Thursday Seven: Super Bowl Street Closures, Almanac's Beer Week Dinners

Plus Nostra Spaghetteria does wine seminars, people drink their own pee, whether different types of alcohols have different “drunks,” and a ridiculously cool food photography book.

[jump] Super Bowl Street Closures
Holy crap, don't even think about brunch on Super Bowl weekend, what with this insane list of street closures that the tireless SF Citizen found. It's mosty around City Hall and along the Embarcadero, but there are pockets in SoMa and the Dogpatch, too. Just stay home and make nachos.

Almanac Beer Co.'s Beer Week Dinners (With Some Heavy-Hitting Chefs)
Beer Week is approaching, and with it come beer dinners from some of the Bay Area's most notable brewers. Almanac Beer Co. is doing two. First up is a Alaskan seafood pairing with Chef Beau Schooler (of Juneau) that includes salmon chorizo, King crab dinuguan, and Baked Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 23. Sounds delish, but the even more impressive one is a Chef's Night Out Beer Dinner on Sunday, Jan 24 at Red Dog, with courses from six different chefs, paired with a different Almanac beer. There will be squid ink pasta with uni and squid from Richie Nakano, “A Muthafuckin Salad” by the Fatted Calf's chef-butcher Taylor Boetticher, breakfast for dessert by Red Dog's Lauren Kiino, and more.

Nostra Spaghetteria Begins Monthly Wine Seminars
Starting next Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Mission's pasta palace Nostra Spaghetteria will conduct monthly wine seminars and tastings in its private dining room with Master Sommelier and Wine Director, Nunzio Alioto. For $50, you can enjoy a comparative tasting — mountain Cabernet versus valley floor Cabernet, in the first go-round — along wit food pairings from Chef Alexander Alioto. If you stick around for dinner, the seminar is only $30.
Wine Tasting Seminar, second Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Nostra Spaghetteria, 280 Valencia, 415-655-9510 or

Urine Drinking
Buzzfeed got some people to drink their own pee. Reactions were predictable. However, I learned from the comments that bubble-filled urine can mean too much protein in the blood, which may in turn mean kidney problems. So I'm glad I read this.

Is it Good For You?
FiveThirtyEight looks at the science behind headlines like “Eat Food X and Live Longer!” with an explanation for how much they should be trusted. There are many methodological problems with most nutrition studies, specifically that serving sizes are frequently arbitrary and people selectively remember or outright lie a lot about what they ate. Owing to the ease with which we confuse causation and correlation, careful, measured scientific conclusions frequently morph into dubious, attention-grabbing headlines for the benefit of the worried well, who are all one second closer to death than they were before. So take them with a grain of salt. Which is good for you.

Beer Drunk Vs. Tequila Drunk
You know how they say that any headline that ends in a question mark can usually be answered with “No”? Well, Salon digs into the discussion of whether or not different alcohols create different types of intoxication. There's some evidence to suggest that it's true, mostly dealing with cultural expectations, the presence of mixers, and other distillation/fermentation byproducts called “congeners.” But the article doesn't even broach the subject of increased libido from different spirits (or, say Champagne.)

Cool Pics of Weird Food
Photographer Norbert Schoerner has a new book out, Nearly Eternal, which the New York Times excerpted in a slideshow. It's fantastic, especially the images of chopsticks holding egg yolks, the invisible man eating spaghetti, and flan casting impossible shadows.

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