Plus holiday cookies in the shape of a Sean Connery cult sci-fi film, the Hayes Valley holiday block party, and pizza slices as pizza toppings courtesy of Pee-Wee Herman.
[jump] Little Giant Ice Cream Now Open in Uptown Oakland
If you thought the tastiest oxymoronic food was jumbo shrimp, get ready for Little Giant Ice Cream, a Telegraph Avenue ice cream shop and milk plant with a sizable stock of vintage robot toys scattered throughout. (There's also an Airstream that travels around town.) Co-owners Neil Rideout and Kevin Best have a number of flavors in the rotation already, including cranberry sorbet, Mexican rocky road, Beez Cheez (honey, goat cheese, and black pepper), and Pumpkin Cheesecake Copy, seemingly stolen straight from grandma. But don't be fooled: Pastry director Rebecca Willis studied at Le Cordon Bleu in London.
Little Giant Ice Cream, 1951 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, littlegianticecream.com
Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party
Twenty-five years ago, Hayes Valley was a marginal neighborhood. Now it's affluence central. However you feel about it, the 25th annual Hayes Valley Block Party is tomorrow night, Friday, Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m., at Patricia's Green. Hoodline says there will be art, wine, cookies, White Russians, and more.
Rickybobby Up for Sale
Hoodline is reporting that Rickybobby, the three-year-old Lower Haight comfort food restaurant with country sausage lasagna, has been on the auction block for a month now. Without a buyer, the restaurant may simply close.
The Stranger Has a War on Xmas Coloring Contest
Never let a good divisive cultural issue go to rest. Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger is running a coloring contest open to “amateur or professional artists” willing to try their hand at a Starbucks coffee cup that reflects proper Christmas themes. (No profanity!) The deadline is next Thursday, Dec 10, and “all entries will be fairly judged by a local unbiased expert (probably an atheist barista).”
A Lurid Tale of a Murdered Canadian Brewer
Canada's reputation for being staid and drama-free took a serious ding after “beer baron” Richard Oland was brutally murdered in 2011. VICE has the whole sordid mess. It's really quite out of character for the maritime province of New Brunswick, with people throwing around “evidence” like a photo of his son smiling at a funeral as proof of fratricide.
Food and Climate Change
The Department of Agriculture has basically conceded that climate change will dramatically affect industrial food production, and according to Civil Eats, even if the Paris climate talks are successful, it's going to require massive adjustments to feed the world's population. Good news?