Willy Wonka

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Welcome to the Dilded Age

    Our current era is referred to as "the new Gilded Age" so often that it has become a cliche. But of course, the cliche is true: wealth disparity is unprecedented, the poor are increasingly suffering and the middle class is vanishing. Today's plutocrats are leeching from society just as their count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Equator and Ma'velous Team Up for Glimpse at Best Coffee in America

    Ma'velous, that glimmering trove of coffees and gorgeous gizmos by Civic Center, is bringing in an extra special bounty to its already very special menu. But if you blink, you'll miss it. The goods? Granja La Esperanza Geisha, a lot of a rare and celebrated varietal roasted by Caitlin McCarthy-Garci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    The Company Bar & Kitchen Aims To Be a Triple Threat

    The Company Bar & Kitchen is currently being built at 133 Steuart Street, in the space that formerly housed Shanghai 1930 restaurant. The project is the latest in the Mina Group collection and is led by longtime Mina group star sommelier Rajat Parr. AK Design Network from Los Angeles is transforming ... More >>

  • Music

    January 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Two-Buck Chocolatier: Capsule Chocolates

    Real candy makers will surely shudder in horror at Ichiban Kan's (22 Peace Plaza; 1931 Irving) $2 "capsule chocolate" maker, but it's a fun thing for amateurs like us to try out. It comes with little bitty teeny tiny instructions that basically offer the most rudimentary directions for tempering cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    California Candy Festival Expects 20,000 Revelers This Weekend

    A 45-minute drive is all that separates you from Fairfield's annual cavity-causing celebration known as the California Candy Festival, which takes place Sept. 22-23 at Jelly Belly Candy Company Visitors Center and the Lots of Fun (One Jelly Belly Lane). An estimated 20,000 attendees are expected th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Outside Lands Introduces Beer Lands to Fest, Summer Pairings Series Starts This Weekend

    Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park on August 10-12 and makes a bid for being one of the city's biggest food fests with even more edible options than ever. A Taste of the Bay Area features 58 local food vendors including new businesses such as the Del Popolo monster pizza truck and brick and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    See's Candy Tries to Break World Record With 7,000-Pound Lollipop

    It will be like a scene from Willy Wonka. Next week, See's Candy plans to ring in National Lollipop Day 2012 by unveiling its freakish 7,000-pound sucker in San Francisco. Now that would certainly satisfy your oral fixation. The famous candy manufacturer isn't inventing this grossly large lollipop f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Dumb Food Show Easter Unwrapped Is as Adorable as a Baby with a Peep Stuck to Her Head

    Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going with food TV. This week, Easter Unwrapped, an hour show that never hurt anybody, April 7 on the Cooking Channel It would be a crime to critically review Unwrapped, to lay any sort of smothering blanket upon this innocent show, which films fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    No Tickets? Nine Ways You Can Still Get Into Burning Man 2012

    Whatever else history might say of the Burning Man Ticket Fiasco of 2012, it offers the community that puts on the festival one more brute lesson in market economics. For attendees at the longtime countercultural arts festival held annually in the desert near Reno, news that four-fifths of the ticke ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Sutton Cellars Hosts Weekend Event with Best Name, Jug Sunday

    Lou BustamanteCarl Sutton.​ Jug Sundays at Sutton Cellars Where: Sutton Cellars, 601 22nd St. (at Illinois) When: Sun., June 12, 2-5 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: It's that time again: Jug Sunday. This Sunday, Sutton Cellars will be out during Sunday Streets in the Bayview to hook you up wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Evolution's Nuts: Darwin Deez Drops Rap Mixtape, Plays Hemlock on Friday

    Fell in love with this fish who got caught in my mesh / Yo, she burned my scene up like David Koresh​ Maybe my bullshit detector has plutonium batteries, but I'm not so sure I trust Darwin Deez. I've read a lot about how he's the new hotness, a genius of musical invention, number ten on the NME' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Ghosts On Tape Comes Out Creepy​"Tropical plants and girls with the daisy dukes on." "The future and the dirty south." "Brain sandwich." These are a few of the phrases used by Ryan Merry, the DJ behind Ghosts On Tape, to describe the sounds he makes with floppy discs and turntables. Ghosts On Tape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Baylinks: Golden Tickets, Target, & Online Degrees

    ​Get your online degree from University of Phoenix UC Berkeley [The Daily Clog]Willy Wonka comes down from his sugar high and picks up a pie [Grub Street San Francisco]Disgruntled hotel workers march in Union Square [NBC Bay Area] 

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    City Unsure Which San Franciscans Would Get Google Wi-Fi Coverage

