eventually become public, as Wong did not tie any restrictions t ... More >>
Update 2:32 pm: Judge Garrett Wong granted Eliana Lopez's attorney's motion for continuance today. This means she will have more time to prepare her argument that the court should not release to the city the video of Lopez describing an alleged domestic assault by her husband, suspended-Sheriff Ross ... More >>
The Afrolicious crew outside the Elbo Room
Thursday nights at the Elbo Room, conga and timbale drummers flash their sticks, DJs mix in wild world grooves, and dancers get delirious at Afrolicious, the weekly club event put on by Kansas City natives DJ Oz and his brother Joey Maguire. The fou ... More >>
Ben NarasinQuince restaurant continues its series of cheese and spirit pairings this week with rum and artisan cheese ($36, available only in the bar and lounge). While Quince's first effort, Scotch and cheese, is a somewhat established coupling, rum and cheese is far more esoteric. That make ... More >>
Henry Velandia, right, and his American spouse, Josh VandiverThe immigration woes of same-sex couples has finally reached a tipping point: The Immigration Court in Newark, New Jersey, has closed the deportation case against the foreign spouse of a gay American this week. The couple's attorney, La ... More >>
Maga BoMost of us spend our days planted in a cubicle fantasizing about beaches, historic monuments, and maybe seeing a penguin in its natural habitat. That latest jealousy comes from a conversation with musician, producer, composer, sound engineer -- and non-desk-bound frequent traveler -- DJ Ma ... More >>
John BirdsallPica Pica's hallaca, $9: a three-meat filling wrapped in masa, steamed in banana leaf. Friday, December 3, 2010
In the gray north, we grow up baking puffy reindeer cut-outs with our moms, but in Venezuela, mothers and grandmas construct hallacas, a taste of Christmas as ubiquito ... More >>
Tamara PalmerPica Pica Maize Kitchen's cachapas: Goes great with Colombian rock.While we're both a music and food writer by trade, we were sent to Outside Lands last year with a specific mission to eat, and it was refreshing to have so many truly good edible distractions that we barely cared ... More >>
Joe EskenaziGiants slugger Pablo Sandoval and his new mohawk 'doAfter taking in yesterday's taping of Inside the Clubhouse -- which really is taped in the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse -- I'm left with two sparkling memories: Team hitting coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens pointing at outfielder N ... More >>
Il(l) like Kim Jong: Lil' Wayne
National Public Radio has an interesting take on beef in the rap world: it's essentially a mirror of global politics, according to Marc Lynch, a professor at George Washington University and the director of the Institute of Middle East Studies. ""The way that ... More >>
Columbian DJ/producer Juju has been behind the decks since 1992, when he got a taste for his future career by spinning dub, reggae, and dancehall (genres that still make their way into his sets). He then spent much of the early '90s focused on drum 'n' bass in San Francisco -- specifically with th ... More >>