Thursday Twelve: TacoChella Happens Saturday at SoMa StrEat Food Park

Plus Citizen Fox calls it quits, Virgin Atlantic partners with Bourbon & Branch, and Oakland's soda tax will be on the ballot.

[jump] TacoChella Is Saturday
Did you miss Coachella and Goatchella? And are you a taco lover who's slightly repulsed by Cinco de Mayo? SoMa StreEat Food Park and FunCheap SF are partnering up with a long list of mobile taquerias and other purveyors of Latin American foodstuffs (or variations thereof) this Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $5-$40, and there will be Lucha Libre wrestling at 12:30.

Citizen Fox Ends Before It Starts
After a years-long ordeal of building out the severely decayed space at 2205 Mission, the team behind Citizen Fox has decided to cut its losses and move on. Inside Scoop reports that the functioning pop-up of the same name (2293 Mission) that had been feeding people while the permanent space was completed will also shut down, as will Kit Fox in The Hall.

Virgin Atlantic Partners With Bourbon & Branch and Whitechapel

Virgin America is quite likely not going to exist for much longer. But Virgin Atlantic would like you to know that they're still going strong, and as of today, their Clubhouse (a.k.a. their lounge at SFO) will serve drinks from Bourbon & Branch and bites from Whitechapel

Half Moon Bay's Pacific Standard Hit Berkeley This Summer
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will open a taproom and bottle shop at 2055 Center Street in Berkeley called Pacific Standard this summer, with 15 to 20 local and regional beers on draft.

Jamba Juice Is Moving to Frisco, Tex.
And taking many jobs. But look at Eater L.A.'s pics of their new concept store in Pasadena!

Oakland's Penny-Per-Ounce Soda Tax Makes the November Ballot
Hoping to join Berkeley, Oakland expects to earn between $6 million and $10 million per year (via the Business Times).

New Chef, New Menu Items at Monk's Kettle
Mike O'Brien, formerly of Mikkeller Bar, has joined Monk's Kettle (3141 16th St.) and the new brunch menu has some additions, like house-made corned beef and potato hash with sous vide eggs, a breakfast sausage (with fried egg, cheddar, arugula on a pretzel bun), and a Dutch baby pancake with roasted apricots, almonds, Chantilly cream, bacon.

Burritos for the Anti-Cilantro Brigade!
Inside Scoop smartly put together a list of three taquerias that don't put cilantro in their guac. You know, for people like Julia Child who have the gene that makes it tastes like soapsuds.

Note the American Flag Lapel Pin

Allow me to fill with self-hatred as I embed this Cinco de Mayo Trump tweet pandering to the people he called rapists. I stand by my decision not to write a “Where to Party on Cinco de Mayo” blog post.

Coffee Is Inescapable
Even in Her Majesty's Realm, where tea has been the national drink of choice for centuries. The Washington Post reports that tea consumption in the U.K. is falling, and coffee is on the rise: “'It has a serious image problem here,' said London-based Emma Clifford, who is the senior food and drink analyst at Mintel, an industry research group. 'People, especially young people, are not excited about it at all. It's just too mundane.'”

The Choice of a New Generation of Haters
The right-wing backlash against sensible bathroom policies did not actually include grown men patrolling Target ladies' rooms, as was widely reported earlier this week. But transphobic activists want to make Pepsi the “new Target.” Oh, dear.

El Niño Wreaking Havoc on Chile
According to Discovery, El Niño has caused algae blooms of such intensity that dead marine life has been washing ashore up and down the Chilean coast.

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