Goodbye to Shirley Fong-Torres, Fernet Branca Gets Its Own Music Video

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Goodbye, Shirley. I flipped open my computer this morning to learn some sad news: Shirley Fong-Torres, author of The Woman Who Ate Chinatown and owner of the Wok Wiz walking tours of Chinatown, passed away on Saturday.

Few people knew more about the food scene in Chinatown or did more to bring visitors in contact with its shops and restaurants. And what a joy she was to eat with! When I was at the East Bay Express, she came with me on a number of reviews, occasionally bringing her bisexual, bipolar stuffed bear and unpacking dozens of anecdotes about Edsel Ford Fong, San Francisco's most terrifying waiter. She will be missed.

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