Monday Eight: The MEX I AM Forum Is This Week

Plus Wise Sons 24th St. Deli closes for a week or so, Fine & Rare is giving away Outside Lands tickets, and the feds bust Herbalife.

[jump] The MEX I AM Forum, Happening Now Through Sunday, July 24
From wine tastings to film screenings to a look into foodie-small-business incubator La Cocina, the multimedia MEX I AM Forum is taking place all over S.F. this week. Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, muralist Ana Aranda, photographer Fernando Krasovitzsky, and others will be perform at various venues throughout the city, and on Wednesday, July 20 at 5 p.m., La Urbana (661 Divisadero) will host a Mezcal Night. (Sorry for the late notice, sometimes we only get press releases the day after things start.)

Hayes Valley to Get a Champagne Bar Called The Riddler
The space at 528 Laguna formerly occupied by Momi Tobi's Revolution Cafe & Art Bar will soon become The Riddler, a Champagne bar whose investors are all women. PR professional Jen Pelka told Eater that the name comes from a production method invented by the founder of Veuve Clicquot to remove sediment from her sparkling wine. It's a-comin' later in the summer.

Bees! Bees! Bees!
Old McDonald had a farm, and John McDonald has a lot of bees. Hoodline interviews the brains behind the San Francisco Honey & Pollen Company (1172 Shafter) in the Bayview, who sometimes works in shorts and a T-shirt and doesn't get stung (much).

Wise Sons 24th St. Deli Is Closed for a Week-And-a-Half
As of today, Wise Sons Deli (3150 24th St.) has closed for nine days and will reopen on Wednesday, July 27 (otherwise known as the 21st of Tamuz, 5776). When you go back for your smoked salmon and potato latkes, you'll notice that in addition to some changes to the dining room and the outdoor seating, there will be new menu options and some drink specials.

Wanna Go to Outside Lands for Free? 
Fine & Rare (555 Golden Gate) will be a featured vendor at the food-and-music festival in Golden Gate Park, Aug. 5-7. If you don't have a ticket and you want to see Grimes, The Muppets, Lionel Richie, and everyone else, they're raffling off two three-day passes for people who join their mailing list before July 22. (You get an extra shot at winning if you share it on FB or Instagram and tag them, too.) 

Happy 75th to the Moscow Mule
“It’s not a bad drink. I just feel like it’s symbolic with everything that is wrong with American drinking habits,” one mixologist says of the Moscow Mule. But The New York Times, which notes that the classic cocktail with a Hollywood origin turns 75 this year, and it's roaring back. 

Food Network Returns to Its Roots
Food Network was created to educate — but more than that, it was also meant to inspire confidence in home cooks,” argues Salon, noting the return of Cooks vs. Cons for a second season indicates that Food Network might be moving away from 11 hours of a day of Guy Fieri.

FTC Busts Herbalife For Basically Running a Giant Scam
Herbalife, the marketing company that specializes in supplements, is basically a big giant scam. That's why the Federal Trade Commission ordered it to pay back $200 million to its “Sales Leaders,” barely any of whom made money (and many of whom lost money). Further, the FTC is forcing Herbalife to change its entire business model. This refreshing report is written in plain English and carries a snarky tone not often seen in government publications, so do read the whole thing.

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