    We want it ... but we don't know where to put it ​As noted yesterday, San Francisco publicized its full application to enter the Google fiber network sweepstakes, which has taken on something of a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket feel -- but with delicious Wi-Fi fiber instead of chocolate.  San Fran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Sunday's Mini Cupcake Clash Was a Swirl of Costumes and Buttercream

    Tamara PalmerSweetiecups' "La Vie en Brie"​We thought we were way over cupcakes, but as we told a friend, "If cupcakes were always as good as the ones we had at the SF Food Wars Mini Cupcake Clash, we'd be happy!" (Or words to that effect.) Sunday was a perfect day for cupcaking in the deligh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Greenhouse That Introduced Public To Incredibly Stinky Plant Now Offers Bite of Incredibly Tasty One

    'Miracle Fruit'​Our green-thumbed readers may remember the July saga of San Francisco State's corpse flower. The exotic Indonesian plant crossed up experts from every local university by stubbornly refusing to bloom. But, when it did, it sure lived up to its title. Visitors to the SFSU greenhouse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    10 Things to Do This Weekend for Under $10

    MochipetOur hand picked list of events worth your spare time, for the price of your spare change. Zombie Beach Party (Friday)In San Francisco, Zombies never say die. When they're not "killing" people during flash mobs, they're going to the beach--indoors, of course, because the real sun would damage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Chocolate and Chalk: Together at Last

    In a few weeks, they'll be eating chalk and drawing with chocolate in the Gourmet Ghetto. Wait! Scratch that, reverse it, as Willy Wonka would say. The annual Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival in Berkeley combines a sidewalk chalk-drawing contest with a wild tasting menu created by area establi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2009
  • Film

    July 9, 2008

    Going Down

    Brendan Fraser falls into a deep, deep hole at the Center of the Earth.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2008

    Saturday: The de Young Goes Psychedelic for Chihuly

    (Click the image for a full slideshow) “Chihuly” Opening Weekend de Young Museum June 14, 2008 Notes and Photos by Catherine McCulloch If Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll were to open a head shop it would probably look a lot like the Chihuly exhibit at the de Young. The crowds transformed the mus ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 12, 2008
  • News

    January 2, 2008

    My Body, My Self

    Food issues and a bad self-image led our columnist to undergo weight-loss surgery. She's still a mess, but a better-looking one.

  • Music

    December 5, 2007
  • Music

    October 17, 2007

    The Go! Team

    Proof of Youth (Sub Pop)

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    The Best Art Prints on the Web: Creep Machine's Josh Curates His Top 5 of the Week

    Part of a weekly series appearing every Tuesday. -ed Luke Chueh "Gero Hero or Bat Bear" The very first week I wrote this article I featured a piece by Luke. He has a great style, and seems to be filled with never ending ideas for paintings. This specific piece was first made to be in a show that n ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    February 7, 2007

    Mustache Ride

    In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose

  • News

    May 24, 2006
  • Film

    March 1, 2006

    Get Down With Dave

    Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party

  • Home Entertainment

    November 9, 2005
  • News

    October 12, 2005

    Reeferzilla Meets NIMBY-Ra

    And unfortunately it's not science fiction. It's San Francisco politics, and the winner used some interesting jujitsu.

  • Film

    August 10, 2005

    Working Blue. And Brown.

    Inside the dirtiest joke ever told is a nugget of unadulterated joy

  • Music

    July 27, 2005

    Arrrr, Matey

    The Buccaneer offers good time pirate fun, and a lesson in rejection

  • Film

    July 20, 2005
  • Film

    July 20, 2005

    Bad News

    One more awful remake strikes out

  • Film

    July 13, 2005

    Chocolate Kisses

    Thanks to Depp and Burton, Willy Wonka just got weirder

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 11, 2005
  • Music

    November 3, 2004


    Drunks and bagpipes at Lefty O'Doul's are no match for "Tim," the best piano player ever

  • Music

    June 16, 2004

    Sonny's Days

    In which we meet a donkey, some crows, and Sonny Smith, who is not a folk singer

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 19, 2004

    Best Playground

    Julius Kahn Playground

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2004

    In Memoriam

    A dance for the dead

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2004

    Creep Week

    Seven nights of frightening films

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    Bean Scene

    In which we tour the Jelly Belly factory and gag on the Harry Potter flavors

  • News

    March 27, 2002

    The Slime of Their Lives

    At a messy party for the fetishists known as "sploshers," love is a many-splattered thing

  • Dining

    August 8, 2001
  • Calendar

    May 27, 1998
  • Dining

    May 15, 1996

    Cocoa Nuts

    At Alfred Schilling, there's no escape from chocolate

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